NAD’s New $349 CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer

Interested in easily adding streaming to your hifi without breaking the bank?

If that’s a Yes!, the new NAD CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer may be your dream come true with connectivity options including Apple AirPlay 2, GoogleCast, Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Bluetooth and more. Just connect the CS2 to your network via WiFi or Ethernet, choose to use its digital or line level analog RCA outputs—yes, there’s also a 24-bit/192kHz-capable DAC inside (based on the Texas Instruments PCM5141 DAC)—pick your software player of choice including Roon, and play away.

Just a reminder, the ever-popular Bluesound Node costs $549 and adds a few extras as compared to the CS1 including NAD’s BluOS app, a 3.5mm analog input, HDMI eARC input, a RCA Sub Out, and top mounted touch controls. If you’re thinking, But I don’t need any of that stuff, the CS1 may punch your ticket.

From NAD:

Features & Details

  • Compact, minimalist design
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi plus LAN Ethernet port
  • Stereo analogue, optical digital, and coaxial digital outputs
  • Premium differential DAC design based on Texas Instruments PCM5141 DAC, with support for 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution audio
  • High-resolution music streaming from Tidal
  • Apple AirPlay 2 support allows CD-resolution streaming from any audio app on an iPhone, iPad, or Mac
    Chromecast support allows playback at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution from any Cast-enabled app on a smartphone, tablet, or personal computer
  • Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect support lets users cue up music on a smart device, then transfer playback to the CS1
  • DLNA support allows streaming at up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution from any DLNA-capable music app.*
  • Roon subscribers can stream audio to the CS1 from their personal libraries and online services supported by Roon

* Certification in process

The NAD CS1 Endpoint Network Streamer is available now for $349.

Company Website: NAD



THD + N (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.03% 20-20 kHz -1dBFS output
Signal-to-Noise ratio: -94dB (ref 2V)
Frequency response: 20-20 kHz +/-0.3dB; 50 kHz -3dB
Native sampling rate: Up to 192 kHz
Bit depth: 16-24
Supported audio file format: LPCM, MP3, AC3, Ogg Vorbis, HE-AAC, MQA & WMA decode capability
Supported 3rd party service provider: Spotify Connect, Tidal Connect, Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast, DLNA, Roon
Processor: ARM® Cortex™ -A53, Quad-Core, 1.5GHz per core



AC adapter
Input: 100-240V AC 0.3A
Output: 5V DC 1A

Network connectivity

Ethernet RJ45 100 Mbps
Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac 2.4GHz/5 GHz)


Bluetooth 5.0
BT Profiles: A2DP 1.2, AVRCP 1.3, SPP, HFP, HSP, HOGP

NFC: NFC for easy Bluetooth connection
12V Trigger Out: 3.5mm Mini-jack x 1
Analog Out: RCA x 1
Coaxial Out: RCA 75 ohms
Optical Out: TOSLINK x 1
USB IN: USB C for AC adapter

* Certification in progress as of publishing date


Status Indicator: Front Panel LED
Function Button: Front Panel Function Button
Power Consumption: 0.5W Network Standby
Finish: Black


Gross dimensions (W x H x D)**: 140 x 140 x 55 mm (5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/16 inches)
Net Weight: 1.5 kgs / 3.3 lbs
Shipping Weight: 1.7 kgs / 3.8 lbs

** Gross dimension includes feet and other extended front and rear panel terminals.