As the market shifts from CD to downloaded music and streaming music services, the UK's leading hi-fi manufacturer Cambridge Audio unveils its first in an exciting series of products to satisfy the "digital music generation" who demand more from their music.
The first of these, Cambridge Audio's new NP30 network music player, unleashes the potential of digital music stored on computers and home networks enabling premium quality 24-bit playback through any hi-fi or home entertainment system. In addition the NP30 offers fast and easy access to a wide range of streaming music services and over 20,000 Internet radio stations via its in-built UuVol Radio internet radio service.
Simple network connectivity is of course critical in this fast evolving sector and the NP30 leads the way. Using UPnP, the NP30 instantly connects to any home network via either Ethernet or 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi.
For the ultimate in control, UuVol Remote - an App for the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad - enables access to all of the NP30 features and functions including network stored media, streaming services, podcasts etc. from anywhere within the home network. Housed in a compact, low resonance all-metal chassis, the NP30 is just as intuitive to use from its clear four line LCD display or supplied IR remote.
The NP30 is part of a new organic digital platform from Cambridge Audio called UuVol designed to provide all that's required to enjoy your favourite music from multiple digital sources in the very best quality.
But of course no Cambridge Audio launch would be complete without inclusion of the brand's legendary value. The NP30 network music player, together with its supporting UuVol Portal, UuVol Radio and UuVol Remote, offer today's discerning consumer an easy, versatile and affordable way to unleash the full potential of their digital music, whether stored on their computer or streamed over the internet:
Simple no-hassle playback from any UPnP equipped laptop, notebook, PC, Mac or NAS hard drive
"Better than CD" 24-bit/96kHz playback allowing the streaming of studio quality 24-bit WAV, and FLAC downloads for an incredibly detailed musical experience
Wireless 802.11 b/g and n plus Ethernet network connectivity built in
UuVol portal enables:
Over 20,000 internet radio stations
Podcasts and "listen again" shows 24-7
Seamlessly manages favourite streaming services like Pandora, Rhapsody, Aupeo and more for instant access without a PC
UuVol remote App offers the ultimate in wireless control for all NP30 functions
UuVol portal is the gateway to a world of studio master quality content
Key features and benefits of NP30 network music player and UuVol:
Enhanced network music playback and simple connectivity
Amongst the rich features of this versatile network music player, Cambridge Audio believes that most customers will first and foremost benefit from the NP30's ability to play back digitally stored music in amazing quality.
The adoption of home networks has grown exponentially in recent years with more and more people now looking to experience their burgeoning digital music collections in higher quality. The NP30 effectively unites media choice and hi-fi quality by allowing users to enjoy music and podcasts stored on any UPnP equipped netbook/laptop/PC, Mac or NAS hard drive through their home entertainment system.
The NP30 supports a huge array of audio formats including MP3, AAC, WAV, and OGG Vorbis. What's more, NP30 customers can experience "Better than CD" 24-bit/96kHz playback quality thanks to its ability to support uncompressed WAV and FLAC CODECs. This amazing advance makes the NP30 truly unique amongst its peers.
Of course audio performance is at the heart of everything Cambridge Audio believes in and bit-perfect signal path and jitter suppression guarantee outstanding sound quality.
Simple sharing of centrally stored music collections is a breeze; either wirelessly or by Ethernet and the NP30's ability to connect wirelessly to home networks adds huge advantages since multiple NP30 devices can be used across the home with virtually no set-up required. Furthermore, the NP30 is compatible with "b" and "g" and critically, the latest "n" wireless standard which guarantees interruption-free wireless streaming of music files.
And just as importantly, the NP30's compact form factor (just 8"cm wide!) makes it perfect for any room in the home. The NP30 has been designed with all family members in mind and its lightning quick and logical operation control guarantees the easiest possible set-up and daily operation.
In the past, navigating the world of Internet radio has been at times frustrating and sometimes impossible. UuVol Radio and the NP30 vastly simplify the process with a 20,000 tried-and-tested roster of stations from around the planet which are searchable by title, genre and region. Before inclusion on UuVol Radio, all stations are thoroughly tested for reliability and quality.
Favourite stations, preferences etc. can be managed via the UuVol website and from here, users can also suggest new stations which, one validated, are added to UuVol Radio for all NP30 customers to enjoy.
Uuvol Remote App
UuVol Remote is a free App which seamlessly brings together the NP30's full functionality from any iPhone or iPad. Rather than using a traditional control point (which would only control the UPnP functionality of the NP30), UuVol Remote allows full control of the NP30 including streaming services, UuVol Radio, favourites etc.
The customisable layout allows instant switching between each source and displays album art plus full album and track information. Presets can also be added, and a queue of favourite tracks can be set which will even continue UuVol Remote will be available free of charge from the App Store to play if the iPhone is switched off or loses its network connection.
Streaming services support...
Music streaming services have grown at a staggering pace and one of the NP30's key strengths lies with its ability to provide direct connection to a range of the world's most popular streaming services without the need for a PC. With subscription and set-up management accessible from the UuVol website, subscribed services can be quickly accessed using the UuVol Remote App or the NP30's ergonomic front panel or remote.
In North America, the NP30 ships with a range of the most popular services onboard. These include Pandora, Rhapsody, MP3Tunes and Aupeo! Additional services will continue to be added via UuVol and registered users notified. And taking note of the exponential growth of podcasts, the NP30 also allows PC-free connection to some of the world's leading services including Podcast.com, Blog TalkRadio, Mediafly and BBC Podcasts.
From launch, the NP30 will allow users across the world access to a wide range of free and subscription based services depending on their location.
In summary the NP30 and its UuVol platform represent a breakthrough in the enjoyment of computer music. Whether playing back a download from a laptop, streaming from one of the increasingly popular music services, or listening to an internet radio station on the other side of the globe, the NP30 will unleash the full potential of your favourite tracks, transcending your digital music into the full realm of hi-fi.