Bluesound today released a firmware update that enables MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) wireless music streaming on all Bluesound Players starting June 1, 2016. The new BluOS firmware, version 2.2, also includes CALM Radio integration on Bluesound, providing users with commercial-free access to over a 160 internet radio broadcasts in high quality. CALM Radio streams a collection of soothing music genres including Relaxation, Acoustic, Atmospheres, in addition to great Classical, Pop, Rock and Jazz choices.
In the BluOS app, the MQA indicator glows green or blue to indicate that the Player is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and denotes provenance to ensure that the sound is identical to that of the source material. It glows blue to indicate it is playing an MQA Studio file, which has either been approved in the studio by the artist/producer or has been verified by the copyright owner.
All users will be prompted to upgrade to the new BluOS firmware, version 2.2, to fully experience the latest features enhancements and upgrades. At release, MQA music will be supported and available on the Android version of the BluOS app, with support for iOS devices to follow soon after.
In addition to this release, Bluesound is actively working with MQA to support select BluOS-enabled systems from sister company, NAD Electronics, in the future.
MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that’s small enough to stream or download. Bluesound worked closely with MQA to implement technology inside every Bluesound Player to ensure the listener will hear MQA encoded music and streams exactly like the source.
Bluesound is an alliance of audiophiles, designers, engineers and individuals who have spent our 40 years in the music industry. The company’s sole mission is to create innovative wireless audio products and technologies that allow for the most true-to-live performance music reproduction possible, utilizing the most advanced, state-of-the-art digital technology.