Originally Posted by KenM10759
Adding the BlueOS module and a subscription to Tidal Hi-Fi will potentially get you MQA file streaming (when and if they ever start making it available with music I'd actually listen to.) I don't know if your Elac UB5 speakers would be up to showing you the difference between 24/96 and MQA, but the integrated amp sure would. I don't know what "basic music streaming" means but if it's just Pandora, Sirius or iTunes low-res stuff, going with at least 320kbps via aptX BT would be a nice improvement even if short of the full capabilities of that C368's DAC.
I am using PSB Image T6 speakers and have been for years btw.....but basic streaming implies typical, everyday, convenience use (lossy/lower resolution)....connect, and output audio via the amp using the apps (amazon music, pandora, iheartradio, etc) on my iPhone, which does not use aptX. Streaming music is more about convenience for me anyways, while my lossless files are utilized on my PC. I'll continue to do some more research on BlueOS to see if it is worthwhile to make it more of a hub for my house, with additional Bluesound wireless speakers in various locations.
As mentioned earlier in previous posts, the modules NAD provides are a little on the high side in price. $300 for an older 1080p HDMI module and $450 for a BlueOS module online. Perhaps it may be cheaper via a local dealer.
Overall, it is the first integrated amp that has actually gotten me excited (previous NAD products in general seemed kind of boring to me) and I'm glad to see more digital options as nothing I own is analog based anymore (no vinyl, no cassette, just streaming and music on the PC). There are a few shortcomings that I have noticed while owning the C368, but perhaps can be added as features later:
1) Lack of bass management and crossover settings for subwoofer integration. Setting it to High Pass will only send frequencies from 40Hz to 200Hz to the subwoofer. The workaround is to set it to Full Range and adjust the crossover setting at the subwoofer, which will in turn run your speakers at full range as well.
2) Lack of display options. Since I use my PC, it is nice to get a confirmation at the amp on if I am playing audio at 16/44.1, 24/96, 24/192 etc, but I have yet to find a way to display it on the integrated amp. The text that displays the source (such as Optical 1 or however you want to name it) is also pretty small, even for my younger 20/20 vision eyes from a distance. I can see the volume value a great distance away, but it would be nice to have some customization.
I am still putting my C368 through its paces and am noting anything else I may run into, but it is a new product and will likely see new firmware updates and features in time.