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Product code: NERO-STREAM-XD
Unleash the audiophile inside you with NERO STREAM-XD, a unique integrated amplifier with digital wired and wireless options that bridge the gap between high fidelity sound and wireless streaming in a compact, stand-alone and easy to use network. With a built-in 16 to 24 bit digital-to-analog converter (DAC) and inputs to cover all entertainment sources, NERO-STREAM-XD gives you unlimited access to all your digital audio sources, such as Spotify, iHeartRadio, TuneIn with smart speakers, and jump drives, and allows you to play those sources through new or existing audio components and speakers.
A stand-alone integrated amplifier, NERO-STREAM-XD includes line-level inputs (2 RCA) that connect to old-school audio sources but also includes Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to stream audio through your phone or tablet. Our NERO-STREAM-XD even has an upgraded version of Bluetooth (APXT) that plays at a higher bit rate than similar devices, so you’ll hear tones, drum beats, and musical nuances you never heard before on other wireless streaming devices. Our NERO also includes both a digital USB connection and a digital fiber-optic interface for devices like Chromecast audio and here’s the kicker. The internal DAC of the Chromecast sends its native digital signal to be processed by the much higher quality DAC on the NERO. The result is true high-fidelity sound in a wireless world.
By-passing Poor Quality DACs Digital-to-Analog Converters or DACs transform digital audio signals into analog signals so we can hear the sound. Most devices, even smartphones, have some form of DAC to convert digital data into audible analog signals. Recording engineers convert analog signals to digital (ones and zeros) but to listen to it, the signals must be converted back to analog so it can be amplified and sent to your speakers. The problem is there’s not much room for a decent converter so the quality is sub-par. NERO STREAM-XD by-passes the DAC in devices like Google Chromecast Audio and smartphones, so you’ll hear quality that will impress old-school audiophiles or people who can hear the sound of fish swimming 10 leagues under the sea.
Add NERO Link for Whole House Audio Pair the NERO STREAM-XD with NERO-Link Wireless Receiver to take streaming capability to other areas of your home. Sold separately, the NERO LINK connects to multi-channel amps or additional NERO STREAM-XDs and can be controlled through the free OSD Audio Player App to stream music to other audio zones directly through your phone or tablet. Use Plex Media Server to access high resolution FLAC and DSD.
Pairs with New or Existing Speakers One of the best features of our NERO STREAM-XD streaming amplifier is that it connects with new or existing speakers. Still holding on to those towers you spent good money on in the early nineties? Bring them back to life and the 21st century with a streaming amp worthy of the craftmanship in which those towers were built. Want to go all new? Pair NERO STREAM-XD with your Bluetooth speakers or what our geeky audio crew calls the perfect match with our Nero Studio5 Monitor Speakers that offer true monitor-grade performance at a budget-pleasing price
Why Go Wireless? The beauty of a wireless amplifier is that it uses Wi-Fi to transmit sound so it can be placed anywhere in your home. Having a wireless amp with a high-quality DAC means you can experience the same kind of gut-wrenching audiophile quality that makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up without having to wire the amp to your audio source. Unlike other stand-alone streaming amps, our NERO-XD covers all digital and audio bases with Bluetooth, headphone jack, Wi-Fi, line-in RCA and USB for devices such as Google Chromecast or Amazon Alexa devices so you can stream music with true high-end fidelity.
You can easily connect your 5-Disc Changer to the line-level input of the NERO Stream XD. But I believe the Internal Bluetooth is a Receiver only with no retransmission to other Bluetooth Speakers. So you can pick the Line -level input to play your CDs through the speakers connected directly to the NERO Stream XD but does not transmit to other Bluetooth speakers or headphones.
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Pair NERO STREAM-XD with your Bluetooth speakers or what our geeky audio crew calls the perfect match with our Nero Studio5 Monitor Speakers that offer true monitor-grade performance at a budget-pleasing price.
I do not believe this is correct; I am trying to confirm with the factory in case I need to update the description. I could be wrong; I will update you directly by email when I confirm either way.
The NERO Stream XD would be an ideal choice to drive the four zones of the SSVC6D. I would recommend opening up the SSVC6D (I believe some 14 screws) and making sure the Impedance setting for each of the transformers (two per stereo zone, left and right). There six pins per each channel, jumper pin settings are as follows; 1&2=1X, 2&3=2X, 4&4+4X, and 5&6=8X. As long as you are only using 4 of the six zones I would recommend setting the jumper pins to 4&5/4X for all the zones you will be connecting. I would also choose to connect Zones 1, 3, 4 and 6 leaving zones 2 and 5 open. Also, make it a habit to turn the zone off rather than turning the volume control to inaudible levels if you want to turn a zone off when your not listening to it. If you were to connect all six zones the Jumper Pin setting would be 5&6/8X. Opening the unit to change the impedance setting does not void the warranty. You will like the options available on the NERO Stream XD.
You can access Pandora, XM Serious, and AMAZON Music through the Bluetooth connection of the NERO Stream XD. Most of your local AM/FM stations should be associated with either iHeart radio or inTune Radio and should be available through the Wi-Fi App. It will also access your My Music that is available on your smartphone or tablet. You could even connect an Amazon Echo Dot to the Analog Line level input on the NERO Stream XD. You can also play Apple Airplay 1 from your iPhone or iPad tablet. We are trying to confirm Apple AirPlay 2 will do so as well. Stand by.
The NERO Stream XD will do a 4-ohm load allowing you to drive a pair of 4-ohm speakers or two pairs of 8-ohm speakers. I have a NERO stream powering two pairs of in-ceiling 6.5" 2- way speakers with plenty of output. But that is indoors versus what you are trying to accomplish outdoors and the pair RS810 featuring 8" woofers. I would recommend the XMP300, where you would have plenty of reserve power versus pushing the NERO Stream to the max. Plus you have a speaker A and B connection on the back and A and B switches on the front panel. You can add one of our NERO Link Wi-Fi preamp modules controlled by the free OSD Player app similar to the NERO Stream XD.
Good question, you can connect your TV using a Stereo RCA patch cord from the audio output of the TV to the Line In RCA inputs of the NERO Stream XD (this is an Analog Connection). But there is an even better option that takes advantage of the high-end internal DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) found in the NERO Stream XD (16/24 Bit 192kHz). Most of the new Flat Panel Televisions feature a Digital Fiber Optic Output that can connect to the Digital Optical Input on the NERO. It Bypassing the internal DAC of the TV while delivering a Native Digital signal to the NERO's Audiophile quality DAC. Additional features include Wall mounting brackets so the NERO Stream can mount behind the TV. There is also a dedicated Subwoofer output so you can connect to a powered subwoofer. Plus built-in Digital Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Receivers (app-controlled). A great choice for your application.
Attempting to power two pair of the AP850 with a NERO Stream XD in the great outdoors is pushing the envelope. The only problem is a lack of output power, and the NERO will have increased current demand with the two pair of the AP850 wired in parallel, creating a 4-ohm load. This scenario would generate double the heat as well. A better match for the NERO Stream would be either a pair of AP650 or the AP525, but you are not going to match the potential output of the AP850 with a stronger Amplifier. A better match for the AP850 would be our AMP200, AMP300 or even our new XMP300 (class D Digital power amplifier with matching specs to the AMP300). You could easily add our NERO Link Preamplifier to any one of these three amps and match the streaming capability. There will also be a new Streaming Preamplifier which includes Bluetooth, USB Content, and Mini SD Card Content input coming in the next 30 days as well (the SRT1 Streamer). All three Streaming Links are controlled by our free OSD Player App.