The legendary Neil Young’s fan-focused hi-res streaming service is now available to BluOS customers worldwide, plus you can win some fantastic prizes with NAD and Young.

Lenbrook International, developer of the BluOS premium hi-res wireless distributed audio and music management platform, has announced that the integration of Neil Young Archives (NYA), the high-resolution, studio-quality streaming online archive of Canadian-born rock icon, Neil Young, into the BluOS platform has been expanded to its entire global user base.

Neil Young Archives Available To BluOS Customers Globally

NAD Electronics, Bluesound, DALI And Monitor Audio

From within the BluOS Controller app and via a BluOS Enabled device from NAD Electronics, Bluesound, DALI Loudspeakers, and Monitor Audio, subscribers to Neil Young Archives will have the ability to stream the musician’s entire discography in Xstream studio-quality resolution. Meanwhile, non-subscribers can freely sample Neil Young Archives’ “Song of the Day” and “Album of the Week” in Xstream high-resolution.

Additional content is available to NYA subscribers via the NYA website and app, including all of his audio and video content, memorabilia, notes, lyrics, original manuscripts, and news.

Canadian Commitment To High-Resolution Audio

Young has long been known as an advocate for high resolution audio, even starting his own Pono music venture, and eventually launching, in 2018, Neil Young Archives with his Xstream hi-res, so he could guarantee that his music and life’s work was available only in the highest quality possible.

At the same time, Canada-based Lenbrook International was in the midst of growing its reach with a new and modern audiophile customer seeking a completely new performance standard and user experience supporting high-resolution 24/192 audio streaming, layered with multi-room music capabilities. The Bluesound brand, with its BluOS operating system was launched in 2012.

This “Canadian connection” around high-resolution audio has been developing over a number of years, with Young even mentioning Lenbrook as an example of hardware manufacturers who remain dedicated to hi-res audio in his 2019 book co-written with collaborator, Phil Baker, “To Feel the Music.”

“We are very pleased to be one of the few hardware companies that Neil trusts to deliver his music to his fans in the highest resolutions available,” explains Gordon Simmonds, President and CEO of the Lenbrook Group of Companies. ”Hi-res audio is only possible when both the content and the hardware are offered with quality in mind, and we are proud to have put these two pieces together for the end consumer to enjoy, simply and elegantly.”

BluOS

This integration is built on OraStream’s adaptive streaming protocol utilizing the MPEG 4 SLS codec in BluOS, introduced late last year as part of BluOS’s goal to maintain its leadership in offering high-resolution music content options for its users. Music files are encoded and delivered in their native resolution, thereby retaining and preserving the nuances and details of the original source file.

Beyond just the technical integration of Young’s service with BluOS, the agreement also demonstrates how a content creator and a home audio equipment provider can collaborate and model an effective and simple solution for music lovers to access and enjoy a unique and fully high-resolution streaming experience.

“I am very pleased to be able to expand access to my archives to the global BluOS community since I know that they appreciate great Xstream hi-res sound and would never settle for what mainstream devices and streaming services could offer,” says Young. “Although my music already sounds better on all devices because our master’s high-resolution source is so pure,” Young continues, “combining the best source with the superior playback of devices using BluOS will easily unwrap the true emotional hit from my hi-res music.”

Previously only available to North American customers of BluOS, the latest BluOS update has opened availability of the unique music streaming service to Young’s fans around the world

About The Neil Young Archives

The Neil Young Archives described as a “Revolution in fandom” by The Guardian, is a website and app where fans have access to Neil Young’s audio, video, memorabilia, notes, lyrics, original manuscripts and an eight-page newspaper. It’s where Neil is continually adding new content and where his fans and he communicate with each other. All of his music is streamed in Xstream, NYA’s name for adaptive hi res streaming developed by OraStream. The site went live in December 2018 and has tens of thousands of paid members. A subscription costs $19.99 per year.

NAD & Neil Young Competition

NAD Electronics is giving fans a chance to win some great audio gear and an autographed limited-edition deluxe box set from Neil Young.

On the heels the announcement of the global availability of Neil Young Archives to NAD Electronics’ BluOS customers and the release of the limited edition Deluxe Box Set ‘Return to Greendale’, NAD Electronics is now giving fans of Neil Young the opportunity to win some great prizes in the Canada Rocks Trivia Contest.

Big Items to be won in the Grand Prize, including 1 x autographed limited edition Deluxe Box Set Return to Greendale, 1 x NAD C 568 CD Player, 1 x NAD C 368 Integrated Amplifier with BluOS, and much more

Running until November 17th, 2020, audiophiles and music lovers from around the world can visit the NAD Electronics website to answer trivia questions about Neil Young for an entry to a random draw for one of three prize packs, including the Grand Prize of a NAD C 368 Integrated Amplifier w/ BluOS, a NAD C 568 CD Player, an autographed limited edition Deluxe Box Set Return to Greendale, a 1-year subscription to Neil Young Archives hi-res Xstream music streaming service, a  signed hardcover copy of “To Feel the Music: A songwriter’s mission to save high-quality audio” by Neil Young and Phil Baker and a  Neil Young t-shirt.

“We are grateful to have the support of Neil Young and his team to continue to promote hi-res music and hi-res audio,” says Gordon Simmonds, President and CEO of Lenbrook International, parent company of NAD Electronics and BluOS. “The contest is perfectly timed to bring together our respective voices to demonstrate that high quality audio is available in many formats, including as CDs or streaming music, and to give our fans the opportunity to experience the gift of nuanced and rich sound with the generous prize packs.”

Return To Greendale

The Return to Greendale Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set was released on November 6th 2020, and features a Blu-ray of the full Toronto concert, a DVD of Inside Greendale film documenting the making of the album documentary, 2 LPs and 2 CDs. The box set revisits the historic and unique 2003 tour in support of his 25th studio album, Greendale. Meanwhile, Neil Young Archives subscribers using BluOS devices will be able to stream the full album in high resolution audio.

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