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NP30 Network Music Player

Unleash the potential of your computer music!

However you experience digital music, the NP30 is waiting to show you how easy it is to unite all types of computer-based music in the most amazing quality ever.

With the ability to playback 24-bit studio master quality files, the NP30 not only offers every digital music convenience feature, but delivers a better-than-CD experience too!

So whether you're looking to relax to your personal download collection from the best system in the house, want to enjoy the benefits of internet radio or you're keen to experience your favourite music streaming services without a PC, the NP30 combines the very best in digital music from one neat box....Read more

 

 
 

Reviews

CES Innovations Award
 


NP30 wins an Innovations Design and Engineering Award at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2011!

 

UK, January 2011

Hi-Fi World
 

"At its price the NP30 is a great way to enter the market. It behaves much more like expensive players. Sound quality was very good."

 

UK, March 2012

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In more detail

Cambridge Audio's NP30 network music player supports all the most popular formats including studio quality 24-bit FLAC and WAV files (Ethernet connection required for 24-bit files).

So, however you've downloaded your music or ripped your CDs, the NP30 will enhance your digital music with greater detail, more accurate recreation of live recordings and significantly increased dynamic range.

But music stored on computers and other hard drives inherently suffers from jitter and the NP30 implements a host of advances such as bit-perfect signal path and jitter suppression to vastly improve the quality of digital music playback.

Its ingenious abilities are easy for all the family to enjoy and the NP30 will access music content stored on any PC, Mac or Network Attached Storage (NAS) drive. Using a simple file sharing system called UPnP (Universal Plug and Play), set-up requires no software and can be completed in minutes .

The NP30 both simplifies and adds quality to the amazing world of internet radio allowing you to listen to all your favourite music, sports, chat shows and Podcasts anywhere around the world through your home entertainment system. And thanks to its premium audiophile components, including a Wolfson Digital to Analogue Converter, the NP30 adds weight and depth to all internet radio broadcasts and even low bitrate stations sound better than ever.

remoteappsA breeze to use with its clear display, the NP30 can also be controlled using the amazing new free Stream Magic Remote App.

More than just a cool device...
Introducing Stream Magic, a platform which unites everything you need to enjoy your favourite music from multiple digital sources in the best possible quality:

- Stream Magic simplifies set-up and enjoyment of up to 20,000 Internet radio stations

- Stream Magic offers unparalleled armchair control with a simple free iPhone or Android App

- It seamlessly manages all your favourite streaming services for instant access without a PC

- It's the gateway to a world of studio master quality content!

 

Audio dynamite...

Audio performance is at the heart of everything Cambridge Audio does and bit perfect signal path and jitter suppression guarantee the best sound quality this side of a live studio session!

The NP30 supports a huge array of audio formats including MP3, AAC, WMA and OGG Vorbis plus you can now experience "Better than CD" 24-bit/96kHz playback quality as the NP30 also supports lossless WAV, PCM and FLAC CODECs.

The best streaming music without a PC!
Music streaming services like Rhapsody and Pandora have never been better and one of the NP30's key strengths is its ability to directly connect to the leading services without the need for a PC.

Internet radio comes alive...
Harnessing the power of Stream Magic, the NP30 vastly simplifies the world of Internet radio with a 20,000 tried-and-tested roster of stations from around the planet searchable by title, genre and region. Before inclusion on Internet Radio, all stations are thoroughly tested for reliability and quality. 

Favourite stations, preferences etc. can be managed via Stream Magic and you can also suggest new stations too.

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It's a breeze to use!
Simple sharing of centrally stored music collections is child's play; either wirelessly (IEEE 802.11 b, g or n bands) or using the convenient Ethernet dataport connection on the rear panel - ideal for connecting your NP30 to your router.

 

No software required for devices that support UPnP.

Features

 
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, PCM and FLAC downloads for an incredibly detailed musical experience
Gapless playback supported for seamless playback of albums
Stream Magic online music service enables:
- Fast and easy selection from over 20,000 Internet radio stations
- Direct access to streaming music services and podcasts
- Set-up favourites and manage subscriptions
Wireless and Ethernet network connectivity on board

 

Reviews

CES Innovations Award
 


NP30 wins an Innovations Design and Engineering Award at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January 2011!

 

UK, January 2011

Hi-Fi World
 

"At its price the NP30 is a great way to enter the market. It behaves much more like expensive players. Sound quality was very good."

 

UK, March 2012

Hi-Fi Choice
 

"A fully featured streamer that sounds remarkably open and works wirelessly; a hard act to beat."

 

UK, September 2011

BBC Music Magazine
 


"The NP30 sounds impressive, is simple to use and affordable."

 

UK, August 2011

Hi-Fi World
 

"It’s an excellent, honest, entry level machine that’s quite possibly all many computer audiophiles will ever need."

 

UK, August 2011

Einsnull
 

“Even in its own price range and beyond, the NP30 is a really big hit! Handling, features and sound, everything is just right.”

 

Germany, July 2011

InGear, The Sunday Times
 

“The sound is excellent: The Cambridge Audio is a powerful and vibrant performer, giving a clean and open rendition of whatever you’ve got on your computer’s hard drive.”

 

UK, June 2011

Specifications

DAC Wolfson WM8728 24-bit/96kHz capable
THD+N 0.003% @ 1kHz
Frequency Response: 20Hz-20kHz +/- 0.2dB
Signal to Noise Ratio: > 95dB
Total correlated jitter: <200pS
Digital Outputs: S/PDIF Co-axial and TOSLink Optical
16-24 Bits, 22.05-96kHz
Audio Formats WAV containing uncompressed PCM 16-24 bit 32-96kHz
FLAC containing losslessly compressed PCM 16-24 bit 32-96kHz
Apple Lossless (ALAC) 16-24 bit @ 12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48/96kHz
AIFF containing uncompressed PCM 16-24 bit 32-96kHz
Microsoft® Windows MediaTM Audio (WMA 9 Standard) 32-320kbps
MP3 (CBR or VBR) 16-320kbps, AAC, HE AAC and AAC+ (CBR or VBR) 16-320kbps
Ogg Vorbis 32-320kbps

(88.2kHz sampling frequency not supported)
Streaming Protocols RTSP (Real Time Streaming Protocol)
MMS (Microsoft Media Server Protocol)
HTTP (Hyper Text Transfer Protocol)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b / g or n (Ethernet connection required for 24-bit files)
Wi-Fi Encryption WEP, WPA, WPA2
Ethernet IEEE 802.3,10 Base-T or 100 Base-T
USB 2 x USB 1.1 current limited to 500mA each
File systems FAT32
Trigger In 12V DC
Mains inlet voltage 120-240 VAC (switch mode)
Standby consumption <1W
Max power consumption 21W
Dimensions (H x W x D): 67 x 270 x 285mm (2.6 x 10.6 x 11.2")
Weight 2.1kg (4.6lbs)

Technical Specifications

User Manuals

Custom Installation Information

Firmware Updates

Click here for information about the latest firmware update

Here at Cambridge Audio, we’ve been working hard to make your Minx Xi, Stream Magic and NP30 experience even better! There is a new Stream Magic firmware update.

The new firmware version is v266-b-553 (and v266-b-553-a-001 for NP30s without APD)

The next time you switch on your Stream Magic device it will automatically see that an update is available and will prompt you to update. Alternatively, you can update your device manually by going to Settings > Upgrade Firmware.

12th March 2014: v266-b-553 (and v266-b-553-a-001 for NP30s without APD)

- Fix UPnP search on Minim Server (mantis #1619)

- USB playback - fix problem where some files were not being seen on the thumbdrive

- Remove limit of number of tracks allowed in a playlist (was 20)

- Fix potential long term internet radio playback issues

- Try harder to ensure UPnP byebye is sent before unit shuts down (fix to help with iOS/Android app)

- Pre-select current Wired/Wireless setting before displaying the menu

- Fix display of DNS servers

- Fix UPnP browsing crash on corrupt server when (null) being returned for dc:title

Click here for information about previous firmware updates

- 21st January 2014: v266-b-546 (and v266-b-546-a-001 for NP30s without APD)

- Tell UPnP servers to sort all browse requests according to upnp:originalTrackNumber

- Fix crash on NP30/Minx Xi units (French or Italian units only) when entering UPnP menu

- Miscellaneous bug fixes

 

- 4th November 2013: v266-b-525-a-005

- Fixed text alignment issues

 

- 30th July 2013: v266-b-525-a-003

- Fix missing presets on iOS/Android apps

- Add Polish and improve other translations

- Fix crash when shuffle/repeat pressed in Bluetooth mode

- Fixes to support station delete in Pandora

- Stability fixes in playback engines

- Miscellaneous changes to support latest versions of mobile app

- Fix crash in 'auto' network mode when inserting ethernet cable while wi-fi interface is coming up

- Fix crash when connecting mobile app after using an interactive menu

- Fix MP3 metadata reported from ISO-8859-1 encoded files

- USB Media: Try harder to use volume-label as friendly name if available, otherwise use vendor/model name

- Fix 'is playing' indications for Pandora

- Show volume changes made via UPnP interface on main screen

- BT100: Remove Playback status, as it was unreliable

 

16th April 2013: v266-b-482   (and v266-b-482-a-002 for NP30s with APD)  

- Improve occasional track skipping seen when using certain Synology NAS devices

- Improve stability when using Stream Magic iPhone/Android control app

- Fix player crash when attempting to play tracks > 192kHz

- Fix display of clip-info for Aupeo! streaming service

- Improve overall detection of USB thumbdrives

- BT100: improve reliability of information displayed on player's front panel

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

 

15th March 2013: v266-b-467 (and v266-b-467-a-002 for NP30s with APD)

General player stability improvements

BT100: Fix issue where state gets lost when force re-paring

Fix occasional crash when coming out of idle mode

Send hostname when doing DHCP request

Other miscellaneous bug fixes

 

29th January 2013: v266-b-416-a-004

- Stream Magic 6 only - fixes intermittent bug with USB Audio input occasionally not selecting correctly

 

3rd January 2013: v266-b-416-a-002

- NP30 digital volume controlled by IR remote control (NP30 only)

- Changes required for compatibility with future Windows 8 USB Audio driver (Stream Magic 6 only)

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

 

10th October 2012: v266-b-398

The new firmware update includes a number of upgrades and most importantly, means your Stream Magic 6 or NP30 now supports Apple Lossless (ALAC) playback. Features of the firmware update include:

- Added Apple Lossless (ALAC) support, 16-24-bit @ 12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48/88.2*/96kHz (*88.2kHz not supported on NP30)

- Added support for up to 24-bit AIFF @ 12/16/22.05/24/32/44.1/48/88.2*/96kHz (only 16-bit AIFF was supported previously)

- Added Display of album/artist metadata on our iPhone App for Internet Radio stations that provide such information

- Add Auto Power-Down function to European Stream Magic 6 units

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

An updated version of the Android Stream Magic Remote app is also available on the Android app store. The updated version is V1.05 and adds support for Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) devices.

25th July 2012: v266-b-354-a-002

The new firmware update includes a number of upgrades and most importantly, means your Stream Magic 6 or NP30 now support gapless playback. We’ve also added a handy digital volume control feature to the NP30 to allow you to control the volume of the NP30 using the app or front panel selector. Features of the firmware update include:

- Added gapless playback via UPnP and local USB

- Added digital pre-amp mode (digital volume control) to NP30

- Ensure mute status persists over power-cycle and idle mode

- Changes to improve interworking with iOS/Android app

- Some minor fixes to improve UPnP browsing

- Fix issue where start of playback is lost on analogue output on SM6

- Improve buffer control on Internet Radio

- Allow volume control and balance control from iPhone/Android apps

- Fixes a bug where when switching from internet radio to a digital input of the Stream Magic 6, there is no sound coming from the digital input – requires a restart the Stream Magic 6 in order to get sound again from the digital input

- Fixes a compatibility issue with Apple ._ files, where they would show as duplicates

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

7th March 2012: v266-b-272

This Stream Magic firmware update includes a number of upgrades and most importantly, means your device will now support Bluetooth audio streaming. All you need is our new plug and play BT100 wireless audio receiver to stream music from your iPhone, smartphone, iPad, tablet, laptop or MacBook to your Stream Magic device. Read more about this amazing enhancement here Features of the firmware update:

- Allows the NP30 to work with Stream Magic Remote Android app

- Changes to improve interworking with iOS/Android app

- Adds BT100 support

- Some minor fixes to improve UPnP browsing

- Add fast scrolling via remote and front panel

- Rename UuVol to Stream Magic

- Improve handling of tracks being moved around in the media queue via the iPhone app

- Displays "Queue Empty" if when Reply/Browse Queue button pressed there is no current queue

- Ensure that codec information is still displayed when paused

- Don't list devices that aren't media servers in the 'UPnP Servers' menu

- Stop playback when queue is cleared

- Export information on current stream type/source name to iOS/Android app

- Changes to the preset-setting mechanism

- Mark currently playing track when browsing UPnP

- Fix "Network not supported" problem with some access points

- Other miscellaneous bug fixes

As part of this update process, we’re also creating a single platform to support all our network players and as such, UuVol has now become Stream Magic. These exciting enhancements will deliver a host of benefits:

Even more powerful control apps...

- UuVol Remote apps for iPhone and iPad have become Stream Magic Remote. Today, an update has been released on the App Store which your device will prompt you to install. As well as changing name to Stream Magic Remote, the app update also features improved UPnP browsing and album art handling.

- Stream Magic app for Android! We’re in the final stages of developing a fantastic app for Android phones. This has been released in advanced beta mode on Android Market and we will continue to develop it to offer seamless control across Android devices. Finally, UuVol Home portal has also now become Stream Magic Home. When you visit the usual www.uuvol.com you’ll now be redirected to www.stream-magic.com where your UuVol login details will allow you to access your new Stream Magic Home account. Your presets, settings and devices will be carried over to your Stream Magic account and no action is required to activate or use your account.

BT100 upgrade

Fixes issue when playing Bluetooth audio from some aptX enabled devices. This affects some (but not all) BT100 units. The symptom is audio cutting out after 3 minutes of playback with some aptX capable source devices. Typically affected devices will be Samsung Galaxy S3 Android phones and Apple computers.

If you have any previous version of the update app installed on your PC, you should uninstall this first:

Windows 7 / 8 - ‘Control Panel → Programs and Features’ and double clicking on any installed instance of ‘BT100 Update’.

Windows XP - ‘Control Panel → Add and Remove Programs’ and double clicking on any installed instance of ‘BT100 Update’.

Full instructions from a fresh install are then included in the zip file; please read them first. Click here to download BT100 upgrade files and instructions - note: this upgrade can only be carried out on a Windows computer.

Frequently Asked Questions