Las Vegas - NAD Electronics will
build on its three-series product strategy here at CES with new products in its
Classic series and top-end Master series.
The brand's third series is the
Viso series of tabletop audio products, the first of which was the biamplified
$700-suggested VISO 1 iPod/iPhone-docking speaker that also streams stereo
shipped in the fourth quarter.
All series are designed to leverage
computer audio, or what NAD calls Smart Music, whether stored on a PC or in a
mobile device. All series have separate franchise agreements, and Viso is
intended to expand NAD distribution beyond A/V specialists to such outlets as
To its Master Series, NAD is
adding its Digital Suite of components, which are designed to eliminate all
analog circuitry from the signal path. The components store and play back
digital music, including 192kHz/24-bit HD music downloads, and use NAD's Direct
Digital amplifier technology, which directly accepts a digital PCM signal and
uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to amplify the signal.
The first products in the series include
the $2,500-suggested M50 Digital Music Player and $2,000 M52 Digital Music
Vault, which can be paired with the current $6,000 M2 DAC/amplifier to
reproduce 24-bit/96kHz music. The M50 and M52 were shown at the CEDIA Expo and
will ship early this year.
The M50 Digital Music Player is a
networked CD player/ripper that sends ripped content to the M52 Vault with 3TB
RAID 5 hard-drive array. The M50 also streams music from a networked PC and
streams Internet radio through a networked broadband modem.
Also for the Master series but
not in the series' Digital Suite, NAD is launching the M15 HD2
preamp/processor, shipping in January at a suggested $4,500. Compared to the
model it replaces, the HD2 adds HDMI 1.4a ins and outs, HDMI audio return
channel, new video boards, and Ethernet for network control, and it expands the
number of HDMI inputs to six from four and the number of HDMI outputs to two.
Owners of the current M15 HD can
get an upgrade to all of the HD2's new features for $950, thanks to the
component's modular design construction (MDC).
In the Classic Series, which
includes stereo and home theater products such as AV receivers, the brand is
adding the $2,600 C 390DD DAC/amplifier with built-in 2x150-watt Direct Digital
amp and 35-bit/844kHz up-sampling digital conversion. It comes standard with
USB input capable of streaming 24-bit/96kHz USB audio, but two modular upgrades
are also available. One is a $300 HDMI module with three HDMI 1.4a ins and one
out. It's capable of passing through video two-channel digital audio up to
24-bit/192kHz. The second module is the $300 phono amp with built-in 24/192
Las Vegas - NAD Electronics will build on its three-series product strategy here at CES with new products in its Classic series and top-end Master series.