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NAD Adds Wi-Fi Blu-ray Players

– Component-audio supplier NAD added embedded Wi-Fi, PC networking, 7.1-channel
analog outputs and embedded 1GB flash memory to its next generation of Blu-ray
players, which were unveiled here at the CEDIA Expo.

Like a current model that will be phased out, the two new
models conform to the Blu-ray Profile 2.0 specification. They are the $999-suggested
T577 and $1,999 Master-series M56.

Both products are the company’s first networked devices, and
both feature wired Ethernet port and embedded Wi-Fi to stream BD-Live content
from the Internet. They also feature DLNA certification to stream audio, video
and photos stored on a networked PC.

Other features common to both include decoding of all
Blu-ray surround formats, playback of content from a USB 2.0 drive, 1080p
24/50/60Hz playback,  Deep Color and
xvYCC support, playback of DivX and DivX HD video, AVCHD playback, and 1080p up-scaling
via component and HDMI outputs. Other features include MP3 and WMA playback,
12-bit 148MHz video DACs, and 24-bit 192kHz audio DACs. Supported photo formats
are JPEG, GIF and PNG.

The model that is part of the flagship Master series adds
improved audio circuitry and Master-series cosmetics and build quality. The M56
uses premium parts, extensive shielding and advanced decoding, the company
said. A steel chassis and die-cast aluminum front panels help isolate
vibrations to deliver improved sound, along with vibration-damping feet. Disc
loading time is typically just a few seconds, the company added.

The M56 is available. The ship date of the T577 was