NAD Readies New AVRs, Three New Categories

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NAD Electronics is coming to the CEDIA Expo with plans to launch at least nine new products, expand its selection of audio components that connect to new audio sources, and enter three new markets – iPod-docking speakers, wireless USB DACs and harddrive music jukeboxes.

The company also plans to show four new A/V receivers priced up to $4,000 and a $3,000 preamp/processor.

In its top-end Master Suite, the company plans fall availability of the $2,500-suggested M50 Digital Music Player and $2,000 M52 Digital Music Vault, which can be paired with the current M2 amplifier to reproduce 24-bit/96kHz music.

The M50 Digital Music Player is a networked CD player/ ripper that sends ripped content to the M52 Vault singlezone music jukebox 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. It features Ethernet, embedded Wi-Fi, multiple outputs including HDMI, USB inputs to play music stored on a USB, and RS-232 control. It decodes FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC and Ogg.

The M52 Digital Music Vault music jukebox automatically backs up music collections. Album art and metadata are automatically retrieved through the Internet when CDs are ripped on the companion M50 CD player/ripper.

Also to the Master Suite, NAD is adding the $1,600 M51 Direct Digital DAC, which can be paired with the M3 integrated amp. The 35-bit 844kHz DAC supports HDMI digital audio and the newest USB codec for 24- bit 192kHz audio transmission. It can act as a digital preamp because it features multiple inputs and DSP volume control. Features include USB ports for connection to PCs and USB sticks, two stereo-only HDMI inputs, and an HDMI output with 3D passthrough.

NAD’s first iPod speaker system, which also streams stereo Bluetooth, is the $700s-suggested VISO 1, due in October. A docking/charging cradle rotates for horizontal or vertical positioning of an iPod/iPhone. The speakers are biamplified.

Of three new DACs, the $300 DAC1 is a two-piece point-to-point wireless system whose non-Wi-Fi wireless transmitter plugs into a PC’s USB port to transmit uncompressed 16-bit/48 kHz music wirelessly up to 120 feet to a DAC/receiver plugged into a home audio system. The 24-bit/192kHz DAC/receiver converts the digital signal to analog using premium Burr-Brown technology. A coax digital output allows for connection to a downstream digital processing. The system features three selectable RF channels.

Another DAC, due in the fall, is the C 390DD DAC/ amplifier with built-in 2x150-watt amp and 35-bit/844kHz up-sampling digital conversion. It features NAD’s MDC (Modular Design Construction), which enables future upgrading via add-in modules, and the company’s fully digital PowerDrive amplifier technology, which directly accepts a digital PCM signal, uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to amplify the signal, and incorporates a closedloop direct digital feedback technology to deliver betterthan- Class-A performance at all output levels with high efficiency, the company said.

PowerDrive is also available in other NAD components.

The third DAC is the $250 MDC DAC, also due in the fall. It connects to the NAD C 356BEE and C 375BEE integrated amplifiers to significantly upgrade the sound of disc players and music streamers. A USB input allows for direct connection of a PC or Mac.

NAD’s four new A/V receivers are all said to offer 3Dcompatible HDMI inputs and outputs, but the company declined to specify whether they were HDMI 1.4 or 1.4a. They also feature HDMI’s audio return channel. They are the $900-suggested T 748, $1,600 T 757, $3,000 T 777, and flagship $4,000 T 787. The former is shipping; the latter three ship in the fall.

The 7.1-channel T 748 is the company’s lowest-priced 7.1 AVR and features Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, and EARS, a proprietary technology that upconverts stereo to surround sound.

The $1,600 T 757 adds second-zone audio, steps up output to an FTC-rated 7x120 watts, and adds MDC, making it the lowest priced AVR with MDC. The $3,000 T 777 adds 7.2-channel capability, four-zone audio, Dolby Pro Logic IIx to derive two front-height channels, and fully digital PowerDrive amplifier technology, among other things.

The $3,000 T 187 A/V/tuner/preamp also features MDC and ships in the fall.


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