Sharon, Mass. - NAD has begun shipping its top two A/V receivers and a high-end preamp-surround processor in its Classis Series, all with the ability to be upgraded via replaceable circuit modules.
The AVRs are the flagship $4,000-suggested T 787 and the $3,000 T 777, which join the previously shipped $1,600 Classic-series T 757 AVR and the Classic T 748 AVR, whose price was just lowered to $700 from $900.
The new Classic preamp processor is the $3,000 T 187, which essentially is the flagship AVR without amplifiers, a spokesman said.
All five products were previewed at the CEDIA Expo, with the T 757 and T 748 AVRs shipping by last September.
The three models just now shipping decode lossless HD surround formats and feature NAD's non-logic matrix surround mode called EARS (Enhanced Ambience Retrieval System), said to give stereo recordings a natural and spacious ambience. They feature 24/192 analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters Audyssey MultEQ XT for speaker setup and digital room correction.
The proprietary PowerDrive, a fully digital amplifier technology said to perform as well or better than the best linear Class A or AB amplifiers with Class D efficiency, is also included.
All three components feature seven HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs with support for HD and 3D video at resolutions up to 1080p at frame rates of 24, 50 and 60 fps, the company said. They also feature digital coaxial and optical inputs/outputs, IP control, IR outputs, 12V triggers and RS-232 port.
The $3,000 T 777 is rated at 7x80 watts into 4 ohms and features 7.2-channel capability, four-zone audio, and Dolby Pro Logic IIx to derive two front-height channels. The $4,000 T787 is rated at 7x120 watts into 4 ohms.
Plug-in Modular Design Construction (MDC) modules for all three new components give consumers the ability to custom-configure their AVRs and preamp/processors as well as upgrade their existing components over time with the latest new features and technologies. One such module adds a Control4 brain to MDC-capable components.