NAD Ships Digital Media Tuner

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Sharon, Mass. - NAD Electronics has begun shipping its first networked audio component, the $800-suggested C 446 digital media tuner.

The C 446, which is shipping, also connects to a variety of new music sources.

 The device features analog AM/FM tuner, Internet radio, ability to stream music from networked PCs and NAS drives incorporating Universal Plug-and-Play (UPnP) and DLNA standards, Ethernet port, and embedded Wi-Fi. It also has USB audio playback and connection to an optional iPod/iPhone dock for music playback. The C446 lacks an amplifier.

 The component decodes the MP3, FLAC, WMA, WAV and AAC compressed-music formats.

Other features include 24bit/192kHz audio DAC, an RS-232 serial interface port for integration with home automation systems, and ability to convert analog FM/AM to a S/PDIF digital output.

In 2009, the company introduced

a pair of Blu-ray players

with embedded Wi-Fi to stream audio, video and photos from a networked PC.

In a separate announcement, the company said it began shipping the $900-suggested T 748 A/V receiver, a 7.1-channel model supporting 1080p 3D video, HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC), Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio, and EARS, a proprietary technology that up-converts stereo to surround sound.

It also features give nameable A/V presets that combine settings for specific source components or specific source material, such as action movie, gaming or stereo music listening. The presets incorporate specific speaker settings and surround modes.

Other features include analog-video up-conversion to HDMI, connection to an optional iPhone/iPod dock, FM RDS and RS-232 interface for control from home-automation systems.


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