June 12, 2014 by Grant Clauser
It’s been a long wait for fans, but NAD Electronics has released a whole new line of Masters Series audio components. Audiophile lovers of the brand are rejoicing. The heavy-hitting stereo components include the M12 Direct Digital Preamp DAC ($3,499) and M22 Hybrid Digital Power Amp ($2,999). For home theater there’s the NAD M17 Surround Sound AV Preamp Processor ($5,499) and M27 Seven Channel Power Amp ($3,999). Among the cool features of the new components is now compatibility with Lenbrook’s BlueSound wireless distributed music platform.
The NAD M12 DAC with preamp should please a lot of digital music aficionados. It offers 24/192 asynchronous USB support, NAD’s DigitalDirect processing with real-time 24-bit accuracy, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Bluetooth and is compatible with the new DD BluOS module that turns it into a BlueSound music device. With the BlueSound module, the system will work with any of the BlueSound speakers and players and the Vault hard drive server.
Read more about Lenbook’s BlueSound line here.
The M22 hybrid digital amplifier is a perfect match for the M22 with 250 watts of power into two channels with nCore amplifier technology from Hypex.
For the home theater or media room, the M17 7.1 AV preamp handles all a movie enthusiast’s processing with Dolby TrueHD, DTS Master Audio, plus NADs EARS processing that turns stereo into surround. Around back are six HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs. A free modular upgrade to the latest video module for HDMI 2.0 and 2.2 when available.
The Masters home theater preamp can be matched with the M27 seven-channel amplifier that delivers 180 watts per channel, all channels driven, with nCore technology. It accepts both balanced and single-end inputs.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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