NAD Electronics, a manufacturer of high-performance audio-video components, is kicking off a month-long series of activities promoting the release of its Masters M66 BluOS Streaming DAC Preamplifier by displaying the product at the Shanghai Audio Show in China, ahead of shipments arriving to global retailers in the second half of November 2023.
”China has been one of NAD’s fastest growing markets and we are very excited to be able to have Chinese audiences be among the first to see the full extent of what the M66 is capable of,” explains Cas Oostvogel, product manager, NAD Electronics.
“We chose the Shanghai Audio Show over those in Melbourne, Paris, and other locations because of the market’s embrace of the brand.”
NAD Masters M66 Preamplifier Offers Wealth of Digital & Analog Capabilities
The company says the NAD Masters M66 is a technologically advanced preamplifier that offers integrators a choice of features. NAD points out the preamplifier’s circuit design features separate digital and analog signal paths that add functionality like distinct volume attenuation for analog and digital signals, as well as a true analog bypass for the MM/MC (moving magnet/moving coil) phono stage, and an independent headphone amplifier.
NAD says that is new preamplifier also includes four independent subwoofer outputs, along with licenses for Dirac Live Room Correction (full frequency) and Bass Control tools. The Canadian company boasts the M66 also introduces a new proprietary technology—Dynamic Digital Headroom (DDH)—that eliminates intersample clipping and relies on ESS Sabre DAC technologies to help ensure that only the cleanest signal is passed along for amplification.
In addition, the Masters M66 preamplifier supports whole-house audio through the inclusion of its proprietary BluOS wireless hi-res multiroom streaming platform, as well as Apple AirPlay2, two-way AptX HD Bluetooth, and a host of other inputs and outputs.
The NAD Masters M66 Preamplifier Features Include:
- Ethernet and Wi-Fi networking
- BluOS network streamer provides access to over 20 streaming services, including several that deliver lossless and high-resolution audio
- Flagship ESS Sabre DAC and ADC chips
- Dynamic Digital Headroom (DDH) circuit eliminates digital intersample peak clipping distortion
- Full MQA hardware decoding and rendering
- Analog Bypass Mode available
- Separate signal paths for digital and analog sources; separate power supplies for digital and analog sections
- Supports popular music casting protocols like Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect
- Seamless integration with smarthome control systems such as Crestron, Control4, ELAN, RTI, URC, and others
- Four independent unbalanced RCA and balanced XLR subwoofer outputs
- Full bandwidth version of Dirac Live Room Correction and Dirac Live Bass Control licenses included
- MM/MC phono stage with RIAA equalization, high overload margins, and infrasonic filter
- HDMI port with eARC support
- Two optical and two coaxial S/PDIF inputs, one AES/EBU balanced digital input, two pairs of RCA line-level analogue inputs, one pair of XLR balanced inputs
- Option to switch off WiFi and Bluetooth to minimize RF interference
- Dedicated headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability
- Ultra-precise resistor-ladder digital volume control
- 7-inch front-panel touchscreen
- Aluminium casework
- Two MDC2 expansion slots for adding future capabilities
- IR remote
The M66 will be available for purchase in November and will be available at participating NAD authorized retailers at a suggested retail price of $5,499.
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