(September 23, 2021) NAD Electronics continues to support modularity with the release of its first MDC2 module, a next-gen installment building upon the company’s Modular Design Construction (MDC) concept. The MDC2 architecture gives NAD even more flexibility to retroactively add features to legacy gear, as it allows for signals to be passed back and forth between an add-on module and a host component.
The MDC2 BluOS-D module delivers Dirac Live Room Correction (upgradeable to Dirac Live Full Version), BluOS Hi-Res multi-room streaming and music management, the latest Wi-Fi and Ethernet protocols, support for Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and TIDAL Connect. It also incorporates two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth and a USB port for music playback from a USB drive. MQA decoding and rendering and both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control also enter the fold.
“First introduced in 2006 to reduce technological obsolescence and offer unparallelled value for money, the MDC platform remains the longest-running and most successful future-proofing program in hi-fi, supporting technologies like BluOS, 4K, and HDMI in components over a decade old,” commented Cas Oostvogel, NAD’s Product Manager. “Redesigned from the ground up, MDC2 builds on the success of the original MDC platform for stereo components and now supports bidirectional data protocols, which allows for a wider range of upgrade possibilities than the first-generation MDC platform.”
Hitting the market with a price of $549, the MDC2 BluOS-D is scheduled to be released in time for the holiday season.