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    NAD Unveils New Masters M17 AV Pre-Pro and MDC Audio Modules at ISE 2018

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    (NAD) The all-new Masters M17 V2 Pre-Pro

    (February 5, 2018) NAD is arriving at ISE 2018 with several big announcements, including a new and improved Masters Series Surround Sound AV Pre-Pro and two new performance audio modules designed to update its Modular Design Construction portfolio.

    NAD’s biggest reveal is the new Masters M17 V2 ($5,999 MSRP), a high-end Pre-Pro that builds upon the company’s older M17 model. The M17 V2 is designed to support the company’s Modular Design Construction (MDC) format, which allows owners to swap out internal componentry to keep equipment current with the latest technologies. The M17 V2 ships with support for Dolby Atmos and other lossless legacy codecs, paired with 11-channel onboard processing. Output is accommodated by balanced outputs for all eleven channels, including the DACs (which are also fully balanced). Audio quality is further enhanced by Dirac Live Full Room Correction.

    NAD has outfitted the Masters M17 V2 with five HDMI 2.0 inputs (two out) for compatibility with all current UHD video standards including HDR, HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and 4:4:4 color resolution. Owners also have access to wired and Wi-Fi based networked functionality along with BluOS built-in, Internet radio, and access to streaming services such as TIDAL and Spotify.

    BluOS delivers Hi-Res multi-room audio with full support for MQA.

    "The Masters M17 V2 represents NAD’s finest surround sound performance and compares with AV Pre-Pros costing many times its price," stated Greg Stidsen, NAD's Director of Technology and Product Planning. "MDC allows us to incorporate the latest cutting-edge technologies and to keep it flexible and up to the minute. The M17 V2 will satisfy the most demanding Videophiles and Audiophiles too.”


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    (NAD) NAD's new MDC AM 17 audio module
    NAD has also announced the MDC AM 17 ($699 MSRP) and MDC AM 230 ($549 MSRP) modules, which bring Dolby Atmos to the company’s Masters M17 Pre-Pro (via AM 17) or T 758, T 777, and T 787 AVRs and T 187 and M15HD AV Preamps (via AM 230). The MDC AM 17 also delivers Dirac Live (full version), while the MDC AM 230 carries support for Dirac Live LE (limited to frequencies below 500Hz).

    “For more than a decade, NAD has been committed to future proofing our customer’s investment in their products while enjoying the latest cutting-edge technologies such as Dirac Live and Dolby Atmos,” explained Stidsen. “We believe this creates lasting value and pride of ownership that is unmatched by any other electronics company”.

    All three new NAD products are expected to ship during Spring 2018 and will be on display at ISE 2018 (Stand 15-E200). The company will be joined there by sister brands PSB and Bluesound with Lenbrook personnel on hand to demonstrate the company’s premium products and answer any questions.
     
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