NAD Electronics recently unveiled a new and improved Masters Series Surround Sound AV preamp processor that now includes UHD 4K video, DTS-HD Master Audio, Dolby Atmos, Dirac Live Full Room Correction, and BluOS that enables streaming high-res multi-room audio. The M17 V2 ($5,999 U.S. MSRP), which will be available Spring 2018, supports Modular Design Construction (MDC)
MDC enables all major digital circuits to be upgraded and replaced to keep the M17 compatible with the next generation of surround sound formats. This NAD innovation is a unique architecture that keeps pace with the fast changing world of digital formats by allowing connectivity and feature upgrades as new technology becomes available. In fact, this M17 V2 is the previous M17 chassis with a new video MDC and new Audio MDC modules installed. MDC defies premature obsolescence, so the owner can keep pace with the latest developments in high performance AV through dealer-installed modules. An existing previous M17 can be upgraded as needs and tastes develop and one only needs to replace the module they wish to upgrade, not the entire AV preamp processor.
The M17 V2 offers full HDMI video switching and surround sound decoding along with 11.1 balanced outputs. The surround mode of the source material is automatically detected via the digital inputs of the M17 V2, and the most advanced form of decoding, based on the setup, is switched in. Conversion of the encoded digital bitstream is performed with high resolution and linear D/A converters selected for their performance capabilities.
Like all professional recording studios and sound stages, the M17 V2 offers fully balanced audio outputs for all eleven channels. This includes the DACs which are also fully balanced. Locking connectors and special interface electronics allow long cable runs without noise pickup or signal loss. The silent black background and explosive dynamics afforded by the balanced line stage amplifier adds drama and excitement to your music and movies.
Dirac Live Full room correction is now featured and offers a remarkable increase in fidelity by correcting both frequency response and time domain impulse response. When properly calibrated, DIRAC Live improves clarity, naturalness, and pinpoint imaging.
BluOS, the High-Resolution Audio Multi-Room Music Player shared with NAD’s sister brand Bluesound, is included in the M17 V2 making it unique among high end AV Processors. When connected to the internet via Ethernet or Wi-Fi the M17 V2 has access to thousands of internet radio stations and over a dozen high quality music services including Spotify, Tidal, and Deezer. With full support for MQA the M17 V2 has the highest resolution audio performance available combined with the highest definition video performance.
The latest HDMI features, including HDCP 2.2, 4:4:4 color resolution, High Dynamic Range video support, and CEC/ARC, are all included. Digital inputs and outputs are available in both coaxial and optical formats to make it easy to attach all digital sources. Digital inputs are converted to analog for use in Zone 2 where the user can choose to convert unused tape outputs for Zone 3 and Zone 4 use with independent source selection and volume control. With BluOS NAD has also made it easy to add more speakers for listening to music in additional rooms. IR repeaters, 12V triggers to automatically switch amplifiers on and off, and an RS-232 data port makes it easy to connect to highly advanced automated control systems, such as Crestron and Control4. Thoughtful features like discrete On and Off codes, direct access to inputs and FM station presets facilitates the integration of the M17 V2 into elaborate remote-control systems.
"The Masters M17 V2 represents NAD’s finest surround sound performance and compares with AV PrePros 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.”