CES 2019 News: NAD announces Masters Series M10 BluOS streaming amplifier

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by Andy Bassett Jan 7, 2019 at 7:53 PM

  • For years, NAD has been widely recognized as a pioneer in cutting-edge digital audio reproduction. With the inclusion of BluOS, the powerful wireless multi-room Bluesound music management software, it can now announce its latest Masters Series amplifier – the M10.

    NAD are well established as a leader in Hybrid Digital amplification and the Masters Series amplifiers utilise this technology, which features the Hypex nCore amplification stage to provide state-of-the-art performance along with the ability to drive virtually any loudspeaker. Sporting a 32-Bit/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC and conservatively rated at 100 watts per channel, the M10 is both highly efficient and remarkably powerful.

    The M10 is therefore an ultra-high-performance streaming amplifier that can serve as the heart of a quality system, either as a standalone installation or when combined with other players in a BluOS ecosystem of wirelessly networked music players to create a whole-home audio system.

    The M10 can be combined with music players from NAD, Bluesound, and DALI to sync rooms together or have them all play something different. More products are being added to the ecosystem every day so there is an ideal product for every room and at a wide variety of price points.

    BluOS supports the new standard for High Res streaming, Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) as well as supporting over 15 free and paid subscription services including Spotify, Tidal, Deezer and Qobuz. Accessing both cloud and locally stored music libraries means you’ll never be far away from your favourite high quality music. Apple AirPlay 2 will be implemented via a future firmware upgrade.

    Looking further under the hood, however, reveals that the M10 also has even more to offer. There is Dirac Live Room Correction to ensure your music can be precisely dialed in for optimum performance by correcting both frequency response and time domain impulse response. This full version of Dirac Live, when properly calibrated, demonstrably improves clarity, naturalness, and pinpoint imaging.

    In addition to audiophile quality sound, the M10 features complete connection flexibility allowing it to integrate into virtually any environment. The M10 also has inputs for all your other audio sources, both analog and digital. It even has an HDMI Audio Return Channel (ARC) to make it easy to integrate with most modern flat panel TVs allowing the sound to come through your high fidelity speakers yet be controlled by your TV remote. The M10 is fully compatible with all the leading smart home systems to control lighting, shades, HVAC and security from one smartly styled interface.

    Greg Stidsen, NAD's Chief Technology Officer said "It can effectively perform the same function that required a rack full of components just a few years ago and in many ways, is superior”.

    All this flexibility benefits from easy operation via a Wi-Fi con­nection to the BluOS App, one need never touch the M10, though there is a high resolution TFT colour touch screen allowing many operations directly from the front panel without opening the App should you feel the need to get ‘hands-on’.

    In addition, M10 users can benefit from hands-free control of their music from any Amazon Alexa supported device or via Siri. The M10 is fully compatible with all the leading smart home systems from leading companies like Apple, Crestron, Control4, Lutron and many others. This means that along with your lighting, shades, HVAC, and security, you can seamlessly control your BluOS multi-room music system from a common interface. An IR remote control is also included.

    The M10 will be available in February 2019 at a price of £2,199.

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