NAD launches MDC USB DSD upgrade module

MDC extends life and functionality

by Andy Bassett
Hi-Fi News

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NAD launches MDC USB DSD upgrade module
SRP: £3,995.00

Owners of a number of NAD stereo (pre) amplifiers will be able to add high-resolution PCM and DSD computer music playback and streaming via the new MDC USB DSD module.

NAD Electronics, the respected Canadian audio/video component firm, has made the latest addition to its Modular Design Construction (MDC) portfolio, the MDC USB DSD, available to owners of six of its most popular stereo devices. That means USB Audio 2 PCM and DSD playback capability is coming to the M33, M32, M12, C 388, and C 368 (pre) amplifiers for an additional outlay. Support for the C 658 is expected in April 2021.

Key Features of the NAD MDC USB DSD Module:

·         Asynchronous USB connection

·         Audio resolution up to 24bit and 192kHz

·         USB Audio 2

·         DSD up to DSD256 (DSD is converted to 24-bit/192kHz PCM)

The simple addition of the MDC USB DSD as a new hardware module to the compatible systems provides users with the convenience and benefits of computer music playback and streaming, in high resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD up to DSD256, combined with the music performance of their NAD Hi-Fi system.

The Asynchronous USB connection incorporated with the MDC USB DSD module helps eliminate computer noise since the module bypasses the computer’s low-quality DAC, clocks and associated circuitry that cause jitter and distortion, using instead the the high-quality DAC found in the compatible NAD amplifiers, delivering details and dynamics reproduced from the original recording in their full glory.

NAD M33
MDC USB DSD in a NAD C 658

As the amount of high-resolution content up to 24-bit/192kHz available for download or streaming increases, users can enjoy their favourite music from their computer's USB connection streamed from a local hard drive, or popular music services such as Spotify, Tidal or Qobuz.

NAD continues to champion the ability to extend the life of its devices through its Modular Design Construction approach. If 80 percent of a product is still relevant and performs as intended then there’s no need to make the entire device redundant just to add or update one component or element of functionality. That’s where MDC comes in as an easy, cost effective way for the owner to upgrade just the processor, or the DAC, or the HDMI circuits, while keeping the fully capable case, display, preamp and power amp operating just as they are.

The MDC USB DSD is available now for £399 GBP ($499 USD / €499 EUR MSRP). Contact your local NAD dealer.

Source: NAD Press Release
Image Source: NAD

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