NAD ANNOUNCES M10 MASTERS BLUOS STREAMING AMPLIFIER
NAD Electronics has unveiled a new and unique Masters Series product, the M10. The BluOS enabled amplifier can serve as the heart of a quality whole-home system.
In its purest form, the M10 is an ultra-high-performance streaming amplifier boasting "great audiophile sound". Alternatively, it can be combined with other players in a BluOS ecosystem of wirelessly networked music players throughout the home for a whole-home audio system.
However, looking under the hood reveals that the M10 has even more to offer.
There is Dirac Live (LE) Room Correction to ensure your music can be precisely dialled in for optimum performance. Also, the M10 features complete connection flexibility allowing it to integrate into virtually any environment.
The M10 has wired connectivity covered too, both analogue and digital. It even has an HDMI Audio Return Channel enabling easy integration with your a/v system. The M10 is fully compatible with all the leading smart home systems to control lighting, shades, HVAC and security from one smartly styled interface.
With the inclusion of BluOS, the powerful wireless multi-room Bluesound music management software, the M10 supports the new standard for High Res streaming, Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) as well as Apple AirPlay2. BluOS also supports over 15 free and paid subscription services as well as supporting locally stored music libraries.
NAD is also well established as a leader in HybridDigital amplification, and Masters Series amplifiers have garnered audiophile acclaim around the world. The M10 utilises HybridDigital amplification featuring the remarkable Hypex nCore amplification stage offers state-of-the-art performance along with the ability to drive virtually any loudspeaker.
Conservatively rated at 100 watts per channel, the M10 is both highly efficient and remarkably powerful. Effortless dynamics and a complete absence of electronic noise are hallmarks of this advanced technology.
A Master in Control Flexibility
Completely operable by Wi-Fi connection to the BluOS App, one need never touch the M10. But as you approach the M10 the beautiful, high-resolution TFT colour touch screen beckons as the graphics changes from ‘now playing’ to ‘control panel’ allowing many operations directly from the front panel without opening the App. 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 standard interface. An IR remote control is also included.
Greg Stidsen, NAD's Chief Technology Officer, told StereoNET:
The Masters M10 is a perfect example of an audiophile component that is luxurious and smart yet at the same time, discreet. 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. Though the elegant form factor of the M10 takes up very little space and could be hidden away, but with its attractive design and striking display, why would you want to?
NAD Masters M10 tech spec
- BluOS Streaming Amplifier
- HybridDigital nCore Amplifier
- Continuous Power:100W into 8/4 Ohms
- Dynamic Power: 160W into 8 Ohms / 300W into 4 Ohms
- 32-BIT/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC
- 1GHz ARM® CORTEX A9 Processor
- Dirac Live LE Room Correction*
- Colour TFT display with Proximity Sensor
- AirPlay 2 Integration*
- Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
- BluOS multi-room compatible
- Gigabit Ethernet
- HDMI eARC
- USB Type A Input
- Stereo Line Inputs, Coax/Optical Inputs
- Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output
- IR Input, 12V Trigger Out
- Apps for iOS, Android, Mac OS, Windows, Crestron, Control4, RTI, URC, Elan, Lutron, iPort
- A wide variety of premium music services supported in App, including Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Napster, Deezer, Qobuz and many others
*These features will be implemented via future software upgrades.
The M10 will be available this month and will sell for $4,999 RRP (NZD).
For more information, head on over to NAD Electronics.
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