NAD has upgraded five of its AV products with the introduction of its new Modular Design Construction (MDC) upgrade program, which it claims will improve the performance, functionality and simplicity of these products.The upgrades affect the T-785, T-775, T-765 and T-755 A/V receivers and the T-175 pre-amp/tuner. The new upgrades maintain NAD’s core values including Music First design philosophy, declaring that state-of-the-art music recordings remain the true test of any playback system.
This cornerstone design features five removable A/V modules. These modules maintain all input and output connectivity and include the functional circuitry for Digital Video, Digital Audio, HD Analog Video, SD Analog Video, Analog Audio Inputs and Outputs.
The first of the two digital video upgrade boards include a 3 input HDMI repeater, full 1080p support, standard definition up-conversion and de-interlacing. The second board is a 4 input HDMI repeater with a Sigma Designs VXP Broadcast Quality image processor that sets a new benchmark for an AV Receiver at any price point, claims NAD.
These models were notable in part for their ability to be updated for both audio and video functionality as new technologies are delivered to market. In the past, consumers would have no other alternative but to purchase an entirely new AVR to acquire the latest feature innovations. Now with MDC, a NAD consumer can have their dealer add the latest A/V technology for a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire component. MDC is also an environmentally responsible approach, as it extends the service life of the A/V component.
The two Digital Audio upgrade boards, both feature Dolby TrueHD and DTS HD Master Audio decoding. The premium card also includes the full suite of Audyssey room correction and audio processing technologies, such as MultEQ XT Pro, Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ.
The T-175 pre-amplifier/tuner is a tour de force music and home theatre pre-amp. It offers almost every conceivable feature needed to address today’s home theatre environments. A full suite of video switching caters to all popular video formats including HDMI, component video, S-Video, and composite video. Multi-rooms can be created using the zone two, three and four outputs to add additional amplifiers and speakers with the benefit of independent source and volume control.
The NAD T-785 A/V receiver RRP $3,499 offers 7 channels of 120 watts, 4 x HDMI V1.3 digital audio/video inputs, 7 analogue stereo audio inputs, an MP3 player input, multi-zone outputs with independent source and volume control, 3 x IR outputs, 1 x IR input, RS232 interface, speaker A+B switch and a second zone remote.
The NAD T-775 RRP $2,999 offers 7 channels of 100 watts plus all other features of the T-785. The NAD T-765 RRP $2,499 offers 7 channels of 80 watts, 3 x HDMI V1.3 digital audio/video inputs, plus all other features of the T-785.
The NAD T-175 pre-amplifier/tuner RRP $2,499 offers 7 digital audio inputs (3 coax/4 optical), 2 x digital outputs, analogue video to HDMI conversion, cross conversion of all analogue video formats, 7.1 analogue input (DVD Audio/SACD), 4 x HDMI V1.3 audio/video inputs, 2nd zone A/V line level output with independent source/volume control, and pre-amp outputs for all 7.2 channels.
The NAD A/V receivers are available in Graphite or Titanium finish, while the T-175 pre-amp/tuner is available only in Graphite.