NAD Announces M32 Direct Digital Amplifier and M50.2 Digital Music Player

May 4, 2016


NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announced two new additions to their prestigious Masters Series. The M32 Direct Digital Amplifier (€4000, $3499 U.S. MSRP) is an elegant, top-of-the-line, BluOSready integrated amplifier with a host of features that offer maximum flexibility and excellent efficiency with reduced noise and distortion. M32 also includes a phono input and a dedicated headphone amplifier to accommodate music lovers of all kinds.

M50.2 Digital Music Player (€4500, $3999 U.S. MSRP) will offer high resolution music listening, multi-room wireless streaming to other BluOS™ enabled speakers, 24/192 storage, and CD ripping all in one elegant component. M50.2 is a top-of-the-line, BluOSenabled player that is an extension to the company’s popular 40th anniversary M50/M51/M52 Digital Music Suite combining the functions of both the M50 and M52 into one sleek package. Offering only digital outputs, but including AES/EBU and HDMI, the only addition needed is a complementary DAC or Digital Preamp such as the companies own M12 and M17 models.

NAD Masters Series M32

NAD has a storied history in integrated amplifiers dating back more than forty years. With the M32 however, NAD is reinventing the integrated amplifier, as we know it. DirectDigitalamplification combines all pre-amplification and power amplification functions into a single amplifying stage. With 150W X 2 on tap, the M32 is a true digital amp (not just Class D) that is computer controlled and amplifies entirely in the digital domain, converting to analog at the speaker terminals. This gives it the shortest signal path possible.

As for the M32’s advanced design architecture, flexibility and expandability are front and center. There are four MDC (Modular Design Construction) slots with three for customization and expandability and all are 24/192 capable.

Among the most compelling features on the M32 is that it is multi-room and high-res ready with the optional BluOS™ module that can occupy one of the MDC slots and fully integrate, literally becoming part of the M32. BluOS is an advanced operating system for music management and control that includes support for local NAS drives and premium internet streaming audio services like Spotify, Tidal and many others.

Users can control BluOS™ with any smart phone or tablet and can take advantage of extensive 3rd party control system integration for seamless system performance and reliability. Moreover, NAD products are fully compatible with Bluesound™ Wireless Multi-room systems for complete wired/wireless mix-and-match system flexibility.

Inputs include:

⦁ AES/EBU, Coax and Optical, USB A and USB B
⦁ MM Phono Input
⦁ Single-ended Line Inputs
⦁ Asynchronous USB 2.0 (24/192) Computer Input
⦁ AES/EBU, Coax, and Optical 24/192 Inputs

On the output side, for personal audio aficionados, there is a dedicated high performance headphone amplifier with a ¼” jack on the front. Around back, the rear panel hosts two sets of speaker outputs capable of bi-wiring and a Subwoofer Output with a fully configurable Digital Crossover.

M50.2 Digital Music Player

The M50.2 Digital Music Player is a major upgrade on the company’s landmark M50 introduced four years ago. Heralded as a bold step forward in digital music reproduction. the M50.2 proudly takes the baton and builds upon its predecessor’s legacy with a variety of performance upgrades and innovative features.

With the M50.2, the music lovers can simply network music throughout their home. They can do this effortlessly as they digitize and centrally store their music library and then make it available to other BluOS- enabled components throughout their home. And it is all in high resolution with merely a tap of the finger away on a smartphone or tablet or a click of a universal remote.

In fact, BluOS offers users the broadest array of music sources for high resolution playback. Rip CDs into 24/192 storage, directly download High Res music without a computer, stream from a cloud service, or plug in an existing digital music library from a hard drive – wherever or however music is accessed it can be enjoyed with
the M50.2.

In addition to some of the most efficient and highest performing processors available, the M50.2 is elegantly designed, with a bright control panel and a sleek and streamlined look that will complement most any décor.

Among the many important features on the M50.2:

⦁ Wireless (Wi-Fi) and gigabit Ethernet inputs
⦁ Automatic ripping of CD to internal RAID of two 2TB hard drives
⦁ Real time playback of CDs
⦁ Decodes FLAC, ALAC, MP3, WMA, AAC, Ogg
⦁ SPDIF Outputs; AES/EBU, Coaxial, Optical
⦁ HDMI output
⦁ USB output (mass storage mode)
⦁ USB inputs, 1 front (host), 1 rear (device)
⦁ RS-232 for external control
⦁ IR in/out
⦁ IR remote control
⦁ TFT touch panel display
⦁ Bluetooth AptX®
⦁ Software defined product with upgrade path

“NAD has redefined the modern audio component system in an entirely new way, starting with the M2 DirectDigital Amplifier a few years ago and culminating last year with the groundbreaking M12 Preamp DAC and M22 power amplifier” explained Greg Stidsen Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD Electronics. “NAD has eliminated obsolescence with Modular Design Construction while expanding the frontiers of connectivity with BluOS. The M32 and M50.2 are not just future proof, they are the future.”

At HIGH END 2016, NAD will be exhibiting in the Dynaudio booth at Atrium 3.1, booth C112 at MOC Munich. NAD personnel will be on hand to present the M32 and M50.2 as well as many other models and answer any questions you might have. The M32 is expected to ship in June 2016 with M50.2 becoming available in August, 2016.

Source: Press Release