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Future-Fi at CES 2019: the NAD Masters M10

  • Future-Fi at home – it’s about minimising audio hardware’s physical intrusion and maximising its ease of use. Slipstreaming neatly into a steady flow of shoebox-sized streaming amplifiers (like Naim’s Uniti Atom and Linn’s Selekt DSM) comes NAD’s Masters M10 to which we just add loudspeakers.

    The M10 weighs 5kg, measures 215 x 100 x 260 mm and features 1) a BluOS streaming module, powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 CPU for Roon, AirPlay 2, MQA, bi-directional aptX Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and (eventually) full Dirac Live room correction plus 2) back panel inputs for analogue sources, coaxial digital (TOSLINK, S/PDIF), USB storage devices and HDMI ARC, all routed via 3) an unnamed ESS Sabre DAC chip and 4) 100wpc Hypex nCore amplifier circuit.

    With Roon, Spotify or BluOS smartphone app control, the latter integrating Tidal, Qobuz and Deezer, the M10 can be dropped into any existing multi-room system or stand alone as a single Ethernet/Wi-Fi-capable music source.

    And for those who like to get hands-on with playback control, that front panel colour TFT display is also a touchscreen with proximity sensor.

    The M10 will begin shipping in February for US$2499 or £2199.

    Further information: NAD

    Written by John

    John currently lives in Berlin where he creates videos and podcasts for Darko.Audio. He has previously contributed to 6moons, TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile.

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