Kallax-Fi: hi-fi hardware that sits comfortably inside an IKEA Kallax unit, arguably the world’s most popular (and affordable) vinyl storage system. Future-Fi: hi-fi hardware that sees multiple functions coalesce inside a single box that keeps at least one eye on handsome industrial design.
Announced in January at CES 2019, NAD’s M10 (US$2499/€2999) is both Kallax-Fi and Future-Fi. Its shoebox form factor is comfortably accommodated by the Kallax’s 33cm shelf width, height and 38cm depth. On the inside, the M10 marries BluOS/Roon/SpotifyConnect streaming functionality to a 100wpc Hypex nCore amplifier with external DAC inputs (no USB) and a pair of instantly digitised analogue inputs to keep pragmatic vinyl spinners in play. Yes, it does MQA.
For playback control and input selection, we look to the BluOS suite of apps – one each for MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS – and the M10’s large front panel touchscreen display that when left alone shows song info, covert art and/or VU meters.
However, cementing the M10’s Future-Fi assignation is support for Dirac Live room correction (microphone supplied) that allows us to tailor the NAD box’s loudspeaker output to the room. A real boon for those whose listening room doubles as a lounge room where wall treatments are either verboten or prohibitively expensive.
But before you click play on our short film about the NAD M10, ask yourself: “What’s Genesis’ best album?”.
Camera: Olaf von Voss | Editor: Jana Dagdagan
Further information: NAD