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NAD announces Masters M10 V2

  • File it under we didn’t see that coming: NAD has announced the second version of its Masters M10 super-integrated amplifier: less a complete overhaul, more an iterative development.

    Like its forerunner (video here), the Masters M10 V2 marries a 100wpc (into 8/4 Ohms) nCore amplifier to Dirac Live room correction and a Roon Ready / Spotify Connect / Tidal Connect / BluOS streaming module and wraps the whole shebang in a Kallax-Fi-friendly shell.

    However, the amplifier section now promises higher output levels with inefficient speakers (by way of “updated gain algorithms”) and the BluOS module adds Dolby Digital Surround decoding where rear channel content can be streamed wirelessly – and with low latency – to a pair of BluOS-equipped streaming loudspeakers or amplifiers (connected to passive speakers). Hello 4.0.

    The M10 V2 also sports two subwoofer outputs and, as demonstrated in our Bluesound POWERNODE 2021 coverage, a BluOS bass management system that gives us not only low-pass filtering for our bass bins but corresponding high-pass filtering of the main loudspeakers. Hello, 4.1 and 4.2.

    NAD has also upgraded the M10’s most visually arresting feature: the V2’s 7″ IPS touchscreen promises better colour accuracy and a wider viewing angle than its predecessor. And for those who don’t wish to use the touchscreen or their smartphone to change, say, input or volume, the M10 V2 ships with an IR remote wand.

    And lest you still remain unsure of the M10 V2’s Future-Fi credentials, cop a load of this lot:

    – Wireless 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2-channel surround sound options
    – Hybrid Digital nCore Amplifier with updated gain algorithms
    – Continuous Power: 100W into 8/4 Ohms
    – Dynamic Power: 160W into 8 Ohms 300W into 4 Ohms
    – 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC
    – Dirac Live Room Correction
    – IPS Colour LCD display
    – Infrared remote control handset included
    – Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant voice control skills
    – AirPlay 2 integration, with support for Siri Voice Assistant
    – Roon Ready
    – Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect
    – Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
    – NFC Bluetooth pairing for compatible smart devices
    – BluOS multi-room compatible
    – Gigabit Ethernet; Wi-Fi 802.11ac (WiFi 5)
    – HDMI eARC, USB Type A inputs
    – Stereo line analogue and coaxial/optical digital inputs
    – Preamp output, two independent subwoofer outputs with updated gain algorithms
    – IR Input, 12V Trigger Out
    – Apps for iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Crestron, Control4, RTI, URC, Elan, Lutron, iPort
    – Wide variety of premium music services supported in BluOS app, including Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Napster, Deezer, Qobuz and many others
    – Support for all major lossless and lossy formats, including WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, AAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and others
    – MQA decoding and rendering

    Shipping on the M10 V2 begins globally in August 2021 where it will sell through NAD’s international dealer network for US$2749, €2999 or £2199.

    Further information: NAD

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