NAD is releasing a third generation of surround receivers, starting with the T 758 V3 at $2399, with the T 777 V3 to follow. But they ain’t just for the movies, emphasises the Australian distributor, Convoy International.
“With NAD’s reputation for high value/high performance, it was obvious that the T 758 V3 would have to please audiophiles and home theatre enthusiasts alike,” says Geoff Matthews, Convoy’s Managing Director. “Most A/V receivers available on the market today focus predominantly on the Video and Surround Sound aspects, leaving audio circuitry almost as an afterthought. NAD firmly believes that there are many people for whom music will always come first. Ordinary AV receivers simply sound flat in comparison.”
With the audio in mind, the T 758 V3 features built-in BluOS wireless streaming technology, making the receiver a hub for any Bluesound wireless multiroom system (Bluesound comes from the same parent company as NAD, Canada’s Lenbrook Group) bringing lossless music from local libraries as well as internet radio stations, and access popular music streaming services. You can control the music using the BluOS Controller app for smartphone, tablet and desktop, including the ability to group the receiver to other BluOS-enabled components from NAD or Bluesound to create a whole home music delivery ecosystem.
Indeed in contrast to many AV receivers, NAD leaves the video processing where it belongs, in the display, avoiding multiple format conversions that plague lesser AVRs. But it includes full UHD compatability at 60 frames per second with 4:4:4 colour gamut and High Dynamic Range, also supporting the Audio Return Channel (ARC) and CEC control. Analogue video sources are also supported on HDMI for simple ‘one wire’ connection to the display.
Other upgrades for the new generation of receivers include Dolby Atmos and DTS Master Audio surround processing, Dirac Live calibration, and distributed audio abilities.
Versatile AV presets allow custom set-ups for different types of program material (drama, action, musical, etc.) tailoring the performance to taste. Inputs can be renamed to match specific components, and each source component retains the same custom settings every time it is selected for viewing.
Stereo source material can be converted to surround sound using NAD’s ‘EARS’ surround mode.
The Dirac Live Room Correction software delivers optimised sound quality for your system and room. There ‘s a built-in Lite version of the software, with the option to upgrade to a full-featured version for US$99, measuring the acoustic performance of the system within the listening room and optimising playback performance. The T 758 V3 is the first of two NAD products to adopt Dirac Live.
This unit also has NAD’s Modular Design Construction system, with replaceable modules at the rear. With MDC, the T 758 V3 can be upgraded to handle future digital formats.
Priced at $2,399 the T 758 V3 is shipping this month (Oct 2017).
More info: www.nadelectronics.com.au