The CEDIA trade show, held in Atlanta, Georgia, saw a preview of the M56 Blu-ray Player from NAD Electronics, part of the company's new Masters Series. The M56 is retro-compatible with older audio and video formats, while also providing full support for HD video and audio.
NAD Electronics just showed a glimpse at the new Masters Series M56 Blu-ray Player at the recent CEDIA tradeshow in Atlanta, Georgia.
Boasting full support for the latest HD audio and video formats, plus compatibility with existing CD and DVD collections, the M56 is designed to deliver the best possible performance day in and day out. The M56 is brimming with the latest digital features like BD Live Network connectivity, and exhibits a masterful level of industrial design and build quality.
The M56 features beautiful picture quality in the Blu-ray format's native resolution of 1080p with pure digital transmission via HDMI outputs. NAD's upscaling engine gives even standard-definition DVDs a boost with resolution to 1080p over HDMI, and Component video output up to 1080i. The M56 also supports 1080p at 24 frames per second to deliver the most fluid motion available from film-based material (suitably supported by the TV display). This avoids the so-called "3:2 Pull Down" motion artifacts commonly seen using DVD players.
In keeping with Blu-ray's audio capabilities, the M56 provides a true high definition 7.1 Linear PCM soundtrack, uncompressed, with 24-bit resolution via HDMI. The M56 also supports the new HD formats from Dolby and DTS that offer 'lossless' compression. They can be decoded in the M56 and sent as LPCM via HDMI, or forwarded in compressed form to another component, like NAD's M15 HD Surround Sound Preamplifier, that supports High Bit Rate decoding.
The M56 also supports Dolby Digital and DTS legacy formats, which it sends as bit streams via HDMI, or coaxial or optical connections. This includes Dolby Digital Plus, a new, backward-compatible format that significantly increases the bit rate to improve fidelity and support additional channels. In addition, the M56 supports Audio CDs and CD-Rs and CD-RWs with MP3 or WMA decoding. A 7.1 analog output on the M56 enables current M15 owners to be right up to date with the latest surround formats on Blu-ray, and a USB 2.0 port on the rear panel allows playback of music and image files stored on a memory stick or portable MP3 player.