Published On: March 2, 2009

Upgrade Module Program Adds Technologies to Existing NAD Products

Published On: March 2, 2009

Upgrade Module Program Adds Technologies to Existing NAD Products

The latest innovation from NAD Electronics is a unique upgrade program that will allow consumers to purchase equipment that will allow for custom configurations of NAD's high-value A/V products.

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NAD Electronics has introduced a unique Upgrade Program enabling dealers and installers to offer custom configurations to owners of NAD's high-value A/V products. Each Upgrade Module allows an owner to install one or more elements of NAD's innovative new mechanical architecture, Modular Design Construction (MDC), into select NAD A/V Receivers and Preamp-Processors.

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Developed exclusively by NAD, MDC provides numerous benefits and
advantages. It greatly improves products' performance, functionality and ease of
use, while protecting them against premature obsolescence. It also simplifies
product servicing, and enables NAD to more quickly bring to market new
"advanced technology" features.

MDC updates NAD's Building Block Concept, a powerful design approach the
company pioneered more than 30 years ago. The Building Block Concept
allowed NAD's integrated stereos to accommodate more powerful amplifiers
while retaining the preamp section of the integrated amp. MDC reinvents the
concept by combining NAD's traditional benchmark-performance pedigree with
leading-edge, feature-driven technologies, yielding the critical operational
functionality today's video-centric world requires.

Kicking off the MDC Upgrade Program are four plug-in modules that add
valuable features and capabilities while enhancing input and output
connectivity. These first four modules cover digital audio and HDMI functions,
component and analog video functions, and two-channel and multi-channel
analog audio functions. Additional modules are planned.

The announced modules include two options for upgrading audio performance
and two options for upgrading video performance. By giving our customers the
option of spending only for those features they really want, the benefit is
obvious. It also allows them to maintain their initial investment by upgrading to
new technology at a fraction of the cost of replacing the entire receiver.

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• The MDC AM 100 Module features a Dual Core digital signal processor
(DSP), Audyssey Setup, and decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, DTS
High Definition and Master Audio formats
. Its connections include 3 coax
digital audio inputs, 3 optical digital audio inputs, 1 coax output and 1 optical
output.
• The MDC AM 200 Module features compatibility with Audyssey MultEQ
XT, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, which preserves the full impact of movie
soundtracks; Audyssey Dynamic Volume, which prevents large jumps in
volume when TV channels or video sources are changed; and Audyssey
MultEQ Pro. It includes two Dual Core DSPs, and decoding for Dolby Digital
Plus, TrueHD, DTS High Definition and Master Audio formats. Its
connections include 3 coax digital audio inputs, 3 optical digital audio inputs,
1 coax output and 1 optical output.
• The MDC VM 100 Module includes switching for 4 HDMI sources and
converts the standard-definition analog video inputs to HDMI output. It
supports all resolutions up to 1080p/60, and de-interlaces SD video from 480i
and 576i to 480p and 576p. With full HDMI repeating functionality the VM
100 allows audio to be processed in the NAD Receiver while sending the
video signal to the HD display device. It also allows for full On-ScreenDisplay.

The MDC VM 200 Module converts SD analog video to HDMI output, and
supports all resolutions up to 1080p/60. It comes equipped with a VXP Broadcast
Studio Quality Image Processor capable of motion adaptive de-interlacing with
edge interpolation, which eliminates the jagged edge effects common in lesser
image/scaling processors; film mode detection with output cadence generation,
which gives video the smoothness of film; programmable scaling with aspect
ratio conversion, which perfectly matches a video source with a video display;
frame conversion to and from any refresh rate (in NTSC and PAL), and advanced
noise reduction and detail enhancement, which enrich the display of analog
video sources. The module includes an HDMI Repeater, 4 HDMI inputs, and 1
HDMI output.

Owners of NAD's flagship Theater Series components -- the T 175 Preamp-
Tuner-Processor and T 785, T 775 and T 765 AV Receivers -- will be able to
upgrade these products through the Upgrade Module Program. In the first
quarter of 2009 new HD versions of its Theater Series A/V Receivers and
Surround Sound Preamplifiers will incorporate these new modules and also
allow for further dealer installed customization. The MDC modules will be
available from authorized NAD dealers and custom installers in January 2009
and priced as follows:

Module Price
MDC AM 100 $400
MDC AM 200 $600
MDC VM 100 $400
MDC VM 200 $950

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