Three Big New Prod­ucts From NAD In­clud­ing Turntable

SoundMag - - News - Writ­ten by David Richards

sur­face has an­nounced three new prod­ucts in­clud­ing a stream­ing DAC (dig­i­tal au­dio con­verter), an am­pli­fier/DAC, and a belt-drive turntable, at this stage lo­cal dis­trib­u­tor Con­voy have not said when the prod­ucts will be launched in Aus­tralia.

Steve Burton Op­er­a­tions Man­ager from Con­voy is still de­fend­ing his stuff up ear­lier this week when he sent out a Blue­sound press re­lease em­bar­goed to 8.00pm at 8.00pm last Mon­day. The re­lease which Len­brook In­dus­tries Limited have said was a global em­bargo was re­leased by Burton to se­lected me­dia in Aus­tralia ahead of the of­fi­cial em­bargo.

Len­brook In­dus­tries are also the own­ers of the NAB brand of au­dio gear.

Among the new of­fer­ing from Len­brook, is the C 588 belt­drive turntable, due out in Novem­ber, it comes pre-fit­ted with an Orto­fon 2M Red mov­ing-mag­net phono car­tridge and fea­tures elec­tronic speed con­trol, an AC mo­tor with an iso­lated power supply, and a custom 9-inch car­bon­fi­bre ton­earm de­signed to re­duce track­ing an­gle er­rors. To en­sure speed ac­cu­racy, NAD con­verts in­com­ing AC power to clean DC volt­age be­fore elec­tron­i­cally gen­er­at­ing “the pre­cise AC fre­quency to reg­u­late the syn­chro­nous mo­tor.” All ro­tat­ing parts are made from alu­minium al­loy “ma­chined to very tight tol­er­ances to elim­i­nate…vi­bra­tion in the drive sys­tem.”

Ver­ti­cal track­ing an­gle and az­imuth ad­just­ments are pro­vided, and the turntable base is made of MDF with damp­ing feet to min­i­mize vi­bra­tion. The C 588 is also equipped with a felt­lined glass plat­ter and a thick non-res­o­nant dust cover.

An­other new NAD prod­uct is the C 658 stream­ing DAC, due out in De­cem­ber, this sys­tem com­bines a pream­pli­fier, DAC, and BluOS-en­abled streamer in a mod­u­lar com­po­nent fea­tur­ing clas­sic NAD styling; the mod­u­lar con­struc­tion in­cludes two slots to sim­plify fu­ture up­grades.

The new sys­tem was ac­tu­ally de­vel­oped by Blue­sound and the app-based BluOS plat­form sup­ports wire­less 24-bit/192-kHz mul­ti­room stream­ing and pro­vides ac­cess to up­wards of 20 stream­ing ser­vices and in­dex­ing of more than a quar­ter mil­lion tracks from lo­cal net­work sources.

The streamer also sup­ports MQA de­cod­ing (on all dig­i­tal in­puts) and two-way Blue­tooth/aptX HD for “bet­ter-than-CD” qual­ity stream­ing to and from Blue­tooth-en­abled de­vices. The C 658 is also equipped with a “lite” ver­sion of the Dirac Live speaker setup/room-cor­rec­tion sys­tem and a host of other fea­tures, in­clud­ing a mov­ing-mag­net phono stage, bal­anced preamp out­put, stereo sub­woofer out­puts, and a ded­i­cated high­cur­rent head­phone amp with a quar­ter-inch front-panel jack.

The third ver­sa­tile D 3045 amp/DAC, due out later this month, has a built-in 2 x 60-watt am­pli­fier and com­bines a 24/192 asyn­chro­nous USB in­put, MQA and DSD de­cod­ing, a ded­i­cated head­phone am­pli­fier, and a mov­ing-mag­net phono stage in a com­pact chas­sis that can be ori­ented ver­ti­cally or hor­i­zon­tally. It also sup­ports two-way Blue­tooth/ aptX HD and can ac­com­mo­date up to eight sources via ana­logue and dig­i­tal (coax­ial and op­ti­cal) in­puts.

Other high­lights in­clude a full-range preamp out­put and sub­woofer out­put for added flex­i­bil­ity plus an Au­dio Re­turn Chan­nel-en­abled HDMI in­put. The D

3045 in­cludes an in­frared (IR) re­mote con­trol and is de­scribed as a cool run­ning, highly ef­fi­cient de­sign with a standby power con­sump­tion of less than 0.5 watts.

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