Model No: NAD Masters Series M12

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NAD Masters Series M12

  • $3,849.00

Moving at the speed of digital

It's not easy to keep up with the rapidly changing world of digital audio. Fortunately, NAD continues to produce forward-thinking digital gear to keep you ahead of the curve. Their Masters Series M12 is serious business, inside and out. Its streamlined look and innovative, flexible connectivity are almost enough to make you forget about sound quality — until you hear it. There's a lot going on inside this preamp/digital-to-analog converter. If it's not enough, you can do even more with NAD's add-on modules for further connectivity options.


Pure digital design for pure sound

The M12 is an all-digital preamp designed to reduce distortion to near non-existent levels. By eliminating analog signal paths between the built-in digital-to-analog converter and the output stage, NAD prevents these noisy circuits from introducing distortion that degrades sound quality. Plus, volume control and source switching are controlled digitally, eliminating further interference from mechanical and electronic components. This ensures that your music remains as pure as possible from your digital source all the way to your separate power amp — check out the matching NAD Masters Series M22 for a killer combo.

Play everything from high-res digital files to vinyl

We rarely see this many connections on a preamp. Naturally, there's no shortage of digital inputs, including an asynchronous USB input for connecting your computer. It's compatible with digital files with resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz, for more detail and depth than CDs. There are also front- and back-panel inputs for USB memory devices like thumb drivers and hard drives. The M12 has more than just digital connections — there are balanced XLR inputs and outputs for use with sources and power amps with balanced connections as well as unbalanced RCA connections. There's also a phono input so you can plug in a turntable with either a moving magnet or moving coil cartridge.


NAD's groundbreaking future-proof modular design

As digital technology develops quickly, it can be hard to commit to a piece of equipment knowing something new could be right around the corner. That's the beauty of NAD's Modular Design Construction. This allows you to swap in new circuit board modules with new connectivity as technology changes. There are already two modules available for the M12 that will expand this preamp's capability:


DD HDM-1 - Add HDMI switching to the Masters Series M12 with this module's three HDMI inputs. It allows you to connect a Blu-ray player or streaming media device like Apple TV to the M12 for high-resolution decoding of Dolby® TrueHD and DTS Master Audio soundtracks. An HDMI output passes video through to your TV.


DD BluOS - This module adds wireless music streaming to the M12. It's compatible with Bluesound wireless multi-room music products, so you can integrate this preamp into a whole-house audio system. It also adds Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, and wired Ethernet connections for streaming music from smartphones, tablets, computers, and network-attached storage devices (NAS).


Touchscreen display

You might notice the obvious lack of buttons on the front of the Masters Series M12. You won't miss them. That's because the display is actually a touchscreen. You can choose your source, scroll through menus of digital tunes from your connected USB memory device, or adjust the settings using the intuitive menu system. If you explore the menu, you'll find some cool options like tone controls, source renaming, mono listening mode for old movies and LPs, and independent crossover selection for each of the two subwoofer outputs.



Product highlights:

Features:

stereo preamp with digital inputs for a network music player, disc player, computer, and more

NAD's Direct Digital design performs functions like volume control and source selection in the digital domain, for shorter signal paths and virtually no audible distortion

digital inputs allow for use as a stand-alone digital-to-analog converter (DAC)

Modular Design Construction allows you to add more connectivity via user-installed modules

optional modules offer HDMI in/out and network connectivity for wireless music streaming and integration with Bluesound products

Class A analog output stage with balanced and unbalanced connections

subwoofer outputs with selectable crossover frequencies

touchscreen display offers intuitive playback controls, source selection, and settings adjustments

remote control

Connections:

balanced stereo XLR inputs and outputs

unbalanced stereo RCA inputs and outputs

phono input for connecting a turntable

balanced digital XLR (AES/EBU) audio input for professional disc players or processors

asynchronous USB (Type B) input for connecting a computer

two Type A USB inputs (front and back) for connecting a hard drive or memory device (MP3, WMA, and FLAC files)

optical digital audio: 2 inputs, 1 output

coaxial digital audio: 2 inputs, 1 output

2 subwoofer preamp outputs

RS-232 port for automated control systems

12-volt trigger and IR input

detachable power cable

Specifications:

supports PCM sampling rates up to 24-bit/192kHz from a connected computer or thumb drive (front-panel USB port is limited to to 24-bit/96kHz resolution)

total harmonic distortion: <0.0005%

signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 125 dB

channel separation: greater than 115 dB


Moving at the speed of digital

It's not easy to keep up with the rapidly changing world of digital audio. Fortunately, NAD continues to produce forward-thinking digital gear to keep you ahead of the curve. Their Masters Series M12 is serious business, inside and out. Its streamlined look and innovative, flexible connectivity are almost enough to make you forget about sound quality — until you hear it. There's a lot going on inside this preamp/digital-to-analog converter. If it's not enough, you can do even more with NAD's add-on modules for further connectivity options.


Pure digital design for pure sound

The M12 is an all-digital preamp designed to reduce distortion to near non-existent levels. By eliminating analog signal paths between the built-in digital-to-analog converter and the output stage, NAD prevents these noisy circuits from introducing distortion that degrades sound quality. Plus, volume control and source switching are controlled digitally, eliminating further interference from mechanical and electronic components. This ensures that your music remains as pure as possible from your digital source all the way to your separate power amp — check out the matching NAD Masters Series M22 for a killer combo.

Play everything from high-res digital files to vinyl

We rarely see this many connections on a preamp. Naturally, there's no shortage of digital inputs, including an asynchronous USB input for connecting your computer. It's compatible with digital files with resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz, for more detail and depth than CDs. There are also front- and back-panel inputs for USB memory devices like thumb drivers and hard drives. The M12 has more than just digital connections — there are balanced XLR inputs and outputs for use with sources and power amps with balanced connections as well as unbalanced RCA connections. There's also a phono input so you can plug in a turntable with either a moving magnet or moving coil cartridge.


NAD's groundbreaking future-proof modular design

As digital technology develops quickly, it can be hard to commit to a piece of equipment knowing something new could be right around the corner. That's the beauty of NAD's Modular Design Construction. This allows you to swap in new circuit board modules with new connectivity as technology changes. There are already two modules available for the M12 that will expand this preamp's capability:


DD HDM-1 - Add HDMI switching to the Masters Series M12 with this module's three HDMI inputs. It allows you to connect a Blu-ray player or streaming media device like Apple TV to the M12 for high-resolution decoding of Dolby® TrueHD and DTS Master Audio soundtracks. An HDMI output passes video through to your TV.


DD BluOS - This module adds wireless music streaming to the M12. It's compatible with Bluesound wireless multi-room music products, so you can integrate this preamp into a whole-house audio system. It also adds Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi®, and wired Ethernet connections for streaming music from smartphones, tablets, computers, and network-attached storage devices (NAS).


Touchscreen display

You might notice the obvious lack of buttons on the front of the Masters Series M12. You won't miss them. That's because the display is actually a touchscreen. You can choose your source, scroll through menus of digital tunes from your connected USB memory device, or adjust the settings using the intuitive menu system. If you explore the menu, you'll find some cool options like tone controls, source renaming, mono listening mode for old movies and LPs, and independent crossover selection for each of the two subwoofer outputs.



Product highlights:

Features:

stereo preamp with digital inputs for a network music player, disc player, computer, and more

NAD's Direct Digital design performs functions like volume control and source selection in the digital domain, for shorter signal paths and virtually no audible distortion

digital inputs allow for use as a stand-alone digital-to-analog converter (DAC)

Modular Design Construction allows you to add more connectivity via user-installed modules

optional modules offer HDMI in/out and network connectivity for wireless music streaming and integration with Bluesound products

Class A analog output stage with balanced and unbalanced connections

subwoofer outputs with selectable crossover frequencies

touchscreen display offers intuitive playback controls, source selection, and settings adjustments

remote control

Connections:

balanced stereo XLR inputs and outputs

unbalanced stereo RCA inputs and outputs

phono input for connecting a turntable

balanced digital XLR (AES/EBU) audio input for professional disc players or processors

asynchronous USB (Type B) input for connecting a computer

two Type A USB inputs (front and back) for connecting a hard drive or memory device (MP3, WMA, and FLAC files)

optical digital audio: 2 inputs, 1 output

coaxial digital audio: 2 inputs, 1 output

2 subwoofer preamp outputs

RS-232 port for automated control systems

12-volt trigger and IR input

detachable power cable

Specifications:

supports PCM sampling rates up to 24-bit/192kHz from a connected computer or thumb drive (front-panel USB port is limited to to 24-bit/96kHz resolution)

total harmonic distortion: <0.0005%

signal-to-noise ratio: greater than 125 dB

channel separation: greater than 115 dB

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