NAD M12 Direct Digital Preamp DAC

NAD M12 Direct Digital Preamp DAC

DirectDigital Preamplifier Built for the Future.

The M12 isn't a typical DAC and it isn't a typical preamplifier. The M12 is an ultra-high resolution digital audio hub that boasts a full roster of audiophile-grade features that leverage some of the most advanced digital audio thinking on earth. 24/192 Asynchronous USB offers modern connectivity options from any source imaginable. And NAD's DirectDigital™ processing and a Class-A buffer guarantee real-time, 24-bit accuracy from the very first to the very last bit. 

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Product Description

The M12 interfaces with all digital or analogue musical sources, and renders them perfectly to power amps and active loudspeakers.

NAD DirectDigital™ Innovation
DirectDigital™ amplification offers the highest level of performance. The 35-bit data path with 24-bit coefficients and 62-bit accumulation, and dithered truncation back to 35-bits after DSP functions guarantee the overall 24-bit accuracy. With this degree of resolution, all preamp functions can be accomplished with a new level of precision, and all in the digital domain. This eliminates the noise and distortion prone to analogue circuits. Because of the super high resolution, even 24-bit files are processed without truncation or loss of information.

Uncompromised Connection
Standard inputs include AES/EBU, Asynchronous 24/192 USB, coaxial and optical digital inputs and balanced and single-ended line level inputs including a high performance MC/MM phono stage. Rounding out the picture, a pure Class-A buffer using the latest generation of Super OP Amps provide low impedance balanced and single-ended connections to power amplifiers or active loudspeakers. A remote controls all functions and IR repeaters, 12V triggers, and a serial port to make integration with advanced control systems a snap.

Fine tune your system
Because of the massive computing power and high-resolution signal path, some interesting features have also been incorporated to further perfect the listening experience. Want to add a subwoofer to your system? The M12 includes a second order high pass and low pass crossover with selectable frequency. You can even select different frequency knees for each filter. This level of flexibility and precision is made possible by our highly perfected DirectDigital architecture.

Future forward MDC
One of NAD's most innovative technological advancements— Modular Design Construction (MDC)—does away with obsolescence by providing a simple upgrade path to add future features and functionality. M12 owners can add an optional DD HDM-1 HDMI Module with 3 inputs and 1 output (3D video passthrough) and/or the soon to be released network audio module, DD BluOS, with music management software that is controlled with an iOS or Android device. The DD BluOS MDC Module allows streaming of a variety of music services, HD streaming from a NAS device, and TuneIn radio; plus it gives you full control of your music library. Integrated WiFi/Ethernet and aptX Bluetooth™ connections are also offered with the DD BluOS Module.

NAD M12

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  • The new Master Series M12 and M22 pre- and power amplifier were introduced at CES but it took until November before the first examples hit the shops. Of these the M12 preamplifier is the most exceptional, it makes full use of NAD’s Modular Design Construction (MDC), and it has rear panel slots for input cards to configure the preamp to your needs. In the review sample an analogue module was fitted with line inputs and a configurable phono stage for MM or MC. The second module offers digital inputs and a third accepts USB sources.  An HDMI card is available that provides three inputs for AV equipment with 4K HDMI pass through for the monitor. There is also a streaming module near to production that will be fully compatible with the range made by the sister brand Bluesound. This module will make streaming a piece of cake from a Bluesound Vault, any USB disk, NAS or the NAD Master Series M52 digital Vault. It works like a Bluesound Node albeit rather better. The excellent control app can be used to navigate your music collection, but it’s just as easy connect to Spotify, Qobuz, Tidal, other online music sources and internet radio.

    Inside the M12 an A/D converter samples the analogue inputs to PCM so that you can make full use of tone control and/or subwoofer outputs. The D/A conversion is based on the work in the M51 outboard DAC that NAD brought to the market a few years ago and which has won many prizes for outstanding value. Outputs on the M12 are balanced, unbalanced and digital. These extras combined with MDC makes the M12 one of the most flexible preamps on the market. But more important is that it sounds excellent, very neutral and extremely detailed. The new look adds to the must-have-factor too. A clear winner for those who want to combine all the benefits of modern streaming and digital sources, yet like to play records and have other analogue sources. The M12 works very nicely with the M22 power amp, but also with more conventional class A or AB designs in my experience. 

    -René van Es

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    NAD M12 Direct Digital Preamp DAC

    NAD M12 Direct Digital Preamp DAC

    DirectDigital Preamplifier Built for the Future.

    The M12 isn't a typical DAC and it isn't a typical preamplifier. The M12 is an ultra-high resolution digital audio hub that boasts a full roster of audiophile-grade features that leverage some of the most advanced digital audio thinking on earth. 24/192 Asynchronous USB offers modern connectivity options from any source imaginable. And NAD's DirectDigital™ processing and a Class-A buffer guarantee real-time, 24-bit accuracy from the very first to the very last bit. 

    Local Warranty: 2 Years

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