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Published on January 9th, 2019 | by The GC Team

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NAD shows new M10 BluOS™ enabled amplifier at CES

Audio/video components manufacturer NAD Electronics has unveiled a new BluOS™ streaming hybrid digital amplifier, the M10, to add to its Masters Series of audio products. The M10 is, according to NAD, “an ultra-high-performance streaming amplifier with great audiophile sound” that can, in its simplest form, serve as “the heart of a quality whole-home system.” Or it can be combined with other players in a BluOS ecosystem of wirelessly networked music players throughout the home for a whole-home audio system. The M10 will be available in February 2019, UK MSRP £2199.

It will include a license for Dirac Live with the option for advanced users to upgrade to a Dirac Live Full Frequency version, and features “complete connection flexibility allowing it to integrate into virtually any environment.”

There are inputs for all other audio sources, both analog and digital, including an HDMI Audio Return Channel to make it easy to integrate with most modern flat panel TVs allowing the sound to come through high fidelity speakers yet be controlled by the TV remote. The M10 is fully compatible with all the leading smart home systems to control lighting, shades, HVAC and security from a single interface.                      

The unit is completely operable by Wi-Fi con­nection to the BluOS App, but there is also a high resolution TFT colour touch screen with ‘now playing’ and ‘control panel’ display options, allowing many operations directly from the front panel without opening the app. Hands-free control of music is possible from any Amazon Alexa supported device or via Siri, and the M10 is fully compatible with all the leading smart home systems companies such as Apple, Crestron, Control4, Lutron and many others. This means that along with lighting, shades, HVAC and security, the BluOS multi-room music system is controllable from a common interface.

“The Masters M10 is a perfect example of an audiophile component that is luxurious and smart yet at the same time, discreet,” said Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Chief Technology Officer. “It can effectively perform the same function that required a rack full of components just a few years ago and in many ways, is superior.

The NAD Masters M10 is on display at CES 2019 in the Lenbrook Suite 29-236 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, January 8-10, 2018. NAD will be joined there by sister brands PSB and Bluesound with Lenbrook personnel on hand to demonstrate the company’s premium products and answer any questions.

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