"Available Late Summer 2009
The NAD M2 Direct Digital Ampliﬁer represents a new level of ampliﬁer performance. Combining the ultra low distortion and noise levels of the ﬁnest linear Class A and Class AB ampliﬁers with the efﬁciency and streamlined signal path of the digital ampliﬁer, the M2 is the ﬁrst implementation of a new ampliﬁer technology called Direct Digital Feedback. Co-developed with UK based Diodes Zetex Semiconductor, and using a unique implementation of their patented DDFA architecture, the M2 redeﬁnes what is possible with digital ampliﬁer technology.
The M2 Direct Digital Ampliﬁer represents the culmination of a decade long NAD research project, capped by three years of intense development. The resultfully justiﬁes the investment. We believe that the M2 sets new benchmarks for both measured performance and subjective musical quality.
M2 Direct Digital Amplifier Features
* Direct Digital Amplifier
* 2 X 250W Continuous Power at 8 and 4 Ohms
* >500W IHF Dynamic Power
* <0.004% THD 20Hz - 20kHz from 500mW to 250W
* >120dB Dynamic Range
* 40uV Residual Noise
* >2000 Damping Factor at 50Hz +0/-0.5dB Frequency Response 20Hz - 20kHz, -3dB >85kHz
* Channel Separation >90dB @ 1kHz, 80dB @ 10kHz
* Digital PowerDrive
* Digital Soft Clipping (switchable)
* 5 Position Digital Impedance Compensation Filter
* A/D Conversion for Analogue Inputs
* Multi-bit Delta/Sigma 24/216kHz
* 0.0004% THD
* Sample rate 32kHz - 192kHz
* 124dB S/N Ratio
* High Resolution 120dB Digital Attenuator
Ins and Outs
* Inputs Digital SPDIF: AES/EBU, Coaxial X 2, Optical X 2
* Inputs Analogue: Balanced, Single Ended
* Processor Loop: SPDIF Optical (Mac PC compatible) out/in
* 2 Sets of Speaker Binding Posts to facilitate Bi-wiring
* Remote Control
* RS-232 serial data port
* IR Input
* 12V Trigger Input and Output
* <1W Standby Consumption
* 90% Amplifier Efficiency"
What should we expect from the NAD Masters M2?
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(doesn't the photo in the article look like a photoshop'd M15?)
Is the M2 essentially, a stereo, integrated, class-d amp? Would it be something akin to the Cherry digital amps - but - improved (significantly?) with volume control? 10-years in the making; is this going to be another classic from NAD? Will the, presumably inexpensive, non-masters version of this be the true classic?
I bet more than a few of us wish it had HDMI, 5.2 analog pre-outs and HBR Decoders for 7.1 True HD/DTS HDMA...
The press release is a bit vague, so what are your thoughts?