Fans of NAD's modular approach to its pre-pros and AVRs will be happy to know that there are two new Modular Design Construction (MDC) modules that expand the capabilities of their gear. The MDC VM300 ($600) is for the M17 pre/pro, T 187 preamp, T 787 AVR, and T 777 AVRs. Meanwhile, the MDC VM130 ($500) is for the T 758 AVR. Also, the company announced the immediate availability of its CI 580 multi-zone BluOS streamer.

NAD's T777 AVR and a MDC VM300 module.
Both HDMI 2.0b cards have HDCP 2.2 and support the latest video formats including HDR and full 4K UHD at 60 frames per second plus 4:4:4 color. This bandwidth allows it to handle current as well as future UHD video formats.

These upgrade cards are themselves upgradable because they are BluOS-ready. An optional $200 kit provides Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and compatibility with the BluOS high-resolution streaming system from Bluesound. This allows users to upgrade their systems to be a part of a network system consisting of up to 64 zones of high-res music.

BluOS is designed to integrate with professional home automation systems from Control4, Crestron SIMPL, RTI, Push, and URC and can be controlled with a Mac, PC, tablet, or smartphone.

These new upgrade modules are available effective immediately. If you happen to be in Amsterdam for ISE 2017, NAD's new MDC modules can be seen at the company's booth #14-D170.

NAD also used ISE 2017 to announce the immediate availability of the CI 580 BluOS streamer ($1300) that offers four networked multiroom audio stereo zones in a single 1U rack space unit.

Front and rear view of the NAD CI 580
Integrators can add up to 16 CI 580s to take advantage of the 64 zones supported on a single network by BluOS. All zones can handle up to 24-bit / 192 kHz stereo high resolution audio. The unit provides fixed as well as variable line outputs for installation flexibility, and a programmable system interrupt function lowers the volume when the doorbell or an alarm goes off.

System set up and configuration is through the BluOS app. The inclusion of ethernet allows for wired installation, but also sports Wi-Fi.

"As the custom market continues to grow, NAD believes that innovative performance solutions will differentiate the true custom integrators from the less skilled tradesmen and DIY solutions coming to market," explained Greg Stidsen, director of technology and product planning for NAD Electronics. "NAD has deep roots in the custom market and our CI 580 multi-zone BluOS streamer showcases our proprietary technologies in ways that deliver valuable and tangible benefits to both the quality-oriented custom integrator and their clients."

NAD's solutions are part of what the company describes as a renewed commitment to the custom install (CI) market. The company is showing the CI 580 operating in a control four, Crestron, and RTI environment at its ISE 2017 booth.