At ISE 2018 in Amsterdam, Canadian AV electronics manufacturer NAD has unveiled a “new and improved” AV pre/pro, the Masters M17 V2 ($5999 U.S.). This update of the Masters M17 supports NAD’s MDC (modular design construction) architecture that allows owners to customize their unit and keep it up-to-date with the latest technology. The company also announced imminent availability of two new MDC modules, the MDC AM 17 ($699 U.S.) that adds support for Dolby Atmos and the MDC AM 230 ($549 U.S.).

The Masters M17 V2 is now NAD’s flagship surround-sound AV pre/pro. It is an 11-channel processor and features balanced outputs for all channels. Furthermore, the balanced line stage incorporates the DACs. This model ships with Dirac Live (full version) room correction built-in.

This is a networked pre/pro that includes BluOS built-in. This allows it to be a part of a hi-res capable multi-room audio system. It also allows you to play back music—including hi-res and MQA tracks—using the dedicated BluOS app on mobile devices or a PC/Mac.

On the video side, the Masters M17 V2 has five HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs. It includes HDCP 2.2 support and can handle HDR content. It’s also a custom install friendly device; it has CEC/ARCsupport, four IR repeaters, three 12-volt trigger-outs, and an RS-232 data port that supports discrete on/off codes and access to inputs so you can program it to work seamlessly with Crestron and Control4 systems.

Rear view of the NAD Masters M17 V2
“The Masters M17 V2 represents NAD’s finest surround sound performance and compares with AV pre/pros costing many times its price…” stated Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Director of Technology and Product Planning. “MDC allows us to incorporate the latest cutting-edge technologies and to keep it flexible and up to the minute. The M17 V2 will satisfy the most demanding Videophiles and Audiophiles too.”

NAD is showing the Masters M17 V2 at ISE 2018 in stand 15-E200 along with gear from “sister brands” PSB and NAD. The new model is expected to ship this spring.

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The MDC AM 17 and MDC AM 230 are modules that add Atmos capability to compatible NAD gear. The MDC AM 17 is explicitly for the Masters M17 pre/pro while the MDC AM 230 is for NAD T 758, T 777, T 787 AVRs and T 187 and M15HD AV pre/pros.

Adding the MDC AM 230 to a compatible 7.1-channel NAD AVR allows for 5.1.2 Atmos utilizing built-in amplification, or 7.1.4 Atmos with the addition of an external stereo amplifier.

NAD's MDC AM 230 Atmos/Dirac module.
These cards also include Dirac Live capability for all channels. The MDC AM 17 comes with the full version of this advanced room correction technology. Meanwhile, the MDC AM 230 ships with Dirac Live LE, which is limited to frequencies of 500 Hz and below. Also, NAD offers the option to upgrade to the full version of Dirac Live for $99.

These new MDC cards are expected to become available this spring.