(Editorial Note: The AVguide news desk received word of two related CES product announcements from NAD. First, the firm will release three new upgrade modules as part of NAD’s Modular Design Construction (MDC) program. As many readers know, NAD’s MDC-capable A/V components feature MDC cardslots in which users can install MDC functionality modules that allow components to be updated as technologies evolve. Second, the firm will release three new MDC-equipped A/V components at CES: a tuner preamp/processor, and two new A/V receivers. Below, we present the text of NAD’s MDC module press release with an MDC image, plus a preview of NAD's coming CES announcement for its new A/V components.).
NAD Launches Three Upgrades for Its Modular Design Construction Program for Top A/V Products
New Obsolescence-Defying Modules Offer Advanced Support for Digital
Video, HDMI, and — A First! — Control4 Home Automation Technology
CES 2011, LAS VEGAS,Jan. 6, 2011— NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, introduces three new upgrade modules for its Modular Design Construction™ (MDC) program, at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show, beginning here today.
The new modules include the VM 150 High-speed Digital Video Module, which expands NAD support for 3D and digital media formats;the VM 150X HDMI Expansion Module, which adds HDMI 1.4a ports and broadens connectivity for A/V receivers; and the CM 200 Control4® Director Series Module, which, for the first time,adds Control4 functionality to MDC-equipped NAD A/V receivers.
The introduction of this third generation of MDC upgrade modules since the program’s launch in 2005 demonstrates the company’s commitment to MDC. It also means the NAD A/V receiver purchased years ago is all set to go for HDMI 1.4, 3D TV, and whatever may be the next technological revolution.
NAD’s MDC architecture enables dealers and installers to offer custom configurations to owners of NAD’s high-value A/V products. Owners can install one or more of NAD’s innovative upgrade modulesintoselect NAD A/V receivers and processors, or purchase new components already equipped with the MDC architecture.
Developed exclusively by NAD, MDC improves products’ performance, functionality and ease of use, while protecting them against premature obsolescence. It simplifies product servicing, and enables NAD to more quickly bring to market new technology features. Consumers have the comfort of knowing their investments will not soon become obsolete, and dealers can promote MDC as an important benefit.
VM 150 High-speed Digital Video Module
The new VM 150 Module fully supports all available HDMI 1.4a features, all mandatory 3D video formats, and analog-to-digital conversion for video signals to HDMI. It provides an audio return channel, outputs all sources in their native resolutions, and supports NAD’s new VM 150X and CM 200 Modules. A powerful type of integrated circuit known as a field-programmable gate array (FPGA) supports future software features and development. The VM 150 also includes three HDMI inputs and two HDMI outputs.
VM 150X HDMI Expansion Module
The VM 150X Module is designed to replace the Component Video Module on MDC-equipped A/V receivers. It includes three HDMI 1.4a inputs, an Ethernet Port that allows network control of the A/V receiver, and a data port that accepts NAD’s IPD 2 Dock for iPod connectivity. It works seamlessly with NAD’s new VM 150 Module
CM 200 Control4® Director Series Module
The CM 200 Control4 Module embeds the Control4® Operating System into MDC-equipped A/V receivers, enabling each component to function as the core of a Control4® smart home, controlling not only A/V functions but lighting, climate control, security systems and much more.Control4 is a leader in automation technology and the CM 200 is the first product to add Control4 home automation to the MDC feature list.
The module seamlessly integrates Control4 technology into an MDC-equipped receiver, enabling it to function as a home controller. This lets other consumer electronics and systems in the home work together, enhancing the operation of such applications as Home Theaters, multi-room music, smart lighting, temperature control, and security.
The CM 200 module overlays Control4’s 720p Flash User Interface on active video up to 1080p in resolution, lets Control4 commands run without interrupting programs, adds Home Theater operational software, and includes three HDMI 1.4a inputs, four RS-232/IR outputs, an Ethernet port, a USB port and a ZigBee antenna. It also works together with NAD’s new VM 150 Module, and allows Control4 dealers and installers to purchase whole house software.
The new MDC modules will beavailable in the First Quarter 2011 at suggested prices still to be determined. The modules can be seen with other outstanding NAD products at the Venetian Hotel, Suite 30-129, during CES.
New MDC-Equipped Processor and A/V Receivers by NAD
NAD will introduce at CES a new preamp-tuner processor and two new surround sound A/V receivers—the T187, T757 and T787—built with the company’s exclusive Modular Design Construction (MDC) architecture, which becomes more affordable and accessible than ever before. The T757’s suggested price of $1,499 brings NAD AV Receivers equipped with MDC technology to a significantly lower price point. The new models also demonstrate NAD’s growing commitment to MDC, a program begun in 2005 and now in its third generation of modules.
The T187 and T787 are compatible with NAD’s new VM 150 Video Module, which expands support for 3D and other digital formats; the new VM 150X Module, which adds HDMI 1.4a ports and adds IP control; and the new CM200 Control4® Module which, for the first time, adds Control4 automation functions to NAD A/V receivers. All support seven channels with the T757 delivering 60 Watts/channel (full disclosure power) and the flagship T787 delivering 120 Wpc FDP. The components are expected to be available in the second quarter of 2011 at suggested prices from $1,499 to $3,499.
For further technical information, please visit NAD Electronics’ website at http://nadelectronics.com/home.