At CEDIA Expo 2009, high performance A/V component manufacturer NAD Electronics plans to announce its distinctive “Modular Design Construction” architecture, which, according to a company press release, will be incorporated “into select NAD A/V Receivers and Preamp-Processors,” as well as in yet-to-be-released new NAD components. The concept behind the Modular Design Construction architecture is elegant, sophisticated and timely.
The basic idea calls for groups of related core functions to be incorporated into compact, plug-in modules that can be purchased and inserted into the chassis of MDC-ready NAD components. A key benefit, of course, is that the MDC architecture gives NAD owners a welcome measure of future proofing. In essence, MDC modules provides a clear pathway for upgrading NAD A/V components over time, making it possible to add “advanced technology features” as they become available.
To get a clearer vision for some of the possibilities that NAD’s MDC architecture offers, it helps to read a description of the first four MDC plug-in modules NAD will offer. We quote directly from the text of NAD’s MDC press release, which announces the following four modules:
“The MDC AM 100 Module features a 250 MIPS Dual Core digital signal processor (DSP), Audyssey Setup, and decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, DTS High Definition and Master Audio formats. Its connections include 3 coax digital audio inputs, 3 optical digital audio inputs, 1 coax output and 1 optical output.
The MDC AM 200 Module features compatibility with Audyssey MultEQ XT, Audyssey Dynamic EQ, which preserves the full impact of movie soundtracks; Audyssey Dynamic Volume, which prevents large jumps in volume when TV channels or video sources are changed; and Audyssey MultEQ Pro. It includes two 300 MIPS Dual Core DSPs, and decoding for Dolby Digital Plus, TrueHD, DTS High Definition and Master Audio formats. Its connections include 3 coax digital audio inputs, 3 optical digital audio inputs, 1 coax output and 1 optical output.
The MDC VM 100 Module converts standard-definition analog video to HDMI output. It supports all resolutions up to 1080p/60, and de-interlaces SD video from 480i and 576i to 480p and 576p. It includes an HDMI Repeater, 4 HDMI inputs, and 1 HDMI output.
- The MDC VM 200 Module converts SD analog video to HDMI output, and supports all resolutions up to 1080p/60. It comes equipped with a VXP Broadcast Studio Quality Image Processor capable of motion adaptive de-interlacing with edge interpolation, which eliminates the jagged edge effects common in lesser image/scaling processors; film mode detection with output cadence generation, which gives video the smoothness of film; programmable scaling with aspect ratio conversion, which perfectly matches a video source with a video display; frame conversion to and from any refresh rate (in NTSC and PAL), and advanced noise reduction and detail enhancement, which enrich the display of analog video sources. The module includes an HDMI Repeater, 4 HDMI inputs, and 1 HDMI output.”
Prices for the modules, which are available from authorized NAD dealers and custom installers, range from $400 to $950. According to the NAD press release, “Current owners of NAD’s flagship Theater Series components — the T 175 Preamp-Tuner-Processor and T 785, T 775 and T 765 AV Receivers — can have their units upgraded through their dealers, while upgraded versions of each are also available.”
The Modular Design Construction architecture will premiere in its most full-fledged form “in NAD’s Masters Series with the introduction of the M15HD Surround Sound Preamplifier.”
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