We got another glimpse at two of the more eagerly-anticipated consumer electronics products at ISE 2020: NAD's flagship Masters M33 streaming system and the equally flagship T 778 AV receiver.
The Masters M33 sits above the Masters M10 with a £3999 ($4999) price tag and enhanced specs that include 200W per channel amplification and Purifi’s Ultra-Quiet Amplification Technology, which aims to deliver ultra-low distortion and noise. This is, in fact, the first integrated component to feature this Purifi technology.
As well as BluOS support, which allows for hi-res streaming (including MQA) and multi-room integration with products from the likes of Bluesound and Dali, the NAD Masters M33 also has AirPlay 2 and aptX HD Bluetooth on board. An HDMI connection with full support for eARC (Enhanced Audio Return channel) makes for seamless integration with a TV, too. Dirac Live Room Correction, meanwhile, can automatically tailor the sound to your room.
The T 778 is a nine-channel flagship AVR, the $2999/£2499 T 778, which goes on sale from November.
An impressive tech spec list includes support for the BluOS operating system, Bluetooth aptX HD, 4K video pass-through and MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) hi-res audio decoding. The unit can handle 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos soundtracks, DTS Master Audio and has Dirac Live room correction for optimum performance. Oh, and there's a nifty new touchscreen as well.
The multiple amp channels are configurable so they can be used for multichannel sound in one room or to drive audio in a second zone. Under the hood you get NAD's Hybrid Digital technology to create nine channels each delivering 100W.
While we were initially told that both new NADs were imminent, it now looks as though neither will arrive before May. We'll report more as and when.