NAD Launches New MDC Upgrade Module, MDC USB DSD

NAD Electronics’ newest module in its Modular Design Construction (MDC) portfolio is the MDC USB DSD, which adds USB Audio 2 for both PCM and DSD playback capability to six of the manufacturer’s most popular stereo (pre-) amplifiers: the M33, M32, M12, C 388, C 368 and, by April 2021, the C 658.


With NAD’s MDC set up, owners of the manufacturer’s compatible AV can get the latest features through software upgrades and adding a new hardware module to the stereo amplifier. The MDC USB DSD module allows you to experience computer music playback and streaming in high resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD up to DSD256.

Thanks to the Asynchronous USB connection with the MDC USB DSD module, says NAD, computer sound has been eliminated. The module bypasses the computer’s low-quality DAC, clocks, and associated circuitry that cause jitter and distortion by using the high-quality DAC in select NAD amplifiers.


Play favourite music from the computer’s USB connection to stream from a local hard drive, or popular music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal, or Qobuz.