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NAD Electronics has updated the T 758 A/V Surround Sound Receiver with a new version it calls V3i that adds Dolby Atmos, DTS Master Audio, BluOS high-res multi-room audio, Dirac Live, 4K UHD Video, and Apple AirPlay 2, all built-in.
The receiver, says NAD, focuses just as much on the audio experience for those to whom music comes first, as well as video.
“NAD carefully evaluates how customers use our products and only includes the features that are essential for great audio and video performance,” says Joe de Jesus, NAD AV and Custom Installation Product Manager. “In addition, our Modular Design Construction feature offers the real benefit of being able to add new technologies as they become available, greatly enhancing the value proposition. So, with the T 758 V3i, we are excited to add AirPlay 2 to complement other key technologies such as Dolby Atmos, Dirac Live, 4K UHD Video and BluOS music streaming.”
With Modular Design Construction, digital audio and video circuits are on replaceable modules, so customers can easily upgrade the unit once new features and parts become available.
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Popular surround sound formats, including HD formats Dolby Atmos and DTS Master Audio, are decoded using the latest generation of high-speed multi-core DSP. Stereo source material can be converted to surround sound using NAD’s exclusive EARS surround mode, which has been praised by reviewers for its natural sound quality. It offers full support for High Res Audio formats like MQA (Master Quality Authenticated) included in the BluOS Player, and comes equipped with NAD’s exclusive PowerDrive amplifier featuring high current combined with high Dynamic Power.
Ultra video at resolutions up to 3,840 x 2,160 pixels at 60 frames per second with 4:4:4 colour gamut and High Dynamic Range are supported. Analogue video sources are also supported on HDMI for simple ‘one wire’ connection to a flat screen or projector. It also includes popular HDMI features, Audio Return Channel (ARC) and Consumer Electronic Control (CEC).
The simple user interface allows each source component to retain the same custom settings every time it is selected for viewing, and there are no ’empty inputs’ to clutter or confuse. In addition, powerful AV Presets allow custom setups for different types of program material (drama, action, musical, et cetera). Inputs can even be renamed to match specific components. Built-in Apple AirPlay 2, meanwhile, allows for easy integration into the Apple ecosystem.
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The automated setup of surround speakers is both accurate and easy with the supplied microphone and NAD remote control, says the company. A second independent zone is included and can be powered by the internal back channel amplifiers. Advanced multi-room systems are easily accommodated thanks to its full suite of connections for home automation systems.
The T 758 V3i employs Dirac Live Room Correction software that delivers optimized sound quality for your home theatre system. The built-in Dirac Live software measures the acoustic performance of the system within the listening room and optimizes playback performance to provide the most transparent music reproduction possible. Setup process is automated and simple, giving you the control you need to precisely tune for the best results.
Built-in BluOS wireless streaming technology enables you to stream lossless music to your home theatre system from local libraries, tune in to Internet radio stations, and access popular music streaming services. You can control the music from anywhere in the house using the BluOS Controller app for smartphone, tablet, and desktop, including the ability to group the receiver to other BluOS enabled components from NAD, Bluesound, DALI or, Monitor Audio to create a whole home music delivery ecosystem.
The NAD T 758 V3i AV surround sound receiver is now available in Canada through Lenbrook Canada for an MSRP of $1,999.