At CEDIA, NAD previewed its new nine-channel flagship AVR, the T 778, which will be available from November this year at a retail price of $3,000.
The receiver uses nine high current channels with Hybrid Digital Amplifier technology for “improved efficiency” while delivering 9 x 80W, all channels driven. The T778 adopts a 3U rack-mount chassis and TFT touch display, combined with driver support for multiple control systems and NAD’s modular design construction (MDC) with card upgrades to mitigate obsolescence. Immersive audio formats are onboard in the form of Dolby Atmos (7.1.4) and DTS Master Audio, and Dirac Live room correction is provided for optimizing audio performance in a cinema room. HDMI inputs, meanwhile allow for 4K UHD pass-through.
NAD adopts what it calls a “simple is better” approach to its design philosophy. This concept is ostensibly illustrated by the touch screen panel and what the company considers are the ergonomic refinements to simplify operation and ease of access. NAD has always put emphasis on the musicality of its components, and the T778 supports hi-res multi-room streaming and ESS Saber DACs.
“The T 778 packages that sound quality with the most compelling digital technologies such as BluOS, MQA, Bluetooth aptX HD, AirPlay2 and Dirac Live in a user-friendly format.” commented Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Chief Technology Officer. “NAD firmly believes that there are many people for whom music will always come first. With NAD’s reputation for high value/high performance, it was apparent that the T 778 would have to please the most demanding Audiophiles and Videophiles. MDC then helps protect their investment for years to come.”
For more information, go to NAD Electronics.