NAD Electronics have announced the latest module in their Modular Design Construction (MDC) portfolio, the MDC USB DSD ($499 / £399 / €499) adding USB Audio 2 for both PCM and DSD playback capability to six of NAD’s most popular stereo (pre-) amplifiers: M33, M32, M12, C 388, C 368 and C 658*.
The acronym frenzy that is the MDC USB DSD module allows users to experience the convenience of computer music playback and streaming, in high resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz PCM and DSD up to DSD256. The module bypasses an attached computer’s low-quality DAC, clocks and associated circuitry that cause jitter and distortion by using the DAC in select NAD amplifiers.
With the ever-growing amount of high-resolution content up to 24-bit/192kHz available for download or streaming, experiencing music as it was originally recorded in the studio or at a live concert has never been easier. Users can enjoy the convenience of playing their favourite music from their computer’s USB connection to stream from a local hard drive, or popular music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal or Qobuz.
* C 658 (above) support is expected in April 2021.