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Video: NAD Masters Series M12 stereo preamp and M22 stereo amplifier

NAD's top-of-the-line stereo pair

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NAD pours more than 40 years of experience making audio gear into their Masters Series M12 stereo preamp and M22 stereo amplifier. NAD employs a pure digital design that virtually eliminates distortion, giving you the lifelike, engaging sound NAD is known for. The M12 features a digital-to-analog converter capable of playing hi-res digital files up to 24-bit/192kHz. And it's even upgradeable via plug-in circuit board modules, so you can add features or keep up with changing technology without needing to upgrade the entire unit.

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NAD's Masters Series M12 stereo preamp and M22 amplifier give you ultimate NAD performance in an attractive, convenient package. The M12 preamp is an all-digital design that virtually eliminates distortion, ensuring that your music is as pure as possible when it reaches the separate power amp.

And the M12 is future-proof. With a modular design it lets you install or swap circuit boards to get new features. For instance, one available board lets you get HDMI switching for your home theater setup while another adds wireless music capability including WiFi, Bluetooth, and support for Bluesound wireless speakers.

A glance at the connections on the rear panel shows us that this is no ordinary preamp. The M12 lets you plug almost anything into it including pro quality sources and high performance power amps through the rear panel balanced XLR inputs and outputs. An asynchronous USB input lets you connect a computer for bit-perfect digital transfer.

You'll also find an array of unbalanced RCA connections plus a phono input for connecting a turntable. The front panel features a clean, uncluttered look thanks to its touchscreen display. You can change sources and tweak the sound without the need for external knobs and dials.

The companion amp to the M12 is the M22 stereo amplifier that effortlessly powers a wide variety of speakers. It features hybrid digital technology using nCore amplification which virtually eliminates distortion. It's also highly efficient so you get lots of power from a relatively small amp. If you have any questions please give Crutchfield a call.

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