Big News, Big Sound from PSB and NAD
PSB’s Imagine Mini loudspeakers ($760/pair) use technology trickled down from the company’s Synchrony Series and filled the room with a big, bold sound. Look for a Stereophile review sometime in 2012.
Meanwhile, NAD’s Master Suite provides “computer audio without the computer.” (Thank goodness.) The system seems extremely logical and user-friendly: NAD’s M2 Digital Direct amplifier can now be partnered with the M50 Digital Music Player ($2500) and the M52 Digital Music Vault ($2000) to create a 24/96-capable audio system. The M50 is basically a 3TB hard-drive with Raid 5 array; the WiFi-enabled M50 adds an asynchronous USB input, HDMI output, ripping software, and iPad and Droid music management app. Complete the suite with NAD’s M51 Direct Digital DAC ($2000). Add music and stir.
Also now available is the NAD DAC1 ($300), a point-to-point wireless audio USB transmitter compatible with 16-bit/48kHz music files. The MDC DAC module ($250) adds digital inputs to NAD’s C 356BEE or C 375BEE integrated amplifiers, replacing the existing Disc input.
Finally, NAD’s Bluetooth-enabled VISO 1 ($700) is a good-looking iPod music system. It employs NAD’s Direct Digital Amplifier Technology driving an internal bi-amplified speaker system designed by Paul Barton and PSB. We listened for about 15 seconds, but the sound was big and very impressive.