NAD Masters Series M33 streaming integrated amplifier Specifications

Sidebar 1: Specifications

Description: Remote-controlled, network-connected D/A integrated amplifier with Dirac Live LE Room Correction, tone controls, multiroom capability, and front-panel touchscreen. Analog inputs: 1 pair RCA (line), 1 pair XLR (line), 1 pair RCA (phono). Digital inputs: 2 TosLink, 2 coaxial S/PDIF, 1 AES/EBU (XLR), 1 HDMI/ ARC, Ethernet (RJ-45), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth aptX HD. BluOS supported file formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS, MQA, FLAC, WAV, AIFF. Supported sample rates: up to 192kHz with bit depths 16–32. Supported cloud services: Spotify, Amazon Music, Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, HDTracks, HighResAudio, Murfie, Juke, Napster, Slacker Radio, KKBox, Bugs, internet radio. Roon endpoint. Analog outputs: 1 pair unbalanced preamplifier (RCA), 1 pair unbalanced subwoofer (RCA), 4 pairs speaker binding posts. 12V trigger input and output. Continuous output power: 200Wpc into 8 ohms (23dBW), 380Wpc into 4 ohms (22.8dBW), >700Wpc into 8 ohms (>28.45dBW, bridged mode). Clipping power: >210Wpc into 8 ohms (>23.2dBW). IHF dynamic power: 260W into 8 ohms (24.15dBW), 520W into 4 ohms (24.15dBW) Peak output current: >24 amps (into 1 ohm for 1ms). Damping factor: >800 (ref. 8 ohms, 20Hz–6.5kHz). Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz, ±0.2dB, –3dB at 60kHz. Channel separation: not specified. Signal/noise: >98dB (A-weighted, ref. 1W). THD: <0.005% (1–200W into 8 and 4 ohms). Power consumption: <0.5W standby. Supplied accessories: remote control, four magnetic feet, two AC cords, microphone, USB microphone adaptor, manual on USB thumb drive.
Dimensions: 17.125" (435mm) W × 5.25" (133mm) H × 15.625" (396mm) D. Weight: 40.6lb (18.4kg) shipping.
Finish: Black, aluminum, and "Gorilla Glass."
Serial number of unit reviewed: H203M3301002. "Designed and engineered in Canada, Custom manufactured to NAD specifications in China." BluOS version 3.8.13.
Price: $4999. Approximate number of dealers: 100. Warranty: 3 years, parts and labor.
Manufacturer: NAD Electronics International, 633 Granite Ct., Pickering, Ontario L1W 3K1, Canada. Tel: (905) 831-6555. Web: nadelectronics.com.

COMPANY INFO
NAD Electronics International
633 Granite Ct.
Pickering, Ontario L1W 3K1
Canada
(905) 831-6555
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a.wayne's picture

Hello John ,

I still Can’t wrap my head around how badly Class D amplifiers measure on square-waves , Thinking this must lead to why most hear odd timbre from them especially on difficult to drive loudspeakers ..

MZKM's picture

A square wave mostly shows frequency range. This amp reaches the bottom of the graph at 50kHz, so naturally the square wave won’t look as good as an amp that is flat to 100kHz. A square wave is made up by adding harmonics of sine waves, so naturally if the harmonics are lower in level, it’ll look less like a square wave. A square wave doesn’t tell us anything that can’t be obtained from other graphs.

Go back to last measurements and you’ll see the same thing, the amps that can get close to a square wave have an extended frequency response. So, you have to believe that we can hear >20kHz in order to believe a difference in quality can be obtained by having a better looking square wave.

As for difficult to drive speakers, that is based on their impedance/phase. Two amps could have identical wattage using 4ohm load test, but the actual wattage available could be drastic if the speaker has say -45° phase and 4ohm and 100Hz. The tonal balance can also be altered by having low output impedance (low damping factor).

modern audio lovers's picture

Great review as always Kal!

Question for John: Is there a reason for using the analog input for the THD+Noise tests on integrated amplifiers that digitize their inputs?

These new breed of devices are obviously designed with playback of digital sources at the forefront. I think that publishing the end-to-end measurements for digital audio input -> amplifier output would serve the best educational interests for the readership-at-large.

This isn't to say that the analog input -> amplifier output measurement isn't useful... would be great to have both!

stereophileuser2020's picture

Looks fantastic, but I'm really disappointed that the M33 doesn't have a USB-B input for hooking up a computer. That's almost a dealbreaker for me.

mtrot's picture

Same here, deal breaker for me.

tonykaz's picture

High-End performance for everyman annnndddddd at everyman's price, egads, this device drove your Revels to convince even you, phew!

I'm wondering, what reward comes from spending 10x or 20x this kind of money for electronics?

I recall when the NAD 3020 marked the beginning ( 1978ish ) of an exciting Audiophile world, is this M33 guiding us safely/pleasantly/joyfully into the 21st Century? I wish it was made in Toronto. ( or Valencia, Ca. )

Thank you for another adventure , your writing never seems like a 'paint by numbers' review as is so common today.

Tony in Venice

dial's picture

People wanting to spend 5000 $ for an integrated certainly prefer a Mc Intosh or a ML !

partain's picture

To compare this device to a conventional amp , at any price , sorta misses the point. It's a lot more than a simple amp.
Not to mention , are you positive the McIntosh , or any other amp , will sound better ?

Kal Rubinson's picture

What he said.

Long-time listener's picture

Yes, it's more than just an amp, but for myself, I buy amps for their sound. I note that JA said it improved on the M32 in several ways. That's nice. I bought the "highly recommended" M32 mostly on the strength of your magazine's recommendation, and found it to be unpleasant and fatiguing to listen to for more than five minutes at a time. It turned me off to digital amps for probably the next decade or so. In addition, my NAD M50.2 server was out of commission as I waited for three months during the pendemic to get a replacement for its disc drive, which konked out as soon as I bought it, and now, it freezes up and requires rebooting at least once each evening during listening sessions, so I've been turned off to NAD as well.

Lots of "ifs and buts" left for me here. I'll buy this Purifi stuff when the Rogue Audio guy puts some tubes in front of it.

dworkman's picture

I am in the market for a powerful integrated to drive my KEF Reference 1s and this NAD is very attractive to me. It’s got the power I need plus I am in dire need of help with my room, so the Dirac is very attractive. It’s certainly on my audition list, at a minimum.

stereophileuser2020's picture

People wanting to spend 5000 $ for an integrated certainly prefer a Mc Intosh or a ML !

McIntosh and Levinson are out of the conversation when talking about modern audio technology. The human race has moved on to electric cars while you're still polishing your wood-paneled station wagon.

Kal Rubinson's picture

Regarding Roon:

I have heard reports that the M33 does not support Roon and that I must have reviewed a "special" version not available to the public. I do not believe that is true.

The time I had the M33 was prior to 9/21. It was on that date that Roon cut off working with non-certified devices although Roon asserts that those already registered in use will have continued support. Only new ones will not be recognized until the device is certified. See: https://community.roonlabs.com/t/uncertified-roon-ready-devices-announcement/120298

When I learned of this change, I asked NAD about support for the M33 and the response they sent is as follows: "
“As Roon explain themselves, any device that has been used prior to Sep 21st, even in an uncertified way, will continue to work. The NAD M33 is with Roon for final certification approval and both companies are working together to have this completed as soon as possible.”

I did note, in the review, that the M33 was not yet certified but that it worked. That is true and, I believe, true for all M33s put into Roon use prior to 9/21. However, any newly purchased M33, although identical in all ways to the one I had, is likely to be ignored by Roon if the user attempts to register it with Roon after 9/21 and before Roon/NAD work out the certification.

I hope that this makes the current situation clear and that the certification issues will be completed soon.

MikeP's picture
sonictomb's picture

Thanks for this review, Kal.

I'm really loving the idea of this amp and minimizing my setup, but I'm also into vinyl.

Did you experience any vinyl using the digitized RCA inputs?

That would be the crux for me pulling the trigger on this, as I love all the convenience it offers for digital but I need a competent phono stage as well.

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