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NAD T 785

NAD T 785

Summary

  • Product Name: T 785, T 775, T 765 HD AV Receiver; T 175 HD Preamp-Tuner-Processor; M15 HD AV Surround Sound Processor/Preamp
  • Manufacturer: NAD
  • Review Date: January 09, 2009 01:45
  • MSRP: $2499-$3999
  • First Impression: Pretty Cool

Executive Overview

T775HDAVRNAD Electronics introduced upgraded HD versions of the T 785, T 775, T765 AV Receivers and the T 175 AV Tuner Preamp-Processor. Additionally, NAD premieres Modular Design Construction (MDC) in the new Masters Series M15HD AV Preamp-Processor.  We'd like to formally welcome NAD to the 21st century.

The MDC-based products include four new entries in NAD’s popular Theater Series — the T 785 HD AV Receiver, T 775 HD AV Receiver, T 765 HD AV Receiver, and T 175 HD Preamp-Tuner-Processor. It also includes NAD’s first MDC-based Masters Series component, the M15HD Surround Sound Processor. All are based on current models that have been significantly upgraded with the new MDC architecture and various high-definition and advanced features.

T765HDAVRNAD’s exclusive MDC program employs a series of modules that add valuable features, capabilities and connectivity. The initial plug-in modules (AM 100, AM 200, VM 100 and VM 200) cover digital audio and HDMI functions, component and analog video functions, and two-channel and multi-channel analog audio functions.

The T 785 HD AV Receiver, T 175 HD AV Tuner Preamp-Processor and the M15HD AV Preamp-Processor come equipped with NAD’s new AM 200 and VM 200 Modules. As a result, new features include dual 32-bit Aureus 7.1 high-speed digital signal processors (DSPs) by Texas Instruments, Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume by Audyssey; decoding for several advanced audio formats, including Dolby True HD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio; and Sigma Designs’ VXP broadcast studio quality image processor.

T175HDPreProTo complete the listening experience, NAD includes two new and complementary technologies from Audyssey — Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume. Audyssey Dynamic EQ preserves the full impact of movie soundtracks at all listening levels, while Dynamic Volume prevents large jumps in loudness when commercials come on and when TV channels or video sources are changed.

In addition, the T 785 HD and T 175 HD each support all standard and high-definition forms up to 2048 x 2048 pixels; motion adaptive de-interlacing with edge interpolation, which eliminates the jagged edge effects common in lesser image/scaling processors; film mode detection with output cadence generation, which gives video the smoothness of film; and programmable scaling with aspect ratio conversion, which perfectly matches a video source with a video display. They have advanced noise reduction and detail enhancement, and frame conversion to and from any refresh rate in NTSC and PAL.Like The T 785 HD, the T 775 HD boasts dual 32-bit Aureus 7.1 high-speed DSPs by Texas Instruments, Audyssey’s MultEQ XT, Dynamic EQ and Dynamic Volume; decoding for Dolby Digital True HD, Dolby Digital Plus DTS HD, and DTS Master Audio.

M15HDThe T 775 HD employs the latest version HDMI 1.3 Repeater from Analog Devices. All input resolutions up to 1080p are fully supported at the output as well as cross conversion of legacy analog formats. Further, all existing analog inputs are also available for up-conversion to HDMI output. Deep Color and xvYCC Expanded Color Space are supported to fully realize the highest possible video resolutions, now and for the foreseeable future. The NAD T 775 HD HDMI repeater also generates an on-screen display (OSD) and de-interlaces legacy standard definition formats.

The T 765 HD AV Receiver includes the AM 100 and VM 100 Modules, bringing with it new HD features that include HDMI 1.3 repeaters for three digital sources, an on-screen display via HDMI, eight-channel pulse code modulated (PCM) audio (decoded or LPCM), two-channel PCM audio (encoded), and decoding for Dolby Digital True HD, Dolby Digital Plus DTS HD and Master Audio High Resolution Audio.

NAD’s new HD AV components will be available in February from authorized NAD dealers at the following suggested (U.S. MSRP) prices:

  • T 785 HD AV Receiver - $3,999
  • T 775 HD AV Receiver - $2,999
  • T 765 HD AV Receiver - $2,499
  • T 175 HD Preamp-Tuner-Processor - $2,999
  • M15 HD AV Surround Sound Processor/Preamp - $3,999

For more information, please visit NADelectronics.com.

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Recent Forum Posts:

jlettie posts on April 20, 2010 15:01
Nad t775

The NAD T775 have a built-in chip that controls the volume during annoying commercials?
pearsall001 posts on July 23, 2009 22:18
Lordoftherings, post: 600531
Hey Phil,

I hope too. The day that it will work, I won't be the only one to jump on it.
I've been dreaming about this for YEARS…

So, me too, I do keep some optimism in my mind.

Cheers to you too Phil, and I enjoyed chatting with you.

Bob

Ditto!!!
Lordoftherings posts on July 23, 2009 07:28
pearsall001, post: 600529
Hey Bob,

All good points that only time will tell us if the NAD modules will work as described.

Cheers,
Phil

Hey Phil,

I hope too. The day that it will work, I won't be the only one to jump on it.
I've been dreaming about this for YEARS…

So, me too, I do keep some optimism in my mind.

Cheers to you too Phil, and I enjoyed chatting with you.

Bob
pearsall001 posts on July 23, 2009 07:15
Lordoftherings, post: 600516
Hi pearsall001,

Everybody will love that. But many manufacturers try, and they all fail, more or less. It just doesn't last. And that's precisely what I was saying.
I'm not against NAD or DENON or ONKYO or INTEGRA or ANTHEM or LEXICON or MERIDIAN or THETA DIGITAL or SIMAUDIO or KRELL or JBL or CLASSE or any other manufacturer that try to make their products upgradeable by slot cards from newer circuit board modules. But so far, we're still swimming in deep waters.

And you are absolutely right; we'll have to tune in next year, and the year after next year, to see how we're doing.
But I did explain my point of view (my personal vision) on my previous post.
I'm sure it will come eventually, but you and I, won't be here anymore to benefit from it.
I like your optimism though.

Cheers,

Bob

Hey Bob,

All good points that only time will tell us if the NAD modules will work as described.

Cheers,
Phil
Lordoftherings posts on July 23, 2009 05:07
Last year story is next year one…

pearsall001, post: 600448
I understand your reluctance to buy into the concept, but to be fair I think NAD has to given a fair shake on their modules to see how well they'll perform & how they will adapt to the ever changing technology. Your comment on “is anybody using a five year old componet with all the new high tech features” That's precisely the issue that the NAD modules just might rectify. I'd love to be able to just switch out an old board & replace it with a new one with the latest technology. I don't want to buy a new AVR every couple of years. And to have the option of what module I want to upgrade. Don't forget we're not talking about firmware updates here, but a whole new physical board.

We'll have to continue this discussion next year to really see how well NAD's module designs did in the real world.

Hi pearsall001,

Everybody will love that. But many manufacturers try, and they all fail, more or less. It just doesn't last. And that's precisely what I was saying.
I'm not against NAD or DENON or ONKYO or INTEGRA or ANTHEM or LEXICON or MERIDIAN or THETA DIGITAL or SIMAUDIO or KRELL or JBL or CLASSE or any other manufacturer that try to make their products upgradeable by slot cards from newer circuit board modules. But so far, we're still swimming in deep waters.

And you are absolutely right; we'll have to tune in next year, and the year after next year, to see how we're doing.
But I did explain my point of view (my personal vision) on my previous post.
I'm sure it will come eventually, but you and I, won't be here anymore to benefit from it.
I like your optimism though.

Cheers,

Bob
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