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NAD Introduces New Universal DVD Player Compatible with DVD-Audio and SACD discs


The T585 Offers Improved Performance, Flexibility and Playback Capabilities

CEDIA EXPO 2006, DENVER, CO., Sept. 14, 2006— NAD, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio components, showcases the T585 Universal DVD during CEDIA this week in Denver.

Both DVD-Audio and SACD decoding takes place on board with comprehensive bass management available for decoded signals. DVD-Audio uses high-resolution 24 bit PCM signals and MLP ‘lossless’ compression to ensure the highest levels of audio performance.

SACD (super audio compact disc) is a different approach to high definition audio using the DSD (direct stream digital) technique to obtain a very realistic sonic presentation. Many universal players convert the DSD format into the standard PCM format common to all CDs. However, this defeats the sonic advantage of DSD. The T 585 has two separate signal paths for the DVD-Audio and SACD signals, which maintains the highest possible levels of sound quality for each format.

The T585 also features an HDMI output with HDCP encryption for use with high definition displays. Dolby Digital and Dolby ProLogic decoding is also included, as is support for MP3, HDCD and Windows Media Audio. It also supports most popular blank media such as DVD+R, DVD-R, CD, CD-R and CD-RW.

Audio Performance
The NAD T585 uses audiophile quality 24-bit, 192-kHz audio D/A converters, which are well protected from noise caused by even minute fluctuations in current from the power supply. The level of quantization noise within the frequency range is uniform for all frequencies. High- speed FET output devices keep all the detail present in high-resolution SACD and DVD-Audio formats perfectly intact.

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Available for all surround sound formats, Digital Bass Management prevents bass frequencies from overloading and distorting your speakers by ‘redirecting’ them to your subwoofer. When playing DVD-Video, DVD-Audio or Super Audio CD sources, it is possi-ble to preset speaker configurations such as speaker size, distance, and level. The crossover point is selectable with 12 dB high and 24 dB low pass filter slopes.

Digital audio outputs are available in both coaxial, and optical (TosLink) SPDIF formats, as well as I/2 S digital format via the HDMI output. DVD-Audio uses the Dolby licensed MLP lossless compression to produce PCM formatted high-resolution signals with 24 bits and up to 192kHz sample rates. MLP perfectly shrinks the very high data rates of DVD-Audio — up to 13.8 Mbps — to the DVD limit of 9.6 Mbps without losing any data. This compares with data rates of approximately 1.5 Mbps for CD, and as little as 0.03 Mbps for MP3 encoded audio.

The NAD T585 is also equipped with SRS’s True Surround circuit, a high-grade surround virtualizer that lets you enjoy the excitement of 5-channel audio when only using 2 speakers.

Video Performance
The T585 features a Dual Discrete Video Circuit (D.D.V.C.) for the highest possible picture quality via the Component Video output. The NAD T585 uses an extremely high-speed dual 12-bit, 216-MHz video D/A converter to ensure highly accurate playback of deli-cate, low-level video signals, producing a vivid picture that is faithful in every detail. Over sampling of 4x is achieved for progressive and 8x for interlaced video signals, allowing more detailed D/A conversion. Higher quality picture reproduction is also possible thanks to a filter with flexible ‘shutout characteristics’ that is used for the analog filter in the latter stage. Furthermore, the NAD T585 uses two separate video D/A converters to process progressive and interlaced signals, eliminating mutual interference between the two signals. This allows both a standard definition and a high definition picture to be output simultaneously — a great feature for sending video to a second viewing zone.

For high definition (HDTV) monitors equipped with HDMI inputs that support HDCP encryption, the T585 employs a Faroudja DCDi chip that will ‘upconvert’ standard DVD (480 lines) to the HD formats of 720p or 1080i. These upconverted formats are also available on the Analog Component Video output.

Other Features
The T585 feature three video connection options — component, S-Video and composite — and four for audio — coax, optical, 5.1 analog and stereo analog — assuring complete compatibility with any home theater set-up. The T585 provides on-board Dolby Digital decoding and supports DTS surround sound formats.

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Easy integration with advanced control systems, such as AMX and Crestron, is made possible using the rear panel IR input, 12V trigger input, and RS-232 port.

The T585 offers a broad array of capabilities, including Multi-Angle*, Multi-Sound*, Multi-Subtitle*, Frame, 100x Zoom, Marker Search, Smooth Scan, Slow Motion, and Repeat. All these functions can be easily accessed with the supplied DVD 6 remote control.

The T585 Universal DVD Player will sell for a suggested retail price of $1199 and will ship in 4th Qtr. ’06. The T585 can be seen with all the other new NAD products in Booth #122 at the Colorado Convention Center during the CEDIA EXPO 2006.

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