NAD M3 - Trade In
NAD M3 - Trade In

NAD M3 - Trade In

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The M3 is NAD’s concept of the ideal musical companion, capable of
transporting the listener to that place where the music simply exists in its
own perfect space. For this task we have pushed classical analogue circuit
design to unprecedented levels of performance. The total lack of audible
noise and distortion is the result of some very sophisticated analogue
engineering, and rather surprisingly, the use of digital control.
Freed of the constraints of traditional analogue switches, NAD’s Director of
Advanced Development, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen devised an architecture
using precision 1% resistors controlled by digital switches for all the
level adjustments required for volume control, balance control and tone
control. (Yes we still believe in tone controls – more on that later.) Input
selection is via precision sealed reed relays. A major advantage of this
architecture, in addition to its extremely precise performance, is the ability
to place controls in the most advantageous physical position within the
circuit. The signal never has to travel to the front panel for switching, as
with traditional amplifier designs. Getting to the infinitesimal levels of
noise and distortion of the M3 requires very careful circuit layout, as only
tiny changes in the signal path can have large effects on performance.
Keeping signal paths as short as possible is also greatly aided by the use
of SMD (miniature surface mount) components and multi-layer PCBs
(circuit boards).


LUXURIOUS STYLING AND INTELLIGENT CONTROL
The design brief reads: “The industrial design must create a physical
presence that is powerful, dynamic, and solid, yet refined and elegant”.
We wanted a design that will still look fresh and new a decade from now, a
design with classic proportions and understated details. We also wanted
an amplifier that was not only easy to operate, but also very flexible and
complete in its control options.
Unlike many high performance amplifiers, the M3 includes a full suite of
convenience features. Speaker switching for two pairs of speakers and
very flexible tone controls are provided, as is a Zone 2 output with its own
independent set of commands and dedicated ZR 3 remote control. Front
panel controls use a multi-function knob and buttons to quickly navigate
all amplifier functions. All operating conditions are clearly displayed on a
2 line dot matrix VFD display. Direct access is available to many functions
via the SRM 3 remote handset. The SRM 3 handset also features basic
controls for the matching NAD DVD/SACD player.
Performance features include a multi-stage precision volume attenuator
with 0.5dB steps and a range of 87.5dB, a remote balance control with
0.5dB steps, and a Mode control that allows stereo, left only, right only,
and mono settings. Tone controls offer bass and treble
adjustment, as well as a ‘spectral tilt’ option that is highly
effective at correcting the tonal balance of many recordings
by simultaneously increasing the bass and decreasing the
treble (and vice versa) to create a warmer (or cooler) balance.
We have also included a second set of preamp outputs
and a switchable high pass filter for the internal amplifier,
to allow easy implementation of an active subwoofer or
bi-amplification.


The rugged chassis is built using thick 2mm mild steel
plates with a front panel employing extruded aluminium
and die-cast zinc in its construction. Special attention
was paid to the control of mechanical resonance, as this
can affect sonic performance. Special isolation feet use
aluminium and silicon rubber in a vibration damping
configuration. All signal connectors are heavy duty gold
plated types specifically engineered for the NAD Masters
Series components. Finished inside and out, the M3 utilizes
powder coating and advanced automotive paint finishes,
creating an enduring and elegant mechanical package.


PREAMP DESIGN
The preamp uses all discrete low noise high impedance JFET buffer amps and very high quality reed relay switches
at the preamp input. Special high current low output
impedance Class A gain modules provide tremendous
dynamic headroom and high output current, combined with
a exceptional S/N ratio in excess of -100dB (IHF).
The volume attenuator is very unique in that it uses discrete
1% precision resistors that keep impedance (and noise) very
low. It is arrayed in 3 stages to reduce the residual noise in
each amplifying stage and prevent the ‘cascade effect’ of
noise that is present in most preamp designs. This circuit
also provides the balance control, and as a result channel
separation is superb and inter-channel cross talk is virtually
eliminated. These resistor arrays are switched using 15
volt digital switches under software control, keeping all
attenuation at the ideal point in the circuit architecture.
Low impedance stepped tone controls provide +/- 5 db
of boost/cut in the bass and treble regions, or can be
configured to provide variable slope, or ‘spectrum tilt’ at +/-
3dB per decade.


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