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First Listen – NAD Masters M10 Streaming Amplifier

One of the more nifty products at CES 2019 – the NAD Masters M10 BluOS streaming amplifier. Obviously this won’t be a full-fledged review of the MAD Masters M10 – just a few quick impressions.

The NAD M10 is probably the cleanest looking one-box-solution I’ve ever seen. From the solid brushed aluminum to the large glossy touch screen, there’s an undeniable appeal to having 160 watts of power in such an elegant – yet unobtrusive device.

But there’s more. Lots more.

Key Features

  • Supports Master Quality Authenticated (MQA)
  • 32-BIT/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC
  • Dirac Live Room Correction
    • Corrects for both frequency response and time domain impulse response. Pretty sweet.
  • Alexa integration
  • Siri and AirPlay 2 support
  • Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
  • BluOS multi-room compatible
  • Inputs & Outputs
    • Gigabit Ethernet
    • HDMI eARC
    • USB Type A Input
    • Stereo Line Inputs
    • Coax/Optical Inputs
    • Preamp Output, Subwoofer Output
    • IR Input, 12V Trigger Out
  • Music services
    • Amazon
    • Spotify
    • Tidal
    • TuneIn
    • Napster
    • Deezer
    • Qobuz
    • and many others

The NAD M10 was driving a pair of DALI Epicon 6 loudspeakers ($14,000/pr). The sound was refined, clean, and rhythmic. There’s a tiny scoop of warmth on top of the spacious canvas – which keeps the sound from being too neutral or lean. The tonality doesn’t shift too far in any direction.

It wasn’t the fullest of sounds – but it didn’t sound flat either. Overall very smooth, articulate, and refreshing. I never once felt the system was constrained or distorted. Bass was tight, there was plenty of air around vocals, and output power was abundant.

In short, for the NAD M10’s elegant build, performance, and feature list, I was expecting a much higher price tag.

Have a listen!

NAD M10 ($2499 USD)

Jay Luong

Mr. Audio Bacon himself. An open-minded electrical engineer and software developer by trade. I have an obsession with the enjoyment of all things media - specifically in the realm of music and film. So much heart and soul (and money) go into the creation of this artistry. My aim is to find out which products get me closer to what the musicians and directors intended.

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