NAD Masters M10 V2 BluOS Streaming Amplifier
The NAD M10 represents a new kind of high-end audio system that is luxurious and smart, but very discreet. It can perform the same functions that once required a rack full of components and in many ways is superior. The elegant form factor takes up very little space and can even be hidden away, but the beautiful design and colourful display will encourage you to place the M10 front and center.
he M10 is an elegant and compact statement of simplicity. Capable of driving even the most exotic high-end speakers with aplomb, the M10 is both easy to operate and beautiful to look at. Although the M10 is functionally similar to the Bluesound POWERNODE, it actually shares more technology with the Masters Series M32, M12, and M22. Starting with the beautiful extruded aluminum chassis and Gorilla Glass top and front panels, even the smallest details are executed with the highest quality parts. The luxurious fit and finish and simple forms that define this product belie the complexity inside. The intuitive front panel operation is mirrored by the free app available for Android, Apple iOS, desktop and several Smart Home control systems. Many functions can also be controlled using Alexa or Siri voice commands. This level of control is totally unique and unprecedented in the category. The TFT front panel display changes from ‘far,’ or FrontView, to ‘near’ when touched. The FrontView display shows artwork and song titles with BluOS, and alternatively features peak reading VU meters when other inputs are engaged or selected in user preferences. The near display allows volume and track selection on the top menu, and three other levels offer input selection and setup options.
BluOS Streaming and Music Management
At the heart of the M10 is BluOS, the operating system for high res music. This completely custom operating system is based on a Linux kernel and is running on a powerful NXP 1 GHz ARM processor. BluOS is unique in its tight integration of hardware and software creating a true high-end listening experience whether your music is stored locally or streamed from the cloud. It is also part of an eco-system of BluOS products that can be used together on the same network to create a multi-room music experience, with products available from several brands that are guaranteed to work together perfectly. Even local sources can be streamed across the network to other BluOS players which can be synced to play in unison, or to play a different source. With some 20 music services integrated and supported by BluOS including AirPlay 2, Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, and Qobuz, the world’s music is available at your fingertips. In addition to 24/192 PCM, MQA is fully supported, as well as FLAC, WAV, and all flavors of compressed audio codecs like MP3 and AAC to mention a few. Bluetooth streaming is also supported, and the M10 uses the latest and highest resolution aptX HD. This 24-bit capable codec uses only 4X compression to create the best sounding Bluetooth you’ve ever experienced. Additionally, this Bluetooth radio can be set to transmit audio from the M10 to wireless headphones or even Bluetooth speakers.
Flexibility to add other Source Components
The M10 also supports both analog and digital wired source components, like disc players. There is also an HDMI input that supports eARC allowing the M10 to integrate directly with many TVs to provide both sound and control. Intuitive menus allow the user to configure each input to customize the M10 for their specific needs, including the naming of inputs and disabling of unused inputs. An improvement over earlier BluOS devices, the M10 makes all local sources available across the network.
Dirac Live Room Correction
Dirac Live is a very sophisticated room correction system that measures the room using the supplied microphone and sends the data to the cloud where Dirac configures custom filters and then automatically loads them into the M10. The listening result is nothing short of extraordinary. Dirac manages the energy in the room so that transients have amazing impact and destructive resonances are diminished. Imaging and clarity are intensified in a very natural way. This is a one-time setting and corrects the impulse (time response) of the system as well as smoothing frequency response in the bass region, up to 500Hz. For more difficult rooms or systems using multiple subwoofers there will be optional enhancements that can be purchased by the customer directly from Dirac. We feel that this model is the most cost effective for all, offering a great basic package with enhancements available for advanced users.
We have chosen the ESS Sabre DAC for its high precision, low noise, and unique jitter reduction circuit. The 32-bit HyperStream™ DAC architecture and Time Domain Jitter Eliminator offer state-of-the-art performance for High Res audio streams. The ESS 9028’s programmable output filter makes it an ideal candidate for MQA fine tuning.
The Hypex nCore amplifier design has been used in other NAD Masters Series models to great acclaim. This design is very unique in a number of aspects. It is Class D architecture, but doesn’t use a clock or sawtooth generator for modulation; rather it is a self-oscillating design using multiple nested feedback loops. This patented solution has many positive attributes. It is all discrete and has nearly immeasurable noise and distortion. It does not have the crossover notch distortion that plagues most Class AB amps. Notch distortion creates many odd order (non-musically related) harmonics that can sound very harsh. A common problem with Class D amps is that the output filter can interact with the speaker load altering frequency response, but the nCore is a ‘load invariant’ design that includes the output filter in the feedback loop, correcting the response to flat.
With 100W continuous ‘Full Disclosure’ power the M10 can power almost any speaker to lifelike listening levels. Importantly, there is a great deal of Dynamic Power on tap; 160W@ 8 Ohms and over 300W @ 4 Ohms to accurately reproduce musical transients. This bestows the M10 with a lively yet relaxed sound that immediately draws the listener into the performance.
Just Add (More) Speakers
Like the original M10, the M10 V2 exemplifies the “Just Add Speakers” revolution in hi-fi. But it takes that revolution a giant step further. Along with audiophile-grade speaker terminals, it has two independent subwoofer jacks, whose output settings are adjustable from the BluOS app. The M10 V2 adds Dolby Digital surround-sound decoding. Home-theatre fans can configure a pair of BluOS surround-enabled wireless speakers or amplifiers to play the surround channels, while the main speakers handle the front channels, so that the M10 V2 serves as the hub of a 4.1- or 4.2-channel Dolby Digital surround setup. The M10 V2 transmits the rear channels wirelessly, with very low latency, so you don’t have to run wires around your room to connect the surround speakers.
There are many ways to operate the M10 V2. Use the BluOS app on a smartphone, tablet, or computer to cue up music from your favourite streaming service, or music stored on USB and network drives. Choose some songs from the Spotify or Tidal app on your computer or smart device, then shift playback to the M10 V2. Stream music to the M10 V2 from an iPhone, iPad, or iTunes library via AirPlay 2. Select music by voice using the Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, or Google Assistant voice protocol. The M10 V2 is Roon Ready, so you can stream music from a Roon Core server. The M10 V2 can be integrated into Apple, Control4, Crestron, Lutron, and other home-automation systems, so you can control music playback, along with other home systems like lighting, shades, HVAC, and security. Use the supplied remote control to adjust volume, skip tracks, and activate preset commands. Or choose tracks, select sources, and adjust volume and other settings from the M10 V2’s touchscreen. In addition, the M10 V2 can learn commands from your favourite IR remote control.
The Power and the Glory
Created by the award-winning design firm DF-ID, the M10 V2 features a solid brushed aluminum chassis, Gorilla Glass top and front panels, and a bright 7″ touchscreen, with purer colours and wider viewing angle than the screen on the original M10. Behind that gorgeous display lies a sonic powerhouse that delivers thrilling dynamics and exquisite detail. Based on the renowned nCore technology, the M10 V2’s Hybrid Digital amplifier is conservatively rated at 100 watts per channel. Its updated gain algorithms allow higher output levels with inefficient speakers. The subwoofer outputs also have higher gain, allowing for a wider range of subwoofer-main speaker combinations. The ESS Sabre DAC can accept streams up to 24-bit/192kHz. The M10 V2 can stream lossless and high-resolution audio from services such as Deezer, Qobuz, and Tidal; and has full MQA hardware decoding and rendering capability.
With its compact form factor and elegant minimalist design, the M10 V2 will blend beautifully into any living space—not just visually, but sonically as well. Like the original M10, the M10 V2 has built-in Dirac Live Room Correction. Using the supplied calibrated microphone and intuitive Dirac app, you can correct peaks and dips caused by your room’s acoustics, up to 500Hz (a full-bandwidth version is available through Dirac). That way, you hear movie soundtracks and music as they were meant to be heard, free of anomalies caused by the listening environment. The M10 V2 can store up to five Dirac profiles for different listening positions, surround setups, or room conditions—for example whether the drapes are open or closed.
The M10 V2 is the perfect amplifier for the Internet era. With the user-friendly BluOS app, you can play music from your favourite streaming service, as well as locally stored music. But the M10 V2 also plays nicely with external components. It has RCA analogue, optical and coaxial digital, HDMI eARC, and USB Type A inputs, for connecting disc players, game consoles, external drives, media adapters, flat-panel displays, and other components. It also features two-way apt-X HD Bluetooth. With the M10 V2, you can listen through wireless headphones, stereo loudspeakers, a surround-sound setup, or up to 63 BluOS-capable wireless speakers arrayed throughout your home. Hi-fi doesn’t get more modern than this.
Features & Details
- BluOS Streaming Amplifier
- Wireless 4.0, 4.1 and 4.2 channel surround options by adding BluOS Enabled players like the PULSE FLEX and PULSE SUB by Bluesound
- Hybrid Digital nCore Amplifier with updated gain algorithms
- Continuous Power: 100W into 8/4 Ohms
- Dynamic Power: 160W into 8 Ohms 300W into 4 Ohms
- 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC
- Dirac Live Room Correction
- 7″ IPS colour LCD touchscreen
- BluOS multi-room compatible
- AirPlay 2 integration, with support for Siri Voice Assistant
- Amazon Alexa & Google Assistant voice control skills
- Roon Ready
- Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
- NFC Bluetooth pairing for compatible smart devices
- HDMI eARC,USB Type A inputs
- Stereo line analogue and coaxial/optical digital inputs
- Preamp output, two independent subwoofer outputs with updated gain algorithms
- IR Input, 12V Trigger Out
- Apps for iOS, Android, macOS, Windows, Crestron, Control4, RTI, URC, Elan, Lutron
- Wide variety of premium music services supported in BluOS app, including Amazon, Spotify, Tidal, TuneIn, Napster, Deezer, Qobuz and many others
- Support for all major lossless and lossy formats, including WAV, FLAC, AIFF, ALAC, AAC, MP3, Ogg Vorbis, and others
- MQA decoding and rendering
- Infrared remote control handset included
*The M10 V2 includes a license for Dirac Live with the option for advanced users to upgrade to a Dirac Live Full Frequency version.