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    Having fun with the NAD M33 Ö

    I was tired of waiting, so I have my brotherís M33 integrated until my gear shows up.

    Holy cow! This thing does it all and more. Itís not perfect but I love having full control over it using BluOS. Itís using the new purifi class D modules and is still class D, but it sounds great.

    I have all my services programmed in but still need to add some of my favorite streaming links via the custom input settings.

    These streamers/integrateds have come so far. It doesnít weigh a ton and has so many functions.

    I donít know yet if it could be an only piece/system but I think itís close.

    One of the really cool features is having Radio Paradise with MQA streaming. I know MQA is very polarizing around here but having it available is pretty awesome to me. Iím not always actively listening and love music playing almost all the time.

    The M33 makes it a pleasure.


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    Re: Having fun with the NAD M33 Ö

    Joe - I'm glad you've managed to get your hands on a NAD M33 at last and that you are enjoying it. Lots to learn about it and sometimes useful features are not mentioned or explained well in the rather feeble (online only) User Guide. It took me a while to find out that the unit can be woken up from standby using the app.

    Have you run Dirac Live yet? I'm not convinced that this actually improves the fidelity of the sound although the response curve can be flattened for improved accuracy. My own findings with Dirac (and the other DSPs that I've tried where it's built-in to a 2-channel amp) is that the additional signal processing takes away a little of the excitement and lifelikeness of the music (or ME Factor as Jim Smith describes it) from the music, despite the fact that the supplied version doesn't "correct" the higher frequencies. I think the better your own speakers and the better you've set them up, the less need there is for DSP. I prefer the filter off.

    Peter
    Sources - NAD M50.2 (streamer, CD player, CD ripper, hard drive music store)
    Amplification - NAD M33, NAD M12, Consonance Cyber 845 monoblocs
    Speakers - Avantgarde Duo XD, Avantgarde Duo (2006) - both aesthetically modified, Martin Logan Expression 13A (now sold)

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    Re: Having fun with the NAD M33 Ö

    Hi Peter,

    I have not played with any of the dsp or Dirac settings. I did find some treble and bass settings which I left off. Iím impressed with all the features already and am impressed by the sound of it. Itís definitely some of the best Class D, but itís still class D. It has definitely come a long way.

    I got it going yesterday around noon and it definitely sounds better since then. Iím enjoying it a lot. Iím not sure how crazy with setup Iíll get but itís nice to know what it can do.

    I also have access to an NAD 658 which is the streaming part minus the amp section. That with a nice AB or A amp could be killer.
    Franco Serblin Accordo Essence, Vienna Acoustics Haydn Jubilee, Wharfedale Linton w/ stands, Klipsch RB-75, Klipsch RP-160M.

    Job INTegrated. Luxman L-595a, NAD M33.

    NAD C 658 streamer.

    First Watt SIT-3, Job 250 Monos, NuForce STA200, AkitikA GT-102 amp, ASL Wave monos, Dennis Had 45 monos. Absolute Audio Labs PCF 25 amp (improved First Watt F7 super clone)

    RME Audio ADI-2 DAC FS, ModWright Ultimate Sony XA-5400ES.

    Burmester 948, McIntosh MCLK12, Kimber Kable, Siltech, Cardas, Avanti Audio cables.

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