Stream 24/192 on C 356BEE & C 375BEE
With a high performance audio system at one’s fingertips, it can be frustrating to know that your digital music library is imprisoned on a computer. With the MDC DAC 2, you are given the power to stream your music collection right from your computer with both precision and clarity. And it is compatible with everything from PC and MAC to Apple TV. The MDC DAC 2 also ensures that your favourite songs come through smoothly and clearly by reducing both noise and distortion. All music libraries should be heard in the best quality possible, and with the MDC DAC 2 you will no longer have to worry about unnecessary jitter or disruptions.
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We love streaming computer music, especially high resolution 24/192 studio master tracks. However, most computer sound cards are not designed for music production and end up ruining the sound while popular music streaming devices like Apple TV, Squeezebox and Sonos follow a similar poor quality path. Plug any of these devices into NAD’s MDC DAC 2.0 and you will be blown away by what you hear! Listen to the details and dynamics reproduced from the original recording rather than the noise and distortion of an inadequately designed audio stage.
Two of our top-rated amplifiers, the C 375BEE and C 356BEE, have our unique innovation-Modular Design Construction (MDC). MDC makes it easy to upgrade features and functionality. Thanks to the MDC DAC 2.0, you get the convenience of computer music without sacrificing the musical performance of your NAD hi-fi system.
Thanks to a technique known as ‘Asynchronous USB’, we have eliminated computer sound and let music flow freely. USB is a computer standard for high-speed data transmission (good news for 24/192 quality music) but it has a feature set leaning towards PC use, not music. USB sends info in ‘data packets’ making the system very robust. There is also a traffic manager that can vary the size and sequence of the packets – good for PCs, bad for music. These timing variations create a condition called ‘jitter’ – small variations that create a harsh audible distortion. However, by using the high precision clock of the MDC DAC 2.0 and built-in NAD customised software to control the PC, this distortion can be eliminated.
If you love iTunes, plug your Apple TV into the MDC DAC 2.0 and find out what the world’s most successful music service really sounds like. Ever wonder what Apple lossless sounds like in comparison to AAC compressed downloads? The MDC DAC 2.0 will reveal the truth
If you love the Sonos or Squeezebox experience, elevate it to the next level of musical enjoyment with the MDC DAC installed in a 150W per channel C 375BEE amplifier or 80W per channel C 356BEE amplifier. Either one of these highly acclaimed amplifiers can drive high quality loudspeakers to realistic sound levels without breaking a sweat. You’ll hear more detail, dimension and natural timbre from each individual instrument than you ever thought possible.
In order to stream your computer audio, ensure that the Sound or Audio device setting of your computer is set to “NAD USB Audio.” Download the “NAD USB Audio Driver” (click on the downloads tab on this page) and install this driver to your computer by following the instructions provided. Minimum system requirement: Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher, Microsoft Windows 7 & 8.
Note: Any drivers previously loaded must be uninstalled prior to installing this driver.
Minimum Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) and later versions include USB Audio 2.0 drivers and therefore it is not necessary to install the NAD USB 2.0 Audio driver. Ensure the Sound device of your Mac is set to “NAD USB Audio 2.0.”
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