New operating and set-up features added to T773, T763 AVRs and T163 AV tuner preamp along with Dolby Digital PLIIx and Dolby PLIIx decoding
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NAD Improves Three Popular A/V Components with A New Operating System
New operating and set -up features added to T773, T763 AVRs and T163 AV tuner preamp along with Dolby Digital PLIIx and Dolby PLIIx decoding
CEDIA Expo, Indianapolis, IN. Sept. 10, 2004 -NAD, the highly regarded manufacturer of high -performance audio components, incorporates the NAD V2.0 operating system in the latest T773, T763 A/V Receivers and T163
A/V Tuner Preamplifier production models.
A major benefit of the T773, T763, and T163 is the capability for software upgrades and this is NAD's first major operational software upgrade for these three units. A wide assortment of operating and set -up features are now possible along with the addition of two new surround formats - Dolby Digital Pro Logic IIx and Dolby Pro Logic IIx, increasing versatility and performance. Both formats process stereo and 5.1 signals into a 6.1 - or 7.1 -channel output. You can choose Movie or Music modes to tailor your listening experience to the source material. For two channel signals Dolby Pro Logic IIx Music mode features three additional user controls; Dimension, Center Width, and Panorama. Dolby Digital Surround EX is now selectable from the front panel or the remote.
The Set Up menu has a more ergonomic interface with more flexible options, which includes increased control of the independent Zone 2 audio and video outputs simplifying custom installations. Zone 2 can now be powered by either the main HTR2 remote or the ZR 2 (separate Zone 2) remote control. There is both Fixed and Variable second zone volume control. When set to Variable the second zone volume is adjustable via the ZR 2. When set to Fixed the second zone volume is set to a preset level that is selected in the Zone Settings within the Set Up menu. The Fixed setting is most appropriate when a separate amplifier with its own volume control is being used for the second zone. Additionally, either Speakers A or Speakers B can be assigned as active when the second zone powers on.
The new Enhanced Bass setting allows full range operation of all the speakers with the additional bass contribution of the subwoofer. In most AVR's and surround preamps, when the speaker configuration is set to Large, the subwoofer is not active. With the new Enhanced Bass activated, when one or more speakers are set to Large, the subwoofer is also active for maximum bass output.
It is now possible to rename inputs using the remote to enter characters and numbers. Up to five user presets can be set that holds in memory speaker configuration settings. With the new software upgrade, all units now come with Quick Start A/V Presets for five of the most common speaker setups - 7.1 Large Spk , 7.1 Small Spk, 5.0 Large Spk, 5.1 Small Spk. and 4.1 Small Spk. These pre -configured settings further simplify set up, particularly for first time users.
All other features and specifications are the same including the power ratings on the T773 and T763 AVRs. The T773 delivers a powerful 110wpc of continuous power with all seven (7) channels driven simultaneously at rated distortion into 4 or 8 ohms. The equally robust T 763 is equipped with six channels of amplification for rated continuous power of 100wpc.
The T773, T763 and T163 offer the widest array of surround formats with Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS ES, DTS NEO:6 decoding along with 7.1 Matrix, and now Dolby Digital PLIIx and Dolby PL IIx along with the proprietary NAD EARS circuitry for creating natural surround sound from any format input, 7.1, 6.1, 5.1 and 2.0 stereo, digital or analog.
The improved T773, T763 and T163 can be seen in Booth # 314 at the Indianapolis Convention Center during CEDIA Expo 2004. All three models are currently shipping with the Ver. 2.0 Operating System and the pricing remains the same, set at the suggested retail prices of $1,799, $1,399 and $1,499 respectively.