"Damn, this NAD is fun to listen to!"
"I like being surprised and the NAD D 1050 surprised me insofar as how much pure listening enjoyment it offers. With a host of digital inputs including an asynchronous 24/192-capable USB port, a very nice sounding headphone amp, and single-ended and balanced outputs, the D 1050 wraps up a lot of functions into a visually and tactilely appealing package that also happens to be damn fun to listen to."
— From Michael Lavorgna's review in Audiostream, August 7, 2013
Read the full review
The compact D 1050 can rest vertically or horizontally, so it can fit just about anywhere.
24-bit/192kHz asynchronous USB input
The D 1050's USB input improves your computer's sound and is capable of playing high-resolution music files for sound quality that even trumps CDs. (Free USB driver download required for Windows® PC playback.) The USB connection employs asynchronous re-clocking technology. This advanced design precisely controls the timing of your computer's USB output for vanishingly low levels of jitter — errors in the timing of the data stream that can make music sound harsh and edgy, and smear subtle details.
The devil's in the details
NAD packed a lot of premium parts inside the D 1050, then meticulously tuned them for optimum audio performance. NAD chose multi-layer circuit boards and micro-miniaturized surface mount components soldered with lead-free high silver content solder to ensure ultra-short, impedance-controlled signal paths. Analog outputs include single-ended RCA and balanced XLR connections for flexible hookup with a wide variety of audio gear. And NAD included a premium quality headphone amplifier with an independent volume control to provide powerful sound for private listening.
You won't find a lot of unnecessary buttons cluttering the streamlined D 1050. There's an extra-large knob for headphone volume and a soft-touch button for selecting your music source. The display shows source and the incoming sample rate of your music. The DAC's compact enclosure can stand vertically on your desktop or a bookshelf to save space, or be placed horizontally in a component rack or cabinet.