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Add-on Dolby Atmos® module for NAD Masters Series M17 preamp/processor

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About the NAD AM 17

Add Dolby Atmos decoding to your NAD M17

Update your NAD M17 preamp/processor with decoding for the most immersive surround sound available. The AM 17 Dolby Atmos add-on module adds support for a 5.1.2 Atmos configuration to the M17. With an additional external amplifier, it can support up to a 7.1.4 Atmos setup. The AM 17 also supports Dirac Live™ room correction for improved room acoustics, stereo image, and clarity.

Product highlights:

  • add-on Dolby Atmos module for NAD Masters Series M17 preamp/processor
  • creates a 5.1.2 Dolby Atmos system
    • can support up to a 7.1.4 Atmos system with an additional amplifier
  • future software update adds support for DTS:X
  • supports Dirac Live room correction for improved room acoustics, stereo image, and clarity
  • digital inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
  • 4 mini XLR outputs for adding additional Atmos channels
    • mini XLR to regular XLR adapters included
  • professional installation recommended
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # AM17

What's in the box:

  • Dolby Atmos MDC module
  • 4 Balanced adapter cables
  • USB-to-Minijack dongle
  • Minijack coupler
  • Setup microphone
  • MDC Installation And Software Upgrade Guidelines

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Alan from Redmond, WA on 7/18/2018

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What a difference! The room is now well balanced and clean sounding. DIRAC live software is easy to use. You will need Windows to load the new firmware via a RS232 cable, be sure to reload all modules.

Pros: Easy to install. DIRAC live easy to use and understand. DIRAC live software has MacOS and windows versions

Cons: Windows required to install firmware. No instructions

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More details on the NAD AM 17

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Modular Design Construction (MDC): NAD's proprietary Modular Design Construction (MDC) makes future upgrades possible with interchangeable, upgradeable modules.

Compatibility: The AM 17 MDC module is compatible with NAD's Master series NAD's Masters Series M15HD and M17 AV Processors. The AM 17 slots into the back chassis of the M15HD or M17. The M15HD or M17 requires a firmware update and software upgrade in order to use the AM 17 MDC module.

Dolby Atmos Add-On Module: Built for NAD's Masters Series M15HD and M17 AV Processors, the AM 17 features Dolby Atmos, a technology that produces a soundstage that is both enveloping and expansive. This is achieved by adding a third dimension of height to surround sound, and evolving the 7.1-channel 15HD or M17 into an 11-channel surround processor supporting the Dolby Atmos soundfield (7.1.4ch or 5.1.2ch setup).

Note: Support for DTS:X will be added by a future software update (not yet available - no ETA).

Dirac Live: The AM 17 employs Dirac Live (for Windows PC and Mac), which is an danced room correction technology. Dirac Live is different than traditional minimum-phase room correction systems in that it corrects frequency response and impulse response, thus offering improvements in the room acoustics, the stereo image, clarity and transient reproduction of the music. Setup microphone is included.

24-Bit/192 DACs: When it comes to audio quality NAD's reputation for state-of-the-art digital engineering is on full display with audiophile-quality 24/192 DACs inside the AM 17, delivering nearly immeasurable noise and distortion with an extremely wide dynamic range capable of fully resolving the most advanced cinematic soundtracks and Hi-Res Audio.

Inputs & Outputs: The NAD AM 17 MDC module is equipped with two coaxial (RCA) and two optical (toslink) digital inputs, as well as two sets of stereo Balanced XLR outputs.

Updates & Downloads: Click here for links to the firmware update and to download the Dirac Live software program for Windows PC or Mac.

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Does it require the VM300 module be installed also?
[ Al  Dec 18, 2018 ]
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It does not. This can be used with an UHD player that can output Dolby Atmos audio through a digital audio output. My Bio:
[ Paul  Dec 23, 2018 ]  Staff
Does this mdc work in the m15 hd2?
[ Darrin  Jun 04, 2018 ]
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The AM 17 MDC module is compatible with NAD's Master series NAD's Masters Series M15HD/M15HD2 and M17 AV Processors. For more details or to discuss further please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks!
[ Larry  Jun 20, 2018 ]  Staff

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