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NAD T187 V3

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Why should you have to replace entire components of your home entertainment system every time the industry goes through a technological reset? If you've enjoyed your current model and tweaked your setup to get the most from it, it's hard to face the hassle and expense of swapping it out. NAD's Modular Design Construction (MDC) places many of the input/output and signal processing functions on removable modules which can be replaced as new technologies arise. That way, you only pay for the feature updates you want.

Born to be the boss

The NAD T 187 V3 will handle almost any entertainment source you can throw at it, and hand it back to you polished and ready for impeccable performance. 4K video over HDMI? Old school AM/FM radio? Digital audio from an Apple TV®? Yes, yes, and yes, and quite a few more options besides. With all this versatility, this sleek component will serve as the cornerstone of your well-connected, high-end home theater system.

NAD T187 V3

The NAD T 187 V3 sports a refreshingly clean front panel.

A future-proof modular design

Why should you have to replace entire components of your home entertainment system every time the industry goes through a technological reset? If you've enjoyed your current model and tweaked your setup to get the most from it, it's hard to face the hassle and expense of swapping it out. NAD's Modular Design Construction (MDC) places many of the input/output and signal processing functions on removable modules which can be replaced as new technologies arise. That way, you only pay for the feature updates you want.

Digital data, pure and clean

With 5 HDMI inputs and 2 HDMI outputs, the T 187 V3 stands ready to route the desired digital signal to your display devices with the touch of a remote button. NAD's "first, do no harm" philosophy with regard to the digital video signal ensures that the signal presented at the HDMI output will be identical in format to the one presented at the input, guaranteeing the integrity of the data stream.

Attention to detail

Discriminating attention has been brought to bear on the audio side as well. Ample inputs for your music and home theater sources plus numerous surround decoding modes make this unit endlessly versatile. Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction allows you to custom-tune the T 187 V3 to match your particular room and speakers. And the system can extend its reach across your home with its support for 3 additional zones in addition to your main home theater room.

Product Highlights:

  • audio/video surround sound preamplifier processor
  • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Dolby® Digital Plus, DTS-HD™ High Resolution Audio, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
  • Audyssey MultEQ XT auto calibration
  • audio and video input circuits are on individual modules that can be easily upgraded
  • 4-zone/4-source output:
    • line-level stereo audio outputs with independent source and volume selection
    • Zone 2 also has an independent composite video feed
  • 24-bit/192kHz analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog conversion
  • learning/multibrand, macro-programmable remote with illuminated buttons for dark rooms
  • programmable 12-volt triggers, and RS-232 and Ethernet ports for advanced control systems
Connections and Dimensions:
  • HDMI 2.0b audio/video switching: 5 in, 2 out
    • HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs (all HDMI inputs and main output)
    • HDMI signal at source is passed through in original format to HDMI output with no alterations for high-fidelity video
    • compatible with 3D display standards
  • component video switching: 3 in, 1 out
  • digital audio inputs: 3 optical, 3 coaxial
  • digital audio outputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
  • 10 audio/video inputs, including 3 inputs with composite and S-video
  • 7 audio-only RCA inputs (1 front panel)
  • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
  • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
  • 7.2-channel analog audio output (RCA)
  • 1-in, 3-out IR repeater mini-jacks
  • 1-in, 3-out 12-volt trigger mini-jacks
  • RS-232C port (for control via PC or automated system)
  • Ethernet port allows network control for sophisticated automation systems
  • USB port
  • detachable power cord
  • 17-1/8"W x 5-3/4"H x 14-5/8"D
  • 17.6 pounds
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Surround sound preamp processor
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Main remote control (HTR 8)
  • Zone 2 remote control (ZR 7)
  • 4 "AA" batteries
  • 3V CR2025 battery
  • Front-panel cover (installed)
  • Audyssey setup microphone
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM wire antenna
  • 75-ohm to 300-ohm antenna adapter
  • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Warranty Card
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Video Section
Multiroom Audio
Remote Control
Convenience Features

Audio Section

Surround Sound Preamp Processor: The NAD T 187 V3 Surround Sound Preamp Processor is the perfect separate surround processor accompaniment to any high performance multi-channel power amplifier (sold separately). You'll find support for all the latest video format (including Ultra HD 4K) and surround sound formats (including Dolby Digital TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS-HD). The T 187 V3 also includes NAD's proprietary Modular Design Construction (MDC) for the added convenience and flexibility of future upgrades.

24-Bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DAC: The NAD T 187 V3 Surround Sound Preamp Processor employs a carefully selected, top-level 24-bit/192kHz Burr Brown DAC for the ultimate audiophile performance.

Listening Modes: The T 187 V3 offers decoding for all the latest surround formats including Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, and DTS-HD Master Audio; as well as Dolby Pro Logic surround processing.

Notes:

  • Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the AV surround sound processor via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the surround sound processor must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.
  • Does not support Dolby Atmos or DTS:X.

Audyssey Technology: The NAD T 187 V3 features a full package of Audyssey audio technologies for optimal sound quality. Audyssey Dynamic Volume offers real-time volume adjustment, while Audyssey DynamicEQ improves your system's surround effects during low volume levels. Audyssey MultEQ XT automatically sets speakers to suit your room's listening environment and the speakers' characteristics.

  • Audyssey MultEQ XT: Audyssey MultEQ technology helps create an optimal acoustic profile for your home theater. Using the included setup microphone, Audyssey MultEQ measures sound levels and adjusts speaker configuration accordingly, making setup fast and easy. This room acoustic measuring and correction system analyzes (via the included microphone) the audio characteristics of your speaker system and your listening environment at up to 8 measurement points and automatically tailors the sound for top audio fidelity. You can set the Audyssey MultEQ to one of the following modes - Audyssey (Audyssey configured curve), Flat (Audyssey configured curve without high-frequency roll-off), NAD (Audyssey+NAD engineered curve), Off (no Audyssey filters applied)
  • Dynamic EQ: Audio engineers mix music and movie soundtracks at reference levels much louder than typical home listening levels. At lower volumes the human ear perceives sound differently; voices change, bass dissipates, and the surround effect becomes less enveloping. Dynamic EQ adjusts the frequency response curve based on volume to maintain consistent bass output, octave-to-octave balance, and surround impact, resulting in rich sound at any volume. You can set the Dynamic EQ to 0, 5, 10, or 15 dB.
  • Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume solves the problem of large variations in volume level between television programs, commercials, and between the soft and loud passages of movies. Dynamic Volume addresses the issue of commercials that are too loud and movie soundtracks with vast differences between soft and loud passages; the results are more intelligible dialogue, loud passages maintain impact, and soft whispers are heard clearly. When the volume level changes, Dynamic EQ also adjusts the frequency response to maintain sound quality. You can set the Dynamic Volume to Light, Medium, Heavy, or off.

EARS: Two-channel recordings, whether stereo or surround-encoded, are reproduced with proprietary NAD surround processing with signals output to the front left/right, center and discrete left/right surround channels, plus subwoofer. EARS extracts the natural ambience present in nearly all well-produced stereo recordings. It does not synthesize any ambience or other sonic elements and thus remains truer to the sound of the original musical performance than most other music-surround options. EARS offers realistic, stable "front-stage" sonic imaging and spacious but unexaggerated ambient "virtual acoustics" that remain faithful to the original recording. Select EARS for listening to stereo music recordings and broadcasts. EARS produces a subtle but highly natural and believable ambience from nearly all "natural-acoustic" stereo recordings. Typically, these include classical, jazz, and folk genre.

Direct Mode: Analog or digital sources are automatically played in their native formats. All the source's audio channels are reproduced directly. This mode recreates the original sound most faithfully, thereby producing outstandingly high-quality audio.

Stereo Modes: The NAD T 187 V3 also provides two-channel stereo and multi-channel stereo playback, as well as an analog bypass stereo mode.

  • Stereo: All output is directed to the front left/right channels. Low frequencies are directed to the subwoofer if one is present in the Speaker settings. Select 'Stereo' when you wish to listen to a stereo (or monaural) production, such as music CD or FM broadcast, without surround enhancement. Stereo recordings whether in PCM/digital or analog form and whether surround-encoded or not encoded, are reproduced as recorded. Multi-channel digital recordings (Dolby Digital and DTS) are reproduced in "Stereo Downmix" mode via the front left/right channels.
  • Enhanced Stereo: All recordings are reproduced in stereo via the maximum speaker complement. Enhanced stereo can be useful for maximum volume from all channels or for multi-speaker background music (cocktail party) listening. For this mode, Front, Center, Surround and Back speakers can be turned ON/OFF as desired.
  • Analog Bypass: All analog signals remain in the analog domain without analog-to-digital conversions. At Analog Bypass, the DSP circuitry is bypassed but full tone control functions remain. 'Bass management' or Speaker settings are also not in effect as these are DSP functions.

Audio Enhancements: The NAD T 187 V3 provides various audio enhancements to deliver a high-quality listening experience every time.

  • Tone Controls: The T 187 V3 has three Tone Control levels; Treble, Bass, Center Dialog. Bass and Treble controls only affect the low bass and high treble leaving the critical midrange frequencies free of coloration. The Center Dialog control boosts the 'presence' of the midrange region improving intelligibility of speech. Tone Defeat gives one the choice of varying or completely bypassing the tone control section of the T 187 V3.
  • Enhanced Bass: When the subwoofer is set to 'On' and your front speakers set to 'Large', the option 'Enhanced Bass' becomes available. Normally, with speakers set to 'Large' the subwoofer is not active. The Enhanced Bass option allows full range operation of the speakers with the additional bass contribution of the subwoofer. This feature is particularly useful when one wants to experience maximum bass output. Please note that due to acoustic cancellation effects, the bass response may be uneven when using this setting.

Level Adjustments:  The NAD T 187 V3 Surround Sound Preamp Processor provides the following level adjustments.

  • Gain Adjustment: Gain adjustment allows all sources to play back at the same volume level so you don't need to adjust the volume every time a new source is selected. It is generally preferable to reduce the level of the loudest source rather than making louder the softer sources.
  • Dynamic Range Control: You can select the effective dynamic range (subjective range from soft to loud) for playback of Dolby Digital soundtracks. For fully cinematic effect, always select 100% (the default). Settings of 75%, 50%, and 25% progressively reduce dynamic range, making soft sounds comparatively louder while limiting the peak loudness of loud ones.

Listening Mode Parameters: The T 187 V3 provides the following Listening Mode Parameter adjustments for Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS NEO:6.

  • Center Width (DPL IIx): Modifies the "hard-centeredness" of the center image, by gradually mixing mono center content to the Front left/right speakers as well. A setting of 0 retains the center-channel-only default while a setting of 7 yields a fully phantom center channel.
  • Dimension (DPL IIx): Adjusts front-rear emphasis of the surround effect independently from the relative channel levels.
  • Panorama (DPL IIx): Adds a "wraparound" effect by extending some stereo content into the surround channels.
  • Center Gain (DTS NEO:6): Adjust for better center image in relation to the surround sound channels.

Multichannel Analog Inputs & Outputs: The NAD T 187 V3 is equipped with a 7.1ch analog input and 7.2ch analog pre-outs.

  • 7.1Ch Input: The T 187 V3 features a 7.1 Channel input (Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back left, Surround Back right, and Subwoofer) for connecting an outboard processor or multi-channel analog source. The 7.1 channel input can be assigned to eight of the nine inputs (source 5 is fixed).
  • 7.2ch Pre-Outs: The T 187 V3 features Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back left, Surround Back right and dual Subwoofer preamp outputs to connect the preamplifier to external power amplifiers. There is also a dedicated stereo output for Zone 2.

Digital Inputs & Outputs: There are three coaxial digital inputs and three optical digital inputs. The inputs accept digital audio signals from a digital TV, Set top box, Blu-ray player, compact disc, DVD, LD, or other digital source components; each can be assigned to a specific source using the on-screen menu. There are also digital outputs; one coaxial and one optical. The digital outputs can be connected to MD recorders, CD recorders, DAT decks, or other similar components.

Front-Panel Jacks: The NAD T 187 V3 is outfitted with a 1/4" headphone jack and 3.5mm Aux input on the front-panel.

  • Headphone Output: The preamp features a 1/4" stereo headphone jack on the front-panel for connecting an optional pair of headphones. The unit's speaker outputs are automatically muted when a set of headphones is connected.
  • Auxiliary Input: There is a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input on the front-panel for connecting a portable digital audio player.

AM/FM Tuner: The NAD T 187 V3 features an internal AM/FM tuner that offers high-quality sound from your local radio broadcasts. The unit includes an external AM loop antenna, and external ribbon-wire FM antenna.

  • RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) permits sending small amounts of digital information using conventional FM radio broadcasts. The T 187 V3 supports two RDS modes; Program-Service Name (PS mode) and Radio-Text (RT mode). Not every FM station incorporates RDS in its broadcast signal. In most areas you will find from one to several RDS-enabled stations, but it is by no means impossible that your favorite stations will not be broadcasting RDS data.
  • Direct Tuning: If you know your desired station's frequency allocation, you can tune directly to the station using the included IR remote control.
  • Presets: The T 187 V3 can store a mix of your 40 favorite AM, FM and XM radio stations for immediate recall. A twelve character name can be assigned to each AM/FM station preset.

Video Section

HDMI 2.0b: The NAD T 187 V3 has five HDMI 2.0b inputs, one HDMI 2.0b output, and one HDMI 1.4 output. The inputs are assignable using the AV surround sound pre-amplifier's on-screen menu. The two HDMI outputs are parallel so the same video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously.

  • 4K/60Hz: All of the HDMI inputs and the HDMI 1 Output support up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video @ 60 frames per second on all of its HDMI inputs and output (pass-through only - no upscaling). It will also pass a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI. The HDMI 2 output is only 1080p/HDCP 1.4 compatible.
  • HDCP 2.2: All of the receiver's HDMI jacks support HDCP 2.2, which fully complies with the latest copyright protection standard for 4K video transmission.
  • 4:4:4 Color Subsampling: All of the receiver's HDMI inputs and the HDMI 1 output support RGB, YCbCr 4:4:4, YCbCr 4:2:2, and YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling (@ 60Hz or 50Hz). With 4:4:4 color subsampling, luminance (brightness) and chroma (color) are sampled at the same rate; resulting in an RGB color palette as big as the video sampling rate for a video image with more colors, plus greater color accuracy and detail. The HDMI 2 output only supports YCbCr 4:2:0 color subsampling.
  • High Dynamic Range (HDR): All of the receiver's HDMI inputs and the HDMI 1 output support High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. High Dynamic Range (HDR) provides enhanced picture quality by simultaneously enabling greater detail for both the dark and bright parts of an image. HDR reproduces a greater dynamic range of luminosity or brightness levels, creating greater contrast. This increased contrast reveals the subtle nuances of the image, from detailed blacks and shadows to the brightest whites and colors, plus greater depth. The receiver supports HDR 10 (no support for Dolby Vision or HLG). The HDMI 2 output does not support any HDR format.

3D Ready: The NAD T 187 V3 supports 3D HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI. 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content.

Lip Sync Delay: Video signals may take longer to process than audio signals, depending on the connected video equipment. The audio signal can be delayed up to 120ms to synchronize with the video signal.

Audio Return Channel (ARC): If the connected TV has an HDMI ARC Input, the audio signal can be transferred from the TV (when its internal tuner is used) to the T 187 V3 through a single HDMI cable, so a second cable isn't needed.

No Analog Video Decoding: Because NAD's VM300 4K MDC module is pre-installed, all of the T 187 V3's analog video input decoding from Composite, S-Video, and Component Video sources is disabled.

Multiroom Audio

Zones 2-3-4: In addition to the main listening room, you can also enjoy audio playback from a different source in other rooms of your home using the T 187 V3's Multi-Zone function. The T 187 V3 has three configurable Zones; Zone 2, Zone 3, and Zone 4. Each Zone consists of stereo RCA line-level output to connect an external receiver or integrated amp in other rooms of your home, allowing  you to listen to 7.2ch surround in the Main Zone and 2ch stereo of a different audio sources in other rooms of  your home. Each Zone allows independent source and volume control, with a simplified second-zone remote (ZR 7).

  • Compatible Zone Sources: Only tuner and analog audio sources can be sent to Zone 2, 3, and 4.
  • Incompatible Zone Sources: HDMI, optical, and coaxial digital audio cannot be passed through Zone 2, 3, or 4.
Note: Because NAD's VM300 4K MDC module is pre-installed, all of the T 187 V3's analog video input decoding from Composite, S-Video, and Component Video sources is disabled.

BluOS-Ready: The NAD T 187 V3 offers the option of integrating BluOS Hi-Res multiroom audio into your NAD system through the addition of the BluOS kit (745BSUK, sold separately).

Remote Control

Main Remote: The HTR 8 IR remote controls the T 187 V3 and is pre-coded with controls for other NAD components. The IR remote also features a "learning function" which allows you to teach commands to the HTR 8 from another remote controller, regardless of brand. The HTR 8's key-illumination can be set to remain lit for 0-9 seconds. A 'macro' command is a series of two or more remote codes issued automatically from a single key-press. The HTR 8 can store one macro on each of its function keys.

Zone 2 Remote: The included ZR 7 is a discrete compact IR remote for controlling the Zone 2 features of the T 187 V3; it allows control of the Zone 2 volume and source selection, as well as other applicable functions. The ZR 7 will work from a different room using an IR sensor and hub or the IR sensor of a compatible NAD component in the second zone (either must be wired back to the location of the T 187 V3).

Note: The ZR 7 remote control will only control Zone 2 applications. Zone 3 and Zone 4 can be configured and managed at the appropriate Zone OSD menu using the T 187 V3's front-panel navigations buttons, as well as the corresponding keys on the HTR 8 remote control.

HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronic Control): Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is a set of commands that utilizes HDMI's two-way communication to allow for single remote control of any CEC-enabled devices connected with HDMI. A CEC command will trigger the necessary commands over HDMI for an entire system to auto-configure itself to respond to the command.

  • Power: The T 187 V3 will automatically go to standby mode if it receives a CEC standby command. On the other hand, if the T 187 V3 receives a CEC power up command, the T 187 V3 will correspondingly switch ON from standby mode.
  • Source Switch: The T 187 V3 will automatically switch sources if another CEC device requests a Source change. For example, if Play is pressed on a BD Player with CEC, the T 187 V3 and TV with CEC will automatically switch to their respective input connections; the T 187 V3 switching to the HDMI input where the BD Player is connected while the TV will switch to its input where the T 187 V3's HDMI Monitor Out is connected.
  • Audio System: The T 187 V3 will broadcast a CEC message indicating it is an active audio system. A CEC compatible TV will usually mute its audio output when this happens. When this option is enabled, the T 187 V3 will also respond to CEC volume and mute commands. For example, a CEC TV may forward the volume commands from its remote to the T 187 V3.

NAD AV Remote App: Download the NAD AV Remote App on your your Apple iOS 6.0+ device to control the T 187 V3 from your your iPod touch, iPhone, or iPad. Through the app, you can select and control basic functions such as power, volume, source, and listening mode for all zones. You can also name sources, tweak receiver presets, adjust tone controls and trim levels, tune radio stations, and activate Audyssey room equalization, from anywhere in the house.

Note: The NAD AV Remote App is not supported by Android.

Remote Connections: The NAD T 187 V3 is fitted with the following custom remote inputs/outputs.

  • +12V Trigger Input/Outputs: The three +12V trigger outputs (3.5mm) let you turn on/off other devices along with the T 187 V3. The +12V trigger input lets you turn on/off the T 187 V3 from another device.
  • IR Input/Outputs: There is an IR input (3.5mm), used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component. There are also three IR output (3.5mm) used to control another compatible component.
  • RS-232 Port: The rear-panel RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC or external whole-house control system from companies such as AMX or Crestron. NAD is a certified partner of AMX and Crestron and fully supports these external devices.

Ethernet Port: The T 187 V3 is fitted with a Ethernet Port (RJ-45) to connect to your home network for IP control. With your PC and the T 187 V3 on the same network, it allows remote control of the T 187 V3 via compatible external controllers.

Switched AC Outlet: This convenient 3-prong outlet can supply switched AC power to another component or accessory. The total draw off all devices connected to this outlet must not exceed 120 watts.

Convenience Features

MDC (Modular Design Construction): MDC ends the frustration of having to replace your entire AV preamp processor just to keep pace with the ever-changing world of AV electronics. NAD's most important recent innovation, MDC battles technology obsolescence by allowing you to upgrade the T 187 V3 with new connectivity and features as new technology becomes available. MDC places all the input circuitry on easily removable plug-in cards; your investment is protected because a single card, rather than the entire receiver, can be replaced when a new format is introduced.

OSD (On-Screen Display): In addition to the unit's front-panel display, the T 187 V3 employs a simple, self-explanatory on-screen display menus system which will appear on your connected television. The OSD is available through the unit's HDMI output only.

Source Configuration: The T 187 V3 is equipped with ten configurable Sources. A particular Source can be enabled or disabled, renamed, assigned analog and digital audio sources, video sources, AV Presets, Trigger settings, among other settings.

AV Preset: The T 187 V3's 'AV Presets' allow you to customize your audio-video playback, and recall them with a single key-press. The parameters 'Listening Mode', 'DSP Options' and 'Tone Controls', together with 'Speaker Setup' and 'Display Setup' are stored together as a single AV Preset. You may create one AV Preset optimized for pop music and another for classical. One more AV Preset can be set up to recall each family member's favorite setting or one for fully cinematic home-theater playback, and yet another one for late-night movies; with each AV Preset fine-tuned to a particular scenario or preference.

Sleep Mode: The Sleep Mode timer will switch the T 187 V3 to Standby mode automatically after a preset number of minutes (15-90 min.).

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