About the NAD T 778
Power meets simplicity
Power meets simplicity
This 140-watt-per channel home theater receiver can power even the largest surround sound systems. Yet it offers an intuitive touchscreen interface that makes changing sources and dialing-in settings a smooth experience.
The T 778's intuitive color touchscreen makes changing settings simple.
Sound from every corner of your room
The T 778 supports cutting-edge "object-based" surround sound formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X, which place sound effects in space around you with pinpoint accuracy.
You can have up to nine speakers firing simultaneously and hear the movie's score and special effects above, behind, in front of, and beside you — just like you would in an actual theater.
Flexible music streaming
NAD has included a kit that adds support for BluOS, a premium-quality wireless streaming platform that gives you access to a wide range of music.
The kit includes dongles for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so you can access streaming music from the internet and content from your phone, wirelessly. There are also a pair of USB inputs for connecting thumb drives loaded with tunes, including high-res audio files up to 24-bit/192kHz.The free BluOS mobile app gives you easy access to services like Spotify®, Amazon Music (including HD), TIDAL, and more. And it works with additional wireless speakers from Bluesound for enjoying music in multiple rooms simultaneously.
Designed with the future in mind
Clean, powerful amplification never goes out of style, and this NAD has that in spades. But with rapidly changing audio and video technology, it can be hard to commit to new gear when the next generation of tech may be on the horizon.
That's why NAD developed a way to upgrade parts of the T 778 without having to replace the whole thing — a unique technology called "Modular Design Construction."
The T 778's digital inputs and outputs are built into removable circuit boards. If something more advanced comes along down the road, you'll have the option to upgrade your connections without buying a whole new receiver.
Legendary room correction
This receiver includes Dirac Live®, one of the industry's best room-correction platforms. Download the Dirac software to your Windows® or Mac® computer, and connect the supplied microphone. That's when the magic starts.
Dirac takes precise acoustic measurements of your room, and creates a customized correction curve that fine-tunes the output of your speakers and subwoofers based on the unique sonic characteristics of your space.
In other words, you get smooth, clear sound that's tailored to your room. The before and after can be startling, which shows just how valuable room-correction technology can be.
Power and processing:
- 9-channel amplifier
- 140 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
- Hybrid Digital Amplifier Technology for efficient, clean power and low distortion
- Dolby® and DTS® surround sound decoding
- Dolby Atmos processing for use with in-ceiling or "height" speakers for more enveloping home theater sound
- Dirac Live™ advanced room correction software tailors the sound to your room with the included microphone
Digital and streaming music options:
- BluOS multi-room compatibility with optional Bluesound wireless speakers
- includes support for Amazon Music Unlimited, Spotify, TIDAL, Napster, Deezer, Qobuz, and more (subscription required for some services)
- supports internet radio from TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Calm Radio, Radio Paradise, and Slacker Radio
- supports MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, FLAC, ALAC, WMA-L, MQA, WAV, and AIFF file formats
- Bluetooth streaming (transmitting and receiving)
- Apple AirPlay 2 lets you stream directly from an iPhone® or iPad® and ask Siri to play Apple Music
- works with Amazon Alexa and Google Home voice control assistants
- dual-zone capability with powered dual-room/dual-source output
- surround back amplifier channels can be assigned to power speakers in Zone 2
- only analog sources can be played in Zone 2
Audio performance features:
- toroidal transformer delivers clean, consistent power to all channels
- back surround speaker channels re-assignable for biamping front left and right speakers for improved performance
- gold-plated A/V inputs/output connectors
- detachable power cord
- HDMI 2.0 audio/video switching: 6 in, 2 out, including one front-panel input
- HDCP 2.2 technology ensures compatibility with 4K Ultra HD sources and TVs
- HDR-compatible for extended picture contrast and brightness with compatible 4K TVs and HDR-encoded content
- supports 4K Ultra HD video pass-through
- supports ARC (Audio Return Channel) and eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
- eARC receives uncompressed surround sound signals including Dolby Atmos and DTS:X via the HDMI connection with your compatible TV
- front-panel USB port for audio playback from USB flash drives
- 3 analog stereo RCA inputs, including a dedicated phono input
- digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
- 7.1-channel analog audio preamp outputs for connecting optional external amplifiers
- Wi-Fi dongle and extension cable for wireless connection to your home network
- RS-232 and Ethernet port for use with optional 3rd-party automated control systems
- MDC (Modular Design Construction) offers the ability to upgrade components for future format and feature compatibility
- free BluOS controller app for iOS and Android devices
- intuitive front-panel color touchscreen for easy operation
- includes HTR 8 remote control (4 "AA" batteries included)
- rack-mountable (3U-height)
- 17-1/8"W x 5-9/16"H x 17-15/16"D
- weight: 26.7 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # T778
What's in the box:
- 9.2ch AV receiver
- 6' AC power cord
- BluOS module (with WiFi dongle/Bluetooth dongle installed)
- Main IR remote control (HTR 8)
- Zone 2 IR remote control (ZR 7)
- 4 "AA" batteries
- CR2025 Lithium battery
- Auto calibration microphone
- USB-to-3.5mm adapter
- 23" USB extension cable
- 2 Rack-mount brackets
- 6 Counter-sunk screws
- 2 Flanged-head screws
- 9 Black plastic inserts
- 9 Red plastic inserts
- Quick Setup Guide
- Internet Update Guidelines
- Dirac Live LE Quick Start Guide BluOS Quick Start Guide
- BluOS/Bluesound brochure
- Important Safety Instructions
- Warranty Information
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Features & specs
9-Channel AV Receiver: Designed with NAD's full disclosure approach to power ratings, the T 778 AV receiver's hybrid digital amplifier technology conservatively delivers 85 watts to all nine channels (or 140 watts with 2 channels driven) into an 8 or 4-ohm impedance load.
- Hybrid Digital Amplifier Technology: The T 778 features the latest developments in NAD's Hybrid Digital technology to create nine high current and high power channels of amplification with improved efficiency. This amplifier technology exhibits no "crossover distortion" and is able to provide very high peak current for dramatic music tracks and impaction movie soundtracks. The silent black background and explosive dynamics afforded by this amplifier technology adds lifelike realism, drama and excitement to all your music and movies.
- NAD's Full Disclosure Power Ratings: NAD uses Full Disclosure Power (FDP), the most demanding criterion for performance measurement. FDP specifies distortion under the most extreme conditions of low impedance loads and frequency extremes, rather than the simple and easy 1kHz @ 8 ohms test quoted by many of other manufacturers. NAD uses this stricter performance criterion because it more closely matches the demands of real music and real loudspeakers. Maintaining specified distortion at 8 or 4 ohms and at 20-20kHz is a much more difficult achievement. The benefit of NAD's Full Disclosure Power is the total elimination of audible distortion at any listening level. This provides pinpoint imaging and realism with music and movies alike.
Amplifier Assignment: For flexibility, the T 778's amplifier's Surround Back amplifier is configurable so you can use these amp channels to power Surround Back speakers, Height 2 speakers, Zone 2 speakers, or bi-amp the front speakers.
- Surround Back: Assigns the Surround Back amp channels to power a pair of Surround Back (Rear) speakers. In this configuration, you can create up to 9.1ch speaker system with front height speakers or 7.1.2ch speaker system with overhead Speakers. Height 2 and Zone 2 speakers cannot be used.
- Height 2: Assigns the Surround Back amplifier channels to power a pair of Height 2 speakers. In this configuration, you can create up to a 5.1.4ch speaker system with two pair of overhead speakers. Surround Back and Zone speakers cannot be used.
- Front (Bi-Amp): Assigns the Surround Back amp channels to bi-amplify the main Front speakers. In this configuration, you can create up to 5.1.2ch or 7.1ch speaker system. Surround Back, Height 2, and Zone 2 Speakers cannot be used.
- Zone 2: Assigns the Surround Back amplifier channels to supply power to a pair of loudspeakers in Zone 2. In this configuration, you can create up to a 5.1.2ch or 7.1ch speaker system in the main Zone and power a 2ch speaker system in Zone 2. Surround Back and Height 2 speakers cannot be used.
Dirac Live Room Correction: Dirac Live is a patented room correction technology that not only corrects the frequency response, but also the impulse response of a room's loudspeakers. Dirac Live provides true impulse response correction over a large listening area, improving the depth, positioning and distinction of individual voices and instruments. Using multiple measurement and mixed phase correction, Dirac Live helps create a natural, realistic and transparent sound with tighter bass and reduced room modes, in a way previously not possible.
- How It Works: Whether you use the mobile app (for Apple iOS 10.2+ and Android OS 5.0+) or the desktop software (for Windows 7/8/10 and Mac OSX 10.7+), Dirac Live offers a clear improvement of your audio system by analyzing your speakers and room acoustics with the help of the included measurement microphone that plugs into the NAD receiver, your computer, or mobile device. Dirac Live then uses this data to build an acoustic model of the listening environment and detects the deficiencies. After careful analysis, Dirac Live corrects for both the timing and amplitude aspects of the colorations in sound to deliver a uniquely pristine listening experience.
- What It Does: Dirac Live provides Mixed-Phase Room Correction technology with Impulse Response Correction, improved staging (localization of sound events), better clarity and intelligibility in music and vocals, a deeper and tighter bass free of resonances throughout the entire listening area, and the ability to upload and choose the custom NAD target response
- The NAD T 778 comes with the free Dirac Live LE (Lite) version with the ability to calculate corrections in frequencies between 20Hz and 500Hz. You can upgrade to the Dirac Live Full version for $99 and gain the ability to calculate corrections of the full frequency range between 20Hz and 20,000Hz.
- For both Dirac Live versions, the NAD receiver and your computer or mobile device will need to be connected to the same network with an internet connection. You'll also need to create a Dirac Live account.
ESS Sabre DAC: The NAD T 778 is equipped with a 32-bit, 8-channel ESS Sabre DAC, one of the best performing DACs on the market today with its excellent dynamic range and incredibly low jitter spec. It offers support of high resolutions music files - including MQA, FLAC, WAV, ALAC, AIFF, and WMA-L.
Compatible Digital Audio Formats: The NAD T 778 AV receiver supports the following stereo and multichannel audio formats through its HDMI (1-6) jacks and optical (1-2)/coax (1-2) digital inputs.
|Digital Audio Connector||Audio Signal Type||Audio Signal Format|
|HDMI (1-6)||High Definition Audio Bitstream|| Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby TrueHD |
DTS:X, DTS-HD Master Audio, DTS-HD High Resolution, DTS Express
|Bitstream||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|PCM||2ch to 8ch (32-192kHz, 16/20/24-bit)|
|Optical (1-2)/Coaxial (1-2)||Bitstream||Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS, DTS ES, DTS 96/24|
|PCM||2ch to 6ch, (32-96kHz, 16/20/24-bit)|
Immersive Surround Sound: The NAD T 778 goes beyond regular surround with support for the latest immersive surround sound formats, including Dolby Atmos & DTS:X. The NAD AV receiver also uses Dolby Surround & DTS Neural:X to enhance 2ch, 5.1ch, and 7.1ch decoding formats for a matrixed three-dimensional soundfield. The T 778 can support 5.1.2ch, 5.1.4ch, 7.1.2ch, 7.1.4ch*, 9.1.2ch*, and 9.1.4ch* Dolby Atmos & DTS:X speaker systems. *A 7.1.4ch, 9.1.2ch, and 9.1.4ch configuration will require a separate power amplifier(s).
- Dolby Atmos: Dolby Atmos surround sound technology dispenses with channel-based coding in favor of more advanced object-based coding, giving the soundtrack designer the ability to precisely place sounds anywhere in the 3-dimensional space. With Dolby Atmos, sound moves around you in three-dimensional space, so you feel like you're inside the action.
- Dolby Surround: Dolby Surround offers an enhanced cinema experience to your existing stereo and Dolby Digital movie soundtracks using a Dolby Atmos speaker setup. Dolby Surround enhances audio definition by improving the spatial dimension and overall audio definition of movie soundtracks. It does this by using four distinct surround zones that provide greater control over the exact placement of each detail in a movie sound track, so audio can be matched more accurately to the video on screen; this means more depth and greater realism for your movies. As a result, individual sounds are clearer and more distinct. It also improves the surround sound experience across the entire theater by widening the listening "sweet spot".
- DTS:X: DTS:X features object-based audio coding that lets the soundtrack designer place sonic elements anywhere in the 3D acoustic soundspace, and provides for overhead speakers to deliver a stunning surround sound experience.
- DTS Neural:X: DTS Neural:X is an advanced spatial remapping technology from DTS, which provides a fully immersive output for all types of source content; this includes DTS bitstreams and non-encoded (PCM) data. DTS Neural:X delivers a thrilling sense of immersive sound to your DTS:X speaker layout regardless of the original source format.
Listening Modes: The T 778 offers distinct listening modes, tailored for different types of recording or program material. With a two-channel (Stereo) source, the following listening modes can be selected.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Audio Enhancements: The NAD T 778 allows you to tailor the AV receiver's Bass & Treble, as well as Center Dialog to your preference.
- 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.
- Tone Controls: The T 778 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 778.
Dolby & DTS Setup: The T 778 offers the following audio settings specifically relating to Dolby Digital & DTS soundtracks.
- Dynamic Range Control: You can select the effective dynamic range (subjective range from soft to loud) for playback of Dolby Digital & DTS 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.
- Center Spread: The Center image is spread into the Left and Right speakers. It is designed to complement musical content or to spread the dialogue of a Dolby Digital soundtrack. It can be turned On or Off.
- Dialog Control: Dialog control is more than just adjusting center channel level as the center channel may also contain other sound elements that get raised or lowered along with the dialog.
eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel): This feature of the NAD T778's main HDMI monitor output allows audio to be sent from your compatible TV to the AV receiver through the same HDMI cable already being used to send audio and video to your TV. This eliminates the need for extra cables connected to your television. eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel) will support uncomprerssed audio formats like Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, & DTS HD Master Audio - where as the previous ARC (Audio Return Channel) was limited to only Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, DTS HD, and PCM.
Note: Supported content will be dependent on whether your TV features a HDMI eARC or ARC jack.
Analog & Digital Audio Inputs: The NAD T 778 is outfitted with both analog & digital audio inputs; including line-level RCA, Phono, Optical, and Coaxial.
- Line-Level & Phono: There are a total of three analog audio inputs; two line-level stereo RCA inputs and one Phono (MM) input.
- Optical & Coaxial Digital: There are total of four digital audio inputs; two optical (toslink) and two coax (RCA) digital audio inputs. The digital audio inputs will support up to 24-bit/96kHz digital audio signals.
Analog Outputs: The NAD T 778 is equipped with nine pair of speaker terminals outputs, an 11.2ch preout section, and headphone out.
- Gold-Plated Binding Posts: The nine pair of gold-plated binding post speaker terminals will accept banana plugs (single only), pin connectors, and bare wire (up to 10 gauge). The NAD receiver supports 4 to 16-ohm speakers. You can connect Front, Center, Surround, Surround Back, and Height speakers. Or, you can reassign the Surround Back or Height channels to power speakers in another Zone.
- 11.2ch Preout: The T 778 features 11.2ch preouts (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, Height 1 L/R, Height 2 L/R, and Dual Sub) to connect the receiver to external power amplifiers for even better sound quality.
- Headphone Output: The NAD AV receiver features a 1/4" stereo headphone jack on the front-panel for connecting an optional pair of headphones. The unit's speaker outputs and preouts are automatically muted when a set of headphones is connected.
HDMI 2.0b: The NAD T 778 has six HDMI 2.0b inputs (5 rear/1 front), one HDMI 2.0b output and one HDMI 1.4a output. The HDMI 2.0b jacks support for UltraHD 4K video, HDCP 2.2, 4:4:4 color gamut, and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. The HDMI 1.4a output only supports up to 1080p. The two HDMI outputs are parallel, so the same video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously.
- 4K/60Hz: The T 778 supports up to 4K (3840x2160 pixels) video @ 60 frames per second on all of its HDMI 2.0b inputs and output (pass-through only with no upscaling). It will also pass a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, or 1080p video signals via HDMI.
- HDCP 2.2: All of the receiver's HDMI 2.0b 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 2.0b jacks 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.
Note: The NAD T 778 does not contain any composite or component analog video inputs and outputs.
High Dynamic Range (HDR): 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 & Dolby Vision
- HDR10: HDR10 is an open standard and currently the most popular HDR format on the market. It uses static metadata at the start of a movie to tell the receiver and your TV that the video content is encoded using HDR.
- Dolby Vision: Unlike HDR 10 which contains static metadata, Dolby Vision uses dynamic metadata technology which sets individual color and brightness levels for each and every scene. Dolby works directly with filmmakers at major Hollywood studios to create superior HDR video masters of blockbuster movies.
HDMI Pass-through: When the T 778 is in standby mode (power off), the HDMI source signals will continuously pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI Control (CEC) feature must be enabled in order for HDMI Pass-through to work.
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.
BluOS Kit: The included BluOS Kit adds wireless network audio, Hi-Res audio, AirPlay, Bluetooth audio streaming, USB audio, and wireless multiroom audio playback to the NAD T 778 receiver. The BluOS kit plugs into the AV receiver's rear-panel USB port and then connects wirelessly to your home's WiFi network router. .
- WiFi Dongle: A WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) dongle is pre-installed in the BluOS Kit to connect the NAD receiver to your home's WiFi network router. If you experience poor WiFi reception, unplug the WiFi dongle and plug in the included 23" USB extension along with the WiFi dongle to extend the BluOS Kit's WiFi range.
- Bluetooth Dongle: A Bluetooth dongle is pre-installed in the BluOS Kit to connect wirelessly to Bluetooth enabled source devices.
- Dual USB Ports: The BluOS kits provides two USB MSC (mass storage class) device compatible ports for connection of USB audio devices, such as a thumbdrive.
Note: The T 778 and the included BluOS Kit do not include a wired Ethernet connection. However, there is a Ethernet (RJ-45) jack on the back of the AV receiver that is for IP control only (does not support network audio).
High Resolution Audio: High-resolution audio tracks are either 24-bit/96kHz or 24-bit/192kHz, and contain up to 6.5x more data than standard CDs, letting you hear all the detail of your favorite music in superior quality. Thanks to the included BluOS kit, the T 778 offers full support for hi-res audio, so you can stream WAV, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, WMA-Lossless, MQA music files over your home's WiFi network or directly from a connected USB mass storage class device. The Bluesound system also supports compressed music files such as MP3, AAC, WMA and OGG. BluOS has been designed to work with today's larger music collections, and has indexed libraries up to 200,000 songs in demonstrated practice (this will depend on the music's metadata & artwork). Bluesound also offers gapless playback by default for all supported file music types.
|Compression||File Type||Sampling Frequency||Bit Rate or Bit Depth|
|Lossless||WMA-Lossless||up to 96 kHz||up to 24-bit|
|FLAC||192 kHz||up to 24-bit|
|Uncompressed||AIFF||up 192 kHz||up to 24-bit|
MQA (Master Quality Authenticated): Bluesound is the first wireless multiroom audio system to support MQA (Master Quality Authenticated). MQA is a revolutionary end-to-end technology that captures and delivers master quality audio in a file that's small enough to stream or download. Bluesound worked closely with MQA to implement technology inside each Bluesound component to ensure the listener will hear MQA encoded music and streams exactly like the source and the way the artist intended you to hear it when it was approved in the studio.
Online Music Services: Many popular music streaming services and internet radio apps are built right into BluOS, giving you an all-access pass to millions of songs and the freedom to listen to everything you want to hear. Using the BluOS Controller app on your compatible Apple iOS or Android device, you can instantly discover and enjoy millions of songs from your existing music services, tune in to your favorite internet radio stations and podcasts from around the world, or access and listen to the music collections stored on your smartphone, tablet or laptop on any and Bluesound in your home. Subscription and purchase fees will apply to online music services.
- Amazon Music: Listen to millions of songs, thousands of playlists, and ad-free personalized stations with Amazon Prime & Unlimited Music. With the addition of Amazon Music HD, you will now be able to play Ultra HD music (24-bit/48kHz to 192kHz) on supported Bluesound devices from the BluOs App when choosing Amazon Music. An Amazon Music (Prime, Unlimited, or HD) subscription will be required
- Spotify Connect: If you subscribe to a free or paid Spotify subscription and have the Spotify App on your Apple iOS or Android smartphone, you can stream Spotify to the Bluesound system using Spotify Connect. Spotify is a digital music service that gives you on-demand access to one of the largest music libraries in the world (over 15 million tracks and counting). Spotify makes it easier than ever to discover, manage, and share music with your friends. You can browse music by artist, album, track, or most popular; and create your own music library with customized playlists.
- TIDAL Connect: The integration of Tidal Connect will enable Tidal users to instantly select and wirelessly stream music to the Bluesound device from within the Tidal app (for Apple iOS and Android OS). TIDAL is a global streaming service that offers over 30 million songs in high-fidelity CD sound quality. TIDAL has two pricing tiers; either $9.99 or $19.99 a month. Both pricing levels allow you to access TIDAL's entire music library. The $19.99 tier has the added benefit of high-fidelity sound at CD-level quality.
- Qobuz: Qobuz offers the biggest catalog of Hi-Fi and Hi-Res albums in the world, both for new releases and specialized genres. For hundreds of thousands of albums, Qobuz includes all the information you need to recreate the appeal of a real CD - the names of musicians, producers, lyrics (everything you need to know to appreciate your favorite albums). Qobuz offers MP3, CD, and Hi-Res quality subscriptions.
- SiriusXM: SiriusXM Internet Radio is accessible through the BluOS app and lets you listen to over 120 channels of commercial-free music, talk radio, news, sports, entertainment, and more. Subscription fees will apply.
- TuneIn: The Bluesound system includes access to more than 70,000 free internet radio streams from all corners of the globe via the TuneIn internet radio service. Just select the TuneIn logo from the main Music menu and browse among the 70,000 stations neatly organized into popular categories and select a station that appeals to your mood.
- iHeart Radio: iHeart Radio is a free, all-in-one digital radio and music streaming service that lets you listen to thousands of live stations from across the country and allows you to create personalized custom stations featuring songs from the artist you select and similar music.
- Napster: Napster is a streaming music subscription service (starting a $10 per month) that allows you to play the full-length songs you choose on demand from a collection of over 10 million songs, without ads and without having to purchase or download the music.
- Slacker: Get the sound quality that you deserve with the new Slacker music library available in high-quality AAC audio on Bluesound. Listen to music streams at a bitrate of 320kbps and enjoy all your favorite Slacker stations in pristine MP3-quality.
- Deezer: Deezer lets you explore over 53 million tracks (and counting), and discover artists and tracks you'll love with personalized recommendations from the Deezer Editors. Bluesound even supports Deezer HiFi for lossless quality ($19.99 per month).
- Other Services: Other online music services include HighResAudio, Murfie, JUKE, KKBox, SoundMachine, and more.
Note: Availability of online music services may vary by region. Not all services may be available at time of purchase. Some services may be added or discontinued from time to time based on decisions of the music service providers or others.
AirPlay 2 with Siri: AirPlay 2 is an advanced and easy-to-use wireless multiroom audio platform for iTunes, Apple Music, and other compatible Apple iOS apps. With AirPlay 2 you can play any sound from your Apple iOS device (running iOS 11.4 or later) or Mac computer (running OS X 10.13.2) on the NAD receiver and other compatible BluOS and AirPlay 2 speakers throughout your home. You can choose to play audio in one room, play the same audio in grouped rooms, or play the same audio in every room. If you are an Apple Music subscriber, you can even play different music in different rooms (you can control and group directly from Apple's Music App and Home app on your Apple iOS device). In addition, you can watch videos and movies from YouTube and Netflix on your compatible Apple iOS device or Mac computer with perfectly synced audio on the NAD receiver. You will also be able to ask Siri-enabled devices (like your Apple iPhone, iPad, or Watch) to control playback of your Apple Music on the NAD receiver. With AirPlay 2, also get to see song/artist information and album art via the receiver's on-screen menu (not front-panel display).
Note: If you have older Bluesound or BluOS product, you can still group Gen 2i Bluesound and newer products with older Bluesound products in the BluOS App to add AirPlay 2 compatibility to your entire BluOS system.
Computer Audio: The BluOS wireless audio system lets you easily connect and share your music collection from a computer or network-attached storage drive and access up to 200,000 tracks for wireless streaming. The BluOS wireless music system will pull music from an existing digital music library across the network on your Windows PC, Mac computer, or NAS drive using Windows or SMB File Sharing (SAMBA) and the BluOS Controller app for Windows (XP-up) & Mac (OS X 10.7-up). However, File Sharing is not enabled by default on Windows or Mac. You will have to manually alter these settings in your computer's menu system.
Roon Ready: Roon Ready network devices (such as Bluesound and NAD) have Roon's streaming technology built-in, and are certified by Roon Labs to provide the highest level of quality and performance in network streaming. Roon is a feature rich music library and playback application that compiles all the music files available to your network and makes them easily available to play across all other Roon enabled audio devices in your home. Roon manages digital music files (including FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC, DSD, and MQA) collected on hard drives and networked storage. It can also watch your iTunes library, and optionally integrate with the Tidal and Qobuz music streaming services. Roon is available for mobile, laptop or desktop devices. When you open the Roon app, it will display your complete audio library together with its metadata and artwork along with all the Roon enabled devices around your house. Simply select the music you wish to play and the Bluesound product or other Roon device in which you want to hear it on.
Note: To use Roon you will need a Roon Core running on the same network as the Bluesound product. The Core is media server software that runs on your computer, NAS, or turnkey appliance (like Nucleus or ROCK - sold separately), located on the network within your home.
Bluetooth 4.0: The NAD T 778 and included BluOS kit provide built-in Bluetooth 4.0 with support for wireless music streaming from your Bluetooth-enabled smartphone, table, laptop, or desktop computer. You'll be able to stream stored music and music apps on your Bluetooth source device to the NAD AV receiver. You can even distribute Bluetooth audio to the rest of your BluOS-enabled wireless audio system throughout your home.
Dual USB-A Ports: The NAD T 778 features two USB (type-A) ports (1 front/1 rear) to directly connect your USB mass storage class (MSC) device; such as a thumbdrive or external hard-drive. The unit's USB ports support music playback from these compatible USB devices formatted in FAT 32. Not only can USB audio be played back on the NAD receiver, but can also be wirelessly distributed to the rest of your BluOS components throughout your home for multiroom playback. The USB ports are not compatible with the direct connection of Apple iOS and Android devices, computer and laptops, or USB-hubs and card-readers.
BluOS Wireless High-Resolution Multiroom Audio: The included BluOS kit makes the NAD T 778 part of the BluOS wireless high-resolution multiroom audio eco-system - consisting of powered speakers, soundbar speakers, amplifiers, players, and hard-drives. The BluOS wireless high-resolution multiroom audio ecosystem uses your home's wireless WiFi network to connect multiple Bluesound products and play your music in perfect sync, or different music simultaneously, anywhere in your home. BluOS can wirelessly transmit lossless music up to 24-bit/192kHz at ultra-fast speeds with no lag and zero loss in sound quality.
- Compatible Multiroom Audio Sources: The following audio sources can be used for multiroom audio playback - internet radio (including TuneIn & iHeart Radio); online music services (including Tidal, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Slacker, and Napster); Bluetooth & USB audio, plus music libraries (from computers and NAS drives). *NAD components using the BluOS MDC are unable to share their analog, digital, or HDMI inputs with other BluOS devices due to hardware limitations.
- Number of BluOS Zones: Up to 16 Bluesound devices can be connected in a strictly wireless environment. Demonstrated practice has shown that you can create up to 8 groups of 8 Bluesound devices or 4 groups of 16 Bluesound devices. If you want to connect more than 16 Bluesound devices, you will need to connect the Bluesound devices to your network using a wired connection. BluOS can then control up to 64 devices in a strictly wired environment.
Note: Make sure the BluOS kit is plugged into the back of the NAD T 778 with the latest firmware update installed.
Zone 2 (Line-Level or Speaker-Level): Zone 2 allows stereo audio playback of another source connected to the receiver in another room of your home via RCA line-level output or speaker-level output. When using the T 778 to power speakers in a second room of your home, the main zone is restricted to 5.1.2ch or 7.1ch. When using the receiver's line output terminals for the second room, you'll need an additional amplifier to power your Zone 2 speakers; the main Zone of the receiver is unaffected. The volume of Zone 2 can be controlled by the NAD receiver using either configuration or from your add-on amplifier when using the line-output.
- Compatible Sources: Analog & Digital (optical/coaxial) audio inputs.
- Incompatible Sources: HDMI audio/video and BluOS audio (including Network/Bluetooth/USB).
Front-Panel Touchscreen & On-Screen Display: The T 778's sleek front-panel touchscreen display makes setup and control easier than ever. In addition to the unit's front-panel touchscreen display, the T 778 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 1 output only. The OSD can only be viewed using a display device with minimum 1080p resolution. Both, the front-panel and on-screen display, support album art from BluOS music apps.
BluOS Controller App: The free BluOS Controller app (for Apple iOS 9.3-up, Android OS 4.1-up, Windows XP-up, and Mac OS X 10.7-up) turns your mobile device or computer into a full-featured wireless remote control for the BluOS wireless multiroom audio system. The BluOS Controller app on your compatible device uses your home's WiFi network to connect with Bluesound devices, so you can play all the music you love anywhere in your home for a wireless multiroom music experience. Get on-demand access to your music libraries on your home network, stream live Internet radio from almost any place in the world, or listen to one of the many music services available on Bluesound, all from the palm of your hand with the easy-to-use BluOS Controller app.
- Multiroom Audio: Play a different song at the same time in different rooms, or group all your BluOS enabled devices together and listen to your favorite music in perfect sync throughout your home.
- Now Playing Screen: Control your music and adjust the volume in any room, get rich album artwork and detailed artist info, right from the Now Playing screen. Even check what quality you are streaming at to ensure the best possible listening experience.
- Individual Songs & Playlists: Tap a song and have it play instantly, or create and edit playlists on the fly by simply adding songs or entire albums to the play queue. Playlists can then be saved inside the app and listened to at any time.
Alexa & Google Assistant Voice Control: The T 778's BluOS functionality will support Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice control through an over-the-network firmware update (now available). Using an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant enabled device (sold separately - see Accessories Tab), you can use your voice to access your music libraries on your local network, select presets from online music services, control music playback functions such as Play/Pause/Skip, adjust volume levels, play music in different rooms, and even group rooms together. Each Alexa voice command will need to start with the phrase "Alexa or Google, ask Blue Voice to" or "Alexa or Google, tell Blue Voice to". Alexa and Google Skills for BluOS will need to be setup through the Amazon Alexa app (for Apple iOS 11.0+ or Android OS 4.4+) or the Google Home App (for Apple iOS 11.0+ and Android OS 5.0+ ).
- The NAD receiver does not feature a built-in microphone and requires a separate Alexa or Google Assistant enabled device (sold separately - see Accessories tab) for voice control.
- Click here for more information regarding Alexa setup and voice commands. Click here for more information regarding Google Assistant setup and voice commands.
NAD AV Remote App: Download the free NAD AV Remote App from the Apple Apps Store to control the T 778 from your Apple iOS 8.1+ device (iPhone or iPad). Control, adjust and select basic functions - including power, volume, source, and listening mode for all zones with the touchscreen of your compatible iOS device.
Note: The NAD AV Remote App is currently not compatible with Android.
Dual IR Remotes: The NAD T 778 comes with two IR remote controls - one for the Main Zone and one for Zone 2.
- Main Remote: The HTR 8 IR remote operates the T 778 and is pre-coded with controls for other NAD components (up to 8). The IR remote also features a "learning function" which allows you to teach commands (up to 360) 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 commands issued automatically from a single key-press. The HTR 8 can store up to 52 macros with a maximum of 64 commands each.
- Zone 2 Remote: The included ZR 7 is a discrete compact IR remote for controlling the Zone 2 features of the T 778; 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 778).
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 778 will automatically go to standby mode if it receives a CEC standby command. On the other hand, if the T 778 receives a CEC power up command, the T 778 will correspondingly switch ON from standby mode.
- Source Switch: The T 778 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 778 and TV with CEC will automatically switch to their respective input connections; the T 778 switching to the HDMI input where the BD Player is connected while the TV will switch to its input where the T 778's HDMI Monitor Out is connected.
- Audio System: The T 778 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 778 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 778.
Custom Remote Integration: The NAD T 778 is outfitted with a variety of custom remote integration inputs & outputs that allow you to automatically switch amplifiers on and off, as well as connection to more advanced automated control systems. The NAD T 778 is certified partners with the following control integrators - Control 4, Crestron, URC, RTI, Lutron, PUSH, iPort, ELAN, and others.
- +12V Trigger Outputs/Input: The three +12V trigger outputs (3.5mm) let you turn on/off other components along with the T 778, while the +12V trigger input lets you turn on/off the T 778 from another component 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 outputs (3.5mm) used to control other compatible components.
- RS-232 Port: The rear-panel RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC or external whole-house control system from companies.
- Ethernet Port: The T 778 is outfitted with a Ethernet Jack (RJ-45) to connect to your home network for IP control. With your PC and the T 778 on the same network, it allows remote control of the NAD receiver via compatible external controllers.
MDC (Modular Design Construction): Only NAD offers Modular Design Construction (MDC), the company's proven method for preventing premature obsolescence. MDC ends the frustration of having to replace your entire AV surround sound receiver 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 778 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.
Note: The NAD T 778 is equipped with one empty MDC slot for future upgrade.
AV Presets: Unique features like AV presets and a completely flexible input setup allow unprecedented flexibility and ease of use. The T 778 offers five independent AV presets that store speaker level and tone control settings for instant recall, making it easy to custom tailor your system for different types of program material. The T 778 also remembers your last used settings when switched in and out of Standby mode
Auto Standby & Sleep Timer: The T 778 can be setup to automatically go into standby mode if there is no audio signal or user interface interaction within 30 minutes. The Sleep Timer will switch the T 778 to Standby mode automatically after a preset number of minutes (15 to 90 minutes in 15 minute increments).
Protection Circuits: This AV receiver utilizes a combination of fuse and electronic nonintrusive protection. Each channel is fully protected against excess temperature, DC fault, and, loudspeaker short-circuit.
Firmware & Software Upgrades: Future firmware & software updates can be done over a wired or wireless network connection connection. Some firmware & software updates may require that they be downloaded from the NAD website onto a USB thumbdrive and then inserted into the NAD receiver's front-panel USB port for upload.
Rack Mountable: The NAD T778 is rack mountable for integration into complex home entertainment systems; rack mount brackets and hardware are included.
The NAD T 778 replaces these items
- 7-channel amplifier; 140 watts per channel with 2 channels driven
- BluOS compatibility for further expansion with Bluesound wireless speakers
- toroidal transformer delivers clean, consistent power to all channels
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