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NAD VM300

Add-on 4K video module for select NAD components

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Add 4K video to your NAD receiver or preamp

The NAD VM300 4K video module lets you upgrade select NAD receivers and preamplifiers with MDC (Modular Design Construction) to support 4K Ultra High Definition video.

Product Highlights:

  • add-on 4K video module for select NAD components
    • designed for receivers and preamps with MDC construction
  • 5 HDMI inputs
  • 2 HDMI outputs — HDMI Out 1 supports 4K video
  • Ethernet port
  • USB input
  • professional installation recommended
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • 4K video upgrade module
  • 2 "HDMI" plates
  • "Digital Audio" plate
  • 12 Course-thread screws
  • 3 Machine screws
  • 2 Spacers
  • "VM300" sticker
  • "NAD VM300 Upgrade Procedure" instructions
  • "VM300 Open Beta Roll Out" sheet
Reviews

NAD VM300 Reviews

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(2 Reviews)

This upgrade actually works!

Jon from Mount Pleasant, SC on 11/8/2017

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Just completed the VM300 upgrade on my M15HD. I didn't have any issues and the whole process went quite smoothly. I used the firmware link from NAD's website here: https://nadelectronics.com/product/vm300-4k-video-module/ For the OSD software, I was all ready with a USB stick, but the firmware loader gave me the option to use the Ethernet connection on the VM300 to get it, so I went that way and all was well. I honestly expected issues with this upgrade, but it all went just fine. I'm happy the M15HD has MDC modules... pretty slick way to keep your processor current!

Pros: Works without issue, as advertised

Cons: Pricey!

Mixed bag

Anonymous from Ann Arbor, MI on 4/14/2017

The VM300 is definitely a mixed bag. On the one hand it does the main thing it's advertised to do: add 4K HDMI2.0a functionality to some NAD AVR's that previously only supported HDMI 1.4. Darn expensive for that but I knew that going in. And while the MDC module pricing is high, I really like my T777 AVR and I can't replace it with an AVR of equivalent quality for less than this module cost. But I was so exasperated by other aspects of my experience that I left detailed feedback about it with NAD. In brief, NAD makes it extremely hard to find the firmware update needed to install the card. This isn't intentional as far as I can tell. They used to have the firmware link right on the VM300 product page. But a month ago they redesigned their website and removed almost every bit of useful information that was there. So I chalk this up to incompetence, not corporate malfeasance. Once you manage to get over that hurdle you become aware that NAD has reduced the usefulness of the AVR software with its latest release. One problem is probably hardware-related: video overlays are no longer supported. Now 'Info' is only indicated on the T777 front display -- it does not appear on the TV. Also, the AVR menu, when accessed, replaces the existing video rather than overlaying it. Other functions like source table view are missing. And you can't reset the Audyssey calibration. All of this is a big, unadvertised, step backward in usability.

Pros: Adds HDMI 2.0a to older AVR's

Cons: Expensive Hard to find firmware Interface loses functionality from pervious releases

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Features

Professional Installation Required: To avoid impacting the warranty, the VM300 should only be installed by an authorized service center.

Compatibility: The NAD VM300 4K video module works with the T187, T777,  & T787 AV receiver; as well as the NAD M15 & M17 AV preamplifiers.

4K Video Module: The NAD VM300 allows you to upgrade select NAD AV receivers and preamplifiers that currently support 1080p video to ultra high definition 4K video. It supports 60 frames per second (4K@60 4:4:4) to fully support all current and future UHD formats. The VM300 also includes the latest HDCP 2.2 copy protection necessary for accessing all commercial UHD video releases.

Note: Installing the VM300 disables all analog video input decoding from Composite, S-Video, and Component Video sources.

BluOS-Ready: The NAD VM300 also adds the option of integrating BluOS Hi-Res multiroom audio into your NAD system. A BluOS kit (sold separately) is also required.

Modular Design Construction: The advantages of a pure digital system are many, but one drawback is the constantly changing delivery formats for digital content. Each of these formats typically requires specialized hardware and software, often with licensed IP and content copy protection. For this reason, NAD places all digital interface circuitry on easily upgradable modules. NAD calls this 'Modular Design Construction' or 'MDC'.

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It does not appear the VM300 module currently supports Dolby Vision HDR content via the HDMI input/output. For more details or to discuss further please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. [ Larry  Dec 05, 2017 ]  Staff
Yes and no. NAD told me that they were working on software updates that make it work with ARC universally, but to my knowledge, it only works with some manufacturers. I have a Sony TV. It doesn't work. [ Joseph  Nov 30, 2017 ]
The card may not be compatible with older AV receivers. You should check with NAD directly. They were very helpful when I needed advice or contact an NAD dealer. [ Bruce  Aug 28, 2017 ]
The NAD VM300 4K video module works with the T187, T777, & T787 AV receiver; as well as the NAD M15 & M17 AV preamplifiers. I'm afraid it would not work with the T775 though. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Larry  Apr 07, 2017 ]  Staff
Yes, the HDMI inputs/output are backwards-compatible with previous HDMI versions; and would all fully support 3D video at 1080p resolution. If you would like to discuss further, feel free to contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. Hope that helps! [ Larry  Feb 14, 2017 ]  Staff

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