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Advanced Processor with Modular Design Construction
Today's advanced surround sound processsors require quality in the digital decoding stages, the video processing section, and in the power amplifier design for the best overall performance. The T 187 is an excellent example of the NAD Design Team's expertise in all three areas. Not only that, but NAD has made many ergonomic refinements to simplify operation and make it more enjoyable to get all the performance from this magnificently capable AV tuner preamplifier.
The T 187 is ready to serve as the centerpiece of an advanced audio/video system. It features seven 1080p high-speed HDMI inputs boasting full 3D video support and an audio return channel. It uses 24-bit 192kHz A/D and D/A converters, with selected Stereo DACs for the front channels. And the T 187 is CEC selectable by function and by input for maximum flexibility.
Modular Design Construction
NAD has developed a unique new (MDC) architecture that keeps pace with the fast changing world of digital formats by allowing connectivity and feature upgrades as new technology becomes available. This prevents premature obsolescence by keeping pace with the latest developments in high performance audio and video formats. Dealer installed hardware and software can add new connectivity and features at a future date, allowing your T 187 to grow as your needs and tastes develop. Most AV tuner preamplifiers require complete replacement with a new model to get the latest features. With NAD you only replace the module you want to upgrade and not the entire AV tuner preamplifier!
Dolby True HD, DTS-HD Master Audio, and More
Using the latest Dual Core Floating Point DSP technology, NAD was able to include the newest surround formats from Dolby and DTS, as well as NAD's own highly regarded music surround mode, EARS. The EARS circuit (Enhanced Ambient Recovery System) is now optimized for 7-channel surround. Unlike the typical artificially enhanced DSP modes like 'Club', 'Stadium', and 'Church', EARS uses DSP technology to extract the natural ambience of the recording. This is redirected to the surround channels to create natural surround sound from any two-channel source. This induces a warm natural reverberant effect without the hollow 'BOING' of artificial reverb.
The surround mode of the source material is automatically detected via the digital inputs of the T 187 and the most advanced form of decoding is switched in. Conversion of the encoded digital bitstream is performed with high resolution and extremely linear D/A converters carefully selected for their performance capabilities.
Credit for the sound of NAD's components rests squarely with the company's unique design approach and its experienced and very talented design team. Most companies design their products to a technical specification and a price point. While this sounds logical enough, it does not address the way the product will actually be used by the eventual owner. You don't listen to specifications – you listen to music and sound. While NAD products exhibit excellent technical measurements, the company has relied on its own ears and listening experience to determine the final design of our products. Because of its unique design approach, NAD's sound is simply more real sounding, adding enjoyment and excitement to your favorite films and music recordings.
For exceptionally quiet operation, the T 187 uses NAD's very low noise Holmgren Toroidal power supply with separate analog, digital, and control regulation.
The T 187 has all the flexibility required to serve as the command centre for even the most sophisticated Home Theatre and multi-room systems. A full suite of video switching caters to all the popular video formats (HDMI, Component Video, S-Video, and Composite Video). Digital inputs (including a handy front panel input) and outputs are available in both coaxial and optical formats to make it easy to attach all your digital sources for playback and recording. Digital Inputs are converted to analog for use in Zone 2 and you can choose to convert unused audio/video outputs for Zone 3 and Zone 4 use with independent source selection and volume control.
With the T 187, NAD has made it easy to add more speakers for listening to music in additional rooms or zones. Multi-room systems can be created using the Zone 2, 3 and 4 outputs to add amplifiers and speakers with the benefit of independent source selection and volume control. A separate second zone remote is included, and signals can be transmitted via remote IR sensors (not included) to the IR input sockets on the rear panel of the T 187.
There are also 12-volt triggers to automatically switch remote zone amplifiers on and off, and even an RS-232 data port for connection to highly advanced automated control systems. Thoughtful features like discrete On and Off codes, direct access to inputs and FM station presets facilitates the integration of the T 187 into elaborate remote control systems.
An analog 7.1 input is also provided for attaching a DVD-Audio player or any other yet to be developed surround decoder, ensuring that the T 187 does not become obsolete anytime soon.
All the capability and flexibility in the world is quite useless if the AV tuner preamplifier becomes too complicated to be operated by every member of the family. NAD has taken special measures to make operation of the T 187 as logical and straightforward as possible.
Initial system setup is best accomplished using your television monitor and the clear and simple On Screen Display (OSD), which can be configured to also give status updates as settings are changed in everyday use. Once the T 187 is informed of your specific system setup, all settings are stored in a non-volatile memory, making this a one-time task. The informative front panel display indicates complete information about the source being listened to or watched, including selected surround mode and volume setting. The front panel display can be easily customized by renaming inputs and even determining what information you prefer to be displayed and when to display it.
Advanced Audyssey Technology
Audyssey Auto Calibration is available using the supplied calibrated microphone. Simply place the microphone in the listening position and select Audyssey auto-calibration and the system automatically detects the connected amplifier's speakers, chooses the ideal crossover point to the subwoofer, checks speaker phasing, and adjusts the levels and delays. These adjustments are made to a level of accuracy that it would be difficult to duplicate by ear alone.
Audyssey MultEQ XT is the latest in digital sophistication, allowing for improved frequency response in a large, family-sized sweet spot. Using the calibration microphone to 'hear' your room, a series of test tones measure the speakers' response and the room's distorting echoes independently, and then calculates an ideal response that minimizes the effects of the room's echoes.
While this sounds simple, the digital technology that is required for this level of performance would have cost many thousands of dollars just a few short years ago. But the electronic technology is only half the story, since an advanced knowledge of acoustics is also required to get good results from such a system. Working closely with Audyssey, NAD's acoustic engineers developed the final response curves that reflect our own performance values.
Audyssey Dynamic Volume and Dynamic EQ work together to address the problem of large jumps in volume when switching between different TV channels or when advertisements are inserted into the program. There is also an effect caused by our ears' different sensation of low and high frequencies at different listening levels: as the volume is reduced our sensation of bass frequencies is reduced more than the midrange frequencies.
Too Cool Tuner Section, Too
The T 187 tuner section can store a mix of your 40 favorite AM, FM and XM Satellite Radio stations for immediate recall. These presets can be custom named. And if your selected FM station supports the Radio Data System (RDS), it will automatically stream information about the station and music being played. NAD includes a 'Digital Broadcast Ready' jack on the rear panel for adding an optional outboard XM module (XM subscription required for tuning in XM programming). All the control software for these formats is included. Just plug in the module and start enjoying the clear sound and expansive content selection available with XM.
Convenient AV Audio Presets
Five independent 'Audio Video Presets' can store speaker level and tone control settings for instant recall, making it easy to custom tailor your system for different types of program material. Encoded surround modes like Dolby Digital and DTS are automatically selected if the program is so encoded. The T 187 also remembers your last used settings when switched in and out of Standby mode.
Powerful HTRC Wireless Remote
The included HTRC 1 remote control is in itself an engineering tour de force. Able to control up to eight different components, an illuminated LCD screen clearly shows what device is selected and what command is being sent. It has illuminated buttons for easy operation in a low light environment, and the length of time the buttons are illuminated can be easily adjusted. Remote commands for products not already included in the HTRC 1's memory can be easily taught to the HTRC 1. And the HTRC 1's Macro function allows up to 64 individual commands to be triggered by pressing just two keys.
With this feature, all of the commands required for watching a DVD, for example, are executed automatically by the HTRC 1's Macro function. There is also a USB port that allows the HTRC 1 to be connected to a PC and using our freely downloadable program from the NAD website, you can program, customize, memorize and clone the HTRC 1.