NAD Launches MDC USB DSD Module

New module allows users to add the convenience of high-resolution PCM and DSD computer music playback and streaming through popular NAD amplifiers

NAD is pleased to announce the launch and immediate availability of the latest module in our Modular Design Construction (MDC) portfolio, the MDC USB DSD (US$499 U.S. MSRP). NAD owners can add USB Audio 2 for both PCM and DSD playback capability to six of NADís most popular stereo (pre-) amplifiers - the M33, M32, M12, C 388, C 368 and C 658*.

Thanks to the Asynchronous USB connection with the MDC USB DSD module, computer sound has been eliminated so music flows freely. The module bypasses the computerís low-quality DAC, clocks and associated circuitry that cause jitter and distortion by using the high-quality DAC in select NAD amplifiers. Users can listen to the details and dynamics reproduced from the original recording in their full glory rather than the noise and distortion of the typically mediocre computer audio stages.

With the ever-growing amount of high-resolution content up to 24-bit/192kHz available for download or streaming, experiencing music as it was originally recorded in the studio or at a live concert has never been easier. Utilizing USB Audio 2, the MDC USB DSD enables the playback of DSD files up to DSD256 by converting to 24-bit/192kHz hi-resolution PCM audio. Users can enjoy the convenience of playing their favourite music from their computer's USB connection to stream from a local hard drive, or popular music streaming services such as Spotify, Tidal or Qobuz. With MDC, the ability to easily upgrade a component to include other digital formats is totally unique and unprecedented.

Driver download information can be found on the MDC USB DSD product page at

* C 658 support is expected in April 2021.

Key Features of the NAD MDC USB DSD Module:

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