NAD M12 Digital Preamp DAC

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  • Regular price $4,799.00


Built for the future, the M12 is neither a typical DAC nor a typical preamplifier. In fact, the M12 is an ultra-high resolution digital audio hub that boasts a full roster of audiophile-grade features. In addition, Modular Design Construction allows new features and functionality to be added now or in the future. These features leverage some of the most advanced digital audio thinking to date, resulting in a truly outstanding product. NAD’s DirectDigital™ processing, as well as a fully balanced Class-A buffer stage, provide amazing accuracy and transparency with a completely silent background. The M12 interfaces with all digital or analogue musical sources, and renders them perfectly to power amplifiers and active loudspeakers with its balanced or single-ended outputs. By adding the M12 to your system, you will finally get to hear your music in the best audio quality possible from every imaginable source, from vinyl to High Res digital.


Input Impedance 56 kilohm + 220pF
Input Sensitivity 40mV (ref. 500mV out)
Maximum Input Signal >8Vrms
Signal/Noise Ratio, A-weighted

>90dB (ref. 500mV in 500mV out, volume set to unity gain

>80dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)

Channel Separation
>70dB (ref. 1kHz/10kHz)
Frequency Response

±0.3dB (ref. 20Hz-20kHz, Tone Controls – On)

±0.3dB (ref. 20Hz-20kHz, Tone Controls – Off)

Frequency Response (subwoofer out) 10-200Hz (ref. -3dB)
Maximum Output Level >8Vrms into 600 Ohms
THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100) >0.005% (ref. 20Hz-20kHz, 2V out)
Balanced >2Vrms
Standby Mode <0.5W
Treble ±10dB at 10kHz (ref. 2V in 2V out)
Bass ±10dB at 100Hz (ref. 2V in 2V out)
Digital USB Front/Digital USB Back (USB Type A)


FLAC: 24bit/48kHz

Computer (USB Type B)
24 bit/192kHz PCM content from PC or Mac
Input Impedance

75 Ohms (coaxial)

110 Ohms (AES/EBU)

Sample Rate
32kHz to 192kHz
Frequency Response
±0.5dB (ref. 20Hz-96kHz @ 192kHz)
Channel Separation >75dB (ref. 1/3 rated power, 10kHz 4 Ohms)
Gross Unit Dimensions* (WxHxD) 435 x 133 x 383mm (17 1/8 x 5 1/4 x 15 1/8″)
Net Weight 8.1kg (17.9lb)
Shipping Weight 14.5kg (32lb)
*Gross dimensions include feet, extended buttons and rear panel terminals

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