NAD Launches T 977 Seven-Channel Amplifier
Multi-Channel Powerhouse Combines Company’s Renowned Music First Philosophy Blending High Performance, Eco-friendly Operation and Ease of Installation
Pickering, Ontario, December 27, 2012 — NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, announces their new T 977, a powerful seven–channel amplifier designed to meet the critical demands of high performance home theater systems. Replacing its predecessor, the NAD T 975, the T 977 is available now with an MSRP of $2799.
The T 977 delivers 140 watts of continuous, full disclosure power times seven channels. Unlike many competitors, who pull every trick in the book to get the biggest possible number for the power spec, NAD starts by optimizing its power supply to properly drive real-world loudspeakers. This means a properly regulated, high-current power supply is used in the T 977. NAD rates its receivers with a difficult 4-Ohm load, with all channels driven simultaneously, over the full frequency bandwidth (20 Hz - 20 kHz), and at rated distortion. This is the Full-Disclosure Power (FDP) rating method on which all of the brand’s amplifier and receiver specs are based and a far cry from the most often used FTC minimal requirement of using an 8 Ohm load, any channel (singular), at an easy 1 kHz frequency, with no distortion specified.
NAD's FDP rating is an attempt to bring a broader understanding to the power rating issue. True to their roots, the company philosophy has always been that listeners don’t listen to ratings, they listen to music or experience movies through loudspeakers in their listening room or home theater.
Power Drive™ and Soft Clipping™ Technologies The T 977 employs unique NAD technologies to maximize performance and the listening experience while minimizing damage to your speakers. PowerDrive™ nearly doubles the effective power on transients by adding a second high-voltage rail to a well regulated, high-current power supply. The result is an "overdrive" that can nearly double the continuous power on a short- term, dynamic power basis.
Soft Clipping limits high frequency energy during clipping to protect the loudspeaker from damage. Any amplifier that is overdriven (asked to generate levels beyond its undistorted capabilities) will produce distortion (clipping). The result is not only very harsh sound but can often damage speakers, especially tweeters. The selectable "Soft Clipping" feature on NAD amplifiers, including the T 977, gently transforms the music waveform as the point of clipping approaches, resulting in much clearer reproduction and simultaneous protection of speakers.
Runs cool - to help the T 977 run cool as well as aid reliability and longevity, the amp is cooled and controlled by a uniquely designed, forced air system. A thermostatically controlled fan with signal tracking circuit turns on only when needed. Eco-friendly – green is good and the T 977 saves energy via an automatic standby mode feature coupled with miserly 0.5 watt standby power consumption.
Installer friendly - developed with system integration and flexibility in mind, the T 977 includes a programmable 12V trigger input while individual gain adjustment for each channel promotes easy, accurate system configuration.
"The NAD T 977 embodies our latest thinking on amplifier design. That means an amplifier that excels under the most demanding conditions yet runs cool and is energy efficient. Since many high performance systems are professionally installed, we made sure that this amplifier is easy to install and ultra-reliable." explained Greg Stidsen, NAD's Director of Technology and Product Planning. "By pairing the T 977 with our critically-acclaimed T 187 AV Surround processor, the most demanding home theater enthusiast will enjoy a high performance home theater system that rivals systems costing far more."
The NAD T 977 amplifier will be featured at the upcoming CES January 8-11, 2012 at The Venetian Hotel in Suites 29-321 and 29-323. Personnel from NAD will be conducting demonstrations and available to answer questions on the new amplifier as well as many other fine products from NAD and sister company PSB.
Key Features of the NAD T 977 Amplifier:
- Powerful- 140 watts of Continuous Full Disclosure Power into seven channels.
- Massive Holmgren full toroidal power transformer.
- PowerDrive™ and Soft Clipping™ amplifier technologies – PowerDrive nearly doubles the effective power on transients while Soft Clipping limits high frequency energy during clipping to protect the loudspeaker from damage.
- Runs Cool – cooled and controlled by a uniquely designed, forced air system. Thermostatically controlled fan with signal tracking circuit turns on when needed
- Eco-friendly – automatic standby mode feature with miserly 0.5 watt standby power consumption both save energy
- Installer friendly - programmable 12v trigger input with individual gain adjustment for each channel provides easy, accurate system configuration
- Compatible – Works in virtually any high performance home theater system and is the perfect partner for NAD’s critically-acclaimed T 187 AV Surround PrePro