Driving home its goal of serving audio and custom integration dealers with loudspeakers and components that meet not only the high-performance goals of listeners but also the convenience goals of 2020 consumers, Lenbrook followed up the official CES 2020 introductions of its NAD Masters Series M33 streaming amplifier and Rubicon C active wireless speakers with demos under the controlled ambient conditions of the showroom of New York City-based integrator Gilmore’s Sound Advice last week.
The Rubicon C Series, available currently, features a model choice of the Rubicon 6 C active tower speaker or the Rubicon 2 C bookshelf speaker; they wirelessly connect to the DALI Sound Hub.
Thomas Knudsen, DALI’s area sales manager, who presented the DALI demo, noted that the speaker series represented not just “the next step by DALI to wireless audio,” but also the latest iteration of the company’s mandate to ensure its speakers, when they are placed in a home environment, don’t change character in sound performance. “Wireless hi-fi is here to stay, and we want to be a part of that,” he told the demo audience. “Speakers brought home sometimes sound different,” he said. “Our philosophy encompasses better room integration. Our low-loss design means that in each signal, at each step, our focus is on clarity and on losing as little of the signal as possible,” he added.
The speakers’ wood-fiber cones work in tandem with the built-in amplifier, and the Rubicon C woofers use the patented Soft Magnetic Compound (SMC) linear drive system, making for what the company says is an agile, linear woofer with less distortion generated by mechanical loss.
The NAD Masters Series M33 DAC/streaming amplifier, due out in Spring at $4,999, was also put through its paces at the demo. It features a seven-inch touchscreen and also what the company said was the first commercial application of Purifi’s Eigentakt amp technology. It is BluOS-enabled and can serve as the heart of a reference whole-home system. It provides a minimum of 200 watts per channel, and comes with Dirac Live Room Correction technology as well as voice control capability with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant via BluOS; AirPlay 2 Control is also possible via Siri. And the component carries over the MDC (Modular Design Construction) that was introduced by NAD more than 10 years ago as a hallmark platform to allow for technology updates and to keep its components future-proof.