Blu-Ray Player NAD M 56

The new top Blu-ray player NAD M 56 (2,500 euros) offers simple control of many functions besides simply beautiful design and fine sound.

  1. Blu-ray player NAD M 56
  2. Data sheet

You gotta admire the developers who build agreeably simple, discreet Hi-Fi and even home theater equipment for nearly 40 years. Her clear and timeless industrial design pair them with an appropriate function abundance, thereby waive any bells and whistles in the facilities, and the sound always comparatively restrained and in the best sense of the word unspectacular manages NAD. The Blu-ray player M56 from the Masters Series falls back into that category.

Just seven controls are located on the massive, two-colour tone in tone held front. The inner values shine in the color of blue, from the display up to the boards that shimmer through the wide variety of ventilation slots. That they meet exactly the sound of Blu-ray packaging, random, NAD uses this colour for the masters series even longer. Also the back offers modest luxury with 7.1 RCA outputs and optical plus digital RCA outputs. The shapely, ergonomic remote control has an unusual, but not illogical button layout to get quickly used.

Minimalist elegance

Inside is dominated by a few circuit boards with clean design and plenty of air. And that is a good thing, because it allows sufficient circulation for the much-needed breeze in the completely passively cooled player, whose well encapsulated Laufwerk contains the only moving parts in the housing. The pure drive is obviously taken from data technology. It quickly navigating what is very conducive to the comfort especially when playing Blu-ray discs. Surprisingly, not the silver part of the load from the housing drives, by the way when opening. This works rather down, and it glides a seemingly almost filigree sled to the recording of the disc from the depths of the housing.

Also the opportunity to record with the local network and the Internet contact in addition to the cable via integrated Wi-FI is one of the hidden inner values of the M56. And the NAD as a full-featured DLNA compatible network player for most of the popular audio and video formats presented in the local network.

The files may be leaked via USB. In addition to the widely used for memory sticks, but outdated FAT format the player digested formatted storage latch – and on top of that full-blown external PC hard drives that can store large video files over 4 gigabyte size thanks to the NTFS format as well after modern NTFS-standard. Unusual: Despite all the connectivity can be NAD ‘do-it-yourself’ – firmware updates via the Internet, to which does the dealer. Convenient: The M56 reads all discs fast – CDs and DVDs run Blu-rays to 14 after just nine seconds. Also the navigation within a Board takes the player very quickly. Also unusual performance of the Java interpreter occurs for complex menu of BD and BD-live is responsible. He shows furious fast downloads and butter-soft animation.

The M56 works fast

In practice the operation is easy and liquid handling – thanks to the home menu, which you can control radiating all media groups of video about audio to photo. The configuration menu designed by NAD pleasantly free of slag and understandable. With regard to compatibility, there’s nothing to complain about, and quickly proven in the test search with the navigation bar and the option to bookmark with a touch of a button.

A stable de-interlacing noticed the video processing, with pleasantly quiet images in DVD and Blu-ray resolution. Especially the scaler wowed by artifact-poor image conversion and almost perfect diagonal interpolation with slick, sharp contours. When internal audio decoding noticed that 192 kHz recording with ‘only’ 96 kHz sampling rate left the HDMI cable, which did not diminish the fine-pored, while stable soundstage. Who even wants to hear the last samples, which can use the bit stream output at any time. You then slows to the frequency set in the Setup or just not.

Compared with listening, the NAD had first introduced digital output the Cambridge Azur 650 BD to. The contractor played on sobriety and wuchtiger something as the finer NAD, but more acoustic information could not get to the M56, regardless of whether turned CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs in the drives. 64 points – a stalemate.

Analog, it looked different. Here he sounded Cambridge researchers and wuchtiger, what at first sounds like more. But the M56 acted simply more discreet, filigree and especially dynamic. Just in lower-RES originals, about Yellos “The expert” stereoplay CD-ROM booklet January 2010, he played with a richer range of timbres and a clearly structured space figure clearly forward. The bass restrained only to the first impression came ultimately springing and kicking.

NAD M 56

Manufacturer NAD
Price €2500.00
Rating 105.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Width 43.5 cm
Height 11.4 cm
Depth 30.5 cm
Weight 8.5 kg
Video digital HDMI (version) 1.3a
Max resolution of HDMI
Decoder Dolby True HD / DTS HD Master /
Decoder DD / DTS /
Remote control for TV / Adaptive
Predefined picture settings / adjustable /
Memory card reader
USB /.
Ethernet for update / interactive content /
Headphone output / adjustable
Playback memory
HDMI control
BD – time DVD / Blu-ray (in seconds) 9 / 14.0 s
Playback formats
MP3WMADivX / /
Analog output stereo / 5.1 / 7.1 / /
Playable disc.-formats
DVD + R / RW /
CD-R / RW /
BD-R / RE /
optical / HDMI /
Hosiden / 3-comp. /
Measured values
Signal to noise ratio (A weighted) 102 dB
Output resistance 125 ohms
Error correction ability info layer CD / DVD 3.0 / 4.3 mm
Error correction surface CD / DVD 3,04,5 mm
Power consumption standby / operating 0.6 / 15.1 W
Short conclusion In all respects of decent Blu-ray player with networking players. Nice design, stainless handles, pleasant to use. Great picture, balanced sound.
Sound HDMI
(maximum 70 points)
Sound surround
(maximum 70 points)
Sound stereo
(max 70
Measured values
(maximum 10 points)
(max. 15 points)
(maximum 10 points)
Picture Blu ray / DVD 16 / 9
Overall rating (max. 120 points) outstanding 105
Price-performance ratio Very good
tested in issue: 7 / 10