NAD T587, Blu-ray Profile 2.0 haut de gamme
Par Richard Czapla
Voilà officiellement un acteur de plus sur le marché des lecteurs Blu-ray. Après avoir présenté lors du Cédia 2008 sa platine haute définition, NAD vient d'annoncer qu'elle verra bien le jour prochainement.
La T587 semble être parmi les appareils les plus complets disponibles actuellement. Comme signalé dans le titre, elle est Profile 2.0 mais possède d'autres arguments à savoir une sortie hdmi v1.3 compatible 1080p24 (faut-il encore le préciser.. ?), des sorties audio numériques optique et coaxiale, un port ethernet et une entrée usb en façade. Bien sûr, elle permet aussi un upscaling des sources DVD en 1080p. Sont aussi présents le Deep Color et le xvYCC.
Côté audio, elle intègre les décodeurs des deux géants Dolby et DTS tels que le Dolby TrueHD et DTS HD Master Audio.
Bref, la T587, c'est du tout bon. Il ne reste qu'à passer à l'addition et là, la pilule est un peu dure à passer car elle est tout de même de $1500.
Voici le communiqué de presse en anglais pour les courageux :
NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, introduces the T 587 Blu-ray Disc Player, a premium player brimming with the latest features and offering for the first time a true High Definition source for digital Home Theater systems.
The T 587 is an advanced, state-of-the art Profile 2.0 player that features BD Live™ and BD Java for a new level of interactivity with home entertainment media. BD Live enables Internet-connected users to access additional content, such as movie previews, alternate movie endings, and special features for Blu-ray viewers, from the studio that produced the movie being screened. BD Java is the interactive platform supporting advanced content for Blu-ray Discs.
NAD's New T 587 Blu-ray Disc Player
Of course, the T 587 does far more than play and interact with Blu-ray Discs. Its video and audio performance are both outstanding, and its versatility is suggested by its ability to play Blu-ray discs in BD-ROM, BD-R and BD-RE formats, conventional DVDs in NTSC and PAL, and several other popular disc formats, including DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW, and Audio CDs. The T 587 also loads discs very quickly, unlike many other Blu-ray players that take more than a minute to do so. Anyone who has ever pressed Play only to stare at a dark screen as the seconds ticked away will appreciate this feature.
The T 587, like other Blu-ray players, employs a violet laser whose light wavelength is shorter than the red lasers DVD and CD players use. This lets the laser read a smaller spot that’s more densely packed with the pits that generate the digital ones and zeros representing the picture and sound the player decodes. A Blu-ray Disc can have over five times the data capacity of a DVD, and can only be transmitted from the player to a TV display by the encrypted HDMI interface. High Definition playback requires the entire signal path be capable of a digital bandwidth of 150 Megahertz, which means employing the latest TVs and A/V Receivers, Category 2 HDMI cables, and a system that supports 1080p resolution.
With Blu-ray’s native resolution of 1080p and pure digital transmission via HDMI, the T 587 delivers stunning picture quality, especially on screen sizes 50 inches and larger. Even standard definition DVDs benefit from NAD’s upscaling engine. The T 587 supports 1080p at 24 frames per second for the most fluid motion available from film-based material, avoiding motion artifacts from the “3:2 Pull Down” effect common on conventional DVD players.
For enhanced image quality, the T 587 also supports Deep Color and xvYCC Extended Color Space to provide an exceptionally wide color gamut and further extend the color range. Operating controls include fast forward and reverse, slow and step forward, search, repeat and random play, picture-in-picture, and a parental lock.
The T 587 delivers studio master quality audio in a home entertainment format. Most Blu-ray Discs offer Dolby TrueHD, a high-definition, 7.1 linear pulse code modulation (LPCM) soundtrack with 24-bit resolution. This is a format the T 587 supports via HDMI. The T 587 also supports the new HD formats from Dolby and DTS that offer ‘lossless’ compression. They can be decoded in the T 587 and sent as LPCM via HDMI, or forwarded compressed to another component that supports decoding.
The T 587 also supports Audio CDs and CD-Rs with MP3 or WMA decoding, Dolby Digital Plus, and the legacy formats of Dolby Digital and DTS, which it transmits as bitstreams via HDMI, coax or optical connections. Dolby Digital Plus is a new backward-compatible Dolby format that significantly increases the bit rate for improved fidelity, and support up to 10.2 channels. Specially developed silicon rubber feet isolate vibrations from the player and the environment for the best possible performance.
The T 587’s ability to decode the newest lossless audio codecs from Dolby and DTS also serves as a cost-effective upgrade to the thousands of consumers who already own NAD T 175, T 785 and T 775 AV Receivers by providing a complete HD audio and video solution. When combined with the current generation of 1080p displays, the T 587 makes a state-of-the-art Home Theater more accessible and practical than ever before.
The T 587’s connection package is fully equipped for today’s video and audio needs. It includes HDMI 1.3, Ethernet, composite, component, coaxial, left and right audio, and optical outputs on the rear panel. An external IR Input allows easy integration with advanced control and automation systems, and a front-panel USB port lets owners play music and picture files stored on a memory stick or portable MP3 Player.
The T 587 Blu-ray Disc player will be available from authorized NAD dealers in December 2008 for a suggested price of $1,499.