|NAD T 557 Blu-ray Player Available Now|
|Home Theater News Blu-ray Hardware News|
|Written by Dick Ward|
|Tuesday, 01 December 2009|
The new NAD T 557 Blu-ray player is now available, and it brings a few new features to NAD's BD player line. The T 557 has everything you've come to expect from a NAD Blu-ray player. It decodes and bitstreams Dolby TrueHD and DTS Master Audio as well as decoded PCM via HDMI to a receiver. It plays Blu-ray at 1080p at 24 or 60 frames per second, and upscales DVDs to that same resolution.
It also supports CDs, as well as MP3 or WMA format files on CD-R or an attached USB dongle. What the T 557 brings to the table is network functionality, something absent in NAD's Blu-ray player offerings up until now. The 557 supports BD Live of course, as well as BD Java, but also streams video and audio from a networked PC or storage device. NAD doesn't state what video files are able to be played, but the aforementioned MP3 and WMA formats are the audio files able to be played.
NAD also ups the ante a bit with what sound like incredibly quick load times. According to the company, the T 557 is able to load “most Blu-ray discs in a matter of seconds.” While even high end players often take a minute or more to load a Blu-ray disc, it looks like NAD has learned a thing or two from Oppo's breakout success.
A few convenience features have been added to the NAD T 557 as well. The Instant Open functionality, for example, enables discs to be popped out at a moment's notice. The 557 also features an external IR input for control system integration. The NAD T 557 is available now from authorized dealers at an MSRP of $599.