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NAD M15 HD Owner's Manual

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M15 HD
AV Surround Sound Preamplifier
Owner's Manual


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  • Page 1 M15 HD ® AV Surround Sound Preamplifier Owner’s Manual...
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS 1. Read instructions - All the safety and operating instructions should be NOTE TO CATV SYSTEM INSTALLER read before the product is operated. This reminder is provided to call the CATV system installer’ s attention to Section 820-40 of 2.
  • Page 3 RECORD YOUR MODEL NUMBER (NOW, WHILE YOU CAN SEE IT) • Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver. The model and serial number of your new M15 HD are located on the back • Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to of the cabinet.
  • Page 4: Table Of Contents

  • Page 5: Introduction

    SAVE THE PACKAGING Source 3 Coaxial 3 IN/Audio 3 IN Video 3 IN Please save the box and all of the packaging in which your M15 HD arrived. iPod Audio 4 IN S-Video 4 IN Should you move or otherwise need to transport your M15 HD, this is by...
  • Page 6: Identification Of Controls

    • When the M15 HD is powered up from standby mode, this indicator • Do not expose the remote sensor of the M15 HD to a strong light will illuminate blue. source such as direct sunlight or illumination. If you do so, you may • If a Zone (Zone 2, Zone 3 or Zone 4) is ON and STANDBY button...
  • Page 7 • Refer also to the item about LISTENING MODE under the USING THE M15 HD – MAIN MENU segment of the OPERATION section. 9 DIMMER • Toggle to either reduce or restore normal VFD brightness.
  • Page 8: Rear Panel

    2 ZONE 2-3-4 • These comprise the M15 HD’s other sets of principal input. Connect • The M15 HD has three configurable Zones – Zone 2, Zone 3 and these audio and video input ports to corresponding output ports of Zone 4.
  • Page 9 NAD is a certified partner of AMX and Crestron and fully supports is the ground return-path. • This output will be 12V when the M15 HD is ON and 0V when the these external devices. Check out the NAD website for information about AMX and Crestron compatibility with NAD.
  • Page 10 [ON] button to switch ON the M15 HD from standby mode. [SOURCE 4] to individually show in the VFD the “System Info” details • If you intend not to use the M15 HD for long periods of time (such which include the IP address.
  • Page 11: Operation

    To navigate through the OSD menu options, please do the following using the HTRM buttons: The M15 HD offers distinct listening modes, tailored for different types of 1 Press [S] to select a menu item. Use [D/F] or in some cases, [ENTER], to recording or program material.
  • Page 12: Adjusting Listening Modes

    The following chart shows the channels available assuming they are enabled in the ‘Speaker Configuration’ menu: Several of the M15 HD’s listening modes have one or more selectable variations and adjustable parameters that you can modify to suit you Active Decoded Output Channels system or personal preferences.
  • Page 13: Dsp Options

    Audyssey Auto Calibration (accessible through the Setup Menu). Refer also to Audyssey Auto Calibration segment of the Audyssey Dynamic EQ and Audyssey Dynamic Volume (see below) Speaker Setup under Operation – Using the M15 HD – Setup Menu. can be directly selected or changed using HTRM’s AUDYSSEY button with DEVICE SELECTOR set to AMP mode. Toggle AUDYSSEY button to Audyssey MultEQ can be set to the following levels select “Dyn EQ” or “Dyn Vol” and then use the [D/F] to select through...
  • Page 14: Tone Controls

    • The ZR 5 remote control will only control Zone 2 applications. Zone 3 and Zone 4 could be configured and managed at the appropriate Zone ‘Tone Defeat’ gives one the choice of varying or completely bypassing OSD menu using the front panel navigations buttons as well as the the tone control section of the M15 HD. If ‘Off’ (‘Tone Active’ in the VFD) is corresponding keys on the HTRM remote control. selected, the Tone Control circuits are active. • “Zone 4” is audio only and not associated with any video input sources.
  • Page 15: Using The M15 Hd - Setup Menu

    When you The M15 HD supports HDMI Control (CEC) and Audio Return Channel (ARC) select a source on the M15 HD which is set for ARC, the M15 HD will functions. Both functions are possible if external devices that also support attempt to initiate an ARC connection with the TV. ...
  • Page 16: Source Setup

    The new Name will be shown in the VFD as well as on the OSD. ANALOG AUDIO The M15 HD has eight analog audio inputs including 7.1 input. These analog inputs - Audio 1 - 7 and 7.1 Input can be variably assigned to each Source.
  • Page 17: Source Setup (table View)

    Trigger Setup (See “Trigger Setup” below). If “Source Setup” is assigned to all three Trigger output There are three types of Digital Audio input for the M15 HD. These are (Trigger Out 1-3) in the separate “Trigger Setup” menu window, a particular HDMI, Optical and Coaxial digital input.
  • Page 18: Ipod Setup

    NAD iPod docking station when Source 4 (the default iPod source allocation in the M15 HD) is selected. Select “No” if The Audyssey Auto Setup and Calibration featured in M15 HD uses a you do not want a docked iPod to be automatically connected.
  • Page 19 A special test tone is sent to each speaker and the data is memorized by the M15 HD. The duration of calibration may take some time depending on the number of speakers as well as the number of measuring points. After...
  • Page 20 Audyssey key of the remote. The MultEQ XT corrected response can also be bypassed if you wish. It is recommended that you take full advantage of the M15 HD’s Audyssey Auto Calibration feature for your speaker setup. However, if you desire to...
  • Page 21: Speaker Configuration

    (bass) to other sonic elements. USING AN SPL METER It is quite practical to perform the M15 HD level setup routines “by ear, ” and careful work will produce acceptably accurate results. However, the use of an inexpensive sound-pressure level (SPL) meter, such as Radio Shack part number 33-2050, makes this task easier, more accurate and more repeatable.
  • Page 22: Speaker Distance

    While at ‘Speaker Levels’ menu, press the HTRM remote’s [TEST] key delays, optimizing imaging, intelligibility and surround-sound ambience. activating the M15 HD’s Speaker Levels balancing test signal . You will hear Enter your dimensions with precision within about 1 foot (30 cm).
  • Page 23: Adjusting Channel Levels 'on The Fly

    Sources as well as from Front Input, Media Player and Tuner. The M15 HD has three configurable Zones – Zone 2, Zone 3 and Zone 4. Use a combination of [A/S/D/F] and [ENTER] keys to navigate through the...
  • Page 24: Trigger Setup

    Auto Trigger IN allows external system controllers to toggle the associated it to one of the following settings – Pro Logic, PLIIx Movie, PLIIx Music or section of the M15 HD from “Standby” to “On” and vice versa. When the None.
  • Page 25 ANALOG channels to eight, whereas Dolby Digital Plus and Dolby TrueHD support more than eight audio channels. Note that the M15 HD only supports 7.1 If the audio input is an analog signal, the following are the surround modes channel.
  • Page 26: Dolby Setup

    ‘PLIIx Music’ under the ‘ADJUSTING LISTENING MODES’ segment of the are completely independent, it is possible to achieve the sensation that the ‘OPERATION - USING THE M15 HD - MAIN MENU’ . acoustic image is moving about freely among the background sounds, 360 degrees surrounding the listener.
  • Page 27: Enhanced Stereo

    Main Source : Shows the active Source. Please refer to the same description of ‘ENHANCED STEREO’ under the ‘LISTENING MODES’ segment of the ‘OPERATION - USING THE M15 HD - Volume : Current Volume level is shown. Listening Mode : Selected Listening Mode is shown.
  • Page 28: A/v Presets

    Listening Mode: Stereo The M15 HD’s simple but powerfully flexible system of “A/V Presets” allows you to customize virtually every aspect of your audio-video playback, and recall them with a single key-press. The parameters “Listening Mode”, “DSP Options”...
  • Page 29 OPERATION USING THE M15 HD – SETUP MENU 3 At “A/V Presets” page, set “Preset: 1” to the following conditions - use Speaker Setup: from the Speaker Setup menu, go to “Speaker Configuration” sub-menu and change “Subwoofer” from “On” to “Off”: [ D/F ] to select “Yes”...
  • Page 30 OPERATION USING THE M15 HD – SETUP MENU 6 At “A/V Presets” page, set “Preset: 2” to the following conditions - use Tone Controls: Tone Defeat: Off [ D/F ] to select “Yes” or “No” and press [ENTER] to confirm selection and move to the next setting.
  • Page 31: Listening To Your Ipod Player

    OPERATION LISTENING TO YOUR iPod PLAYER The M15 HD is equipped with a data port in the rear panel where an Note that other NAD IPD models, like the NAD IPD 2, have their own remote optional “NAD IPD Dock for iPod” (NAD IPD) can be plugged in. With the controls.
  • Page 32: Nad Ipd 2

    M15 HD. You must of the NAD IPD 2 will then again be done through the M15 HD using the exit completely from the M15 HD’s Setup Menu or Menu Select OSD for applicable front panel control buttons or HTRM buttons while referring to you to be able to navigate through your iPod player’s video or photo...
  • Page 33: Using The Htrm Remote Control

    HTRM will command; with factory defaults, it does not perform any function on the M15 HD. The DEVICE SELECTOR keys are organized into three vertical rows of 3 buttons each; the row on the left are all Audio devices, the row in the center are all Video devices.
  • Page 34: Navigation Of The Htrm Controls

    If within five seconds you then press a digit (0 – 9), the function for the corresponding A/V Preset will be transmitted. NOTE TIMEOUT: The backlight timeout can be set from 0 - 20 seconds. This is the The HTRM is a universal-type remote control; some NAD models may not have more than 5 AV presets. length of time the backlight stays ON after releasing the last key. SOFTWARE VERSION NUMBER Press simultaneously the ON + TEST buttons for five seconds to display version numbers.
  • Page 35: Library

    1 Press [TV] in the DEVICE SELECTOR page. 2 Press and hold [TUNER (10+/SETUP)] and [ENTER] buttons. Use [ 6 ] to scroll to “Learn”. 4 The library code for NAD T585 is “600”. Use [ 3 ] to toggle to “600”. Press [ENTER].
  • Page 36: Punch-through (pun Thr)

    OPERATION USING THE HTRM REMOTE CONTROL 3 Press [ENTER]. At “2 Pass” mode, step 5 and onwards of the above example would be as follows (the same Steps 1 – 4 of the above example applies) 5 Press and hold the corresponding [MENU] button of the TV remote control.
  • Page 37: Copy

    2 Press and hold [TUNER (10+/SETUP)] and [ENTER] buttons. Use [ 6 ] to not be saved) and “Yes” (desired punch-through key will be saved and scroll to “Copy”. process is completed). NOTE The HTRM’s [VOL] keys are pre-programmed as “punched-through” for all Device Select pages: [VOL] will operate the NAD’s master-volume 3 Press [ENTER]. regardless of the currently selected device. The [SURR], [CENT] and [SUB] CHANNEL VOLUME controls similarly are pre-programmed as punched- through. PUNCH-THROUGH MACRO A stored macro command can also be “punched-through.
  • Page 38: Delete

    5 Use [ 3/4 ] to select between “No” (desired function key will not Example: Record a Macro to the [0] key to turn ON the NAD M15 HD, be deleted) and “Yes” (desired function key is deleted and process is completed).
  • Page 39: Reset

    To execute the above macro example, press [MACRO] and then [0]. The HTRM allows one to upload and download the configuration through a Windows® PC and NAD’s Proprietary HTRM programming software. Use a USB A male to mini USB B male 5-pin cable (not supplied) between your Windows®...
  • Page 40: Using The Zr 5 Remote Control

    Press in and lift tab to remove battery cover out from recess 1 ON/OFF: Switch ON/OFF the Zone feature. 2 SOURCE [ 5/6 ]: Select the active input of the NAD M15 HD that will be sent out to the corresponding rear panel ZONE 2 output port.
  • Page 41: Reference

    • Check IR windows and ensure clear line-of-sight Receiver window on M15 HD is obstructed. from remote to M15 HD. • M15 HD front panel is in very bright sunlight • Reduce sunlight/room lighting. or ambient light. M15 HD does not respond to front panel • Microprocessor error.
  • Page 42: Specifications

    Specifications are subject to change without notice. For updated documentation and features, please log onto for the latest information about M15 HD. Manufactured under license under U.S. Patent #’s: 5,451,942; 5,956,674; 5,974,380;5,978,762; 6,226,616; 6,487,535; 7,212,872; 7,333,929; 7,392,195; 7,272,567 & other U.S. and worldwide patents issued & pending. DTS is a registered trademark and the DTS logos, Symbol, DTS-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio are trademarks of DTS, Inc.
  • Page 44 All rights reserved. NAD and the NAD logo are trademarks of NAD Electronics International, a division of Lenbrook Industries Limited. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without the written permission of NAD Electronics International.

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