Press Release – Merging Technologies’ NADAC distribution for North America


Los Angeles, CA.  August 21, 2015 – On a Higher Note, LLC has been appointed as the exclusive distributor of USA and Canada for Merging Technologies’ new NADAC products. This agreement covers the consumer market and the high-end audio industry, tapping On a Higher Note’s ever-growing elite network of high fidelity retailers and custom installers. After extensive discussions and research, Merging decided that the California based company had demonstrated that it was indeed a “distributor of excellence” which perfectly matched Merging’s beliefs and philosophy.

Considerable interest in NADAC has come from the professional community that has been Merging’s main market for 25 years. In recognition of the need to service that market with continuity, Independent Audio of Portland, Maine will add NADAC to its existing portfolio of Horus, Hapi, Pyramix and Ovation.

“Getting master quality audio into the home is the holy grail.” commented Merging’s President, Claude Cellier. “Our professional customers including artists, sound engineers, singers and producers have won hundreds of Grammys® over the years. NADAC makes their great sounding music accessible anywhere and allows these amazing recordings to be presented as the artists and producers intended. On a Higher Note has a stellar track record of successfully introducing high fidelity products to the North American consumer and high-end audio market since 2001.”

On a Higher Note’s Founder and President, Philip O’Hanlon, is excited about the first-to-market advantage Merging Technologies’ new integrated network DACs possess. “There is no doubt that the NADAC performs exceptionally well, offering high fidelity multi-channel analog to digital music conversion with the highest sampling rates and formats. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this smart DXD and DSD compatible whole-home audio streaming solution to our dealer base. For the first time, music lovers can enjoy superb sonic transparency along with the convenience of being able to expand into a multi-zone, multi-source networked environment.”

The RAVENNA/AES67 network technology was specifically designed for audio use and removes traditional clocking and jitter problems between the host and the DAC. It also removes any cable length limitation allowing complete multi-room and multi-zone control with multiple hosts and multiple DACs being simply connected. Merging realized the potential of this technology and worked with the RAVENNA developers to ensure that DSD and DXD sampling rates could be easily handled with sufficient channels for the new immersive sound formats as well as the existing catalog of surround files.

Dominique Brulhart, Merging’s Head of Software Development and NADAC Product Manager, has already attended four trade shows in 2015 with NADAC, in advance of the product shipping. He has been extremely pleased with the reaction from the trade and enthusiasts, not only to the sound quality of DSD256 playback, but also to the concept of the unit. “We are delighted that most people to whom we have spoken appreciate the advantages NADAC offers. We have some excellent distributors already signed internationally and we are confident that On a Higher Note will do a fantastic job for us in this vital market.”

Production of NADAC is set to ramp up over the next 3 months with shipments focused on the major markets. NADAC will be shown at a number of high-end audio shows during the remainder of the year, including the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver in early October.

A key factor in the success of NADAC is the growth in excellent DSD and DXD content becoming available for download. Most major sites are already planning to offer special deals to NADAC purchasers and these will be in place when shipments commence. Full information on websites where true Hi-Res content can be found is listed on and a series of introductory events will be announced as they become finalized.


Merging Technologies SA is a Swiss manufacturer with over 20 years of experience in developing groundbreaking, professional Audio and Video products for a wide range of entertainment and media industries.  With a dedicated user base in the elite end of the music, film, television, mastering and performances industries, Merging is committed to developing product ranges with unrivalled quality and flexibility, no matter what the application. Merging builds tools for people who want more from their systems, have an inherent need to push boundaries, and believe that quality always comes first.

RAVENNA is a solution for real-time distribution of audio and other media content in IP-based network environments. Utilizing standardized network protocols and technologies, RAVENNA can operate on existing network infrastructures. RAVENNA is designed to meet the strict requirements of the pro audio market featuring low latency, full signal transparency and high reliability and is fully AES67 compatible. With a capacity of nearly 8 x MADI streams over a single Gigabit Ethernet link, it is also the first and only Layer-3 based IP audio protocol with full support for high-channel count DXD and DSD signals.

While primarily targeting the professional broadcast market, RAVENNA is also suitable for deployment in other pro audio market segments like live sound, install market and recording. Possible fields of application include (but are not limited to) in-house signal distribution in broadcasting houses, theatres, concert halls and other fixed installations, flexible setups at venues and live events, OB van support, inter-facility links across WAN connections and in production & recording applications.

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Media contact:

Merging Technologies
Le Verney 4, Puidoux
CH-1070 Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0)21 946 04 44

On a Higher Note
P.O. Box 698
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92693
Phone: +1 (949) 544 1990

2 thoughts on “Press Release – Merging Technologies’ NADAC distribution for North America

  1. John Evans says:

    Who is the dealer(s) in the New York City/NJ area wherein I can see and hear/audition the Nadac


    John Evans

    • On a Higher Note says:

      Thank you for your inquiry John. We have just got in our pre-production unit and is sounding great. Production units ship in September but we are just beginning to roll out to dealers. It will take us a couple months to get the unit into the hand of the dealer we ultimately select to cover the NY/NJ area. Would you like us to put you on our interest list and let you know when that information is available?

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