NAD make some very good products.
The 326BEE would drive sensitive / easy load £9k speakers (think Art Emotion Signatures) better than most recommend valve amps. Sadly, I think NAD is now only available via Sevenoaks HiFi who replaced Armour Home Electronics as the distributor. Yes another sad day for independent HiFi dealers that long supported the NAD brand.
Exclusivity seems to be a developing theme. I notice the latest Focal Chorus 700 series speakers are exclusive to Richer Sounds - very surprising choice of retailer for such a brand, but then before this their product was hardly widely or easily available.
NAD distribution patterns seem to change all the time. One minute they are all over the place, selling through Richer Sounds, Amazon et al, and the next they limit themselves to one chain of hi-fi shops which has big gaps in its coverage.
I basically like NAD products but I do find them a bit un-sophisticated sounding. To me, Denon shares a lot of the NAD qualities but with more refinement and clarity - a good balance of all things.
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NAD remains true to the original philosophy of no nonsense, honest design, keep the bells and whistles to a minimum and all their amps, even the entry-level C316BEE will drive any speaker with an impedance down to 2 ohms. I notice comments that some for instance consider the current crop of DENON amps sounds 'better'. Agreed, anyone is entitled to his/her own opinion. I have been in this game since the mid 70s and heard NAD the first time mid 1979 - I think it was the 3030 integrated amp driving a pair of original Quad Electrostatics - full tilt without going into premature clipping or distortion. From that moment I realised that that NAD is different, and it still is!
The earliest products were branded 'New Acoustic Dimension' and finished in a sort of champagne gold, receivers mainly if I recall correctly.
Distributed by the Marantz peope at that time, they were marketed as something specially designed for the uk market at a lower price to the then premium Marantz range. The big breakthrough came with the 3030, VU meters and all and the cheaper, simpler 3020, one of the great budget amplifiers of all time.
My Dual/NAD/AR18s system of the mid-late 70s remains in my mind as one of the best budget systems ever, even upgrades from such highly regarded brands as Rega and Audiolab only suceeded in making it sound worse.
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Not much a mystery. Great products tend to get frequent recommendations.
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picked up my nad c316bee from ebay for £160 ex display never used mint condition best bargain ever sounds fantastic.
p.s they also have a great headphone out sounds is also great not like some amps ive heard
Lets start by saying, NAD are highly recommended as they are amazing value for money, what you get for your money is no nonsense real world Hi-fi, My first step in to hi-fi was a NAD C352 amp with a c521 bee cd player. Sure they are not the best looking kit but you get great value for money, NAD amps have a dynamic sound with a good detail, timing and for the money a good stereo image, They wont be for everyone sure, but they deliver a good dynamic sound for very little cash and you can be sure at every price point you are getting good quality components and sensible engineering.... I hav now moved on to an ARCAM System, with monitor audio speakers. I for one will always praise my nad system for introducing me to hi-fi. To sum up i would say When you buy a NAD you can be sure you are geting quality and value for money whatever your budget.
Like this one...?
I'm after one of this beauties, but hard to find with all the lights working and in mint condition. And seems that Germany as them all, I've only find a few selling over there...
Nice, if you like that sort of thing, doesn't work for me though. If I recall correctly, the earliest UK models were branded New Acoustic Dimension rather than NAD, I don't remember them being very good but a you can see, thay sort of covered all the bases.
Trying to remember the importer but the name escapes me, Malcolm Blockley was the sales manager, hugely popular man in TCR at the time, though that is a story that I can not go into!
Why not get get one shipped over, I've bought quite a few vintage pieces from Germany.
Nad made listenable, musical amps at low/moderate price, this is the secret, I think. No harsh sound, just easy for ears. Arcam amplifiers are similar, but at higher price.
But be aware, the 320 BEE for exaple has a very inprecise volume regulation (by remonte), very annoying.I sold it my Nad amp because this problem with volume regulation by remonte control. I think the 326 has similar problem with volume adjusting
Well, I bought a c326bee for £282 just a week ago. I didn't auditioned it. I didn't knew a thing about NAD. I just went for it, tired from comparing brands, reviews and bothersome forum posts.The moment I hooked up my speakers (dc6tse) and switched it on I immediately got it.NAD is about no nonsense, sober quality products with heaps of power and enthousiasm, while keeping things in balance. It's about enjoying music to the full end instead of listening to and comparing equipment.They master the basics (which aren't all that complex) and build things properly (look at the lay-out, the gigantic pcb, the oversized caps, the sturdy casing.)Everything from here is just nitpicking and you really just should be listening to music.
Bass is your friend, don't be scared of it. A little bit of extra bass here and there is good for the soul.
absolutely agree its great to come to the forum for advice about hifi equipment when your new to hifi.but sometimes you leave more confused than ever.most of us dont have the luxury of going and audittioning kit so blind buying is more common than demos especially for the budget minded consumer this is where i think nad are great..i read about other amps being harsh bright ect ect which makes partnering equipment more hassle.nad seem to make amps that can almost compliment most speakers you throw at them(well so i have read anyway).its a smooth listen i can listen for hours to music without it becoming tiring.i am new to hifi but i love music.i dont want to become an audiophile and obsess about detail,clarity,transparency.punch these are just a few of the hundreds of terms ive heard banded about.i just want my music to sound good which my nad amp accomplishes with aplom.i also use the tone control(do not sneer at me audiophiles )because not all music is created equal so if i need more treble or bass there it is and vice versa.this is my first ever hifi amp i will not be changing it untill it breaks then it will be another nad
That looks similar to an old Marantz receiver.
Not that dissimilar, a fact played up by the importer who also handled Marantz.
Fairly generic for the time though.
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