Don't base your choice on reviews go and hear as much amps as you can and buy the one which sounds best for your ears .
Look for Marantz and Rotel amps I think their sound is more intersting than the NAD or Yamaha .
Hi Fi : ROKSAN KANDY K2 - PROAC STUDIO 140 MK2 - ROTEL RCD1520 - interconnects : Tellurium Q Black - Chord Chorus2
AV : YAMAHA RXV767 - WHARFEDALE 9.CM [C] / 10.2 [SR] / INFINITY PRIMUS PS8 [SUB]
dont go for the yamaha or marantz
Yamaha AX-397 + Yamaha NS-333;
HK 3390 + Tangent Millennium 200;
Cambridge Audio Sr10 +Cambridge audio S30
I've got the Yamaha As500 and it's a great amp in terms of punch. I've got it driving huge 2050i speakers and it does it with ease. I liked the Yamaha over the marantz. I've also got the cds300 player and yes you can plug the iPhone into the c player which is great. I'm gonna get the rega DAC and bypass the one in th cd player and since the c player can also connect to iPhone it means that I don't need to buy another iPhone dock with digital out so the cds300 seems great to use even as a transporter then buy a dedicated DAC
Can't comment on the Nad but I also asked this qu a whole ago but in the end I couldn't demo the nad anywhere in Glasgow so went for the 500 (well I'm demoing it just now)
Yamaha CDS300 CDP ----> Rega DAC-----> Yamaha AS500 Amp-----> B&W 684
Airport Express ------> Rega DAC-----etc..
Agree with your comments regarding making decisions based solely on reviews however i personally (if it's my review you're referring) did not make my decision on reviews alone,like you i demo'd quite a few models before i made up my mind & i just felt the Nad met my needs.
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