I'm still using the Marantz as funds are currently being diverted to our house...
I've already explained my experience with the NAD and I still feel that they offer a sound quality which is difficult to match with other brands amps.
One additional thing I didn't mention on here is that I contact NAD to know if and when they were going to make a MDC module that includes the Audessy XT or Audessy XT32 for the T757, because that is the whole purpose of the MDC modules:
if a new standard comes out, they should only release a new MDC module costing 200 or so €, and you are once again up to date without needing to replace the whole AV.
Their reply was that they were unsure if a new MDC module was going to be created for the T757 or for a new, upcoming AV receiver... Which of course triggered my curiousity I know they already are at V2 for the T757 as the online shops I was looking at now show the T757 V2 at the full price (they were selling a T757 a couple of months ago with a 600€ discount! ).
I believe that NAD is probably working on a new range that will replace the current range, which could of course be very interesting for the future. They must have understood by now (and from all the reviews) that although the sound quality from their amps is phenomenal, the lack of features and specifically Audessy calibration, is really hurting them in the sales field. Adding Audessy should not dimish or impact the sound quality in a negative way I believe, so I've got my eye fixed on them and any upcoming news.
An alternative for you might be to get a pre which incorporates the XT32 and use a 5 or more channel amp from NAD? That way you get their sound but maintain the Audessy calib.
Thanks to Great Deal from Richersounds Belfast I'm now the happy owners of a MA apex system. I've 3 A40s at the front 2 A10's and the AW12 sub powered by a Denon 3313. First impression are wow, I had a Q Acoustics set up with a BK sub and the difference is incredible. You really do feel like you're surrounded by sound, the neighbours have even been in to watch a movie. I did look at a 7.2 set up as I still have the BK sub but the room isn't big enough for that to make sense, if we move I think the speakers will be bought. The only problem I have with the system is the Dog is as impressed by the set up as me and the missus. ,Particularly with the sub, which is the only one he can get to. Does anyone have any ideas on getting a grille for it? Preferably one that can be taken off when the system is being used and the dog is being watched.
Thanks for the reply gunny
The omission of Audyssey MultEQ XT32 in the latest 2012 range still puzzles me. I'm glad you asked NAD about it. I know many other people have too (seen multiple forums on the topic). To me they've simply replied "no such plans at this time", whichever that means (have they even considered it?). I've also spoken with the exclusive NAD dealer in my country (who are the only ones who sell NAD here) and they've said conflicting things each time I've asked them. Go figure.
The same dealer also claimed that a new range will not be out until earliest 2 years, or so, which will then replace the current models. As you know NAD is not the kind of company who releases new receivers each year for the sake of bling-bling or excessive features, and I like that. I do agree with you however that the lack of an updated Audyssey (and perhaps the omission of a USB input and easy firmware updates) is something that is hurting them in the sales field. Then again, they seem to have very loyal fans, and if I find the soundquality as rewarding as people say I'm not surprised. I just hope if I eventually go the NAD route that I will be able to reply on them offering XT32 with an MDC module.
I would only go with NAD T787 if I descide not to take the road of separates, becase space is very limited. Then again, they do have a processor (T187) that I could mate with a NuForce poweramp (NAD's own poweramps are too clunky). Too many options... I can imagine Apex really loving the power and musicality of the T787 though. But naturally I won't know until I've tested it.
Good luck on the house stuff, BTW!
Current A/V equipment:
NUFORCE AVP-18 (processor/DAC) | NUFORCE MCH-300SEC7 (multichannel amplifier) | MONITOR AUDIO APEX (5.2 speaker system) | SAMSUNG LE-52B755 (tv) | DENON DBT-3313UD (disc transport) | NAIM UNITISERVE (music server) | SUPRA (cabling) | LOGITECH HARMONY 900 (universal remote) | NORDOST PULSAR POINTS (isolation feet)
Happy New Year to you all! Sorry havent been posting much, been really really busy with a baby on the way and dreaded DIY - sound proofing for sure lol. Ricky and Ric71 hope you guys are doing ok!
Update on my system, i havent done much tinkering with my system recently, i added a PS3 over Christmas to complete it, awesome sound when playing games and using the PS3 for BBC iPlayer etc.
I watched Judge Dredd last weekend on Bluray.....has anyone seen this movie? I thought my subwoofers were going to explode. The movie didnt sound right for some reason - over done with the Bass. All of the other movies i've watched i.e. Prometheus, Avengers, Dark Knight Rises sound truly awesome, natural and well balanced in the bass department with plenty of punch. Just wondering if Judge Dredd hasnt been mixed very well?
Ricky - im really loving my dual AW12s, they really make the system complete. The sound is so much punchy and dispersed with regards to my room and its size. You need to get heights!! Really opens up the soundstage.
Also i auditioned the Denon 4520 at Sevenoaks in Loughton 2 weeks ago. Sounded very similar if not the same as the Denon AVR-A100 IMO so no chance for any upgrades for me for a long time i think.
@stylee welcome to the club, hope you enjoy the Apex as much as we all do here.
Monitor Audio Apex 7.2 (5.2 plus 2x height speakers), Denon AVR A-100 with Audyssey Multeq XT32, OPPO BDP-95 3D Bluray Player, Samsung 46" 3D LED 7 Series TV, PS3, Buffalo Wireless Network Bridge, LaCie Cinema Classic HD, Thompson Sky Box, Apple TV, Ellion Media Player, Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote
I dont think there is a grille for the AW12, unless Ricky or the guys might know. May be check with Monitor Audio? I can understand your predicament with the dog :(
No grill for the AW12.
AV System - Panasonic 42VT30 ¦ MA Apex 5.1- 4xA10 1xA40+ AW-12 Sub ¦ Van Damme UP LCOFC Speaker Cable ¦ Pioneer SC-LX85 ¦ OPPO 95 ¦ Mark Grant G1500HD Precision audio cable ¦ Sky+ HD(1TB) ¦ Chord Active HDMI ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Belkin PF50 mains conditioner.
Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
Hi Fi - Cyrus 8 XPd QX amp ¦ Cyrus PSX-R power supply acting as Pre Amp ¦ Quad 909 Power Amp ¦ Speakers - Spendor A3 ¦ Logitech Squeezebox Touch upgrade by Fidelity Audio ¦ power supply upgrade by Mains Cables R Us ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Power Plant Premier mains regenerator.
Controlled by – iPad2 and Harmony 1100.
two BK subs for the price of 1 ASW12. What would sound better??
Congrats on the baby. My second son is 11 weeks old and I rarely get to fire the system up for a serious session as you will no doubt soon discover. The trade off is worth it, well may be not at three in the morning.
I am seriously considering adding another pair of A10's as front height speakers so watch this space. I was toying with the idea of switching over to MK S150's all round but realised I dont have any more money and the Apex do such a fine job. Did get an Apple TV3 though and have been hammering Netflix watching shows that I never had time to in the past ie Lost.
Glad you are loving dual subs i miss mine from a previous system. I will do it one day but need to build an extension next year so that will have to wait.
You still need to come over. Give me a shout.
Anthem MRX 510(used as processor),Anthem Statement A5 power amp,MK MP150MKII's LCR,MK S150T surrounds,Paradigm Signature Sub1,Perfect Bass Kit,Sonos ZP90 ,Qnap NAS,Oppo BDP 103 Multi region,Isol-8 Cleanline2 mains conditioner,SKY+HD,Audioquest Diamondback interconnects. ATV3,iPad4,Panasonic TXP50GT60
Hey ric, good to hear from you and thanks for the kind words. Yeah i still need to organise our Apex session at my place, i've been snowed under with DIY so havent had a chance to do anything. Are you on Facebook by any chance?
Hey gosalh long time no... read. But I understand you got your hands full
Congrats on the new addition to the family! And also to The Apex Club thread for turning 2 years this month, thanks to you. It's still alive and kicking!
Lucky you with a PS3 from Santa! I'm holding off til the follow-up console is released. Sound-wise I'm certain HD games are great fun regardless. In terms of 'Judge Dredd' I have not seen it. I'm purposely avoiding it (and the new 'Total Recall'). Sounds like the mixers went heywire on the LFE-channel or the Blu-ray transer is messy? Or could it be that Dynamic EQ is making too much of it, loudness-wise? Certainly glad you are enjoying your dual AW12's... I knew you would. I feel the same; dual subwoofers really do make the system complete. Now, if only I could have those height channels too... darn it...
I'm not surprised you felt the 4520 sounded similar to the A100, considering the latter is a very fine machine. I'm thinking they've added (and substracted) a couple of things, updated the design but kept the overall processing and amplification fairly identical. However, the 4520 does have DTS Neo:X, which would be cool with your height channels. Also, the new Denon HD-link with the matching player seems interesting. We'll see what I'll be testing next. I have so many ideas brewing right now.
BTW - do you have any plans to go Audyssey Pro? Your 7.2 system would excell even further!
Cheers and thanks for stopping by!
I assume you're talking about 2x XXLS400 or 2x Monolith+?
Even the 2x XXLS400 would leave the ASW12 well behind, not even looking at the Monolith.
Do keep in mind that the setup of 2 subs could be a bit tricky, but something like an anti-mode could be a good addition to your setup!
Thanks Gunny. What about if I feed the two subs into the marantz 8801 pre pro. I can check whether it has two outputs for subs
I'm thinking that'd be an excellent choice! The new Marantz AV8801 processor have two separate subwoofer LFE outputs, no problem. The key though lay in Audyssey MultEQ XT32 and the included Sub EQ HT, which means the system will measure, calibrate and EQ each subwoofer independently from each other. You won't need any other accessory.
Thanks for the replies and the welcome. I've my system set up now and attempts to dog proof it continue. I bought a storage box from IKEA and it and a blanket are going to be the current solution. Archie is also banned from the room unless supervised, although I don't know how long that will last.
The system doesn't sound as punchy as I expected, I ran the 8 step audyssey xt set up on my Denon 3313 and some of the sounds are a bit muted. I.e. using Die hard 4.0, the gun fire sounds a bit muted. Audessy has my front A40s set a large speakers in stead of small and has the crossover set at 40. Would apperciate some advice on what to change, I've tinkered with it and have made it worse and will run audessy again, what settings should I look out for?
Manually change the speakers to small and the crossover to 80Hz, my Pioneer lets you run the set up again but keeping these settings, not sure on the Denon.
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