NAD T754 review

Outputs for two subwoofers don't make up for an underwhelming specification at this price Tested at £650.00

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Our Verdict

Delivers a big, vibrant sound, but the specification is dated, and newer rivals outgun it now

For

  • Timing and dynamics
  • detail and steering

Against

  • No auto set-up, HD audio or seven-channel support
  • stereo sound lacks power

Out of the box, the NAD doesn't have the same striking style as some of price rivals, but there's still a certain level of attraction to its distinctive looks. None of us is enamoured by the lack of auto set-up, however, even if the menus are easy enough to navigate manually.

In terms of specification, the T754 is a little underwhelming at this price. As we mentioned, there's no automatic calibration, nor is there any HDMI-switching. Also, there's only support for six surround channels of sound, so it's not suitable if you plan to have two extra rear speakers.

On the other hand, there are outputs for two subwoofers. You also benefit from two-to-one component switching, plus the standard selection of AV connections, and support for Dolby Digital and DTS decoding. And sonically, there's much to admire: much like Lewis Hamilton around a Grand Prix track, the T754 steers accurately and quickly, with faultless control. Pushed to the limits by the dancing penguins in Happy Feet, it remains composed, and uncovers plenty of detail, while still dishing out a dynamic, open presentation.

Two-channel sound is less emphatic – the latest Arctic Monkeys CD doesn't leave us cold, but the sound does lack some of the raw power and extra layers of detail that some can produce.

The T754's biggest problem, though, is that it costs too much relative to the specification it offers. Onkyo's £250 cheaper TX-SR605 outguns it in most key areas.

Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.nadelectronics.com
Brand NameNAD
Product TypeA/V Receiver
ManufacturerNew Acoustic Dimension Electronics
Manufacturer Part NumberT754
Product NameNAD T754
Product ModelT 754

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • T 754 A/V Surround Sound Receiver
  • Remote Control

Interfaces-Ports

Number of Digital Optical Outputs1
Number of Digital Coaxial Inputs4
Number of Digital Optical Inputs2
Number of Analog Audio Inputs14
Number of Digital Coaxial Outputs1

Technical Information

Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Impedance4 Ohm
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Total Harmonic Distortion THD0.1%
MultizoneYes

Physical Characteristics

Width435 mm
Depth420 mm
Weight Approximate20.46 kg
Height170 mm
Dimensions170 mm (H): 435 mm (W): 420 mm (D)

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption120 W

Audio

Sound SystemDolby Digital, Dolby Digital EX, DTS-ES, DTS-ES Matrix, DTS-ES Discrete, DTS Neo:6, Dolby Pro Logic IIx
Audio Channels7.1

Tuner

Frequency BandAM, FM