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The Entry Level Experience

Stephen Mejias gives a listen to the NAD 316BEE integrated and finds a small slice of heaven, which really made me smile.  Why?  Because I recently put together a  system based around NAD's C375BEE integrated (mated to the C565BEE, driving Totem Arrow's via a Yaquin Tube Buffer).  The C375BEE is quite frankly the most rapturous sound I have ever heard, all things considered.  My previous amps were Mac 501's, a  Krell Evo 402, ARC VT200, Levinson#333 just to name a few and the NAD delivers ALL of what High End Audio is supposed to be about.  Tone, soundstaging, transparency, dynamics (macro and the elusive micro), low level resolution, seperation, dimensionality, speed and an analog like sense of ease and fullness which has been designed out of most high end gear over the last 20 years.  Needless to say, I am very happy and hope more people give NAD a try so maybe they can find their bliss as well.  FYI, I installed a HiFiTuning premium fuse and bypassed the jumpers with an MIT AVT1 IC for yucks......if you try it, make sure there is a pillow directly under your jaw when you listen.  Those two tweaks completely transformed the C375BEE from a great value integrated into the amp of my dreams!  Happy listening:O)

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NAD

is so cool. At my computer I listen through my old 3040 and it is great fun. I was wondering if the tube amp Stephen listened to might be a better match with easier speakers.

 

Trey

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Re: a better match

Drtrey3 wrote:

I was wondering if the tube amp Stephen listened to might be a better match with easier speakers.

I've been wondering the same thing. I tried the amp with the PSB Alpha B1s and Klipsch Synergy B-20s.  I'd like to spend some more time with it, using John DeVore's Gibbon 3s, which have a relatively flat impedance. 

JoLida's Michael Allen also wonders if the amp had a bad coupling capacitor.  He would like to send a second sample.  I'll compare it to the first and report back in a Follow-Up.

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Cool!

I must admit to wanting to like the Jolida! It looks so cool and is so affordable. Color me biased in its favor without ever having heard the little beastie.

 

Trey

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