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Nad M51
9.5 out of 10

Nad M51

Great Deal: $1,999.99

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Overall 10
10

Amazing Piece of Gear

Drumstix, Crutchfield
7 August 2014
  • Summary: Replaced a Peachtree Grand Pre with this after also comparing with the Benchmark DAC2 HGC. The listening test was spread over 10 days after allowing the Benchmark to 'burn-in' for a week. The Benchmark felt very precise and clinical in sound and presentation.
  • Pros: Sound Quality, Timing, Sense of Realism and being there, revealing, organic/natural, HDMI input opens up new possibilities
  • Cons: Lack of volume buttons on the Device. Boot Up time is very slow compared to all the other devices and therefore, when used with a universal remote like Harmony, it's tough to use automated activities that also switch the input on the NAD as part of the macro. I added a soft button for the right i...
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Overall 10
10

Great digital volume control

Ben, Crutchfield
31 May 2014
  • Summary: As a 20 year fan of Wadia, I was skeptical anyone would meet or exceed their digital volume control. This NAD does, and at a reasonable cost and superior simplicity of use. Great device.
  • Pros: Simplicity of use.
  • Cons: Remote too general. No ability to control when it goes to "sleep" - results in requiring the NAD be powered on from remote when you also start up your playing device.
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Overall 10
10

Amazing Clarity

Drake, Crutchfield
20 February 2014
  • Summary: Moved up to this unit from a DacMagic100. The clarity and balance is amazing from top to bottom. Complicated passages feel untangled.
  • Pros: Amazing clarity
  • Cons: No front panel volume control if used as a preamp.
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Overall 10
10

Class A+

ss, Crutchfield
17 December 2013
  • Summary: Spectacular clarity. Clean, explosive dynamics. No need for a pre-amp. These are wired into two big Bryston 7BST mono blocks (balanced) and there is ZERO noise. I can pause a music track, turn the M51 up all the way, put my ear to the speaker and hear-- nothing.
  • Pros: Clarity. Noise Floor. Dynamics.
  • Cons: Lack of volume control on the unit.
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Overall 8
8.0

So far, so good

dmc, Crutchfield
18 September 2013
  • Summary: It's early but this piece sounds terrific and offers excellent connectivity and functionality for my 2.1 system. I wish the remote was a little more user friendly and a volume switch would be nice but you can't have everything.
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Overall 10
10

NAD M51 Review

Lance E, Crutchfield
12 May 2013
  • Summary: Almost can't believe the difference this unit has brought to all of my digital audio, CD's, internet radio, computer, any digital source all into another realm of sonic bliss. Pandora radio has such a huge sound stage now. Worth every penny at this price.
  • Pros: Instant improvement to any digital source. A real bargain for the price.
  • Cons: Can't think of any.
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Overall 10
10

Great value: audiophile quality

Christopher, Crutchfield
7 May 2013
  • Summary: This DAC replaced the Oppo BDP 105 in my computer based stereo system. The improvement over the high quality 2 channel DAC in the Oppo was immediately apparent. Most generally, it had a liveliness to it that I was missing in the Oppo. Sound was also fuller.
  • Pros: One of the best DACs on the market at this price with a proven track record of very satisfied users. Display has great visibility. Remote works great for me, and you don't need to use it often except to adjust volume ( there is also an option to lock the volume and adjust it through another compo...
  • Cons: none really. One can always want different features, but this gets the essentials right.
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Overall 6
6.0

NAD M51

MiltonB, Crutchfield
1 February 2013
  • Summary: Great Sounding DAC. All the reviews about the sound are right on. Really great, and works well with Sonos and streamed content, although the best sound came from streaming from my MAC through USB (with the automatically upsampling codec apparently employed by NAD but documented nowhere).
  • Pros: Sound is Beautiful! (although I am suspicious that, with all of the upsampling and undocumented magic going on within the unit, how software upsampling via USB, of CD quality output sounds so different from direct, unmolested CD quality digital coax that is only using the DAC. I wouldn't think...
  • Cons: No display off. Remote. Documentation. No Volume control on unti, only from remote. plug and play, no options (I like to play a little, read, and understand ). Only one digital Coax input.
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Overall 10
10

Too Good to Pass Up

Tom, Crutchfield
9 December 2012
  • Summary: Like many others, I've been transitioning over to streaming music - has been a hard sell for me, though, because of quality vs. convenience factors. (My main system is NAD T787 AVR, Marantz NA7004 NW Player, NAD C565 CD, Oppo 93 BR, PSB Synchrony Speakers, 5.2 setup).
  • Pros: Sound Quality is amazing. Clarity, separation, soundstage, tight bass. My Synchrony towers seem like they're each about 4 feet wide, a true "wall of sound"! And my PSB 300 subs have NEVER sounded so musical.
  • Cons: Not really a con, but note that the M51 takes a LONG time to break in fully, took me several weeks of nearly constant play before harsh highs and boomy bass went away. Biggest gripe: I would have liked a couple more Coax & Optical inputs, had to reroute a few components thru the Marantz NW player...
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Overall 8
8.0

HDMI DAC

Jimmyjames, Crutchfield
12 September 2012
  • Summary: This is a great sounding dac and for the money it should be. I got this dac to decode 24/192 stereo audio tracks found on some Blu-Ray discs and some DVD-A discs. There are also some 24/192 downloadable music files out there that can be sent to this dac via a computer or player like the Oppo 95.
  • Pros: HDMI in and out. Incredible sound.
  • Cons: Stereo only
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