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Nad M51
9.9 out of 10

Nad M51

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Amazing Clarity

Drake, Crutchfield
12 May 2013
  • 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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Class A+

ss, Crutchfield
12 May 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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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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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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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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Great digital volume control

Ben, Crutchfield
3 October 2012
  • 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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Great!

Jared C, Crutchfield
3 October 2012
  • Summary: The reviews from the various sources are spot on about this unit as far as the sound is concerned. The Benchmark DAC HDR was my first outboard DAC and I really enjoyed it but went to the NAD out of curiosity and because I did like the fact that it can act as a receiver of sorts i.e.
  • Pros: Excellent sound, great for up-scaling media, great functionality.
  • Cons: No "cons", just trade-offs.
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Fantastic DAC

Jon, Crutchfield
29 August 2012
  • Summary: Outstanding DAC. It manages the holy grail in DACs---incredible detail with musicality and no digital glare/harshness. I auditioned 6 dacs before choosing this one. Base is tight, clean, nuanced and with a power and depth that is amazing. Imaging is excellent and wide.
  • Pros: outstanding bass, excellent imaging, instruments and voices seem to come alive.
  • Cons: perhaps price-- but they don't have competition at this performance level for this price
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The New Center of my System

D, Crutchfield
7 August 2012
  • Summary: I was sold on this DAC when I heard how much better ordinary, red-label CDs sounded. Singers' breaths, for example, come across with startling presence, adding a live element that was never there before. Then I began playing hi-res music--wow!
  • Pros: Immersive sound. Optical, USB, Coax hook-ups give flexibility. Remote control volume adjustment (I would never use a control on the unit anyway).
  • Cons: Remote needs a light and source buttons that are readable.
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Amazing Piece of Gear

Drumstix, Crutchfield
7 August 2012
  • 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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