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Nad C 165BEE
8.2 out of 10

Nad C 165BEE

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Overall 10
10

Excellent preamp with great features

RogerW, Crutchfield
28 October 2013
  • Summary: I had grown tired of surround sound and tedious multichannel avr's and all of the associated equipment. I missed the simplicity and purity of a quality 2 channel audio setup, so i set out to get back to the audio roots that got me into this hobby in the first place.
  • Pros: Sound quality, especially via the cd, tape, and most of all phono inputs. Tone controls. Build quality. Heavy, resistive volume knob. Variable output feature. Minimalist sryling. Sub out. Just a great value and with tons of features.
  • Cons: Would have liked balanced ins/outs. Selected input lights hard to see from some angles in the listening room. Would prefer a more minimalist remote, but that's just nit picking.
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Overall 10
10

nice amp

tridosko, Crutchfield
3 April 2013
Overall 4
4.0

Disappointing sound

Nick, Crutchfield
3 April 2013
  • Summary: I bought this unit to replace my Adcom 565 from the early 90s. I love the 565, but wanted something with remote control. This unit looked to be a perfect replacement and even looked like my old Adcom! When I saw an open box available, I jumped on it.
  • Pros: Build quality, look and feel
  • Cons: Lean, wiry sound, weak bass, no crossover or home theater bypass, high cost
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Overall 10
10

Nice upgrade

HowardS, Crutchfield
2 February 2013
  • Summary: Cleaned up my system without having to spend a lot of money. Noticed a deeper, cleaner bass, mid-range, and brighter treble. Noticed things on my CD's that I hadn't heard before. Subtle, but noticeable. This replaces a carver C-1. Unit pairs nicely with my Sony ES disc player and Mac7270.
  • Pros: Like everything about it.
  • Cons: None.
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Overall 10
10

NAD C 165BEE remarkable sound quality

Marcos, Crutchfield
2 February 2013
  • Summary: I purchased the NAD C 165BEE from the open box sale and let me tell you this preamp came like it was never open. not a single scratch or issues. Now with on with the good stuff, I have been searching for the perfect hi-fi system that a normal person can get and afford.
  • Pros: Sound quality, build quality, looks fantastic
  • Cons: This is perfection and does not need anything else
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Overall 10
10

Replacing a 40-year old integrated amplifier

Fred S, Crutchfield
17 January 2013
  • Summary: I purchased the NAD C165BEE stereo pre-amplifier to use in a high fidelity stereo music system. I play mostly classical music CDs and an occasional cassette tape. Sometimes I route the audio from a DVD player through the audio system when I think the sound track warrants the enhanced fidelity and...
  • Pros: Clean sound, beautiful control feel, convenient rear-panel power outlets (120 V model), tone control defeat switch, well designed front-panel status lights, plenty of source input options, phone jack with volume control that auto-defeats pre-amp out signal
  • Cons: None that I have observed in two weeks.
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Overall 10
10

NAD 165BEE

Mike, Crutchfield
17 January 2013
  • Summary: I am satisfied with this preamp. I have it driving two Emotiva XPA-100s and a pair of high end home built towers and no sub. I listen to mostly 70-80s rock. The sound is very dynamic with the bass and treble in the neutral positions. It is well built and hefty.
  • Pros: Nice build, dynamic sound, looks good. Mates well with my Emo XPA-100s.
  • Cons: The remote issue (no big thing).
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Overall 10
10

Exactly what I needed!

Smarks, Crutchfield
3 May 2012
  • Summary: This was a replacement for an aged Adcom GTP 450 that went on the blink. This plugged into my configuration easily--feeding my phono (yes, we have a stack of treasured vinyl), CD player and iTunes media player inputs to the still decent Adcom power amp that I did not want to replace, producing a...
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Overall 10
10
Value for money 10
10

User Review

Solid performer a Casual Listener, Audio Review
24 December 2011
  • Summary: Dynamic sound, full bass, good imaging and seperation. A good performing pre-amp for sure, I've heard better for sure but for the price I paid for it, can't complain. Equipment used Quad 99 Power amp and Usher CP6311, old Sony CDP
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Overall 6
6.0

Decent replacement for an old NAD 1300 Monitor Series

Laurel, Crutchfield
19 September 2011
  • Summary: My old NAD 1300 pre-amp finally gave up the ghost, and I set out to find a good replacement. I was incredibly impressed with the old NAD 1300 - I've had it since the '80's and it was somewhat unique in that it had the ability to apply tone controls at a number of different points on the musical...
  • Pros: High quality construction, plenty of RCA jacks, looks very similar to my old NAD 1300, good value for the money.
  • Cons: Not enough tone control for my liking and not enough switched outlets on the back.
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