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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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...
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
Decent replacement for an old NAD 1300 Monitor Series
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.