Excerpt: If sonic muscularity and outright scale are important to you, buy this NAD pairing, consisting of the C165BEE preamp and C275BEE power amp. We can't think of another amplifier at this price level that delivers so much authority with such ease. It doesn't matter what kind of torture track you try – we used Like a Dog Chasing Cars from The Dark Knight OST – this pre/power takes it all in its stride.
Pros: Sonic muscle, authority and scale, feature list, well-judged presentation
Cons: Not the last word in transparency at this price, unimpressive feel and finish for the money