May 07, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
You can start putting together a pretty robust NAD-only audio system the way the Massachusetts-based manufacturer has been busy this spring.
Whether you’re a two-channel enthusiast or a home theater nut, NAD has introduced a couple of A/V receivers to meet your audio needs—the T 747 and T 737 A/V receivers. Combine ‘em with the CD player or plug in your turntable through the phono preamp that NAD’s released recently and you’re off to the races.
If you’ve already got a Blu-ray player and are looking to bump up your system with the lossless Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio surround tracks, the T 747 has decoding for those formats. The T 737 sticks to Dolby Digital EX, ProLogic IIx, DTS ES, DTS Neo:6 and adds NAD’s proprietary EARS and Stereo Enhanced modes so your CDs can be played in virtual surround as well.
On the video side, the T 747 employs the vaunted Faroudja DCDi processing technology to upscale standard-def to 1080p, while there are four HDMI inputs and a repeater function for you to plug in a multitude of high-def sources.
Power on the T 747 is 60 watts into each of the seven channels, while it’s 40 per on the T 737, and both use less than one watt in standby mode.
Use the included microphone and auto calibration function to optimize your speaker setup. For iPod fans, there’s support on the T 747 for NAD’s optional IPD 2 Dock for iPod that brings the audio, video and still images from the device to your theater.
Check with your NAD for more info and demos. Pricing is $799 on the T 737 and $1,499 on the T 747.
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