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The NAD 3020 – re­leased in 1978 – was the largest sell­ing am­pli­fier in his­tory. The rea­son was sim­ple – it was an ex­cep­tional per­former at a bud­get price. We are pre­dict­ing that their re­cently re­leased C338 am­pli­fier will prove to be a sim­i­lar hit.

Rated at 50 watts RMS/chan­nel and sell­ing for $ 999, this is first and fore­most a very good sound­ing Oc­ca­sion­ally we come across what we con­sider to be a re­mark­able buy, and the Yamaha Res­tio

ISX-803D is ex­actly that. This is a great sound­ing free-stand­ing au­dio sys­tem that in­cludes FM and DAB+ ra­dio, CD, USB in­put, Blue­tooth, alarm, am­pli­fier and a two-way four-driver speaker ar­ray in a very at­trac­tive pack­age. This unit is now in its third gen­er­a­tion, and when ini­tially re­leased it sold for $999. It was am­pli­fier. How­ever its fea­ture set is just as im­pres­sive. The C338 in­cludes a phono stage, both ana­logue and dig­i­tal in­puts, and a sub­woofer out­put. There is a high qual­ity head­phone am­pli­fier, plus it has Blue­tooth and is Wi- Fi en­abled, pro­vid­ing ac­cess to Spo­tify Con­nect, in­ter­net ra­dio etc. It is also the first am­pli­fier to have Chromecast on- board. It has a ded­i­cated TV in­put,

later repriced at $799, and at that price rep­re­sented ex­cep­tional value. We are now sell­ing the ISX-803D for $499.

This unit comes com­plete with the floor-stand, and there is the op­tion of a wall-mount bracket.

I chal­lenge any­one to find a unit that sounds this good, looks this good, has this many fea­tures and is this well built for this amount of money! The ISX-803D at this price is an ex­cep­tional buy. and a learn­ing re­mote con­trol. There is also an in­tu­itive app avail­able for con­trol via your smart de­vices.

For any­one con­sid­er­ing putting to­gether a mod­er­ately priced Hi-Fi sys­tem that sounds ex­cep­tion­ally good and has all the modern re­quire­ments, this supremely ca­pa­ble am­pli­fier will be hard to go past and may well go on to be­come a modern clas­sic. While on the sub­ject of value we have re­cently added an­other brand to our line-up which I am sure most are not fa­mil­iar with. Ger­man ca­ble man­u­fac­turer Inakustik has been ply­ing its trade since 1977. Why it has taken so long for this brand to reach Aus­tralia is a mys­tery to us. It is a very com­pre­hen­sive and high per­for­mance range, com­pet­ing with the very best on the mar­ket. The range is ex­tremely well priced – con­sid­er­ably be­low the com­pe­ti­tion, and as most mod­els are still made in Ger­many the qual­ity of man­u­fac­ture is first class. Their col­lec­tion in­cludes speaker ca­ble, in­ter­con­nect ca­bles, some very good ac­ces­sories and even a lim­ited range of CDs (with vinyl to fol­low). This is a brand you will hear a lot more of in the fu­ture.

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