FULL DISCLOSURE POWER
Where many manufacturers pull every trick out of the book to try to get the biggest possible number for their power specifications, NAD made an early decision to buck the trend and deliver reliable properly-stated figures that might actually be useful for assessing an amplifier’s performance. The difference in the resulting numbers could be enormous — so this left NAD specification sheets over the years often showing significantly lower power ratings than rivals. But it has worked in the long run, because everyone — even jaded hi-fi reviewers like us — trust NAD power ratings. Indeed we often find they are, if anything, understated. Our typical comment in NAD amplifier reviews is that an amplifier is rated to, say, 40W — “but remember these are ‘NAD watts!’”
The 1977 3080 amplifier was the first to make a point of quoting Full Disclosure Power (FDP) into 2 ohms — something no other company was doing, or indeed could do, because their amps most likely couldn’t face a two-ohm load without failure.
But! — says NAD often as an important final message — “in the end, it’s not ratings you listen to; it is music or movies playing through loudspeakers in your listening room. In other words, your own ears will tell you everything you need to know about power.”