NAD T 758 v3
This NAD was reviewed only last issue in Sound+Image, and we praised it then for its combination of purity and power, along with extras that include high-quality DIRAC sound optimisation, plus the BluOS multiroom platform. BluOS, the platform behind and so compatible with all Bluesound products, comes as a module included in the $2399 price. And indeed these modules are one of the things we love about the T 758 v3 and other NAD products — they can allow hardwarelevel upgrades at a later date, keeping your product current without having to buy a new one. We’d note that the digital AV module used here is fairly short on HDMI inputs (just three), and that some of the set-up is less hand-holdingly simple than for some rivals. On the other hand we found the quality of power to be exceptional (and understated as usual by NAD, which quotes 2 × 110W), so that if the configurations fit your system, this is a solid and upgradeable receiver which should be firmly on your shortlist.
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JUDGES’ COMMENT “A solid and upgradeable seven-channel amp with an onboard BluOS module.”