Free Shipping on All Orders 1-866-764-1801

Vist our Online Store
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 17 of 17
  1. #1

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Johnson City TN
    Posts
    1,706

    Default Thoughts on NAD C 162 pre amp??

    Found one local for a good price and am waiting for seller to schedule a time for me to check it out. In the meantime- does anyone have any experience with this pre and wondering what the impressions of performance would be. Seems to have a decent phono section from the online info I've researched.

    Would be replacing an Adcom GTP 450 with this piece and wonder if it should be a significant upgrade or just lateral move aside from having the phono input.

    Any advice or opinions appreciated.

  2. #2

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    Posts
    9,644

    Default

    First thing I see (from looking at manuals) is the NAD has 2 sets of pre-outs That would be really nice for bi-amping your SDA's if you wanted, or running 2 sets of speakers off the same source, or running a sub (using line in RCA's) and a set of speakers.

    In addition a VERY nice feature is that the 2nd pre-out has its own level trim so you can use 2 amps with different wattage's and help match them up level wise at the pre-amp level.

    Also its got a 12v trigger which your Adcom doesnt. That and the obvious phono stage it has and I know NAD's phono stages are supposed to be pretty good, so it might be better than the ART DJ one you currently have.

    I know Adcom's normally are given the reputation of being a bit on the Bright and Grainy side and I know NAD's are supposed to be more nuetral/smooth.

    I will let the others weigh in with their thoughts...
    Advice is free, the Flea Market is earned - F1Nut

    Lessons cost money, good ones cost LOTS - Tony Beets

    HT: APC H15 | Pio 51FD | Uverse | Xbox 360 | Squeezebox Classic | Integra DTR 5.9 | Carver AV-705x & M1.0t MKII Opt002 | LSi 15 | LSiC | LSi F/x | Kimber Hero IC & 8VS SC

    Office: Win 7 -> DacMagic w/ Pangea PSU | Sunfire TGP-II | Parasound HCA-750ii | Polk RTA 11TL | Cables TBA

    Bedroom: Uverse | Roku 2 | Samsung LCD | SurroundBar 2000

    Sales Rating
    Gear

  3. #3

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Johnson City TN
    Posts
    1,706

    Default

    Thanks for your thoughts Dan. Everything you said is kinda what I'm seeing as plus's and it's avail for around $100 so it seems like a no brainer.

  4. #4

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    Posts
    9,644

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by TNHNDYMAN View Post
    Thanks for your thoughts Dan. Everything you said is kinda what I'm seeing as plus's and it's avail for around $100 so it seems like a no brainer.
    Yeah, since you can sell the Adcom and recoup some of that cost and so your really not out too much overall.
    Advice is free, the Flea Market is earned - F1Nut

    Lessons cost money, good ones cost LOTS - Tony Beets

    HT: APC H15 | Pio 51FD | Uverse | Xbox 360 | Squeezebox Classic | Integra DTR 5.9 | Carver AV-705x & M1.0t MKII Opt002 | LSi 15 | LSiC | LSi F/x | Kimber Hero IC & 8VS SC

    Office: Win 7 -> DacMagic w/ Pangea PSU | Sunfire TGP-II | Parasound HCA-750ii | Polk RTA 11TL | Cables TBA

    Bedroom: Uverse | Roku 2 | Samsung LCD | SurroundBar 2000

    Sales Rating
    Gear

  5. #5

    Member Sales Rating: (2)

    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Land of Bier (& Fraus)
    Posts
    248

    Default

    I purchased a C162 from another CP member approx. 2 years ago (http://www.polkaudio.com/forums/show...nel-Preamp-340).

    Endershadow is spot on concerning the features. I used the 2nd pre-outs to run a sub but have never used the phono section. Until recently, I used it with a Parasound HCA-1500A amp and loved the combination. Definitely not grainy on the top end and had great impact on the bottom end. Overall, I'd say it's a bit more laid back than neutral. I've swapped it out and am now running an Adcom GFP-750, which is definitely more neutral and detailed, but over twice the cost of my c162. Also of note, the NAD color is a bit different than standard black from other manufacturers. So, if you like a very uniform look to your equipment it will stick out.

    Can't give you a comparison with the GTP-450 but @ $100 the NAD is a great deal. Don't know current pricing but I paid around $350 and felt that was fair. Even though I swapped my 162 for the 750, I'm keeping the 162 as a backup. If I hadn't had the itch to move significantly up in component/price I'd still be a happy camper.

  6. #6

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Johnson City TN
    Posts
    1,706

    Default

    Good Info JayCee thanks for giving your impressions.

  7. #7

    Member Sales Rating: (1)

    Join Date
    Jul 2001
    Location
    FL 320
    Posts
    5,021

    Default

    I have the slightly older C160. Excellent sound. It's on the warm side and bass is powerful. I use it with the matching C270 amp and it sounds fantastic powering my Polk LSi9 and Klipsch Reference towers.
    CD Player: Original CD-A8T
    Receiver: Harman/Kardon HK3390
    Speakers: Polk Audio RT1000p
    "I would rather have a cup of tone than an ocean of power" **Dr. Harvey Rosenberg**

  8. #8

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Central NC
    Posts
    2,526

    Default

    I have the slightly older C160 which is almost identical (not really sure what the difference is). I used it and two carver power amps (a TFM 42 and TFM 24) to biamp a set of Def Tech BP 30's - great combo.

    Never had any issues with it, very flexible. In fact I still have, but I'm not using it as I switched to an all Odyssey set up. I may have to work it back into the system if I set up my turntable.

    I paid $450 for mine - open box. $100 is a very good deal!
    "Science is suppose to explain observations not dismiss them as impossible" - Norm on AA; 2.3TL's w/sonicaps/mills, polyswitches removed, Lg Solen inductors, RD-0198's, MW's dynamatted, Armaflex speaker gaskets, H-nuts, brass spikes, Cardas CCGR BP's, upgraded IC Cable, Black Hole Damping Sheet strips installed on back wall behind MW's & Tweeters, interior of cabinets sealed, AI-1 interface with 1000VA A-L transformer

  9. #9

    Member Sales Rating: (4)

    Join Date
    Feb 2002
    Location
    Wisconsin
    Posts
    765

    Default

    While I can't add much to your question, sound-wise, I've been wanting to try that pre for a few years now, just to see. However, they don't come up often and the prices are usually well over what the seller is asking.

  10. #10

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    north georgia mountains
    Posts
    2,389

    Default

    In other words, go get it brohime.

    The dual preouts are the most interesting thing to me, all the possibilitys and flexibility.
    humpty dumpty was pushed

  11. #11

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Brownsburg, Indiana
    Posts
    9,644

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by scottyboy76 View Post
    In other words, go get it brohime.

    The dual preouts are the most interesting thing to me, all the possibilitys and flexibility.
    And then try it out on the 703's ......
    Advice is free, the Flea Market is earned - F1Nut

    Lessons cost money, good ones cost LOTS - Tony Beets

    HT: APC H15 | Pio 51FD | Uverse | Xbox 360 | Squeezebox Classic | Integra DTR 5.9 | Carver AV-705x & M1.0t MKII Opt002 | LSi 15 | LSiC | LSi F/x | Kimber Hero IC & 8VS SC

    Office: Win 7 -> DacMagic w/ Pangea PSU | Sunfire TGP-II | Parasound HCA-750ii | Polk RTA 11TL | Cables TBA

    Bedroom: Uverse | Roku 2 | Samsung LCD | SurroundBar 2000

    Sales Rating
    Gear

  12. #12

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Johnson City TN
    Posts
    1,706

    Default

    Got email stating he sold whole system this morning.... he had a krell amp and some denon components plus some martin logan speakers. Damn.

  13. #13

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    2,196

    Default

    Damn. Sorry you missed out on it. I owned one for a year and it was awesome. I found mine for $250 and thought it was a good deal.

  14. #14

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    Upstate New York
    Posts
    758

    Default

    I have the NAD 116 in one of my systems and love it. Can't beat it for the price but they are pretty rare.

    that was a very good deal, sorry you missed it.

  15. #15

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Johnson City TN
    Posts
    1,706

    Default

    Asked the seller to pass my name along to the buyer- won't pick up till Thursday. If the buyer has other preamps and wants to flip that one then I asked him to let him know I'm still interested. IF the sale doesn't go thru Thursday then I still can pick it up for a great price.

    Watching some NAD pre's on the bay and like some of them that have the selective capacitive switch for differant cartridges for phono. Some of the newer ones have gold plated rca's for phono and the preouts without the switch though. Not sure which NAD's might be the best one to try and find. Not stuck on NAD either, just would like a nice pre for under $200 best bang for the buck kinda scenerio.

  16. #16

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Johnson City TN
    Posts
    1,706

    Default

    Here was the link to the guys ad. He only wanted $75 for the pre and $600 for the speakers $400 for the amp. Amp looked interesting but not the deal the pre was. Still holding onto hope I might get it.

    http://tricities.craigslist.org/ele/3465278359.html

  17. #17

    Member Sales Rating: (0)

    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    SoCal
    Posts
    2,196

    Default

    The C162 is very highly regarded amongst NAD pres, but typically sells for $250-$350. It's a great preamp. Some people are anti-tone controls, but I thought it was nice to be able to bump up the bass when needed.

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

     

Similar Threads

  1. Your thoughts?
    By Tankra in forum Speakers
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 04-28-2011, 01:45 AM
  2. Any thoughts on these
    By lightman1 in forum 2 Channel Audio
    Replies: 50
    Last Post: 04-06-2010, 04:03 AM
  3. Any thoughts on what these are?
    By snow in forum Vintage Speakers
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 06-22-2009, 10:46 PM
  4. Any thoughts on these?
    By Keiko in forum Speakers
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 08-09-2008, 01:15 AM
  5. Thoughts....
    By MTXMAN in forum Car Audio & Electronics
    Replies: 43
    Last Post: 09-01-2004, 05:55 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts