Whats up everyone?
I just came home with a NAD T187 Preamp and a NAD T977 7 channel amp.
I've been considering going back to separates for quite awhile now. With B&K out of the picture and Rotel not really making anything that excites me to the point of purchase, NAD found it's way into my life.
Now granted I have worked with NAD over the years and I have always have been pretty damn impressed with sound quality. Now the Looks? Not so much. I find NAD to be done right ugly. I look at it and think "really? They could have done such a better job here". Ok it's unique but not really in a good way.
As far as price is concerned, I feel they are on par with anything else you can look at in this price class. But one thing you will notice about the T187 pre is the fact it's about as featureless as it possibly could be. It has Audyssey MultEQ XT and I'm not sure how I feel about that. We shall see how it performs in my room with my speakers.
I'm gonna VS the package against my Pioneer Elite SC-68 which has the same exact watt spec as the T977 in 140 watts per channel. I'm hoping for more clarity , darker back grounds , sparkle up top and punchier mid range. I'm also hoping dynamic range improves.
I currently use the DAC in the Elite SC-68 for 24/ 192 stuff and I'm completely happy with it. I'm considering a NAD DAC as I have messed around with a few and was impressed with overall performance. This is really another conversation but a huge part of my musical experience.
My goal with this setup would be really better music reproduction. I'm not at all unhappy with the Pioneer especially considering my room is less then ideal. The Def Tech Mythos ST's and the Elite have a pretty special relationship and really show each other off. I have done ST's on NAD in the past and thought it was incredible. It's been years since I heard the 2 together so I'm looking forward to the setup.
I have however been pretty busy and had the NAD setup for a few days now and it's not installed. Thats a rarity for me as when I bring something home new I want to put it in that very second. I gotta do a full re wire of my system and move things around to fit them in properly so it's a few hours of work. I have them sitting on top on my rack and considered just connecting 2 channels and playing some music.
I'll post some pics.