NAD 114 Preamplifier Preamplifiers

4.33/5 (12 Reviews) MSRP : $399.00


Product Description

Signal/Noise ratio: 86dB


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by james price a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: August 24, 2013

Bottom Line:   
Only had this pre-amp for a while but the difference in sound quality compared to my previous amp ( pioneer A400 intergrated amplifier, leaves the pioneer A400 standing. I could-not believe the vast difference in relation to - DETAIL, DEFINITION IN THE SEPARATION of differant instruments. I use my pre-amp with a NAD 320 INTERGRATED AMPLIFIER ,the over-all result is very much INCREASED ENJOYMENT AND PLEASURE IN REDISCOVERING MY ENTIRE CD COLLECTION ( 350) IN TOTLE.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1999



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by s363134 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 25, 2002

Bottom Line:   
The NAD 114 is quite nice, in that the circuitry is one of the cleanest I've seen.

There is only one massive PCB that is almost the size of the chasis. Here things are well seperated, the power supply, phono-stage, main gain stage, and tone stage is all seperated. The signal tracks are seperated by ground tracks to increase channel seperation and induce noise.
the input RCA are directly soldered on the PCB.
Infact the only wire that U'll find in this pre-amp in the mains wire and wire coming from the transformer.

Source select switches are far to the rear to minimise signal lose.

Volume control is a Blue Alps at 20k, a precision laser-cut device to maintain accurate channel tracking. Basicaly the best passive potentiometer you can get.

All resistors are metal film 1%, and capacitors are poly-caps.

You'll find no IC op-amp here in the main stage, only discrete transistors.

There's a delicated headphone amp, something that u'll never find in a pre-amp of this price. The socket is a 6.5mm gold plated.

NAD even go to the trouble of shielding the transformer to minimise induce noise on the circuit. It's a pitty they didn't use toroidal transformer here.

With no signal and at max volume the pre-amp is very quiet, no hum or hiss what so ever, this is mainly because of the use of precision volume control.

Other things that they could have improve was to use gold plate rca for all input instead if just CD and Phono. Apart from this minor issue (which I'm sure you can fix) this is the best pre-amp you can get for this price range or even higher.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $250.00



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by s363134 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2002

Bottom Line:   
NAD 114 is a decent preamp for its price, however the designers could have done alot better to further enhance the perforamce and ultimately blow the competition away. After a few modification, this preamp could be top of the line.

But for now 4 out of 5 mainly for value.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   1995

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   Second-Hand



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by William Eustis a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 15, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I bought this product in an emergency; my wife and I were sitting around listening to a newly purchased CD one evening when Ella Fitzgerald's voice started to sound like Jimmy Hendrix's guitar. As it turned out something was terribly wrong with the B side of the preamp, sports fans. That's when I found out about the lack of phono stages in modern day preamps. I went to the nearest decent audio store in Yakima, about five miles from where I live (the alternative being at least 100 miles away.I auditioned a really nice McIntosh, which I couldn't afford and then the NAD 114 and 116. They both sounded pretty much the same to me so I bought the cheapest one and have been happy with it ever since.

I have learned a lesson since, though. Next time I will budget more carefully and get a preamp with an outboard power supply and a separate phono amp.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Purchased At:   $350



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Danny a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 31, 2001

Bottom Line:   
I just got the 114 today and wow! I never thought I would hear my music so clearly. I know I could have better, but for the money, this is it. Controls are simple and tone controls are hardly needed, in fact I don't even use them. Kudos to NAD.

My system

Sony ES CD
Adcom 545 II
NAD 114
Monster M1.2 Speaker Cable
AR Pro-Series Interconnects
Cerwin Vega DX-7 (To be replaced)

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998

Price Paid:    $199.00

Purchased At:   Spearit Sound




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