NAD 917 A/V Preamplifier

917

User Reviews (4)

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kgurney79   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 29, 2004]
Strength:

Sound quality, price,

Weakness:

Not upgradeable to the new surround sound formats.

A quality unit that was a definite upgrade from my previous H/K receiver. Sound is warm and detailed. Plenty of inputs and outputs. Great tuner, in fact the best built in tuner I have ever heard.

Similar Products Used: H/K AVR10, Technics, Onkyo, Bose
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
Tanvir Hafz   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 23, 2000]
Strength:

Pure sound quality. The very best tuner I have ever owned is built right into this product. Excellent bass and treble controls. Tone defeat option plus a bass boost option. Pro-logic decoding is superbly done in analogue. Hall mode sounds like 5-channel stereo. Real good prices now that it is discontinued (on leftover stock).

Weakness:

Poor quality video pass through. Questionable quality control, I had a faulty Pro-logic circuit in my first unit which I had to exchange. Remote doesn't control other brands. Outdated due to newer surround sound options.

I had the opposite reaction to this pre-amp/tuner than the previous reviewer.
I have already tried several seperate tuners to pick up a jazz radio station that's 50 miles away (my favorite station, 107.3 in Elyria, Ohio). Only this one comes close in both reception and sound quality.
I have this mated to a Sherbourn 5/1500 amp running Magnapan 10.1's all around, Magnapan Center, and an HSU 10V subwoofer.
I am pretty happy for now...

Taz

Similar Products Used: None. I was a receiver man until I got dissatisfied with receivers' limitations in general. I love seperates' flexability now.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Greg F   Audio Enthusiast [Apr 24, 2001]
Strength:

S-video switching, near audiophile transparency,great tuner, plenty of inputs and outputs, full remote, tone control defeat ( it makes a difference), build quality, looks.

Weakness:

Discontinued and hard to find, even used. I guess people tend to hold on to NAD stuff. Pro-logic only.

Awesome unit. It got me started into HT. I used in 2 channel for a while, then got into HT. It does an awesome 5 channel job, very flexible with setup options.
This is a high quality unit. The other reviews talked about tuner and video quality, I think this is the best of all the ones I tried. Tuner antenna needs to be experimented with, try coax cable feed if you can. Video and interconnect cables need to be kept away from power chords, it makes a big difference.
For the deal I got and the cost to upgrade to DD/DTS I am very happy and will stay with this. I think many prologic units can be had for a steal considering their lack of popularity. The component quality is very high.
I also used it with very low impedance amp, no problem. I think the amp may have not been a match for speakers. Only passive preamps need to be carefully matched to power amps.
I love everything about it and my girlfriend thinks it is beautiful too.
I can never go back to receivers, separates are truly the first step to getting serious sound.

Similar Products Used: Rotel, HK, Acurus
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
keith f   Audio Enthusiast [Jul 05, 2000]
Strength:

convinient, well made

Weakness:

Tuner section is below par - my old yamaha reciver did better. Pre amp unabke to drive power amps with low input impedences

When i connected this to my rotel power amp with the standard input it sounded very harsh. In desperation I enabled the variable inputs supplied with the rotel 951 (lucky for me) and cranked up the input impedence, the sound improved no end. If you have a power amp with a low input impedence - beware !!

Similar Products Used: yamaha, Rotel, proton
OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
3
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