NAD 916 Amplifiers

NAD 916 Amplifiers 

DESCRIPTION

6 Channel Power Amplifier - 30 Watts

USER REVIEWS

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[Aug 27, 2020]
LisaKane


Strength:

good one and no doubt it was the most favorite one to purchase by people.

Weakness:

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Price Paid:
5k$
Purchased:
New  
Model Year:
1990
OVERALL
RATING
4
[Jul 31, 2020]
stevens


Strength:

Gosh where to begin -- That gorgeous NAD sound, the audiophile build quality, its heavy, solid build, the NAD soft clipping circuitry which provides quasi-tube-like warmth at high voltages, the fact that it can handle weird impedances, and the fact that it's much more powerful than its specs suggest. And oh yes, six channels, bridgeable in so many ways... :)

Purchased:
Used  
OVERALL
RATING
5
[Feb 05, 2000]
Freaky
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

Versatlity (see below), sound,nice build quality

Weakness:

weird number of channels

A great versatile piece. When I first got this amp I tried it as 6x30W with 3 pairs of PSB alpha minis (paired center). This worked great with the equivelant sound of a NAD 314 integrated (a favorite amp of mine). However this amp lends itself to many different configurations and I just had to try all of them. I tried bridging all channels to 3x90, for a dramatic improvement across the range. I then settled on a 2x90 front L+R, with one mono 30W channel driving two rear speakers in parallel (30x2) and another channel driving two centers (another 30x2). The amp is capable of these loads comfortably. If I had Dolby Digital 5.1 I would not be able to do this configuration as the rear channels are dicrete L+R. Further, this amp is based on the 912, so one could easily expand by adding a 912 or two to drive additional channels. These possibilities add to the fun of building a system and squeezing all the juice out of it. I have loved having a versatile amp like this and I think it will remain with me as my system grows.

Similar Products Used:

NAD 214, ATI 1502

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Mar 31, 2001]
DFK
Audiophile

Strength:

Gosh where to begin -- That gorgeous NAD sound, the audiophile build quality, its heavy, solid build, the NAD soft clipping circuitry which provides quasi-tube-like warmth at high voltages, the fact that it can handle weird impedances, and the fact that it's much more powerful than its specs suggest. And oh yes, six channels, bridgeable in so many ways... :)

Weakness:

Hard to find now -- discontinued? A bit pricey unless you find it on sale.

I agree with the other reviewers. This 6-channel bridgeable amp is my single best value-per-dollar investment yet. You'll love it too...If you can find it! One of it's charms is that it's so flexible. I mean I can use it as the heart of a 6-channel near-field Dolby Digital system OR as a very-high-powered bridged 3-channel amp for the (all-important) Left-Right-Center speakers. It's an amp that will always find a use somewhere in my system(s).
At the same time it has that NAD quality of build & sound. Which means it's suited in bridged mode for an audiophile's 2-channel system.
In my opinion it sounds just as smooth, airy, and full-bodied as the Parasound amps, buthas no trouble dealing with finicky and inefficient loudspeakers (such as Magnepans) in normal-sized listening rooms-- the loads which A/V receivers often can't deal with.
One of the great things about a bridgeable 6-channel amp like this is that it lets you experiment. Experiment with bi-amping, or with running a vintage passive subwoofer like Audio Concepts' Sub 1 on the sixth channel (rather than paying top dollar for a new powered sub)...
Oh, one more thing... In my personal experience, NAD customer support & product longevity has been excellent. No planned obsolescence here!

Similar Products Used:

I auditioned Parasound, Audiocontrol, Adcom, AMC, & Sony multi-channel amps and bridgeable monoblock amps. Also various A/V receivers.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jun 03, 1999]
Hubert Kan
an Audiophile

Has anyone auditioned this 6-channel amp? I understand this amp can be bridged for 3-channel (90w x 3) application which I would be using it for. Comments on sonic/build quality would be appreciated.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
[Jun 19, 1999]
alan
an Audio Enthusiast

I have used a NAD 916 in my home theatre system for about 2 years. To start with I just used it as a 6 x 30 amp setup. Even in this setup it had ample power and top sound quality. Recently I have bridged it and used it as a 3 x 90 watt amplifier for the front 3 channels in a dolby digital setup. In this mode it is awesome with monster bass and clear crisp sound. I would recommend it to all.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Jul 12, 1999]
Mark
an Audiophile

I picked up a used 916 about 9 months ago for about $275. Using it in 6 x 30W mode to feed 3 different rooms (audio only - have seperate home theater system). Sound is fairly typical NAD power amp, warmish and punchy. Front end in use is a Sony CDP-CA8ES and Sony TA-E1000ES preamp (using DACs in preamp). Build quality seems pretty solid - its a heavy unit. There are relays to prevent power-on thump to the speakers. My main listening speakers are NHT superZeros and a small AR S8HO powered sub. The NHTs are very inefficient, and so the sound is a little flat at higher volumes. I have tried bridging to create 2 x 90w setup for the NHTs - it makes quite an improvement. Hard to beat the value.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Aug 29, 1999]
Daniel Lofgren
an Audio Enthusiast

I´m using the 916 togheter with the Rotel RSP-966 sound processor and Canton speakers. Instead of bridging the 5&6th channel, I left one obselete in order to obtain a similar current strength on all channels.
I think it sound great, it has that typical soft Nad sound. The 6x30 W power rating is a true understatement, it can be pushed to really decent levels. It has three separate transformers [actually it is three 912´s in one box], and it feels sturdy and well built. All metal, no plastic. Value is great.

A great piece of equipment to start out with when building a home cinema system. For more power, just bridge all channels and get 3 x 90 W, add a two-channel amplifier.

Given the price/performance, I´d like to give this unit 5 stars, minus 0,25 stars for lack of "protection" relays.


OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Nov 02, 2001]
Michael
Audio Enthusiast

Strength:

warm sound. punchy bass, very versatile.

Weakness:

none too speak of

This is a fantastic amp. With 6 channels and bridgable it gives you lots of room to play around with configurations to get the most out of your speakers. I can't go past that really nice NAD sound, warm and full.

As the other reviewers have said, if you can find it, grab it!

Similar Products Used:

sony, rotel

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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