NAD 1155 Pre-Amp Preamplifiers

1155 Pre-Amp

NAD 1155 Pre-Amp

User Reviews (5)

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Jay Johnson   AudioPhile [Jan 10, 2017]

I have used this Preamplifier with three different turntables and two different power amplifiers since 1985. It sounds great in any case. I don't remember exactly what I paid for it from Woodbridge Stereo in West Long Branch,NJ but it was very reasonable. It still has very Dynamic,,Natural, and nonfatiging sound to this day.Their are two things I would like to get repaired in this unit (The power delay reed and the noisey volume control ). I really don't know how any preamp at even twice the price of this unit even today could sound signifigently better! I have the 4155 Stereo tuner and 6155 Stereo Cassette Deck and they are magnificent.I HAD THE 2200 Power Amplifier with it. Then I replaced it with the Eagle 2 by Electron Kinetics.The Preamp sounds excellent with both of them. As you can see, I get more excited by vintage equipment then new. Nad has never rested on their lurels. They have great new products ever.Keep up the good work


Sincerely:

Jay

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Fernando Alvarez   AudioPhile [Dec 04, 2011]

He tenido a lo largo de mi vida, 58 años muchos equipos de audio y por tanto muchos previos, incluidos varios Musical Fidelity, algún Mcintoch y otras marcas de precios su suites a los 2000 euros. Ninguno ni por aproximación se acercan al sonido que ofrece este pequeño previo, es fantástico en todos los sentidos y desde luego superior a los posteriores de la marca. Los graves que ofrece este previo son inconmensurables con una pegada y claridad impresionante. Toco el bajo y se apreciar los sonidos graves siendo los de este previo difícilmente memorables. Por otro lado tanto los agudos como los medios son una delicia. Quizás un poco menos de realce en medios mejoraría el aparato, si bien se trata de una apreciación personal sin mucho valor técnicamente hablando.
Aconsejo intentar hacerse con un Nad 1155 si quieres saber como suena de verdad tu etapa.

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Ulisse   Audio Enthusiast [Feb 21, 2009]

I took it to sibstitute a DIY tube preamplifier that with in other chains is very good but not in my chain 'cause was not able to drive my Pass Aleph5 power amp. The input impedance of the Pass is quite low (10kohm) and needs a stronger signal from the preamp to be driven properly. The Alpha5 is very, very transparent and changes its sound as you change every piece of the chain (incl. cables). So I can have an affordable comparison between a tube/a solid state preamp, even though this NAD 1155 costs a third or less than a midprice tube preamp.
With the NAD every problem of driving the power amp (as lacking bass and dynamic) is resolved: it has a powerful, deep bass, a very strong attack and also with heavy metal the Pass Alpha 5 (pure class A single-ended, sound neutral but very very gorgeous) is powerful, powerful, powerful. It seems that with the NAD Alpha has not 50watts x channel but 100 or more... thre bass becomes incredible deep and precise (no booming, no codas at all) ; iwith classical music is limpid and transparent with a soundstage not so deep as the tube preamp but very good for the money (and the age). The jazz voices are present and materializing, maybe merit of the excellent Pass power amp. The controls are very well done but not so useful in my chain; there is a very functional bass equalizer that you can defeat or can use to adjust the bass on 3 different frequencies. The loudness I've never used, the sound is nearly perfect without any modification.
The phono (MM and MC) is very good, much better f.e. that a Denon or a Pioneer consumer amp.
Is it better than a tube preamp? I don' t know in other chains; maybe it lacks just a little bit of smoothness in midrange, maybe its sound is a little little dry on this range, you can realize after a minute that is a solid state preamp. But for the money.....

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tom   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 05, 2008]
Strength:

Cost, Bass EQ, Loudness, Bass extension and control.

Weakness:

None

I have to say I am surprised there is only one review for this classic piece of beauty.
I had a friend Roger at CC Sounds in Waterville, Maine that used one years ago, and I had no idea how good it really was, but coupled with the NAD 2200 power amp I am getting incredible results. I had a nice setup before in a Yamaha CX-800 pre and Polaris Sumo, but this combo smokes it. Haven't had it that long but it definitely can compete with much more expensive equipment. Buy one! Extended bass and nice highs with not much strain.

Similar Products Used: Yamaha,Sumo,Parasound
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tom   Audio Enthusiast [Mar 05, 2008]
Strength:

Cost, Bass EQ, Loudness, Bass extension and control.

Weakness:

None

I have to say I am surprised there is only one review for this classic piece of beauty.
I had a friend Roger at CC Sounds in Waterville, Maine that used one years ago, and I had no idea how good it really was, but coupled with the NAD 2200 power amp I am getting incredible results. I had a nice setup before in a Yamaha CX-800 pre and Polaris Sumo, but this combo smokes it. Haven't had it that long but it definitely can compete with much more expensive equipment. Buy one! Extended bass and nice highs with not much strain.

Similar Products Used: Yamaha,Sumo,Parasound
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VermontGumby   Audio Enthusiast [Dec 08, 2007]
Strength:

Clarity - Neutraility. It just seems to get out of the way and let the recording come thru.

Weakness:

So far, none at this price level.

This is my first review. Started getting back in to h-fi and found this site to be amazing. The reviews are generally right on and have helped me tremendously inf finding eqp. to add to my collection.
On to the 1155 review. I tried a Kenwood KC-207 and a rare Rockford-FosgateRF-200 pre-amps before getting the NAD 1155. The Kenwood wasn't even in the same league. The RF200 was nice but I found the 1155 to be clean, crisp and non-interfering. I hook them up to my DCM TF-600's and haven't even thought about playing with the bass/treble adjustments. I haven't owned any really high end pre-amps so can't say how it compares to them but for the mid-fi range of eqp. it is spectacular. Listeneing to the new Wallace Roney Jazz cd and the depth and clarity is wonderful.
Using the NAD 1155 Pre-Amp
Hafler DH-200 Amp
DCM TimeFrame TF600 speakers

Similar Products Used: Kenwood KC207
RockfordFosgate RF200
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