Originally Posted by wappinghigh
Bom. You are going to do way better than this and your Sony with an Oppo 93 via analog out. Better still a 95.
FYI, the reasons I swapped away from a 773 to a 747 were
1/ The size. I didn't need the extra power, and the smaller size of the 747 is actually an advantage IMHO. Why you might ask?..well for firmware upgrades and servicing. As you know NAD receivers don't have ethernet firmware upgrades right now. I found it very hard to pull out the 773 and take down to the dealer. I was just too darn heavy. The 747 at 15kg won't be a problem.
2/ HDMI. I got a PS3. Of course the alternative here is to get an Octava 7.1 switch that has it's own internal DAC.
3/ Warranty. And the 747 was just priced so beautifully.
The reason I did't get a new larger NAD was the size, and still no "ethernet upgrade", though I belive this may be coming with the new swap out cards. When? who knows... "seeing is believing" in the AV game IMHO
Also a dealer said customers were having trouble with these cards. Not sure what, but in my part of the world they weren't happy. Maybe the same 50 vs 60 HZ problem layfingers was having. But I really have no idea.
So, would you say that the T747 has the same sound signature as the T773 just with less power? Are you saying my gen1 PS3 is lousy at SACD? I don't have any other reference so I don't know how well an Oppo sounds for example. Also, currently, I don't want to spend too much money. I bought the Sony S5000ES for $350 free shipping no tax on a whim because I heard good things about it - I just wish it had SACD. This player is coming tomorrow and I probably won't be able to return it without taking a financial hit. I might keep this and the PS3 for now. I might upgrade to an Oppo in the future. I am more and more tempted to get the T747 and connect as follows:
1) Gen1 PS3 with HDMI for SACDs, Netflix and occasional games
2) Sony S5000ES connected using 5.1/7.1 analog for Bluray, DVDs, and occasional CDs. I might connect its dedicated 2 channel analog also. Connecting it this way uses the supposed superior DACs in the Sony and also lets me connect the HDMI directly to the projector for video and avoid any refresh rate or black/white crush in the NAD.
3) iMac through optical and DVI to HDMI for watching broadcast TV recorded using eyeTV and HDHomeRun as well as iTunes music
4) Squeezebox 3 for music (need to compare this with iTunes from iMac to see if I should keep it or sell it). I might try both coax digital and 2-channel analog interconnect for this.
One last concern. When I briefly owned the T747 and returned it, I noticed that once in a while the center channel was not working and I had to either turn it off and on or change sources. Did this happen to anyone else? Also, looks like most people found channels levels not equalized after running the auto calibration and had to manually level them. Also, most people are running with EQ off. Hmm. Has NAD completely failed with their home grown EQ algorithms. May be they should have kept the Audessey they have in T755.
BTW, I am still a little leery of the lightness of this unit compared to a T754.