Join Date: Mar 2015
Location: Stellenbosch, Republic of the Western Cape
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I've recently switched to an Arcam AVR380, could not believe the difference in the quality of the sound!!!
First impressions, right out of the box: very intuitive menu, much easier to navigate and setup than the NAD.
And the sound... better, much better than the NAD when it comes to sound clarity. Now I haven't even done any Audyssey setup, simply crossover at 80Hz. It just so happened that War of the Worlds was playing on DSTV when I switched it on and the 5.1 sound (which is not that great on DSTV) was obviously way better than it had been on the NAD.
Switched to the PS3 and started playing Sicario, and again, some of the sounds from the opening 5 minutes I'd never heard before (same DTS copy). And then the clincher was the Apocalypse Now opening scene, which again was showing some new sounds.
I then played some of my favourite FLAC files (Mark Knopfler, Manu Katche, Eagles), and again, in standard stereo mode the sound was perceptibly clearer, 'cleaner', more detailed. There were trombone notes on the Manu Katche set that I had not heard before that were now jumping out.
What I miss on the Arcam compared to the NAD:
It doesn't have on-the-fly speaker/config modes like the NAD does, which makes it incredibly easy to switch speaker setups. On the Arcam one has to open the menu, fiddle around, etc.
The source switching is also not very quick, there's a 1-2s delay when switching from DSTV to PS3, etc.
ARC switching is a problem when switching the TV on. The T757 also had the same issue until the latest firmware update.
Setup: NAD T757v2, PSB Imagine T2 towers (bi-amped), PSB Image C5 centre, Monitor Audio Bronze FX surrounds (bipole), Velodyne Impact 10 sub