Apologies if this one runs a little long, but it's my first post after being a LOOOONG time visitor so I might as well make it worth while.
Somebody on this thread asked about comparing the NAD to the Denon to the Marantz. I just purchased the NAD 757 after auditioning the Denon 2313, Marantz 6005 and Cambridge Audio Azur 551R. All seemed to be in about the similar class at varying price points. I initially auditioned the NAD 748. With I Am Legend on Blu Ray, the clarity and depth was UNBELIEVABLE. My first home theatre experience was when my father purchased a Carver surround unit. I remember how amazing it sounded. The NAD brought me back to those days.
I was concerned however, that the 40W channel rating would be too little for my space. While it sounded amazing in a small test room with the focal chorus 700 series surround setup, I was concerned that my slightly larger HT room would require more power. Based on this I was initially convinced to go with the Marantz. It seemed to pack more chutzpah and added some nice (albeit gimicky) bells and whistles. I also heard the Cambridge Audio Azur 551R and frankly couldn't hear enough of a difference between it and the NAD to justify the higher pricetag. So despite loving the NAD 748, I knew it wasn't enough power. So I left ready to come back to get the Marantz. Then I found out about the 757.
a) It is the easiest set up EVER. You just plug everything in. The OSD allow you to configure the inputs however you want/need.
b) The sound reproduction is beyond amazing on Music AND on Movies. Dialogue reproduction is amazing, and because of NAD's stereo pedigree, so is the score. I know the T757 is fairly entry level, but the notion is simple. It plays back the sound exactly the way it comes in. So a great recording sounds great.
c) EASE OF USE. LESS BUTTONS. Yes, you are compromising on features, but if you're bluetoothing your music, or using pandora, do yourself a favour and get a dedicated media player to address it. The GUI experience will be smoother and better. NAD embodies minimalist design in everything they do.
d) It runs DEAD SILENT. It's so quiet, I can hear the buzz from the plasma while it's on. (ok... so it's a little annoying, but I'll address that issue later)
In short. I love my 757.
Paradigm Series 5 Fronts
Paradigm PDR-10 sub
Paradigm Atom rears
Samsung PN64D550 plasma