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Does anyone know what kind of bare speaker wire it can accept like gauge numbers? I don't want to get into using banana plugs. I don;'t know how to solder to get them on. I finally have the money to buy this amp. I am still deciding if I really want it. I saw a review online today of a guy saying that it made his Polk Audio speakers sound to bright. That made me nervous. I hear that sometimes you can buy a good amp, but match it with the wrong speakers. Any NAd owners please tell me your :)experience with brands that didn't sound good with it.
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some people online also said that this amp tends to run hot sometimes and overheat. anyone had that problem?
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I don't want to get into using banana plugs. I don;'t know how to solder to get them on.

 

Try these... http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=104&cp_id=10401&cs_id=1040115&p_id=2801&seq=1&format=2


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Congrats on purchasing a NAD. It's a fine product. I had a NAD 3020 amp for over thirty years til it finally gave up the ghost. Guess I got my money's worth. I recently replaced it with a NAD 316BEE in a secondary system. The 316 is driving vintage ADS L-520's, a 4 OHM speaker with no difficulty or overheating. I don't think you would have any overheating problems with a 326 unless it were enclosed with no ventilation driving a speaker that really digs down in impedence.

I would think the 326BEE would match up well with any quality speaker that is no lower than 4 OHMs impedence. Sorry, but I really don't get into the certain amps liking certain speakers thing that would produce either a warm or clinical sound. I am sure the NAD 326 will play nice with just about any speaker out there.

Good link above regarding closed end Banana Plug that Charles provided. No soldering needed and they will accept up to 12 gauge. I use a similar type of plug with 14 guage wire into my 316. It's a fast and easy way to hook everything up. Good luck and happy listening.

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Dude, you might be putting the cart before the horse.

Since it sounds like you may be on a budget, my suggestion would be to invest in the best speakers you can afford, then worry about the amp (but don't worry too much about it - any modern mainstream amp or receiver should be transparent in the audible band).

While the 326bee is not expensive, you will likely achieve exactly the same results with any decent amp or receiver at half the price and likely with more features.
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