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I found this review today online and was shocked.
http://www.crutchfield.com/S-0GuyzSMEd2k/p_745C326BEE/NAD-C-326BEE.html#customer-reviews-tab
I thought that NAD is supposed to be better sounding then onkyo, but this guy in the review disagrees. What do you all think is it better then onkyo or no?


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Written By DaveD, Mint Hill, NC on Thursday, November 29, 2012

Maybe I was expecting too much? After getting the C326BEE, I did a comparison with a 10 year old, bottom of the line, 50 watt Onkyo receiver, that cost $120 new < I had it set up so I could switch back and forth, and could tell no difference between the cheap receiver and this amp, at any volume. After reading complaints online about these C326BEE amps running hot and going into protection mode, with no one being able to fix it, it was a no-brainer, I returned it. Don't get me wrong, it sounds OK, but no better than OK
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I just don't see how the older onkyo could be better. has anyone compared both side by side?
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Considering you got 1 bad review for the NAD out of 13 I'd take that with a grain of salt.

Since they're only stereo receivers they don't take advantage of any new digital technology, room correction or anything else so an old well built analog receiver could sound as good or better than this NAD.

Not saying the $120 Onkyo is that receiver though.

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I just don't see how the older onkyo could be better. has anyone compared both side by side?

Not exactly.

I'm currently running Sonance amps in my HT. They're cousins of the NAD's.

They replace an Onkyo receiver I was using (803).

In comparing my Sonamps vs Onkyo, there is certainly a difference. The Sonamp is more laid back, with a smoother midrange and top end. The Onkyo is more forward.

People can have may different opinions on what they think sounds best.
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oh okay good points everyone.
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true afrogt it is only one bad review. is room correction always accurate or sometimes does it mess up?
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norcaljason and afro have either one of you experienced nad amps getting real hot or heard about them doing that from friends? the guy at the hi fi store told me that he hasn't had any returned for that reason, but people online say they get hot and go into protection mode.
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norcaljason and afro have either one of you experienced nad amps getting real hot or heard about them doing that from friends? the guy at the hi fi store told me that he hasn't had any returned for that reason, but people online say they get hot and go into protection mode.

Some of the NAD amps are designed to be installed in multi room setups, connected to more than 1 set of speakers, and are stable into very low loads. Some of them you can daisy chain multiple sets of speakers onto the same terminals... This would cause any amp to run hot OR shut off.

http://www.crutchfield.com/p_745C275BEE/NAD-C-275BEE.html?tp=180

This is the model that's cousins to my Sonamps, and the ones I'm familiar with.

My amps only get slightly warm to the touch. Much cooler than the Onkyo I used before, and even the B&K AV5000 mkII I used for years. Not hot in the least.


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I keep hearing about how great b&k is. Was it the same class as mctintosh back in the day? When did they stop making b&k?
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I keep hearing about how great b&k is. Was it the same class as mctintosh back in the day? When did they stop making b&k?

The B&K stuff I owned was good.

I was just ready for something different.

B&K Comp went out of business recently (2010?). It's now ATI.
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