CA vs NAD was a toss-up for me. I was not willing to wait for the new Anthems. I wanted some eq capabilities but was so dissapointed in the first two systems I tried, I went back to just my old 31 band eq on the sub and went T757. The main reason over the CA was I was able to get better re-assurences the NAD HDMI switching was reliable. If there was a CA dealer within 100 miles of where I live, I would still love to have one demo'd. Maybe they could get me to swap out my old Rotel 1055.
THe NAD works fine. Nothing special. Nothing wrong. It works. I can see why that would not give rave reviews, but after having HDMI issues with O, E and Audessey issues with M, just working is a big deal! I may still swap in my old Parasound for the front amp. My other upgrade was an oppo. I am extatic about it because... it works. I don't need to go get a cup of coffee while it decides to boot and maybe, eventually, if it feels like it, after enough Javaboot time, open the tray. Nope. You can turn it on and by the time you open a DVD case, open the tray. Sounds trivial,but it is the firast I have ever found that does. Nice work on old DVD's too.