[quote=jnc1;11895169]NAD is apparently not alone in this little SNAFU. While looking for information about SACD for the PS3, I found the PS3 SACD FAQ and it has one particular question regarding a problem hearing multichannel SACD only in stereo...here is the response:
to all the new questions about the NAD's sound quality -- I have a t775 and these issues aside, I am extremely impressed with its sound quality. It is head and shoulders above other receivers that I auditioned (new onkyo's--including integra, yamaha, denon).
Always interesting to read notes like this. - The NAD is "head and shoulders" above all the other AVRs auditioned. Meaning, of course, that the audio was so superior that there was simply no question as to the NAD's dramatic superiority. Of course, we don't know which model of these other AVRs you listened to, or how, exactly, you auditioned them.
What is the basis for your conclusion? Assuming the other AVRs were driving speakers that were were compatible with the particular AVR amps, did you by any chance conduct listening tests, WITH VOLUMES LEVEL-MATCHED TO WITHIN .1 dB, listening to the same material, on the same system, with the same speakers, in the same room, during the same listening session? Did you by any chance compare these AVRs in some sort of blind listening session (or did you know exactly which unit was playing at any given time)? If not, and particularly if the components were not LEVEL MATCHED TO WITHIN .1 dB, then your conclusions are questionable to say the least. (On the othe hand, if you did follow basic listening methodologies such as these, I certainly woudn't question your conclusions.)
I post this note because of the fact that dogmatic, opinionated statements such as yours tend to become circulated and evenually accepted as dogma, despite the lack of any substantive basis whatsoever for the conclusions reached. Opinions based on sighted listening "auditions" are known to be highly suseptable to the placebo effect and are often mysteriously altered when repeated under controlled conditions.