FYI I've found 2 reviews of the T7XX series: 1) TechRadar/Home Cinema Choice - http://www.techradar.com/reviews/aud...416379/review;
and 2) Hi-Fi News - February 2008 by Richard Stevenson. Both are British publications. The Hi-Fi News articles isn't generally available online, so I'll post some quotes from the article for your reference.
"Moreover, given the choice between getting proper active HDMl implementation, Audyssey EQ or a root canal filling, automatic EQ comes in third every time." - Makes you wonder what the author was smoking. Audyssey makes a huge and beneficial difference in my setup. May not work for everyone, but it's better than a root canal.
"It is not the most neutral of presentations, but the sonic signature is damn close to the reference NAD Masters Series, having real musical energy and passion that many AV amps miss completely. In stereo mode it creates sound pressure levels with an ease that utterly belies i t s modest BOW claim and it's no weakling in multichannel, boasting guts and muscle aplenty."
There is no specific 'direct' mode but the straight stereo input is remarkably clean at normal listening levels. The string arrangements on Damien Rice's 0 CD is beguiling and the NAD offers much of the sweeping scale I heard with some of the two-channel amps that featured in last month's group test. The tonal intonation is on the warmer side of neutral, particularly as the strings swell on tracks like 'Eskimo', but it never fails to craft the illusion of a full orchestra."
"Likewise, Anne-Sophie Mutter's rendition of Beethoven's Violin Sonatas has plenty of scale and dynamic range but the smooth balance means that the upper edge of the violin is just a little too far back in the mix. You can't help feeling that fine details are getting lost in the enthusiasm of it all."
"While the NAD's robust and energetic stance is simple but rather addictive with music, it really clicks with high-octane movie soundtracks. Miami Vice on HD DVD is full of large scale sound effects and is backed with rock and dance music that the T765 simply excels at. It managed to pick out a fair degree of shall details, like the faint background whispering that builds the atmosphere as our heroes walk through the Haitian village in the opening scenes, but it's not so comfortable with intense dramas. Female dialogue is certainly a little richer and chestier than ideal."
"Having heard and been impressed with more upmarket NAD receivers in this series, with their multiple sets of Burr-Brown DACs and more robust power, I can only really say that the T765 is a strip-down special stripped just a little too far."
His concluding summary:
"The T765 is a thoroughbred NAD complete with battleship looks, quirky choice of features and an undeniable musicality that nearly transcends its colourful if slightly muted reproduction. The architecture clearly has potential but the basic HDMl implementation and lack of on-board HD audio decoding make this receiver an also-ran in today's AV receiver market."
Yet the T765 was only given 55% for sound, although I don't really know if the percentage relates to sound quality in relation to other competitors or if the percentage relates to something, such as the sound quality's overall importance for the total package. Seems a little odd that the generally positive remarks about sound quality would result in such a poor rating.