Originally Posted by CrescendoM3
you said you like around 200w each. Do you listen to music or movies really loud or do you feel the extra wattage helps sq even at "normal" listening volumes? Also, you said you have or had a T975. How do you like it?
I listen to music probably 90% of the time (CD', SACD's, DVD-A's), listen at moderate levels mostly.
I started off using various model Yamaha receivers (120W to 140W per/chan). Then I augmented my front channels with an NAD C272 amp (150W X 2), which really helped to make 2-channel and multi-channel music better, also home-theater surround more dynamic. Later I added two more C272 amps (for a total of three C272's, or 150W X 6). Now my Yamaha reciever was only used as pre-pro, the overall sound and dynamics were even better, the NAD amps did everything with much less effort. I was using Energy RC-Series speakers (RC-30 fronts, RC-LCR center, RC-R rears).
Eventually I bought a new NAD T975 mostly to save space. It essentially had the same sound as the C272 amp, only 7-channels. The other nice thing I like is these amps employ NAD's variable-speed fan technology.
Two months ago I got one of the first shipments of the T175 units. Combined with the T975 amp the sound and performance was wonderful for music, DVD-Movie and digital-cable surround sources. The T175 is really a nice sounding unit. The T175/T975 combination is definitly an excellent match. Of course NAD developed all these products to work together.
Just recently I upgraded to Monitor Audio GS-Series speakers (GS-60 fronts and GS-LCR center), so I switched to a new Parasound Halo A51 amp (250W X 5). Man this amp is killer! and it is so beautiful sounding with the T175 and these Monitor Audio speakers. So I'm content for a long time now (no need to upgrade any further as far as I'm concerned).
By having more power the sound is very smooth and dynamic at lower, or moderate, levels. Also you're barely into the noise floor.
So I would definitely recommend going with the T175/T975 or T175/M25 combination, you'll be very happy (preferably the M25).