I may have the opportunity to buy a used NAD T175 preamp (not the T175HD but the original T175) for not much less than the current sale price of the T747.
I already have the NAD T763 receiver with a 100WPC that has 6 assignable amp channels (pre-out to main-in jumpers). I am trying to weigh my pros and cons for the following four choices:
Choice 1: Stay with T763 and quit buying stuff and enjoy what I have.
Choice 2: Buy a T747 and sell the T763
Choice 3: Buy a T747 and use the T763 as a pure amp for 5 channels. Use T747 for the rear 2 channels (even though I don't have speakers yet for those).
Choice 4: Buy a T175 and use the T763 as pure amp for 5 channels.
Choice 1 - no expenses
Choice 2 - net cost of about $300 assuming I can sell the T763 for $300 Choice 3 - $599
Choice 4 - $550
Choice 2, 3 - Four HDMI with all HD audio support
Choice 4 - Four HDMI with PCM 7.1 audio support
Choice 1 - Rely only on 7.1 analog input
Choice 4 - T175 has Burr Brown DACs (5 x 2 channel DACs), Audessey Room Correction with custom curves developed by NAD/Paul Barton, better noise isolation with toroidal transformer.
Choice 1 - Seems to have a good DAC. 7.1 channel input sounds great (even though it only has 6 amp channels).
Choice 3 - DACs of T747 combined with the amp of T763
Choice 2 - T747 doing the whole thing. I can used it this way before and I was not too happy!
NAD T175 comes with a nice remote
HTR-2 remote that comes with the T763 is nice
I don't care for the remote that comes with the T747
T747 has 2 year warranty and is new
T747 seems to be a solid product
T175 has had glitches with pops and cracks when signal format changes through HDMI. Less of that with T747. None of it with T763 since there is no HDMI
Anyone have any ideas
I am currently using a Sony S5000ES BD player with multi channel analog for Bluray. So I don't need HDMI for that. I could use my Gen 1 PS3 through HDMI for multichannel SACD though - which I cannot do with my T763.