Originally Posted by nek
Any new info on the hdmi/pcm fix in regards to your 775?
Yes. The LPCM issue is fixed actually. If you want details on the fix, please inquire at NAD's web help center
. Everyone's situation will vary and the method of applying the fix will vary, so I won't say any more about my experience other than it was relatively painless, and both NAD and my dealer were excellent about the whole thing.
Remember that this fix was for the "multichannel LPCM over HDMI" problem only
--all the other features of the T775 work just fine (including digital bitstream audio over HDMI, such as Dolby Digital and DTS, and 2-channel PCM/LPCM over HDMI). It is unlikely that every T775 will even need this fix--it probably only applies to the very early units. With this in mind, please remember that it is only applicable for those who want to take advantage of multichannel (5.1 and 7.1) LPCM over HDMI, which overall is still a relatively small number. Of course in this forum the percentage of users who want this feature is higher, so I'll say again: the fix was easy, it was arranged nicely by NAD, and I have no complaints. You should not let this potential problem keep you away from an excellent receiver like the T775, or you will be missing out on a terrific performer.
After owning the T775 for a few weeks, I can give a more informed opinion of its performance. Honestly, the performance of this receiver continues to impress me. The NAD audyssey curve is so well implemented that I am really at a loss to describe how much better my theater sounds with it. The difference between the stock audyssey curve and the NAD custom is very obvious; it is clear that NAD did their homework when designing this. Another note on the audyssey auto-calibration. It worked flawlessly detecting my setup with accurate speaker "size", level and distance. Further, the EARS surround mode is much more effective at recreating spacial cues and ambiance in recordings than any highly-processed DSP mode that I have ever heard. I still prefer the direct recording, but if you want to apply DSP to a music source, EARS is impressive.
Regarding multichannel LPCM performance. Multichannel SACD is absolutely stunning through this receiver. This
recording is beautiful. Listening to it played back in multichannel SACD through the T775, I found nothing lacking. I don't have a lot of experience with multichannel SACD, so I don't many other hardware pieces with which to compare the T775, but I can't imagine being dissatisfied with it. Uncompressed/lossless compressed film soundtracks also sounded fantastic--the improvements over standard lossy surround formats-- specifically resolution, dynamic range, and imaging-- are all palpable.
I'm also starting to appreciate many of the little finishing touches that NAD created with this receiver. These features seem to be very customer driven; obviously NAD listens to customers, and this is a refreshing change from typical consumer electronics company practices. It is a benefit of NAD that is frequently cited by NAD loyalists, and after owning the T775 I can understand why. For example:
- source setup can be done on a source-by-source basis (entering a separate page for each source), or in a tabular form that makes setting up multiple sources at once very easy. Sources can be deactivated from this menu as well, a nice feature as it limits frustration when cycling through them.
- The front display can be customized. There are two lines of the display that can be customized with different types of information (e.g. volume, source, etc) or shut off completely. Of course the display can be set to dim/bright according to preference (nice feature if you have the receiver in your main room and need to limit light sources.)
- The HTR-3 remote is very easy to use and program--the ability to customize punch-through commands is a very useful bonus.
- Lastly, the receiver boots up almost instantaneously and operates nearly completely silently. Even after extended listening it does not run hot, and the fans never become audible -- contrast this to the reports of the very hot-running Onkyo products.
Moving on, I have to mention the appearance of the T775 (and indeed the entire T7x5/T175 line). They are certainly a departure from the norm, but I find it a welcome change. Regarding color: in the states, we only get the graphite color (very dark greyish-blue) to which I am fairly indifferent. However, overall I find the new look and layout pleasing.
All-in-all, I'm thoroughly impressed with this product. NAD did their homework designing an extremely ergonomically-pleasing receiver with excellent build-quality. NAD appears to have put forward an extremely strong effort here--everything new about the T775 is a welcome change and the old guard (including, of course, signature NAD sound quality) is there to provide a solid foundation. Separates? I for one don't miss them.