Originally Posted by ings
1. Does the 775 support HDMI 1.3a (vs 1.3?) I've seen people on this thread assert it does but I can't find any reference on NAD's web site.
Yes, though I couldn't even tell you what that means exactly.
2. I too value NAD's simplicity / good sound proposition. However like an earlier poster I have the impression NAD has struggled to keep up in the digital domain. Which makes me ask why on earth they put an RS-232 port (vs. USB or EN) on the 775? That hardly makes the firmware user upgradeable - you won't find too many RS-232 ports on PCs these days!!
I agree, though you can easily get a USB to RS-232 adaptor. Many high-end control systems still use RS-232, that's why the NAD uses it.
3. Granted I've not been paying attention recently ... but don't the list prices on these receivers strike people as inflated? In the digital domain we're all used to getting more while paying less ... so why so expensive? Especially given NAD's design point of more-or-less being a pass-through device. How does NAD compare to similar quality level competitors? NAD used to be price competitively with Denon - now I get the impression Denon is actually better value.
Denon has always had more features for the money, just a lot less real power and simplicity. The price increase has mainly to do with the modular platform, but that is also a big part of what makes the new units more desirable. And with the proprietary Audyssey curves, I think that it could be claimed without too much fear that the NAD is now the best sounding AV receiver on the market.
4. My old 751 died after about 11 months echoing the quality concerns voiced elsewhere. However warranty repair was friendly and reasonably quick which made me think positive things about NAD the company.
Well, it's really how you handle this stuff. NAD has been above and beyond with us. I can't say that an internet dealer or gray box mover would get the same treatment we do though, which could be why some people grumble about it.