Originally Posted by MTVhike
He recommended against anything NAD (he used to be a NAD dealer and had some reliability issues). . . . . Any thoughts?
Never trust an audio dealer to comment on gear they can't actually sell you. They are sleazy and often unfairly criticize and besmirch the competition. I can call them that, "sleazy", because I was
a dealer, not that I
was that way nor am I claiming all are, however I know all their tricks including their golden rule.
The number one principal they adhere to is "SWISS":
Claiming the competition had "reliability issues" is a perfect slam because it is fundamentally undeniable/unprovable. You can't prove he (she) was simply lying. To truly know you'd have to have access to both their sales figures per brand and their returns/defective exchange records (which they aren't about to show you).
You also don't know if they are actually telling you what they believe
to be the truth, but only based on their inaccurate perception
. For easy math lets say 1 out of 10 products is a dud (i.e. breaks within a year of purchase) and this figure is equally true of ALL brands. If they sold 43 NAD amps last year but only 9 Mark Levinsons, then they would have seen 4 returns of NAD and 0 returns of Mark Levinson. So in their mind those 4 unfortunate events stick out like a sore thumb and they incorrectly conclude "NADs break".
[Beavis:"Huh-huh, he said NADs break