AV-receiver NAD T754
When meeting with the T 754 immediately had a sense of deja vu - all before I've seen. Two familiar remote control included - primary and secondary. Characteristic rear panel with jumpers and bottom with a couple of low noise coolers. I admit that the design of this audio brand of British-Canadian has not changed over the years, but is it possible to imagine and design repeated literally screw up? But it is! It's actually a twin model T 753, has already been in our tests. Instead of the modern Pro Logic IIx decoder in it traditional 5.1 is not supported DTS 96/24. But if you think that I'm listing deficiencies that are highly mistaken. Counters or already overwhelmed music discs DTS 96/24? That's it. So we assume that net, without which modern receiver has really unthinkable: HDMI. It is not.
From precursor NAD T 754 differs only in internal layout and new DACs, the base unit has remained the same. You get AV-receiver with excellent selector analog sources, powerful feed system, six-channel amplifier section Power Drive and developed multi-zone architecture with IR inputs and triggers.
NAD T 754 sounds generous and confident, despite the not too convincing passport data. Incidentally, he has shown the best bass in our test. Low frequencies are reproduced rapidly, with well-designed attack that gives naturalness and tactility of all musical picture. Another note lively and pleasant vocal transmission. But generally tonal balance slightly lighter. Upper middle accented sounds, the higher frequencies are transmitted to the special way - meaning sonorous metal trebles exaggerated, and noise and air components, on the contrary, slightly disparaging (hence the accuracy suffers slightly sibilant voice).
In soundstage sources slightly enlarged. This feature is shown by a signal as the analog input and digital. If you prefer the latter, it will be slightly improved separation (deleted plans become more stable), but at the same time will increase and binding - on the edges of stereo localization simplified tools "drawn" in the column. Difficult to decide which type of connection is best. Signal failed digitally reproduced with less expressive microdynamics , but with less noticeable rise on MF/HF.
The most insidious part of this receiver - FM-tuner. On the one hand, it can sound good. He is one of the few that gives not compressed on the dynamics and tone of sustained sound. Bass and structurally characterized by clarity, the middle - the clarity, the top - just a small touch-up (passed harsh treble). On the other hand, it is almost impossible to achieve undistorted reception weakened or clogged industrial noise ether. Even switching to mono mode does not always produce the expected increase in clarity.