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NAD T 748 AV Receiver Reviewed

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HTR Product Rating

Performance
4 Stars
Value
3 Stars
Overall
3.5 Stars

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NAD-T-748-AV-Receiver-review-rear.jpgHigh Points
• The T 748's controls are straightforward and setup is an absolute breeze, making it one of the easiest AV receivers to live with day to day.
• The T 748's sonic performance is superb provided you've brought the right speakers to the party, ones that are efficient and suitable for small to medium sized rooms. With the right speakers, the T 748's sound is rich, full bodied and seductive, possessing tremendous weight and texture throughout coupled with smooth, airy highs that are virtually always pleasing and never fatiguing.
• The T 748 excels at both music and movies though for more explosive dynamics you may want to mate it to an outboard amplifier, which you can, thanks to its preamp outputs.
• The T 748 is 3D capable and because it does zero video processing the image is allowed to shine unmolested.

Low Points
• Those looking for an AV receiver that will do everything short of walking the dog should look elsewhere, for the T 748 acts more like a multi-channel integrated amp than a traditional AV receiver.
• There is no auto room EQ or setup features included with T 748.
• The T 748 does not upscale legacy video signals the way other AV receivers often do, but if your display and/or disc player upscale (and they usually do) you won't be missing anything.
• The T 748 is not appropriate for all types of loudspeakers, especially large floorstanding loudspeakers or electrostatics. Also, it's most suited for small to medium sized rooms, unless of course you mate it to an outboard amp, in which case all bets are off.

Competition and Comparisons
The sub-$1,000 AV receiver market is hotter than ever and the T 748 wades into battle with a hand tied behind its back when it comes to features, though I assure you its other hand packs quite a punch, for it is among the better sounding AV receivers you'll find under a grand. Some comparable products to consider are Onkyo's TX-NR708 AV receiver at $899, Pioneer's Elite SC-35 at $1,600 and Marantz's SR7005 at $1,599.

For more on these receivers as well as others please visit Home Theater Review's AV Receiver page.

Conclusion
There's no getting around the fact that the NAD T 748 is a bit down on features, especially given its $899 asking price, but that shouldn't sway you from considering it, for it's one hell of a nice sounding AV receiver, one that is as good with two-channel music as it is with movies. When you think about it, the T 748 has all the items you really need and none of the ones you don't. Imagine what some of the costlier competition might cost if they did away with all the redundant features; they'd probably cost the same as the T 748 only they wouldn't sound as good. The T 748 is a bit light on power for some applications but the inclusion of preamp outputs solves that issue right off the bat for you can mate the T 748 to an outboard amp and be off and running. For me, I value sonic performance over features, which is why I strongly recommend you check out the NAD T 748 AV Receiver.

Additional Resources
• Read more AV receiver review by HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
• Find an amplifier to pair with the NAD T 748 receiver.
• Explore Blu-ray player options in our Blu-ray Player Review section.
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