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