An Excellent Sounding Stereo Preamplifier
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Call me old fashion, but I still listen to my stereo system in my living room on a very regular basis. Just about every piece of equipment has been updated - Dynaudio powered speakers, Rega turntable, an internet tuner that allows me access to my Sirius/XM account, even a mint condition state of the art Nakamichi cassette tape machine with auto reverse. But I had been holding onto a 30+ year old Apt Holman preamp that was the heart and soul of my system. Great features and great sound, but recently had become noisy and quirky in its operation. For the past 6 months, I have been searching for a suitable replacement, but could not find the feature set, especially a tape loop and phono preamp, that my system required. I looked at many high end products, but they were missing either one or both of these critical features. So I decided to see if Crutchfield could help me in my search, and it took less than 2 minutes before I was reading about the NAD C 165BEE. Phono amp - check! Tape loop - check! And two line outputs controlled by the volume control, with one that had its own attenuator, which is important for my setup. And add the reference quality sound that NAD is famous for, at a price that beats the competition, and I was sold. The new preamp now sits proudly on my shelf along with my other equipment, and has taken its rightful place as the heart and soul of my system.
Pros: NAD quality sound; inputs for phono, CD, aux; tape loop; two outputs - one has a volume attenuator; rugged construction, quality user interface
Cons: None. If this meets your system requirements, I recommend it without hesitation