Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)
I think the basic specs say it all with this integrated amplifier: 150 of NAD's Full Disclosure Watts per channel with a THD of 0.009%. I like simplicity and I wanted an integrated amplifier that could deliver clean, confident power to my speakers and this amp does just that. I also didn't want to pay for any features that I wasn't going to use anyway. I wanted to listen to two-channel music, without all the bells and whistles of wireless music, fancy displays, and other things I consider gimmicks. I like that with this amp all my money went to build quality and good, clean sound. The amp feels solid, from all perspectives. Taking it out of the box it is immediately clear you're holding a well-built piece of equipment. The rear panel is laid out well. The controls on the front have a very satisfying touch to them. Much more importantly, the sound it delivers feels very solid too. I use this to power two Polk RTI-A9s, which people always say need plenty of power to sound good. Listening to several types of music I have never felt that the amp is lacking. Throughout the full frequency spectrum it easily and confidently delivers the music. I ordered this together with the Polk speakers, which were on backorder and therefore arrived a little later. Meanwhile I used it to power my old Yamaha bookshelf speakers. I couldn't believe how good they suddenly sounded with an amp that had full control over the drivers. I'm very pleased with his amp.
Pros: Plenty of power; 150 watts per channel continuous and up to 230 dynamic power. Very clean power with no distortion anywhere in the frequency range. Nice, understated looks. I should add, in all pictures it looks black, in reality it has a refined dark graphite look.
Cons: I had read some concerns about it running warm. I was surprised that with my 6 Ohm Yamaha speakers it ran warmer than with my 8 Ohm, power-hungry, Polk speakers. Overall though, NAD seems to have done a nice job with discharging that warmth. I have it inside a BDI cabinet that has ventilation openings and it never gets alarmingly warm, more like what you could expect from a piece of hard-working electronic equipment.