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NAD has been designing great-sounding audio gear for decades. Their integrated amplifiers have long been favorites in the audiophile community as well as with our customers. Now, they've combined their old-school sound with the modern convenience of digital music in their D 7050 Direct Digital Network Amplifier. With built-in Wi-Fi, a host of digital source options, and robust amplification, this amp can bring all your music together to make your speakers sing with classic NAD sound.
When it comes to music listening, nothing beats the convenience of wireless streaming — as long as you don't have to jump through too many hoops to get there. That's why the D 7050 offers lots of ways to get the music playing easily and quickly. Built-in Wi-Fi lets you get connected to your wireless home network without running an Ethernet cable from your router. But if a wired connection suits your needs, there's an Ethernet port on the rear panel, too.
The D 7050 features built-in Apple AirPlay, so you can stream music from your iPhone® or iPad®, including from apps like Spotify® and YouTube™. If you have a networked computer running iTunes®, you can also use AirPlay to send music from your music library to the D 7050 for playback. If your iPhone or iPad is connected to the same network as your computer, than use the Apple Remote app to control iTunes playback. Even without AirPlay or Wi-Fi, you can enjoy instant wireless music streaming over Bluetooth from any compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer. If you're a Spotify® premium subscriber, a network connection lets you stream the popular music service's massive catalogue wirelessly with the D 7050 using the Spotify app on your smartphone or tablet.
The compact D 7050 can rest vertically or horizontally, so it can fit in just about any room. The source and volume display even reorients itself automatically.
Not interested in wireless streaming? You can still use your computer as a music source by connecting it to the D 7050's asynchronous USB input. This connection improves your computer's sound and is capable of playing high-resolution music files for sound quality that even trumps CDs. There are also optical and coaxial digital inputs that feed this amp's high-quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for sound that's silky smooth.
NAD first introduced "direct digital" technology on their highly acclaimed M2 integrated amplifier. By eliminating analog signal paths between the digital converter and the output stage, NAD prevents these noisy circuits from introducing distortion that degrades sound quality. So your music remains as pure as possible from the source all the way to your speakers. Plus, NAD's innovative "closed-loop" design compares the input signal with the output signal, compensating for any differences before sending it out to your speakers. It's a highly efficient design, allowing for a compact enclosure you can stand vertically on a bookshelf or desk or place horizontally in a component rack or cabinet.
You won't find a lot of unnecessary buttons cluttering the streamlined D 7050. There's an extra-large volume knob and a smaller dial for selecting your music source. But if you download the free NAD D 7050 app for Apple® or Android™, you can control the player's functions with your smartphone. In addition to volume control and source selection, you can select the crossover point for your powered subwoofer, for smooth integration with your speakers. Plus, if you own PSB Imagine Mini or Imagine T speakers, the app's PerfectPitch™ uses the amp's sophisticated digital processing and EQ to deliver an unparalleled level of synergy for incredibly accurate playback.
Easy to install, and arrived on time.
David E, Palo Alto, CA
Easy to install, and arrived on time.
In my set-up, the NAD D7050 is in between a Bluesound Node 2 and stand-mounted speakers. When it comes to sound quality, this deserves all the praise it's gotten, leaves nothing to be desired. I like the feel and response of the large volume control. I strongly dislike the source selector knob because I cannot tell by touch what source is selected. The display is legible; however, I wish the display wasn't essential. As a person who is nearly blind, I much prefer designs that convey their state physically through their controls. The power "touch" button is nearly useless, often doesn't respond. The software look-and-feel is disjoint from the unit's physical interface, causing a strange mental disconnect between the two, so most of the time I use the remote instead of the app or reach for the volume knob. The unit itself makes a weak hashy noise, perhaps from its power supply, that I wish wasn't there in my quiet listening room.
Pros: - Amazing sound quality - Compact size - Unobtrusive looks - Large volume knob - Readable display
Cons: - Software as an afterthought - Noise from the box (not from the outputs) - Unfriendly to someone with a visual impairment - No L/R balance control
NAD 7050 - A Freakin Banana Split! The 3020 is like my favorite vanilla ice cream. Nice natural flavor, good texture, not a lot of guar gum to thicken into that fake texture of most new ice creams. It just tastes real good. The 7050 is like adding hot fudge that warms and sweetens everything with richer flavor. Then nuts for more texture. Bananas for increasing bottom end. Whipped cream smoothes everything out. Cherries add the highlights on the top end. Increase of tonality and presence of bass is apparent. Paul's bass on "Something" sounds more real, Ringos bass drum is more than just a bump and a thump. The 3020 needed a sub to bring bass instruments more fully into the picture. The upright bass on "All Purpose Beginning" Julian Lage, was all there with the clicks and clacks that you want to hear of fingers on strings and fret. I have been listening to Garth Hudson (The Band) make a Hammond B3 growl and scream on "Chest Fever" for about 45 years. I heard tones I have never heard that were like a bit of reverb overhang that always, before now, sounded like lukewarm oatmeal mush. Most everybody says to spend the majority of your money on speakers but, if you can afford this amp, which can make a $350 pair sound like 3 or 4 times that (and subwoofer isn't a necessity) you might wanna think seriously about this one. It'll be around for your speaker upgrade. It's like moving up to a Banana Split!
Pros: Rich, real tone from high to low Beautiful separation Handsome, solid ergonomic package Remote can be read in low light All the right inputs for the day
Cons: No phono amp (but this was built for the digital age)
A great amplifier for a straightforward stereo system with exclusively digital sources. Plenty of connectivity for CD, DVD, video game machine, computer, etc. as well as Bluetooth and Airplay. Convenient app allows phone or ipad to function as remote. Great sound with my B&W Nautilus speakers.
Pros: Plenty of connectivity. Easy to control via phone. Great sound.
Cons: Digital sources only.
The amp works wonderfully through Airplay, Bluetooth and dock. The set up to connect to the wireless was really tedious, directions were clear enough but did not work until I placed the amp in the same room as the wireless minus the speaker wire and speakers so I could move it. Then it worked fine and once they communicated the first time works anywhere in the house. NAD is kind of useless for communication and Crutchfield tech support was sympathetic but relied on the same poorly written instructions that I was reading. So in this case tech support from crutchfield was more like empathy counseling....but anyways I figured it out. I love the sound and the convenience of listening to beautiful music sent from the laptop
Pros: Airplay, Bluetooth convenience
Cons: Lack of any ability to adjust tonally unless you buy PBS speakers which I would have but Crutchfield didn't advise them, either because they didn't know, don't like them or don't make enough money selling them. If you ask two different advisors for advice on speakers to go with a given amp, you'll get 2 different choices, so I am not sure what process they are using to suggest compatibility. I would imagine its either very subjective or based on some commission?
This review will be short. I love this product. The sound delights me. The silence, lack of hiss, it is capable of still surprises me, even when I'm blasting the volume. I have more than enough power for my NHT speakers. Having all my music available through Airplay, accessible via my computer, my iPhone, or my iPad is so beautifully practical.
Pros: Sound, sound, sound. The entire digital experience. The sleek look, and small size. The headphone sound, too. The look of astonishment when I play music for my friends, or they play their own music from their iPhones.
Cons: Connection to Airplay was very easy once I understood it (BUT it took me longer to figure out the easy way to do it than it should have). The app is not as functional as it could be (I'd love to have a built in equalizer on the app, for instance).
I purchased this product after being unsatisfied with a competing product. I use this product connected to a PC, and I sit within a couple meters of my speakers. Specifically, the competing product produced an audible hiss, that drove me crazy if music wasn't playing. This NAD device has practically zero background hiss. I can put my ears right up to the speakers and hear nothing but silence coming out of the tweeters. This alone makes the product a winner for my application. The sound quality is excellent. I'm definitely happy with this product.
Pros: Dead silent background
Cons: Device firmware could use some work
Very compact design, the unit maintains NAD's name for quality and performance. A very high quality build, quality connectors, cabinet display nice product presentation in a faux velvet bag. I had to replace a dead external DAC and looked to NAD for this. In the end I decided on the 7050. This is used in an USB Windows 7 PC setup. The only connection to the 7050 is via USB from the PC. I play mostly full wav or 24 bit audio. The sound is massive and full with more power than I really need with it on the desk. The sound is very full and rich, a large sound with the unit barely getting warm. This is used as a work space home office set up, paired with 'PSB Imagine Mini's', for which the 7050 has built in 'Perfect Pitch 'sound fields for. The difference in sound with perfect pitch enabled is striking. Well worth the price of the speakers. The system is paired with a Yamaha 50w active servo sub and sounds complete and full in the office space and can easily fill half the house with sound! On the other hand the software, APP and web enablement of the unit truly need some thinking out. The unit is attached USB to a Windows 7 PC as its sound output device. There is no way to control it from Windows. You cannot web to the device and control it like the APP on iPhone or Android. A pain if you are not close to the device, as you can adjust the volume on the 7050. A way around this is to download the Android app and run it within Windows (bluestacks). Otherwise, awesome!
Pros: Excellent sound Perfect Pitch is striking when using the ' PSB Minis' Small package, large sound, energy friendly and simple. Best sounding DAC for the price
Cons: Software needs ironing out APP is the only way to adjust volume, other than on the unit USB and DAC and Windows volume are a known issue, why not create a small chrome app to make adjust volume? Network setup is difficult with the limited web front end and lack of exposed parameters
I haven't updated my 2 channel equipment in quite a long time. I was using some old Kenwood gear that I bought back in 1988 and some Polk Audio Monitor 50s and 30s. I've been doing my research and upgraded my speaker to some Philharmonic Audio Monitors. Fantastic speakers I must say. Ribbon tweets sound amazing. I decided to upgrade my components as well. I wanted a quality "all in one" integrated amp and DAC. I checked out the NuForce and Creek Evo 50 but decided to give the NAD D7050 a try. So glad I did. The sound is so clear, detailed and surprisingly powerful. I can't hear a bit of hiss or noice when I crank up the volume. Connections to my Samsung tablet, phone, iTouch and iPod via wi-fi and AirPlay was quick and easy. The NAD D7050 app allows you to fine tune your speakers and set your subwoofer cross-over. When people say they hear a night and day difference, I take it with a grain of salt. We'll I hate to say it, but it is night and day! My music has come to life. The first CD I played was Dire Staits, Brothers at Arms. I used the 7050 as the DAC. Track 6, Ride Across the River sounded so much more articulate and refined. I could hear details in the track I had never noticed before. Aja by Steely Dan was another CD I popped in. Same result, amazing sound. Bass was tight and controlled. 4 CDs later, it was 3am. Had to drag myself away. Build quality is great. I like the rubber control knobs and rubberized finish. Super Buy! Get it !
Pros: Superb sound quality and control. Dead silent background. Great build quality and rear panel layout. Smart phone and tablet friendly. Plenty connections including sub out. Perfect all-in-one device. I like the smaller size than traditional equipment. Remote is rubberized as well.
Cons: None that I can find.
First off, don't let 50 watts fool you--driving a high end set of B&W's effortlessly, feels closer to 100. Sound is pristine, amazing features and very easy to setup. If you want high end sound from apple devices, or other digital sources this is your product. I tried 3 other receivers before settling in on this (with help from Crutchfield) and it is nothing short of amazing
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||50|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||90|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||Yes|
|High-resolution Audio Playback||FLAC, WAV|
|Total Analog Inputs||0|
|Optical Digital Inputs||2|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||2|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
Direct Digital Amplifier: Direct Digital means there are no noise and distortion producing analog circuits in the D 7050; your music remains digital right up to the speaker outputs. NAD's Direct Digital technology of the D 7050 performs all preamplifier functions in the digital domain using sophisticated software to control all aspects of performance. Digital is converted to analog by a simple passive two-pole reconstruction filter located right at the speaker outputs; then compares the output to the input, and compensates for any differences to achieve the perfect result. The high efficiency of NAD's Direct Digital amplifier technology significantly reduces the size of the heat sinks and power supply, which are physically large in high performance analog amplifiers, while offering improved sound quality.
Binding Post Speaker Terminals: The NAD D 7050 hybrid digital amplifier is equipped with four binding post terminals to connect your loudspeakers. The binding post speaker terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), banana plugs (single only), pin-connectors, and spade-connectors.
Analog Audio Outputs: The NAD D 7050 offers stereo RCA outputs that can act as a pre-out to send an audio signal to a separate amplifier, or a subwoofer output to send a low-pass audio signal (up to 200Hz) to a powered subwoofer.
Built-in Headphone Amp: The D 7050 features an integrated headphone amp with a 3.5mm headphone output jack to connect a pair of headphones for private listening. A specially designed low noise headphone circuitry accommodates a wide range of headphones, even 600-ohm studio models. Once headphones are connected to the D 7050, your connected speakers will be turned off.
Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The NAD D 7050 is equipped with dual network connection methods. There's an RJ-45 LAN (Ethernet) port for direct wired connection to your home network, and there's also the built-in Wi-Fi feature that includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup for safe and secure connection to your wireless home network. Through either connection method, the D 7050 can playback music on your network that is stored on your computer and playback music directly from your Apple AirPlay iOS device or computer running iTunes.
Dual USB Inputs: The NAD D 7050 offers dual USB inputs; a USB (type-B) port to connect your computer and a USB (type-A) port to connect your Apple device.
Bluetooth aptX Music Streaming: The NAD D 7050 offers built-in Bluetooth aptX technology. Via Bluetooth, you can wirelessly stream music from your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to the hybrid digital amplifier. The D 7050 even supports aptX audio coding which delivers CD-quality sound wirelessly over Bluetooth. The D 7050 is compatible with most Bluetooth devices (such as Apple, Android, and Blackberry). However, due to the differences in Bluetooth technology, some Bluetooth enabled devices may be incompatible, function improperly, or may not support all features.
iPod Compatibility Chart: The NAD D 7050 is "Made for iPod/iPhone/iPad" compatible and supports the following iPod, iPhone, and iPad model features (as of 9/6/2013):
|Apple Device||Generation||Tested Version||Connection Type||Media Type||Control Type||Display Type||Charge|
|AirPlay||Bluetooth||USB||Audio||Video||Remote||iPod/iPhone||Song/Artist Text||Track Info|
Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset the device and your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to wait until a newer software update is available.
Digital Optical/Coaxial Inputs: The NAD D7050 is fitted with two digital coaxial (RCA) inputs and two optical (toslink) digital inputs for connection of your digital audio sources; like CD and DVD players, satellite/cable boxes, or Apple TV.
Note: The NAD 7050 contains no analog audio inputs.
IR Remote Control: The NAD D 7050 comes with an IR remote for wireless operation of the hybrid digital amplifier. You can turn amplifier on/off, raise/lower volume, and switch sources from the remote. The playback controls on the remote are not functional.
Remote App: A downloadable app (from iTunes or GooglePlay) specifically for the D 7050 allows you to use your Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad (iOS 5.1+) or Android (2.1+) smartphone/tablet as a full-function remote control. You can also adjust the crossover frequency to integrate the amp with your powered subwoofer, or fine tune the amp with specific PSB loudspeakers using the "PerfectPitch" function.
+12V Trigger Input: The +12V trigger input (3.5mm) lets you turn the D 7050 on/off from another device with a +12V trigger output.
Auto Standby: The D 7050 will automatically go into standby mode if there is no user interface interaction for 30 minutes. Standby power consumption is <0.5W.
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With built-in Wi-Fi, a host of digital source options, and robust amplification, the NAD D 7050 amplifier can bring all your music together to make your speakers sing.
The direct-drive digital amp (DDFA) in this thing is leading edge tech, and will drive complex impedance speakers with ease and very low distortion. All the streaming and DLNA features clinched it for me. I've been wanting this one for several years, and finally price is right. [ Jonathan May 22, 2016 ]
I am 63 & this is my chosen path to move from to the future with a totally digital music system. [ DANIEL Mar 28, 2016 ]
For its size and connectivity to wireless network. [ Robert Dec 23, 2015 ]
Sunil -- simply plugged an ethernet cable from my router into the back of the unit -- and I also have my desktop computer (an Apple) plugged into the network via an ethernet cable. Now I just go to my items and I have the option of playing from the computer through this system. It works great. Bluetooth also works well from the iPhone - but I usually have to unplug the amplifier and then replug it to get the bluetooth to work. I stopped trying to use airplay because it was too unreliable. Hope this helps! PS -- if you can only bring one ethernet cable from your router -- but you need to plug more than one device in -- then you need a "switch" -- mine is nice -- it only cost 35 bucks or so. Hope this helps. [ Arleigh Jan 19, 2016 ]
Yes, it has an ethernet port -- that is how I connect my iTunes on my computer to the NAD D 7050. It works like a charm. [ Gary Jan 16, 2016 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Krissy Oct 13, 2015 ] Staff
Yes, the NAD D7050 supports Apple Airplay. Play your ALAC files using iTunes on your Mac Mini and (after you have set up the 7050 on your WiFi or ethernet network) the 7050 will appear as an Airplay option. [ NIGEL Oct 10, 2015 ]
Im not sure if this answers your question as I don't have a Mac hooked directly up to my 7050. However, I did download a sample ALAC file from Linn Records, loaded it into my JRiver Media Server and was able to readily listen to the track on my 7050 using DLNA over Wi-Fi. I hope that helps. [ Matthew Sep 24, 2015 ]
The 7050 has AirPlay built in. So you can connect the mini over wifi to the 7050 AirPlay and play anything in iTunes. AirPlay caps out at 16/44 and downgrades to that streaming resolution but I have had no trouble. Option 2 is to connect to the 7050 via a cable. [ Joseph Sep 24, 2015 ]
I Don't know. I use bluetoth and airplay only [ Andres Sep 24, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy Mar 12, 2015 ] Staff
Bluetooth is just one of the input choices you can cycle through, using the smaller knob, the remote, or the App you download on your iPhone. See the picture at the bottom of NAD page for this product, Bluetooth is in the source menu [ David Dec 19, 2014 ]
Just a turn of the bottom dial. Super easy. Just as easy on your smart phone and the remote. Still loving this amp! [ SCOTT A Dec 17, 2014 ]
Very easy....even my 7 yrs old sun can do it. [ Franklin Dec 16, 2014 ]
Very easy. The remote has dedicated buttons that allow you to cycle through the inputs. You can also use the lower knob (on the illustration). [ LAWRENCE Dec 16, 2014 ]
very easy, you simply rotate the small rotary knob on the front and it selects sequentially between the inputs. OR use your phone/tablet, with the NAD application, and select the input there. Hope that helps. [ JOHN Dec 16, 2014 ]
Switching between any inputs is easy. There are three ways. Use the button on the surface of the amplifier, use the remote control, or use your phone/tablet with the NAD app. This latter method is preferred as it gives you more control and flexibility. [ Michael Sean Dec 16, 2014 ]
I use optical 1 and AirPlay and use my iPhone to switch between them, which is very easy [ SAM B Dec 16, 2014 ]
I've had this Amp for almost a year. Love it! Quietest amp I've ever had. To answer your question, Yes! I use an iPod Classic and iPod Touch. The NAD remote does control the iPod when hooked up to the USB port (forward, back, pause, stop, on/off, resume). The only thing it won't do is change playlists. Not a deal breaker. Enjoy your purchase. Regards, Scott [ SCOTT A Sep 12, 2014 ]
I have one of these and would be happy to test it for you if I can, but not sure I understand what you're trying to do. You want to connect in iPod directly to the NAD via USB? What input do you plan to use on the back of the device? There doesn't seem to be an input for standard USB that would connect to an iPod. There is a big fat USB input labeled "computer" . . . do you plan to connect an iPod via that port? Not sure I have a cable for that which would connect an iPod. [ ANDREW Sep 11, 2014 ]
Unfortunately I do not have experience trying to control ipod or iphone. However, there is an app where you can control this device via android or iphone so from your smartphone you can control the music and the D7050. [ Mohit Sep 11, 2014 ]
Hi there. I have never connected and ipod directly to the unit. I have used airplay and that gives you full control. The unit is really superb small and sounds great! [ JOHN Sep 11, 2014 ]
Yes, I have found you can adjust the volume directly from AirPlay without the NAD app. I haven't found, however, that the unit will auto power on when Airplay is initiated. Hope that helps. [ JONATHAN Apr 09, 2014 ]
I just tested this with my unit. Yes, once you're connected to the 7050 via Airplay you can adjust volume through Airplay without touching the 7050 itself (though the volume on the 7050 still works as well). For your second question, the answer seems to be "no". When the 7050 is asleep, it doesn't seem to show up in Airplay lists on my iMac or my phone. As soon as I wake the 7050 up, then it appears in those lists. So I don't think there is a way to wake it up or power it on via Airplay, unless I'm missing something. [ ANDREW Apr 08, 2014 ]
I don't use the unit with Airplay all the time. I have used it and yes you can control the volume from your apple device. As for turning it on from within airplay, I am not sure. You can turn it on with the app for apple however. Hope that helps [ JOHN Apr 08, 2014 ]
Yes, you can control can control volume outside of the NAD app. I use Airplay to connect to the D7050. I stream lossless from my Mac mainly using my iPhone or iPad as the remote. I use either the remote app on my iPhone or iPad or the iTunes app on my MAC to control volume. I can also use the iPhone or iPad Music App but then I am streaming lower bit rate files. Any change of volume through any of these apps registers as a change of volume on the D7050 display. I don't know about your second question. I leave it powered on (display goes off after a short while of non-use) and it is available whenever I initiate music from another device. By the way, I LOVE this machine. So do my friends. It's as easy as any friend connecting to my network and being able to play their music via their device as well. [ SAUL Apr 08, 2014 ]