High-fidelity sound quality for your home theater

Whether your favorite artist is Sibelius or Spielberg, the versatile T748 delivers the clear, involving sound that NAD is famous for, along with the latest audio and video features for your high-def home theater. This precision-built receiver includes commanding, audiophile-quality amplification for seven speakers, plus decoding for the superior high-resolution surround sound formats available with today's HD video sources.


Convenient connections for your favorite sources

The T748's advanced video capabilities help streamline your system setup. 3D-ready HDMI inputs let you hook up your four best high-def components for easy switching. Analog-to-HDMI conversion sends all of your video sources to an HDMI-capable TV via a single-cable digital connection. And if you'd like to sit back and relax while you enjoy a few thousand favorite songs, just add NAD's iPod dock to the system.

Product Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 80 watts per channel into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.08% THD, with 2 channels driven
    • Dolby® TrueHD, DTS-HD™ Master Audio, Pro Logic® IIx, and DTS Neo:6 decoding
    • analog-to-HDMI video upconversion (up to 480p)
    • auto speaker calibration for precise surround sound and easier system setup (microphone included)
    Digital Music Options:
    • iPod®/iPhone® integration (requires optional NAD IPD 2 dock)
    Audio Performance Features:
    • gold-plated A/V inputs/outputs
    • detachable power cord
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (4 in, 1 out)
    • analog video input includes:
      • two composite video
      • one component video
      • one S-video
    • digital audio inputs: 2 optical, 2 coaxial
    • 7.1-channel preamp output for connecting optional external amplifiers
    • 2 audio-only inputs (includes input/output loop)
    • no phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • RS-232 port for automated control systems
    • 1 pair of main speaker outputs
    General Features:
    • intuitive on-screen menu via all monitor outputs
    • HDMI standby pass-through allows HDMI switching without powering up receiver
    • 30 AM/FM presets
    • A/V remote
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-5/8"H x 16-11/16"D
    • weight: 25.3 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

    Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

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    NAD T748

    Written By GaryS, Beaumont, CA on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

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    I have owned other NAD products over the years and found them to be outstanding. I replaced a 10 year old NAD T761 with the T748. I have a projector system with 5.1 Surround Sound and found it easy to hook up with the HDMI input. The HDMI inputs actually eliminated cabling that I needed with the T761. I do miss not having the 12v trigger as I also use an NAD Amp to drive the front speakers and the 12v trigger on the T761 controlled it.. Sound quality is excellent and setting up the Surround Sound using the Auto Calibration was a great addition. I found some elements of the Owner's Manual lacking, especially the explaination of the "Listening Mode" setup to use the Source audio in it's native format. An example would be beneficial and I am still not certain I have it correctly set up. I have only owned the Receiver for a couple of weeks; however considering the price vs. other Receivers so far I have been impressed with it.

    Pros: Great sound. Easy to hook up. Auto Calibration using the mike is a real plus.

    Cons: Owner's Manual could provide better examples relative to setting up the Listening Modes.


    Written By Les, Long Valley, NJ on Sunday, February 24, 2013

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    Sounds fine. The instruction manual is simply terrible. My unit would not remember which speakers were connected and would not go into standby mode. Communication with an NAD tech revealed that there is a "factory reset" function, which is not in the manual. My unit must have been delivered in some factory diagnostic mode per the tech, I followed the reset directions and the problems went away. Also, the automatic level and eq function will not work unless you have the exact setup required by 5.1 or 7.1. I don't use a center front, so the entire microphone setup doesn't work. By the way the eq is very basic bass and treble. The remote is pretty primative.

    It does sound better than the 10 year old Sony it replaced.

    Pros: Sounds fine.

    Cons: The manual

    WOW! Puts others to shame!

    Written By JamesJ, Portland, ME on Saturday, February 23, 2013

    Returned a problematic marantz sr5006 and got this no frills unit while it doesn't have as much top end as the marantz it is way more clear and robust sound very high quality sound. Stereo listening is excellent and home theater performance far surpasses the marantz or the previous onkyo we had even my 7 year old commented at the positive difference in the NAD over the others. No looking back at either of the other brands this is like buying the entry level Mercedes instead of the Hondas or Chevys Everyone else gets.

    Pros: Clean power Easy to hook up and use Nice match with klipsch speakers

    Cons: Rear surround channel assignable for bi-amping but not as B or zone 2 speakers


    Written By guitartate, Rocky Mountains on Thursday, January 31, 2013

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    I love my NADs(yes I have two) I have an integrated amp that is nearly 12 years old and now this guy...It is amazing that through the years the NAD still has that particular sound to them that I love. Not over colored and not overdone. Beautiful natural tone for the pickiest of ears. I don't even have this thing dialed in yet but what makes nad great is out of the box they are simple, great aesthetics and of course the familiar nad sound. Do yourself a favor and ditch the gizmos you don't need and get back to the basics with this NAD.

    Pros: Sound, Simplicity, Aesthetics

    Cons: none so far

    Awesome sound.

    Written By Ricardo, Long Beach, Ca. on Sunday, January 27, 2013

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    I replaced a more expensive Marantz SR 7002 for this new affordable NAD entry level unit because I need it the new 3D capability and I can tell you that this NAD, actually sounds effortless. Like is not even trying and. The sound is more natural. Is hard not to notice the difference with this unit. At this price, this is a great way to enter the high end category at an affordable price. Highly recommended. Remember, this is a barebones receiver. No USB, audesey, XM or Sirius, THX, Wi-Fi, second room etc. Just great sound.

    Pros: Built reputation.

    Cons: None.

    NAD T748

    Written By ACL, Monroe, NC on Friday, January 11, 2013

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    This is an excellent product for those who prefer function over endless arrays of features that you don't understand or will ever use. The clean faceplate is the first item that grabbed my attention. No muss or fuss just a basic presentation of what is going on with the unit. The back of the receiver is well laid out with the requisite number of HDMI and other connections for a product in this price range. The bottom line is this is a clean sounding powerful unit that shines far above the modest power ratings. The only quibble I have is with the instruction manual. It does not do a great job of delineating the features and how to utilize some of them unit clearly. The manual is also on a disc so you must print in order to use it in proximity of the receiver. All in all this is a great receiver, while the poor manual detracts from the required setup time, the folks at the Crutchfield tech support are great. I highly recommend this product. It is a perfect example of less morphing into more.

    Pros: Clean, abundant power. Uncluttered faceplate. Speaker alignment microphone for setup of home theater. Great sound

    Cons: Poorly written manual

    NAD 748

    Written By AudioEnthusiast, Northern California on Thursday, January 10, 2013

    This amp is not worth the headache. There are known defects and production flaws that happened. I am one of those lucky customers who got a defective amp from NAD. The problem with the NAD 748 is whenever the amplifier has no signal and gets a signal again you get a popping sound. It's like when the movie or television cuts to a silent scene, the amplifier will make a popping or clicking noise.

    Sometimes the clicking or static will come from the rear surround, or sometimes through the center channel. I suspect the digital processors are defective. So in short the amplifier section is well built with typical NAD design, but the theater processor is truly defective. Crutchfield might have to send me a replacement but I suspect this is a known fault with NAD and the new unit will be the exact same.

    Pros: Simple circuitry. Good power supply and transformer

    Cons: Popping noises, clicking sounds in speakers happens off and on when you least suspect.

    NAD: my new favorite.

    Written By Rey, North Charleston, SC on Tuesday, December 18, 2012

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    This is the best receiver I have ever owned. I have been an Onkyo fan for the last 8-10 years. Before that, Technics. I recently replaced my Onkyo '606 with this receiver. It is as if I had bought a whole new system. I am now an NAD fan. My speakers (Polk Audio, which I was considering upgrading) and my TV (Samsung LED DLP, also considering an upgrade) sound and look brand new. My TV finally looks like an HDTV! My speakers sound like they are brand new! I never knew 40 watts/channel would sound so good. My girlfriend and I are going through all our Blu-Ray movies and watching them again (for the first time). The soundstage is very impressive and immersive. It's as if there were 'no speakers'. The room just fills with sound. Movies, as well as my HD TiVo, look and sound phenomenal! My music has a warmth to it that I had never heard before. I am very impressed. The price was also right. $200 off from Crutchfield. If you are looking to upgrade your home theater, just purchase this receiver. Your entire system will get an 'instant' upgrade. I think this unit would make even low budget speakers sound great.

    Pros: Simple set up. Clean look. Plenty of hook-ups. Great sound.

    Cons: Absolutely none.

    A Great Upgrade for Me

    Written By GeneB, D/FW area, TX on Friday, December 14, 2012

    I replaced a 14? year old Onkyo AV receiver that was still working perfectly. I was wondering if I was really going to notice any improvement in TV viewing and listening to my favorite music. Sales consultant Nancy assured me that the NAD T748 would be a major improvement and, wow, was she right! The sound is fantastic through my Martin Logan speakers, great separation and definition. I'm hearing sounds these old ears (74) have never enjoyed before. And the TV picture is much sharper and the colors richer now that the signal from the U-verse cable box goes to the TV via the NAD. The video processors really do a great job- (before the cable went direct to the TV) I have the cable box, a PS3 that I use only as a BluRay player, a NAD CD player and an Apple TV hooked to the AVR. All work flawlessly...now. So why a 4 star rating? It was a real struggle to get everything working. I disagree that the setup is easy. It isn't. Initially my bright son and I got it up and going in about 2 hours, including moving a glass shelf to adjust for the greater height of the NAD AVR. But only the TV and the FM worked. I spent another 8 frustrating hours trying to get the NAD to connect to the CD player or PlayStation 3. The setup is not intuitive- This is NOT a plug and play device. I was about ready to ship it back. I called for technical help the next day- that, too, was pretty frustrating (they need to talk slower when talking to a Texan.) Five days later, everything is OK

    Pros: Fantastic sound and video quality! All the power I'll ever need.

    Cons: Set up is not user friendly. I almost gave up on it Too many software changes needed to get it to function.

    Excellent sound and value

    Written By John, Jupiter, FL on Saturday, October 06, 2012

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    I bought this receiver as a "fill in" while my 5 channel amplifier is off for repair. It's a 200 watt per channel, 5 channel amp that sells for 10K. This receiver has done a good job of taking its place and provides excellent separation and enough power to provide a very good movie experience and has even filled in for Blu Ray concerts admirably. Who knew that 40 watts could sound so good and not leave us feeling that we had "traded down" during this period. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying the T748 with the speakers and speaker wiring most will more than likely use. This was the only issue I had connecting it up to my "hi end" system since my speaker wires were all spade lugs but I knew that when I bought it and simply replaced them with inexpensive monster speaker wire. The results speak for themselves and have given us many hours of enjoyment. No, it's not going to replace my 200 watt single chassis amplifier and processor but it also doesn't cost 15K. What it does do is provide ample power, dynamics and sound quality that is surprising for its $700 asking price. Highly recommended.

    Pros: Sound quality, sounds more powerful than it is, very good separation and soundfield for movies, very good for music playback and concerts

    Cons: Speaker wire hookup

    NAD T748 receiver

    Written By Roger, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday, September 19, 2012

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    Per the suggestion of Hunter, Niles, and Daisy, this receiver was exactly what I wanted in the price range I wanted. And it performs exactly as I desired.

    Pros: Everything

    Cons: None

    Great Product, Excellent Value

    Written By Terry, Teaneck, NJ on Saturday, August 25, 2012

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    My 12 year old NAD surround sound receiver finally bit the dust after many years of reliable service. I didn't want to spend a few hundred dollars to get it repaired, so I decided to replace and upgrade. I'm loyal NAD user for over 15 years because of their great sounding products and easy to use feature set. I gathered my data on competing products based on price, performance and value. The learning curve was not as easy as I initially thought, not being in the market for a new receiver for a number of years. I researched and read reviews on mid range receivers from Onkyo, Harmon Kardon, Marantz and Denon. I then decided to call Crutchfield and debate my data with one of their technical advisors. I had an overall great experience working with Brandon at Crutchfield. He listened to my needs, shared his knowledge and helped me arrive at my decision. I decided to purchase the NAD T748 based on it best meeting my requirements and performance/price and overall value. The unit arrived within 2 days as promised, and the set up and using the GUI were not too complicated. I was used to receiving a hard copy owner's manual, so the the electronic CD version took some getting used to. I labled all the existing cables with the free labels provided by Crutchfield, re-connected and was up and running in no time. The receiver sounds fantastic and it accomodated all of the components of my home theater set up. Working with Crutchfield was a great overall experience.

    Pros: Sound - both for music and movies is awesome, video quality, ease of set up and use, simple design, adequate feature set

    Cons: Electronic manual is somewhat inconvenient because I like to write down notes in the manual for future reference, so I printed the sections that I reference the most.

    Best in the $1000 range

    Written By Pat, Los Angeles on Monday, May 21, 2012

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    I replaced my Onkyo 606 with NAD T748 and it is a BIG imrpovement. I compared it to the Onkyo 809, Denon 2312, and Marantz 6005 before the purchase and the NAD offer the best value, best look, and most important, best sound. I wonder how many people like me who DO NOT need Second and Third zone, video up convert, HD/Sirus radio, internet video, music streaming, USB, 2HDMI output...etc end up paying for a receiver with all the extra funtions sitting there. With the NAD T748, I know the money is going into the stuff that I need and the result is amazing. Anyway, check your TV, Blu Ray player, Game console...etc if they already have the functions you need (most of them has Video upconvert, internet video, music streaming, USB.,....etc), then focus on the sound qty. and that is how I come to the decision on the NAD T748.

    Pros: Sound and Video qty.

    Cons: The back power outlet can only be control by the on off button on the unit or remote, it can not be turn on or off by the HDMI-CEC. It become an always on power outlet if you set the HDMI power control on.

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    What's in the box?

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    • Black A/V Surround Sound Receiver
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Auto calibration microphone
    • AVR 4 Wireless remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM antenna
    • Owner's manual CD-ROM (English/ French/ German/ Spanish/ Italian/ Dutch/ Portuguese/ Russian/ Swedish)
    • Quick start guide
    • Warranty information

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    Audio Features
    Video Features
    Remote Control
    Add-on Devices

    Audio Features

    Amplifier Section: The T 748 is rated using NAD's Full Disclosure Power; 40 watts continuous output x 7 channels with all channels running simultaneously from 20-20,000 Hz into 8Ω loads with no more than 0.08% THD. The stereo output is 80 watts continuous x 2 channels under the same conditions.

    Auto Calibration: The auto setup and calibration feature uses the included microphone, along with sophisticated digital electronics to automatically setup and calibrate the T 748 to the exact speakers and speaker placement of your unique home theater. The receiver automatically checks what speakers are connected, measures and adjusts each speaker's distance (delay time), relative level (volume), and size (crossover point). The speakers can also be adjusted manually if you prefer.

    Amplifier Setup: If no surround back speakers are used, the surround back amplifier channels can be reassigned to Bi-Amp the front left and right speakers (if they have bi-amp inputs).

    Listening Modes: The T 748 offers decoding for all the latest surround formats including Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, and DTS-HD Master Audio; as well as Dolby Pro Logic surround processing.

    Note: Dolby Digital and DTS listening modes can only be selected if your audio source is connected to the A/V receiver via a digital audio connection (HDMI, optical, or coaxial). To enjoy true 7.1ch Dolby Digital TrueHD and DTS-HD surround sound, the receiver must be connected to your Blu-ray player via HDMI.

    Listening Mode Parameters: The T 748 provides the following Listening Mode Parameter adjustments for Dolby Pro Logic IIx and DTS NEO:6.

    • Center Width (DPL IIx): Modifies the "hard-centeredness" of the center image, by gradually mixing mono center content to the Front left/right speakers as well. A setting of 0 retains the center-channel-only default while a setting of 7 yields a fully phantom center channel.
    • Dimension (DPL IIx): Adjusts front-rear emphasis of the surround effect independently from the relative channel levels.
    • Panorama (DPL IIx): Adds a "wraparound" effect by extending some stereo content into the surround channels.
    • Center Gain (DTS NEO:6): Adjust for better center image in relation to the surround sound channels.

    EARS: Two-channel recordings, whether stereo or surround-encoded, are reproduced with proprietary NAD surround processing with signals output to the front left/right, center and discrete left/right surround channels, plus subwoofer. EARS extracts the natural ambience present in nearly all well-produced stereo recordings. It does not synthesize any ambience or other sonic elements and thus remains truer to the sound of the original musical performance than most other music-surround options. EARS offers realistic, stable "front-stage" sonic imaging and spacious but unexaggerated ambient "virtual acoustics" that remain faithful to the original recording. Select EARS for listening to stereo music recordings and broadcasts. EARS produces a subtle but highly natural and believable ambience from nearly all "natural-acoustic" stereo recordings. Typically, these include classical, jazz, and folk genre.

    Stereo Modes: The NAD T 748 also provides two-channel stereo and multi-channel stereo playback, as well as an analog bypass stereo mode.

    • Stereo: All output is directed to the front left/right channels. Low frequencies are directed to the subwoofer if one is present in the Speaker settings. Select 'Stereo' when you wish to listen to a stereo (or monaural) production, such as music CD or FM broadcast, without surround enhancement. Stereo recordings whether in PCM/digital or analog form and whether surround-encoded or not encoded, are reproduced as recorded. Multi-channel digital recordings (Dolby Digital and DTS) are reproduced in "Stereo Downmix" mode via the front left/right channels.
    • Enhanced Stereo: All recordings are reproduced in stereo via the maximum speaker complement. Enhanced stereo can be useful for maximum volume from all channels or for multi-speaker background music (cocktail party) listening. For this mode, Front, Center, Surround and Back speakers can be turned ON/OFF as desired.
    • Analog Bypass: All analog signals remain in the analog domain without analog-to-digital conversions. At Analog Bypass, the DSP circuitry is bypassed but full tone control functions remain. 'Bass management' or Speaker settings are also not in effect as these are DSP functions.

    A/V Presets: Five A/V presets can be stored with customized settings for listening mode, DSP options (lip sync delay), tone control, speaker setup, and front panel display.

    Tone Controls: Bass and treble can be adjusted +/- 10 dB.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The NAD T 748 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Assignable Inputs: Six of the T 748's seven inputs are assignable (the source 5/iPod input is fixed as analog audio 2 and S-video 1); you can program the name (as displayed on the front panel and OSD, up to eight characters), analog input, gain setting (+/-12 dB in 3 dB steps to match the other sources), digital audio input, and video input to match a given source selection.
    • Digital Inputs/Outputs: There are two coaxial digital inputs and three optical digital inputs (one front). The inputs accept digital audio signals from a digital TV, Set top box, Blu-ray player, compact disc, DVD, LD, or other digital source components; each can be assigned to a specific source using the on-screen menu.
    • Preamp Outputs: The T 748 features Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back left, Surround Back right and Subwoofer preamp outputs to connect the receiver to external power amplifiers.
    • Speaker Terminals: The receiver has binding post speaker terminals for the front, center, surround, and surround back channels. The binding posts can accept bare wire, pin connectors, and single banana plugs. The terminals are spaced too far apart for dual banana plugs and a collar surrounding the terminals prevents the use of spade connectors.
    • Headphone Output: The receiver features a 1/4" stereo headphone jack on the front panel for connecting an optional pair of headphones. The unit's speaker outputs are automatically muted when a set of headphones is connected.

    Video Features

    Video Conversion: The T 748 takes each analog video input (composite video, S-video, and component video), digitizes it and sends it out through the HDMI monitor output (the S-Video input is also output through the composite video monitor output). The on screen display is also output through all of the monitor outputs.

    HDMI Inputs/Output: This unit has four HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. The inputs are assignable using the receiver's on-screen menu. The T 748 will convert composite video, S-video, and component video to HDMI.

    ARC (Audio Return Channel): HDMI (1.4) also features an Audio Return Channel, which allows both audio and video content to be sent through a single HDMI cable. This eliminates the need for separate audio and video cables running from your TV to the receiver.

    3D Pass-Through: With the advent of 3D media, it is important to own a receiver that passes 3D video signals. The T 748 is able to pass 3D signals from your Blu-ray player to your TV via the HDMI connection.

    Lip Sync Delay: Video signals may take longer to process than audio signals, depending on the connected video equipment. The audio signal can be delayed up to 120ms to synchronize with the video signal.

    Component Video Input: The one component video input is also assignable using the receiver's on-screen menu.

    Composite Video Inputs/Output: There are three composite video inputs (one front, two rear) and one composite video monitor output; the inputs are assigned to specific sources using the on-screen menu.

    S-Video Inputs: There are two S-video inputs (one front, one rear). The rear input is assigned to the iPod input (source 5). The rear input can also be assigned to other inputs, in addition to source 5.

    Front-Panel A/V Input: The receiver features a front-panel A/V input which consists of composite video, S-video, stereo RCA, and optical digital jacks. There is also a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input on the front panel.

    HDMI Pass-through: When the T 748 is in standby mode (power off), the HDMI source signals will continuously pass through the receiver to the TV. The HDMI Control (CEC) feature must be enabled in order for HDMI Pass-through to work.

    Remote Control

    Main Remote: The AVR 4 remote controls the T 748 and is pre-coded with controls for other NAD components.

    Remote Connections: The NAD T 748 is fitted with the following custom remote inputs/outputs.

    • IR In: The 3.5mm IR In allows you to connect the T 748 to an infrared repeater.
    • RS-232C: The RS-232C port is to be used in conjunction with an external controller; AMX, Crestron or a compatible PC using NAD's proprietary PC software.

    Switched AC: The maximum output on the 2-prong switched AC outlet on the rear panel is 100 watts/1 amp.

    Add-on Devices

    iPod: The optional IPD 2 iPod dock (item number 745IPD2, sold separately) plugs into the MP Dock jack, S-Video, and Audio 2 (default iPod inputs) on the rear panel and allows audio, video, and pictures stored on your iPod to be played directly on your home Theater. The IPD 2 also charges your iPod's battery.

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