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7.2-channel home theater receiver

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by Marshall Chase
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Receivers: Your ticket to sensational sound

Your receiver powers your speakers and lets you connect and select your entertainment sources. But a great receiver does a lot more — it ignites your emotions. From the passion of a favorite musical artist, to the crossfire of a super-charged movie soundtrack, to the intensity and immersion of a fast-paced video game, your receiver is the key to experiencing and enjoying it in full.

NAD — engineering makes a powerful difference

NAD understands the audio connoisseur, as the T 777 home theater receiver demonstrates. Unlike most manufacturers, NAD tests their amplifiers with all channels driven simultaneously, not just one or two. So you can rest assured that the performance you pay for is the performance you get with all seven channels. This "real-world" rating means that the T 777's 80 watts per channel is the equivalent of other receivers' 140 watts per channel. With that power comes finesse -— you'll experience surround sound with room-filling intensity that doesn't overwhelm the subtle details. Whether it's a guitar wailing or a cello weeping, the sound will engage you with its clarity and presence.

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Steady as she goes

Like a flywheel for juice, a beefy toroidal transformer lies at the heart of the T 777. No matter how high the peaks are or how deep the troughs in your multichannel soundtracks, the T 777 delivers unwavering power to all seven channels. You'll enjoy lifelike, low-distortion sound that typical receivers can only aspire to.


Convenient connections bring all your favorite sources together

The T 777 keeps setup clean and simple. Seven 3D-ready HDMI inputs let you hook up the latest 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. Plus, this precision-built receiver includes decoding for the superior high-resolution surround sound formats available with today's HD video sources. The NAD T 777 is XM® Satellite Radio Ready. Add an XM subscription and optional XM tuner kit and you'll open your world to tons of entertainment, from Beethoven to basketball. Or if you'd just prefer to kick back and listen to a few thousand tunes from your iPod® library, just add the optional NAD IPD 2 dock.


A lean, clean music machine

Some home theater receivers come cluttered with more badges on their chest than a puppet dictator. The T 777 has a ton of important features but doesn't gum up the works with the superfluous. The back surround channels are re-assignable for use with biamp-capable speakers, so you'll get outstanding performance from them. Or you can use those same back surround channels to drive a pair of secondary speakers in one of three additional listening rooms. Line-level outputs let you pass audio signals to optional amplifiers in the other two additional rooms. So the kids can enjoy a movie in the home theater room, while you enjoy some grown-up time around the rest of the house. And if you prefer to use your Blu-ray player's multichannel analog audio output, the T 777 will give it a warm welcome with its 7.1-channel preamp input. A full set of 7.1-channel preamp output jacks lets you feed any additional amplifiers you want to incorporate into your system.

Say "good-bye" to saying good-bye

We all know technology doesn't stand still. New home theater technologies — new surround sound formats or new types of A/V connections — used to mean you'd have to get a new receiver to replace one that might otherwise be functioning perfectly. Thanks to NAD's Modular Design Construction, the T 777 is future-proof. As new technologies evolve, you'll be able to add or replace modules in your receiver without having to start from square one.

Highlights:

    Power and Processing:
    • 7-channel amplifier
    • 140 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 conversion (to 480p)
    • Audyssey MultEQ® XT 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)
    • XM Satellite Radio Ready (requires XM subscription and optional XM tuner kit)
    Multi-room Audio:
    • four-zone capability
    • powered dual-room/dual-source output
    • surround back amplifier channels can be assigned to power speakers in Zone 2, 3, or 4
    • only analog sources can be played in additional listening rooms
    Audio Performance Features:
    • toroidal transformer delivers clean, consistent power to all channels
    • NAD PowerDrive circuitry delivers extra punch to music and movies by steering power to the channels that need it
    • back surround speaker channels re-assignable for biamping front left and right speakers for better sound
    • gold-plated A/V inputs/output connectors
    • detachable power cord
    Connections for up to 9 A/V source components:
    • inputs are assignable for hookup flexibility
    • 1080p-compatible HDMI digital video switching (7 in, 2 out)
    • HDMI version 1.4 with support for 3D video, Audio Return Channel, Deep Color, x.v.Color, auto lip-sync, and HDMI-CEC
    • 5 audio/video inputs, including:
      • 1 front-panel input with composite and S-video
      • 4 rear-panel inputs with composite and S-video
    • 4 analog stereo RCA inputs, including 1 front-panel
    • No phono input — to connect a turntable you'll need to add a phono preamp
    • digital audio inputs: 4 optical , 3 coaxial
    • digital audio outputs: 1 optical, 1 coaxial
    • 7.1-channel analog audio preamp input
    • 7.1-channel preamp output for connecting optional external amplifiers
    • component video switching (3 in, 1 out)
    • S-video input
    • RS-232 and Ethernet port for automated control systems
    • 1 switched AC outlet
    • 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
    • 40 AM/FM presets
    • A/V remote
    • basic remote for second listening room (requires remote control extender system, not included)
    • 17-1/8"W x 6-3/4"H x 17-1/16"D
    • weight: 45.2 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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    Features and Specs
    General
    Number Of Channels 7
    Stereo RMS Power (watts) 140
    THD in Stereo 0.08 %
    Frequency Bandwidth (stereo) 20-20k Hz
    FM Sensitivity 9 dBf
    HD Radio Tuner No
    On-Screen Display Thru All monitor outs
    Auto Speaker Calibration Audyssey MultEQ XT
    HDMI Standby Pass-through Yes
    Composite Video Conversion From Composite to HDMI
    S-Video Conversion ---
    Component Video Conversion From Component Video to HDMI
    HDMI to HDMI Upconversion No
    Internet-ready No
    Apple AirPlay No
    App Remote Control No
    Bluetooth-compatible No
    USB port for iPod/iPhone No
    DLNA Certified No
    MHL-compatible No
    Multibrand Remote Control No
    Learning Remote Yes
    LCD Remote No
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 6-3/4
    Depth (inches) 17-1/16
    Weight (pounds) 45.2
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Multi-room Audio--Video
    Powered Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Preamp Multi-room Audio Output Yes
    Multi-room Video No
    Multi-room HDMI Output No
    Surround Processing
    Dolby Digital DD, EX, TrueHD, DD+
    DTS DTS, ES, HDMA, Neo6
    Inputs & Outputs
    Phono Input No
    Audio-Video Inputs 8
    Audio-only Inputs 1
    S-Video Inputs ---
    S-Video Outputs ---
    S-Video Monitor Outputs ---
    Component Video Inputs 3
    Component Video Monitor Outputs 1
    Optical Digital Inputs 3
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 3
    Optical Digital Outputs 1
    Coaxial Digital Outputs 1
    HDMI Inputs 7
    HDMI Monitor Outputs 2
    Subwoofer Outputs 2
    Multi-Channel Analog Input Yes
    Multi-channel Preamp Output Yes
    Main Speaker Output Pairs 2
    Main Speaker Terminals Posts
    Ethernet Port IP control
    USB Connections None
    Removable Power Cord IEC 3-prong
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    • AV surround sound receiver
    • 6.5' AC power cord
    • Main remote control (HTR 8)
    • Zone 2 remote control (ZR 7)
    • 4 "AA" batteries
    • 3V CR2025 battery
    • Front-panel cover (installed)
    • Audyssey setup microphone (ACM1H)
    • AM loop antenna
    • FM wire antenna
    • 75-ohm to 300-ohm antenna adapter
    • Owner's Manual CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide
    • Warranty Card

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    Audio Section
    Video Section
    Radio Functions
    Convenience Features
    Remote Control
    Add-On Devices

    Audio Section

    80W x 7ch Amplifier (all channels driven): The power rating of 80 watts (continuous) x 7 is taken with all channels driven simultaneously into a 4Ω or 8Ω load, from 20Hz to 20kHz, at the rated distortion of 0.03% THD.  The T 777 provides a dynamic power of 160W/ch into 8Ω and 260W/ch into 4Ω.

    Amplifier Assignment: The T 777 supports up to 7.2 channels (Front L/R, Center, Surround L/R, Surround Back L/R, and Dual SW) for surround playback defined by the Blu-ray disc format. The seven amplifier channels built into the receiver are typically used for 7.2 channel surround in the main room, but there are various amplifier configurations to accommodate your home theater setup:

    • 7.2ch: The T 777 provides 7.2ch surround (with front left/right, center-channel, surround left/right, and surround back left/right channels along with dual preamp subwoofer outputs) in your main zone.
    • Bi-Amp: You can configure the amplifier for front bi-amp operation to achieve a higher-quality 2-channel sound by connecting the receiver's front and surround back channels to your main front speakers (if compatible). In this configuration, the receiver will be limited to 5.2ch surround.
    • Multi-Zone: The surround back channel amplifier can also be assigned to power stereo speakers in either Zone 2, Zone 3, or Zone 4 (only one Zone can be powered). The receiver will be limited to 5.2ch surround in the main zone.

    NAD's Full Disclosure Power Ratings: NAD uses Full Disclosure Power (FDP), the most demanding criterion for performance measurement. FDP specifies distortion under the most extreme conditions of low impedance loads and frequency extremes, rather than the simple and easy 1kHz @ 8 ohms test quoted by many of other manufactures. NAD uses this stricter performance criterion because it more closely matches the demands of real music and real loudspeakers. Maintaining specified distortion at 4/8Ω and at 20-20kHz is a much more difficult achievement. The benefit of NAD's Full Disclosure Power is the total elimination of audible distortion at any listening level. This provides pinpoint imaging and realism with music and movies alike.

    PowerDrive Amplifier Technology:  The T 777 uses NAD's proprietary PowerDrive amplifier technology that provides high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability. By adding a second high-voltage rail to the amp's well regulated high-current power supply, the amplifier can nearly double its continuous power on a short term dynamic power basis. This uniquely efficient power supply topology provides the real world benefits of high dynamic power that remains uncompromised by low impedance speakers. The PowerDrive topology allows the T 777 to deliver maximum performance under virtually any  circumstance, independent of the loudspeakers it is driving. The circuitry automatically senses the impedance characteristics of the loudspeaker and will then adjust its power supply settings to best cope with that specific load. PowerDrive topology is a practical approach to enable an amplifier to easily deal with musical dynamics and difficult speaker loads. PowerDrive not only makes NAD amplifiers sound better, it makes them cooler running, with improved efficiency, leading to greater reliability as well

    24-Bit/192kHz Burr-Brown DAC: The NAD T 777 AV Surround Sound Receiver employs a carefully selected, top-level 24-bit/192kHz Burr Brown DAC for the ultimate audiophile performance.

    MDC (Modular Design Construction): MDC ends the frustration of having to replace your entire AV surround sound receiver just to keep pace with the ever-changing world of AV electronics. NAD's most important recent innovation, MDC battles technology obsolescence by allowing you to upgrade the T 777 with new connectivity and features as new technology becomes available. MDC places all the input circuitry on easily removable plug-in cards; your investment is protected because a single card, rather than the entire receiver, can be replaced when a new format is introduced.

    NAD Soft Clipping: The T 777 incorporates NAD's unique Soft-Clipping circuitry in all seven channels. Any amplifier can be overdriven if it is played too loud, exceeding the maximum output power. Under such circumstances, amplifiers produce extreme high levels of distortion which, besides sounding very unpleasant, can damage your loudspeakers. The Soft Clipping circuit suppresses such distortion and minimizes the risk of damage to speakers. This is particularly important with movie soundtracks which often contain very dynamic outbursts in which, unlike music, it is difficult to hear this potentially damaging distortion. The Soft Clipping LED on the front panel illuminates when the Soft Clipping circuit is engaged. Soft Clipping can be defeated with a rear panel switch.

    Audyssey Technology: The NAD T 777 features a full package of Audyssey audio technologies for optimal sound quality.

    • Audyssey MultEQ XT Speaker Calibration: Speaker set up is a snap using a supplied calibration microphone and Audyssey MultEQ XT room correction with custom NAD target response curves for the optimal level of performance. Using the supplied microphone, Audyssey Auto Setup performs all speaker settings. The receiver automatically checks what speakers are connected (5.1ch vs. 7.1ch) and their polarity, measures and adjusts each speaker's distance (delay time), relative level (volume), and size (crossover point). NAD's proprietarily enhanced Audyssey MultEQ XT technology enables your home theater to sound the way it was intended in every seat by removing the distortion caused by room acoustics. Audyssey MultEQ XT can be set to the following levels. Your connected speakers can also be adjusted manually through the T 777's menus system if you prefer.
      • Audyssey: Audyssey developed target curve.
      • Flat: This setting is appropriate for very small or highly treated rooms in which the listener is seated quite close to the loudspeakers. MultEQ XT filters are used in the same way as the Audyssey curve, but it does not apply a high frequency roll-off.
      • NAD: Ideal "in room" response developed by NAD engineers along with Audyssey Engineers.
      • Off: MultEQ filters are not used or no measurement process at all.
    • Audyssey Dynamic EQ: Audyssey Dynamic EQ solves the problem of deteriorating sound quality as volume is decreased by taking into account human perception and room acoustics. By carefully combining information from incoming source levels with actual output sound levels in the room, Audyssey Dynamic EQ delivers unprecedented sound reproduction at all volume levels. Adding a Volume Offset will have the effect of reducing the amount of boost applied by Dynamic EQ, for any given volume setting. As a consequence, the amount of overall digital attenuation required is also reduced.
    • Audyssey Dynamic Volume: Audyssey Dynamic Volume delivers consistent volume playback levels, anticipating sudden spikes and dips in volume and compensating for them in real time. Audyssey Dynamic Volume monitors the volume of program material moment-by-moment, maintaining the desired listening level for all content while optimizing the dynamic range to preserve the impact.  Audyssey Dynamic Volume includes Audyssey Dynamic EQ. These two technologies enable the full frequency response of the source at its original level to be reproduced at any listening level. Even at lower listening volumes, Dynamic Volume ensures that the richness and dynamics of the response are maintained.

    Dual Core Floating Point DSP Technology: The T 777 uses the latest high-speed Dual Core Floating Point DSP technology for popular surround formats including Dolby Digital, Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus, DTS, and DTS-HD Master Audio.

    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 777 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 777 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.

    Direct Mode: Analog or digital sources are automatically played in their native formats. All the source's audio channels are reproduced directly. This mode recreates the original sound most faithfully, thereby producing outstandingly high-quality audio.

    Tone Controls: The T 777 has three Tone Control levels; Treble, Bass, Center Dialog. Bass and Treble controls only affect the low bass and high treble leaving the critical midrange frequencies free of coloration. The Center Dialog control boosts the 'presence' of the midrange region improving intelligibility of speech.

    Note: Tone Defeat gives one the choice of varying or completely bypassing the tone control section of the T 777.

    Enhanced Bass: When the subwoofer is set to 'On' and your front speakers set to 'Large', the option 'Enhanced Bass' becomes available. Normally, with speakers set to 'Large' the subwoofer is not active. The Enhanced Bass option allows full range operation of the speakers with the additional bass contribution of the subwoofer. This feature is particularly useful when one wants to experience maximum bass output.

    Note: Please note that due to acoustic cancellation effects, the bass response may be uneven when using this setting.

    Gain Adjustment: Gain adjustment allows all sources to play back at the same volume level so you don't need to adjust the volume every time a new source is selected. It is generally preferable to reduce the level of the loudest source rather than making louder the softer sources.

    Dynamic Range Control: You can select the effective dynamic range (subjective range from soft to loud) for playback of Dolby Digital soundtracks. For fully cinematic effect, always select 100% (the default). Settings of 75%, 50%, and 25% progressively reduce dynamic range, making soft sounds comparatively louder while limiting the peak loudness of loud ones.

    Audio Inputs/Outputs: The NAD T 777 offers a variety of analog and digital audio inputs/outputs.

    • Digital Inputs/Outputs: There are three coaxial digital inputs and three optical digital inputs. 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. There are also digital outputs; one coaxial and one optical. The digital outputs can be connected to MD recorders, CD recorders, DAT decks, or other similar components.
    • 5-Way Binding Posts: The nine pair of gold-plated binding post speaker terminals (Front A left/right, Front B left/right, Center, Surround left/right, and Surround Back left/right) will accept banana plugs (single only), pin connectors, and bare wire (up to 10 gauge). The receiver supports A-B front speakers and Bi-amping of Front A speaker.
      • A-B Speakers: The T 777 offers Front A and Front B speakers. These speaker connections are wired in parallel inside the receiver. You can connect 4Ω speakers, if you are only going to drive one pair of speakers (A or B) at a time. You will need to connect 8Ω speakers, if you are going to drive Front A and Front B speakers simultaneously.
      • Bi-Amping Front Speakers: The Surround-Back speaker terminals can be reassigned and used along with the Front terminals to bi-amp the front speakers, providing improved bass and treble performance. When bi-amping the front speakers the receiver is limited to a 5.2ch speaker system in the main room.
    • 7.1 Channel Input: The T 777 features a 7.1 Channel input (Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back left, Surround Back right, and Subwoofer) for connecting an outboard processor or multi-channel analog source. The 7.1 channel input can be assigned to eight of the nine inputs (source 5 is fixed).
    • 7.2ch Preamp Outputs: The T 777 features Front left, Front right, Center, Surround left, Surround right, Surround Back left, Surround Back right and dual Subwoofer preamp outputs to connect the receiver to external power amplifiers. There is also a dedicated stereo output for Zone 2.
    • 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.
    • Auxiliary Input: There is a 3.5mm stereo mini-jack input on the front-panel for connecting a portable digital audio player.

    Video Section

    Video Inputs/Outputs: The NAD T 777 is fitted with seven HDMI inputs/two HDMI outputs, three component video inputs/one component video output, four composite video inputs and four S-video inputs. All video inputs are assignable.

    • HDMI: This unit has seven HDMI inputs (6 rear/1 front) and two HDMI outputs. The inputs are assignable using the receiver's on-screen menu. The T 187 will convert composite video, S-video, and component video to HDMI. The two HDMI outputs are parallel so the same video signal is output through both and can be used simultaneously. The HDMI inputs/outputs can accept up to 1080p.
    • Component: This unit has three component video inputs and one component video output. These inputs are also assignable using the receiver's on-screen menu. The component video inputs/outputs will accept up to 1080i.
    • Composite: There are four composite video inputs (3 rear/1 front); the inputs are assigned to specific sources using the on-screen menu. The composite video inputs will accept up to 480i.
    • S-Video Input: There are four S-video inputs (3 rear/1 front); the inputs are assigned to specific sources using the on-screen menu. The S-video inputs will accept up to 480i.

    Analog to HDMI Video Conversion: Analog video sources (such as composite, component, and S-video) are converted to HDMI for simple one 'one-wire' connection to HDMI equipped TVs. The T 777 does not offer video upscaling; all video processing will be done via your connected television.

    3D Ready: The NAD T 777 supports 3D HDMI pass-through from connected 3D-compatible Blu-ray, games and broadcast devices to 3D-compatible HDTVs (all 3D components must be connected via HDMI 1.4). 3D provides a more engaging audio and video consumer experience. Note that special eyewear may be required for viewing 3D content.

    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.

    Audio Return Channel (ARC): If the connected TV has HDMI version 1.4 and supports ARC, the audio signal can be transferred from the TV (when its internal tuner is used) to the T 777 through a single HDMI cable, so a second cable isn't needed.

    HDMI Pass-through: When the T 777 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.

    Radio Functions

    AM/FM Tuner: The NAD T 777 features an internal AM/FM tuner that offers high-quality sound from your local radio broadcasts. The unit includes an external AM loop antenna, and external ribbon-wire FM antenna.

    RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) permits sending small amounts of digital information using conventional FM radio broadcasts. The T 777 supports two RDS modes; Program-Service Name (PS mode) and Radio-Text (RT mode). Not every FM station incorporates RDS in its broadcast signal. In most areas you will find from one to several RDS-enabled stations, but it is by no means impossible that your favorite stations will not be broadcasting RDS data.

    XM: The optional XM Direct 2 Home Tuner (item number 220XHD2H1, sold separately) lets you enjoy XM Satellite Radio through the XM-ready receiver. Simply connect the XM direct 2 Home Tuner to the XM jack on back of the receiver, place and aim the antenna included with the tuner for optimum reception, and you are ready to start enjoying commercial-free music, plus live sports, new, talk, and exclusive entertainment. A subscription is required in order to receive XM Satellite Radio.

    Direct Tuning: If you know your desired station's frequency allocation, you can tune directly to the station using the included IR remote control.

    Presets: The T 777 can store a mix of your 40 favorite AM, FM and XM radio stations for immediate recall. A twelve character name can be assigned to each AM/FM station preset.

    Convenience Features

    OSD (On-Screen Display): In addition to the unit's front-panel display, the T 777 employs a simple, self-explanatory on-screen display menus system which will appear on your connected television.

    Zone 2/3/4: The T 777 has three configurable Zones; Zone 2, Zone 3, and Zone 4. Each Zone consists of stereo RCA line-level output to connect an external receiver or integrated amp in other rooms of your home, allowing  you to listen to 7.2ch surround in the Main Zone and 2ch stereo of a different audio source in other rooms of  your home. The AV receivers surround back channels can also be configured to power a pair of speakers in either Zone 2, Zone 3, or Zone 4 (only one Zone can be powered). By powering an additional zone, the main zone will be limited to 5.2ch surround. The volume of Zone 2/3/4 can be controlled by the NAD receiver using either configuration or from your add-on integrated amplifier when using the line-output. 

    • Compatible Zone Sources: Only tuner and analog audio sources can be sent to Zone 2, 3, and 4.
    • Incompatible Zone Sources: HDMI, optical, and coaxial digital audio cannot be passed through Zone 2, 3, or 4. Video cannot be sent to Zone 2, 3, or 4.

    Note: Each Zone allows independent source and volume control, with a simplified second-zone remote (ZR 7).

    Source Configuration: The T 777 is equipped with ten configurable Sources. A particular Source can be enabled or disabled, renamed, assigned analog and digital audio sources, video sources, A/V Presets, Trigger settings, among other settings.

    A/V Preset: The T 777's 'A/V Presets' allow you to customize your audio-video playback, and recall them with a single key-press. The parameters 'Listening Mode', 'DSP Options' and 'Tone Controls', together with 'Speaker Setup' and 'Display Setup' are stored together as a single A/V Preset. You may create one A/V Preset optimized for pop music and another for classical. One more A/V Preset can be set up to recall each family member's favorite setting or one for fully cinematic home-theater playback, and yet another one for late-night movies; with each A/V Preset fine-tuned to a particular scenario or preference.

    Sleep Mode: The Sleep Mode timer will switch the T 777 to Standby mode automatically after a preset number of minutes (15-90 min.).

    Protection Circuits: This AV receiver utilizes a combination of fuse and electronic nonintrusive protection. Each channel is fully protected against excess temperature, DC fault, and, loudspeaker short-circuit.

    Remote Control

    Main Remote: The HTR 8 IR remote controls the T 777 and is pre-coded with controls for other NAD components. The IR remote also features a "learning function" which allows you to teach commands to the HTR 8 from another remote controller, regardless of brand. The HTR 8's key-illumination can be set to remain lit for 0-9 seconds. A 'macro' command is a series of two or more remote codes issued automatically from a single key-press. The HTR 8 can store one macro on each of its function keys.

    Zone 2 Remote: The included ZR 7 is a discrete compact IR remote for controlling the Zone 2 features of the T 777; it allows control of the Zone 2 volume and source selection, as well as other applicable functions. The ZR 7 will work from a different room using an IR sensor and hub or the IR sensor of a compatible NAD component in the second zone (either must be wired back to the location of the T 777).

    Note: The ZR 7 remote control will only control Zone 2 applications. Zone 3 and Zone 4 can be configured and managed at the appropriate Zone OSD menu using the T 777's front-panel navigations buttons, as well as the corresponding keys on the HTR 8 remote control.

    HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronic Control): Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is a set of commands that utilizes HDMI's two-way communication to allow for single remote control of any CEC-enabled devices connected with HDMI. A CEC command will trigger the necessary commands over HDMI for an entire system to auto-configure itself to respond to the command.

    • Power: The T 777 will automatically go to standby mode if it receives a CEC standby command. On the other hand, if the T 777 receives a CEC power up command, the T 777 will correspondingly switch ON from standby mode.
    • Source Switch: The T 777 will automatically switch sources if another CEC device requests a Source change. For example, if Play is pressed on a BD Player with CEC, the T 777 and TV with CEC will automatically switch to their respective input connections; the T 777 switching to the HDMI input where the BD Player is connected while the TV will switch to its input where the T 777's HDMI Monitor Out is connected.
    • Audio System: The T 777 will broadcast a CEC message indicating it is an active audio system. A CEC compatible TV will usually mute its audio output when this happens. When this option is enabled, the T 777 will also respond to CEC volume and mute commands. For example, a CEC TV may forward the volume commands from its remote to the T 777.

    Remote Connections: The NAD T 777 is fitted with the following custom remote inputs/outputs.

    • +12V Trigger Outputs/Input: The three +12V trigger outputs (3.5mm) let you turn on/off other devices along with the T 777. The +12V trigger input lets you turn on/off the T 777 from another device.
    • IR Input/Outputs: There is an IR input (3.5mm), used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component. There are also three IR outputs (3.5mm) used to control another compatible component.
    • RS-232 Port: The rear-panel RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC or external whole-house control system from companies such as AMX or Crestron. NAD is a certified partner of AMX and Crestron and fully supports these external devices.

    Ethernet Port: The T 777 is fitted with a Ethernet Port (RJ-45) to connect to your home network for IP control. With your PC and the T 777 on the same network, it allows remote control of the T 777 via compatible external controllers.

    Switched AC Outlet: This convenient 3-prong outlet can supply switched AC power to another component or accessory. The total draw off all devices connected to this outlet must not exceed 120 watts.

    Add-On Devices

    iPod Dock: The optional IPD 2 iPod dock (745IPD2, sold separately) plugs into the MP Dock jack, S-Video 3, and Audio 5 (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. The IPD 2 is "Made for iPod/iPhone" compatible and provides the following audio/video playback, control, display, and charging options for select iPods and iPhones (as of 5/17/2012).

    iPod/iPhone Model Generation Tested Version Media Type  Control Type Display Type Charge
    Audio Video Out Remote iPod/iPhone Song/Artist Text Track Info
    dock connector 3rd n/a N N N N N N N
    clickwheel
    color
    4th 3.1.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    mini 1st 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.4.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    video 5th 1.3 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    classic 80GB 1.1.2 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    120GB 2.0.1 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    160GB 2.0.4 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    iPod nano 1st 1.3.1 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 1.1.3 Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 1.1.3 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 1.0.4 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    5th 1.0.2 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    6th 1.1PC Y N Y Y Y Y Y
    iPod touch 1st 2.2.1 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    2nd 4.2.1 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    3rd 5.0.1 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    4th 5.1.1 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    iPhone 2G 3.1.3 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    3G 4.2.1 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    3GS 4.3.5 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    4 5.1.1 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y
    4S 5.1.1 Y S-video Y Y Y Y Y

    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 an newer software update is available.

     
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    Unbelievable!!

    Written By MtPhill, Savannah GA on Monday, September 09, 2013
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    I traded up from a T757 to get the standby pass-through,understanding that there was more to pay and some extra horse power for that cost. Initial set up was relatively easy. Audyssey was not very well explained but after getting a NAD rep on the phone and a just released tech-tip I was doing my speaker configuration. I ran the calibration a couple of times rolling Hz off of the sub and found a sweet spot. My fronts and center are Meadowlark Kestrals and Petral with PSB Image 2B for surround and PSB sub. The calibration turned my room into a concert hall! My best description is a very pure smooth sound with frequency control far beyond my expectations! You hear everything from high, mid to tight bass. I highly recommend the NAD T777 to those that want to improve over the Japanese product lines.
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