I had grown tired of surround sound and tedious multichannel avr's and all of the associated equipment. I missed the simplicity and purity of a quality 2 channel audio setup, so i set out to get back to the audio roots that got me into this hobby in the first place. I finally got there in 2013, and i havent looked back since. After spending several months with this NAD preamp, I feel that I can recommend with confidence and assurance. I was in the market for a feature rich stereo preamp, and had considered the creek (integrated), emotiva (xsp-1) and peachtree (nova pre) models, among a few others. After some research, I happened to demo a pair of dynaudio stand mount monitors which had been paired with some NAD gear, and I came away very impressed. Mated to my 165 bee I'm running a pair of magnepan 1.7's and an emotiva Xpa-2. I play mostly digital music files from my Mac to my Cambridge audio dac, but have also recently rediscovered vinyl.
The build quality of the NAD is superb. It's Class a gain modules, heavy steel chassis, 2 sets of outputs (1 variable!), Tone controls w/defeat, adjustable mm/mc Phono section with Variable settings to accomodate various cartridge types, sub out, Etc, this is an amazing package that offers an incredible amount of flexibility and value. Most of all, the sound quality is superb. Blows away my vintage mcintosh int. amp and my denon avr which costs considerably more. Pitch black backgrounds, ultra low distortion. Nuance, detail, tone!
Pros: Sound quality, especially via the cd, tape, and most of all phono inputs. Tone controls. Build quality. Heavy, resistive volume knob. Variable output feature. Minimalist sryling. Sub out. Just a great value and with tons of features.
Cons: Would have liked balanced ins/outs. Selected input lights hard to see from some angles in the listening room. Would prefer a more minimalist remote, but that's just nit picking.