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Great product, solid build, easy setup. Very happy with the sound quality.
Pros: Build, looks, sound.
Cons: None so far.
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Listening to music, catching a ballgame, keeping up with the news.... There are several reasons why a strong AM/FM tuner can be a key addition to your home stereo system. The NAD C 427 tuner makes sure your radio stations come through clearly by using a low-distortion design and features such as "FM Mute," which eliminates inter-station tuning noises,.
With the C 427's 40 available presets and simple controls, you can store and scroll through your favorite radio stations with ease. The tuner's screen displays Radio Data System information, so you can see what station, artist, and song you're listening to (available with select FM stations). You can control it with the supplied remote, or integrate it with your existing external controller or universal remote. The NAD C 427 works well with NAD's highly-regarded integrated amplifiers.
Great product, solid build, easy setup. Very happy with the sound quality.
Ross, New York, NY
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Great product, solid build, easy setup. Very happy with the sound quality.
Pros: Build, looks, sound.
Cons: None so far.
The Nad tuner is excellent. Very good audio bandwidth, sensitivity and noise reduction are the best qualities of this unit. Solid build and appearance. If you listen to a lot of Fm radio-- get this unit. You will like it.
This tuner and a Marantz PM8005 integrated amplifier replaced an aging NAD receiver. The FM reception with this tuner is definitely an improvement. I live in the country but still manage to get several distant FM stations fairly well during daylight, and a few extremely well in the evenings and onward. Using an outdoor omnidirectional antenna sitting on the top of a hutch in the listening room receives most of these stations from between 20 and 50 miles in one general direction. Several larger stations 25 miles in the opposite direction seem to be totally blocked. Such is a reality of FM and I don't consider it a fault in the receiver. If a station is broadcasting a song with, for example, good stereo channel separation this tuner will play it that way; unfortunately, there seem to be a lot of low quality transmissions from some stations. The Blend feature works very well to reduce and often completely eliminate any hiss in a marginal reception; of course, switching to mono can often clear up what the blend function can't adequately mitigate. I get only two very, very faint AM stations, probably in large part attributable to living in a brick house with a metal roof surrounded by hills. Undoubtedly, mounting the antenna outside would improve reception and that is a to-do. There is very little available today in component tuners; while this NAD seems a bit pricy I am generally quite pleased.
Pros: Great stereo music if the source is good.
Cons: A bit pricy.
Bought this tuner to replace a Carver CT-17 tuner/pre-amp. It's a very good tuner with several nice features (e.g., FM blending). As others have noted, it's a bit pricey compared to the competition, and doesn't have a signal strength meter, which it should considering the difference in price. FM in the DC area is fairly strong but it has no trouble pulling in stations from Baltimore with a dipole antenna. The RDS info is displayed when the signals are strong enough (maybe that's the strength meter?). HD would have been a big plus. If it had the signal strength meter, it'd be 5 stars instead of 4. Overall, I think it was worth the extra money...
Pros: Sensitivity; RDS display; Large preset station memory; Blending to reduce noise.
Cons: No signal strength meter
Great tuner! A little pricey but worth it especially if pairing with an NAD amp.
Pros: Strong reception. Good clarity.
Cons: A little pricey.
I just purchased the NAD C 427 to replace the tuner that was built in to my Onyko 827. It does the same thing and it cost less than having the Onkyo receiver repaired.
Pros: Big band for the buck. does the job at a good price.
Cons: I used my outside FM antenna. The supplied AM and Fm antennas do not bring in the stations. I'm located to far from the stations.A signal strength meter would help.
Good sound and build quality, nice display, but preset access via rotary encoder isn't intuitive (at least to me), so 4 out of 5.
Pros: Sound, build quality, display
Cons: Rotary encoder /preset access not intuitive
Nice tuner that picks up stations well and sounds good. I rated 4 stars because its lacking any type of signal strength meter. For this price I kinda expect that option. Its a keeper for now.
Pros: Picks up stations well
Cons: No signal strength meter
After a long period with AVRs' I decide to get back to the root for me pure stereo. This unit is well worth the money invested. Reception and clarity are solid. The simple clean look fits well between the amp and CD player. My girlfriend is new to true stero but she immediately appreciated the difference we she heard her favorite station.
Pros: Excellent reception and size.
This thing gets solid reception on distant FM channels.
Pros: Runs cool. Sounds good enough that my wife, who was upset that I bought it, stopped complaining the minute she heard her favorite station coming in better than she had ever heard it before.
Cons: Cost more than a pretty decent receiver.
Great stuff I had Nad for 35 years and the new stuff is mush better
I recently made big changes to my home theater/audio system. I decided to split it into two separate systems sharing the same rack. what this means is that my AVR (Yamaha RX-V1030) is now dedicated to home theater. Then I bought a 2 channel amp, pre-amp, separate L/R front speakers and now a tuner for my 2 channel system. Initially, I bought a tuner which cost nearly 4X that of the NAD 427 (and took nearly 6 weeks to arrive from Europe). I thought given the price that it would be one of the best on the market. I hooked up and attempted to do some critical but highly satisfying listening. Well, not so fast. The reception was extremely spotty. I would get a number of stations without a using antenna. When I tried to hook up a dipole antenna or rabbit ears, I got worse reception . My AVR got much better reception. Crazy I thought. Also, the unit came with no remote. If I wanted a remote, I would have to purchase one for about more $. So, I decided to see if the NAD 427 would perform better at 1/4 of the cost of the other one. The answer is a big YES! The NAD 427 Tuner is head and shoulders better.. The NAD 427 picked up all the stations that I was interested in with great reception/clarity. So, if you are in the market for a tuner (and oh by the way, there are fewer and fewer companies producing them now) by all means consider the NAD 427.
Pros: Great reception. Ease of use. Helpful display
Cons: Plastic remote.
Straight forward tuner with good reception on both AM and FM. Blend feature works! Plenty of presets. Display has a dimming option and is a good design. We are using this tuner where there are few local stations plus we have nearby mountains that can cause issues with stereo reception. Stations from miles away come in clear without a special antenna. Over the years I have accumulated a variety of other tuners from old 1930's radios, tubed Fisher, Harmon Kardon, Sherwood, and Sony receivers, etc. For reception this one rates very high when comparing. It is connected to a Rotel amp and sounds good!
Pros: Good performing off the air tuner. Controls are intuitive. Sound quality is good.
This tuner is only the second one I've had in my forty years as an amateur audiophile (my first was a Dynaco kit). I run the NAD through a Linn preamp, amp and speakers. The sound is clear, the controls easy to use.
Pros: See above.
Cons: An auxiliary AC outlet would be useful.
The NAD tuner is a replacement for my old ADCOM GTP-500 ll which I've had for about 30 years (this is a preamp/tuner, it is the preamp that was failing). I was a bit anxious about finding an AM/FM tuner that was at least as good as the ADCOM. The worry was not warranted as the NAD tuner surpasses the ADCOM in every aspect: selectivity, sensitivity, muting between stations and channel separation. The controls are simple and while comprehensive, do not add unwanted and unnecessary functions. I also appreciate the understated overall appearance ( I am not a fan of multi-colored flashing LEDs that are just annoying ). The price is a bit higher than some inferior products, but since I maintain my equipment for years, the extra cost vs. value makes sense. Again, no need for anxiety.
Pros: Nad's known quality, overall tuner functionality and simplicity, clean understated appearance.
Cons: Other than the relatively higher cost, no complaints
This is the best tuner by far of the six I have owned. The design is attractive and straightforwardly functional; the only thing I miss is some sort of signal strength indicator, though this is not an issue. The signals come in clean and quiet. The wire antenna supplied with the unit is entirely adequate. My local stations come in loud and clear, of course, but even the stations in Toronto are adequately handled. I recommend this product without reservation.
Pros: Excellent reception, fine design.
Cons: None worth mentioning.
Since I have had this tuner now for several weeks, it has grown on me for the way it performs well, locks in on a good multitude of stations, displays radio station data text from stations that enable this, and it is incredibly easy to use in the famous NAD fashion. I really like their uncluttered look on outside, great sound quality on the inside. Very happy with this tuner in my all audio only setup(NAD CD player, NAD pre-amp, NAD amp. I am glad I decided on this brand and would recommend this NAD tuner. It may look simple but it definitely feels well built for what it is, as do the rest of NAD's lineup.
Pros: simple to use, sounds great, has great reception, built solid.
Cons: just the ever disappearing paper manuals, but not a deal breaker for sure.
I had an Adcom that died. The NAD is picking up a stronger signal. Seems like a very good tuner.
Cons: There are tuner/preamps out there. This is just a tuner. Just an FYI
I presume 5 being the highest rating. Good quality AM/FM receivers are hard to find. And your receiver I bought fits all of the criteria I set form. Being literally separate from the rest of your equipment means a great deal to me.
I have a 50+ year history with FM tuners, and have owned everything from Mcintosh tube tuners to internet tuners. I was looking for a reasonably priced solid state FM tuner to use with my high quality headphone amp setup (Graham Slee/ Grado GS1000i). This tuner is an exceptional value - good sensitivity, excellent frequency response, quiet background with the Blend feature. I am very pleased!
Pros: Good sensitivity (with a decent antenna), excellent frequency response,quiet background (blend circuit reduces noise yet still retains decent stereo separation)
Cons: None at this price- only slightly lower performance compared to the megabuck tuners
I was looking for an AM/FM tuner to compliment the Marantz PM6005 amplifier and CD6005 CD player which I purchased from Crutchfield. Initially, I considered both the Yamaha T-S500 and the NAD C427. Both had 40 presets, more than I will ever need, and both were recommended by those who purchased them. Perhaps the factor, albeit a minor one, which swung me to the NAD C427 was the RDS function. Pretty neat! The tuner is working beautifully.
Pros: Great reception. Tuning and setting up of the presets were simple. RDS function.
This is the best tuner I could find without going into the megabuck range. It gives you everything you want in a tuner and nothing you don't. The RDS display is a nice touch. It looks great in my audio rack. I describe the apparance as clean, elegant, and professional.
Pros: Great Sound Quality, Good Looks
I'm excited about this tuner. I like the looks, weight, and of course the way it sounds. I don't like that I have to order the full instructions to be able to use it properly. Other than that, I received it in 3 days from the good folks at Crutchfield. I've ordered and received other equipment from them and I recommend them.
Pros: Sound, and looks.
Cons: No instructions.
RDS: The RDS limits itself to the RDS PS (Program Service) and RT (Radio Text) function, both of which enhance ease of operation. The RDS PS will automatically indicate the name of the radio station you are listening to in the display. At the touch of a button, RDS RT will display additional information broadcast by the radio station, such as the presenter, the music playing, etc.
Fine Tuning: With each brief rotation of the C 427's front-panel rotary dial, the tuner will take 0.05 MHz steps for the FM band and 10 kHz for the AM band. You can also use the remote's numeric keypad to directly enter a station's identification number. Auto Search automatically stops at the next strong radio signal and optimizes tuning. Weaker radio stations can be tuned into manually. Stations that are quiet in Mono, but noisy in Stereo can benefit from the "Blend" feature that narrows stereo separation and improves noise. FM Mute eliminates inter-station tuning noise and only allows strong and clear stations to emerge from the silent background.
30 Presets: With 40 presets available, you can store all your favorite radio stations in any combination of AM and FM stations. To avoid having to scroll through 40 presets, the un-programmed (empty) ones are skipped to give you quick access to all your stations. All the preset information is stored in the C 427's non-volatile memory, which means it will remember all of its preset information even if the unit has been unplugged for a prolonged period.
Connections: The NAD C 427 tuner features a threaded F-type connector to connect the included FM wire antenna, and two spring-clip terminals to connect the included AM loop antenna (you can upgrade antennas). The NAD C 427 is fitted with a set of stereo RCA outputs and comes with a 38" audio cable to connect the tuner to your AV receiver. The rear panel IR input (3.5mm), +12V Trigger input (3.5mm), and RS-232 port allow the C 427 to be easily integrated with sophisticated system controllers used in custom installation. The tuner also comes with a detachable 6.5' AC power cord.
Simple Operation: Instead of littering the front panel with seldom-used buttons and features, the C 427 concentrates on the essentials. It features an intuitive user interface with a 24-position rotary encoder knob to quickly tune stations or select preset stations. The included IR remote provides wireless operation of the tuner.
VFD: The C 427 features a Vacuum Fluorescent Display which provides visual information on the settings, conditions, status, and other information relevant to the currently tuned station. The display offer three brightness settings.
Sleep Mode: The tuner's Sleep Mode timer will switch the C 427 to "standby mode" automatically after a preset number of minutes (30, 60, 90, or Off).
Standby Power: <0.5W
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needed just a tuner for my stereo not a reciever[ DANIEL Sep 17, 2017 ]
Seems like a good tuner,, based on the reviews I have seen.[ PAUL Jul 25, 2017 ]
I think NAD makes some great stereo equipment...have nothing but good things to say about them. I need a 'new and improved' tuner and i'm betting this one will work very well with my other NAD equipment.[ al Jun 20, 2017 ]
Reviews, here and elsewhere.[ George May 31, 2017 ]
To match my NAD c356bee.[ ROBERT May 12, 2017 ]
Not many am/fm tuners around. This one gets good reviews. Crutchfield has given great service and advice, and stood solidly behind two other recent purchases, both of which had problems initially, but were rectified completely and quickly. Thanks crutchfield. No worries, if there are any problems they will be dealt with quickly and fairly.[ Bruce Feb 27, 2017 ]
recommended by Crutchfield staff and will fit best with other stereo components[ Cara Feb 26, 2017 ]
As to the NAD tuner, it's one of the few left on the market and has many more features than a couple of cheaper makes that seem to still be available elsewhere. As to Crutchfield, a very good and reliable company. Kudos to the shipping department on the quality of the packaging of the integrated amp I recently purchased.[ John F. Jan 31, 2017 ]
Like NAD. Needed a tuner. Would have liked an audio receiver but no such thing from NAD.[ Angus Jan 24, 2017 ]
I needed a tuner and this was top rated - 5 stars[ Val Jan 10, 2017 ]
I needed to replace a tuner and the combination of performance specs and price made this the best option.[ Mark Jan 06, 2017 ]
Building an NAD stereo stack, it was a must-have.[ Rufus Jul 14, 2016 ]
Just purchased the amp and preamp. Really happy with NAD and Crutchfield![ Heagan Jun 15, 2016 ]
Only tuner we could find with RDS[ Carol Jan 05, 2016 ]
NAD and Crutchfield reputation. Good balance of features and price.[ Robert Dec 21, 2015 ]
A lot of positive from user reviews.[ KHUONG Dec 09, 2015 ]
The positive reviews.[ Garth Dec 03, 2015 ]
Remember that ALL FM tuners sound awful, because that is the nature of the FM signal. I would NOT buy a great FM tuner! Either spend a lot more money and get an HD FM tuner, and spend about the same amount as the C 247 and get yourself a great DAC. My iTunes sounds better through my stereo than the 247 does. But the DAC is not cheap. Crutchfield has a great selection.[ Eric Sep 17, 2017 ]
I have never owned the MC MR-78, but I do know that the MR-78 was a analog tuner from the 1970's, so that would be heard to beat! Using an indoor dipole antenna, the sensitivity on the C-427 is "OK" at best IMHO. I was able to dial in some fringe stations with it (that I was also able to dial in on my 1970's Sansui tuner). But I was getting some noise on those stations with the C-427 (which was not present on the old Sansui).While I had high hopes and thought I needed this modern day tuner (and there a barely a few to choose from these days), I wound up returning it. If you spend time listening to a better analog tuner, then listen to the C-427 you will hear what I mean. Please note this has nothing to do with nostalgia, this has to do with sound. I personally will forgo conveniences like a remote and station pre-selects for superior sound. IMHO, everything on the C-427 sounded extremely synthesized and compressed, like the audio is being run through a series of filters. AND the sensitivity was just OK. Find an old tuner (McIntosh, HH Scott, Kenwood, Sansui, etc). Find a tech who knows how to service a analog tuner. Have them check it out and service where needed, *AND run a full alignment*, and you will be happy. It is also possible to do this for a little less money than the cost of the C-427 (Say if you end up with a Sansui or Kenwood).[ Roland Sep 16, 2017 ]
I would rate it okay, not the best, not the worst- with a good antenna (roof-mount) I improved the signal strength a lot and made sure I used a powered splitter to run it to more than one unit. I still sometimes get less-than-spectacular performance, but then it blends mono & stereo modes and that helps. For the $$, it's a decent unit.[ MARK Sep 15, 2017 ]
Can't give you comparison to MR-78, but can tell you that in the same house I get better reception with NAD than with older Yamaha T-80. Overall, very happy with NAD Tuner for the money.[ Bryan P. Sep 15, 2017 ]
I don't know the anwser to that question. However, McIntosh gear is a large step better than NAD. I no longer use the NAD C427 in my system. It is in its box in storage. For 2 channel I just have my CD player hooked up to my pre-amp and amp. For home theater, I have a Onkyo RZ-810 AVR which I use its tuner for FM listening. To improve the AVR tuner's ability to get better reception, I use a RCA TV antenna (i.e. rabbit ears) does a fantastic job. So in my mind whether you go with McIntosh or NAD use rabbit ear type antenna. You will have no problems with reception.[ BROOKE E Sep 15, 2017 ]
Yes. The NAD amps are all flat black (metallic, not shiney black plastic) as is the C427 tuner. (I have a C372 integrated amp and a C427 tuner).[ Joseph Dec 25, 2016 ]
Don't know. I bought the NAD C 356BEE amplifier. This tuner matches that.[ Gile Dec 20, 2016 ]
mine didnt[ DONALD A Aug 17, 2016 ]
it does not include one of those.[ Rufus Jul 26, 2016 ]
It does have the coax connector for an FM antenna only. It still uses a two wire connection for AM.[ Daniel Jul 25, 2016 ]
Yes.[ Obie Jul 25, 2016 ]
Hi Gerald. Sent just a yes answer but intended to also suggest looking closely at the second picture provided by Crutchfield. That picture is the back of the unit and you can see the coax connection on the left. Hope this helps.[ Dave Jul 25, 2016 ]
Yes.[ Dave Jul 25, 2016 ]
Yes, I've attached an FM antenna via the coax connection - terrific reception![ Rick Jul 25, 2016 ]
Being that your soundbar has RCA inputs it will act as the amp in this scenario.[ Daniel Apr 25, 2016 ]
DA, This is simply a tuner, nice quality, but does need an amp. Output is straight line level, intended to plug Into preamp/amp. There is an RS-232 serial cable connection to a PC, etc., but I have not used that interface, so cannot help out there.[ Ulf Apr 23, 2016 ]
Assuming that the soundbar has its own built-in amplifier(s), I believe you would connect the tuner directly to its RCA inputs, assuming that they are not otherwise needed.[ Obie Apr 23, 2016 ]
I replied yesterday to your question about HDradio, and assumed when I bought this unit that it did bring in HD. So I looked in the manual, and it does bring in RDS, Radio Data System, a small digital input, it is not HD. Sorry for being misleading! The sound is quite good, all I listen to is FM broadcasts, but live in a quite rural area, so stations are oftenquitedistant, but still very good reception. Would appreciate a reply if you find more specific information. Good luck[ Ulf Jan 05, 2016 ]
no it doesn't support hd radio its a high quality old fashion tuner. I could also do without the v in most audio products. good luck![ VINCENT Jan 05, 2016 ]
The NAD C427 does not support HD (digital) radio. I, too, wondered why this seemingly easy-to-provide feature was not available in mainstream, or even somewhat high-end, tuners.[ Obie Jan 04, 2016 ]
17 1/8" W x 11 1/4" D x x 4" H It is a great tuner![ Ulf Jun 17, 2015 ]
Width is 17 inches.[ Obie Jun 17, 2015 ]
WIDE IS 17.1/8 - DEEP IS 11.1/4 - WIDE IS 17.1/8 AS PER MEASURE BY MYSELF.[ KHUONG Jun 17, 2015 ]
Dan, you're in luck...the dimensions are 17W x 4 h x 11 1/4 deep. I love mine, hope this helps MCH.[ Mark Jun 17, 2015 ]
its 17 1/8x3 15/16x12 7/16 hope that helps good luck![ VINCENT Jun 17, 2015 ]
The front panel is 17 1/8" wide.[ Greg Jun 17, 2015 ]
Beautiful tuner. Simple yet brilliant design and features. Initially I did not like that there were no station presets, but now I prefer the unique station-setting and choosing system ( I'd describe it but I would not do it justice.) I've had Healthkit, Dynaco and Adcom tuners previously but without going into specs, the NAD is my favorite. And, given that tuners are becoming increasingly rare, I am extremely glad the NAD C 427 is available.[ Rick Jul 25, 2016 ]
The unit is well made, great sound. My older NAD had the LED light burn out on the display, so replaced it with this one. Very nice sound, good reception. I'd say it is worth the price.[ Ulf Jun 17, 2015 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I think this will likely come down to the kind of performance you are looking for. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help determine if this tuner is right for you, and discuss other options if it is not.[ Jeff May 02, 2014 ] Staff