|NAD T762 Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Christopher Zell, Ph.D.|
|Monday, 01 September 2003|
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Nearly every receiver has an inherent downside, and that is the packaging of many amplifiers in the same chassis with a substantial amount of additional electronics. Although the NAD T762 can drive all channels at 100 watts simultaneously, there may be occasional peaks that demand more power on a short-term basis when playing at high levels. Additionally, the NAD may not be up to the task of driving very inefficient loudspeakers loudly, but if you do own such speakers, you should be in the market for separate components, not a receiver, to handle such demanding loads. For those with normal to high sensitivity loudspeakers and average-sized rooms, the NAD should be quite effective, especially with the soft clipping circuit safeguarding your speakers and ears. One could also utilize the T762’s preamp outputs and augment with a higher-powered external amplifier for the more demanding front channels, leaving the capable built-in amplifiers to handle the surrounds, and possibly the center also.
One other minor issue I have is with the rear panel layout of the T762’s loudspeaker binding posts, which made connections to speaker cables a challenge for me. Lastly, I would appreciate even more detail in the already good manual, since home theater set-up and usage is a complex, challenging assignment for the user, and the more help and tips you can get, the better.
NAD has certainly delivered on its heritage of value, performance and simplicity. Although the T762 is anything but Spartan in its features and capabilities, it remains extremely simple and intuitive to set up and operate, easily one of the most straightforward home theater receiver/controllers that I have used to date. The multitude of multi-channel processing modes makes it very flexible for use with two-channel sources, increasing the chances of achieving a pleasing sonic presentation for each source. The T762 contains six powerful, 100-watt amplifiers with impressive short-term dynamic reserves that will drive most medium to high sensitivity loudspeakers to satisfying levels. Additionally, the preamp section alone is impressive enough to my ears to suggest using its preamp outputs to drive a higher-powered amp should the need for more power come up, particularly for the front channels. I can’t imagine needing much more power for the rears than the T762 can provide. The NAD provides for an excellent cornerstone of a home theater system that you can use for hours on end, consistently sounding smooth, non-aggressive, never fatiguing, and always interesting. In a nutshell, when operated within its limits, the NAD delivers flagship receiver performance at a less than flagship price. I would be concerned if I were another home theater electronics manufacturer forced to compete against the impressive dollars-to-performance ratio of the NAD T762 Surround Sound Receiver.