|NAD T773 Receiver|
|Home Theater AV Receivers AV Receivers|
|Written by Thomas Garcia|
|Friday, 01 October 2004|
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Taking all things into account, I had a rather difficult time finding many significant downsides to the NAD T 773 A/V surround sound receiver. Few receivers have the capability of driving fairly inefficient speakers to full reference levels. Though NAD has a solid history of producing amplifiers that can drive most loads, this receiver will perform very well with moderate to reasonably efficient loudspeakers. There was a time when 110 watts per channel was considered relatively substantial, but with the dynamic range of today’s digital sources, there will be times when the 773 hits its limits. Augmenting inefficient speakers with an outboard powered subwoofer will alleviate low-frequency demand on the main loudspeakers, thus reducing their power needs and demands on the amplifier section.
Though not unique to NAD, the speaker binding posts were of minimal quality. Also, because of their close proximity to one another, it was exceedingly difficult to connect speaker wires. I’ve experienced other surround sound receivers that spread the amplifier output terminals to both left and right sides of the receiver, allowing for more real estate to facilitate these connections.
Unwavering from their historical priorities, NAD continues to build components with strong performance and straightforward functionality. Accomplishing this at an affordable price, NAD has consistently been one of the leading manufacturers of quality to price ratio components. Their commitment to providing a real-world upgrade path for the T 773 was demonstrated by NAD’s release of their Version 2.0 Operating System, offering viable and valuable improvements to an already competent component. The T 773’s performance was outstanding, its installation and implementation was a breeze, and it provided enough functionality and adjustability to accommodate most home theater systems. It offers an honest 110-watt, seven-channel amplifier section that is capable of driving any reasonably efficient loudspeaker system to very high levels, and it will become more effortless if the system is augmented with a powered subwoofer. NAD refrained from adding a lot of useless DSP surround sound modes, such as Hall, Club, Stadium, etc., yet included a few modes that could provide benefit to varying material and sources. It performed flawlessly throughout my review, staying relatively cool even during demanding demonstrations. It always maintained its composure, remaining tonally accurate during both music and movie playback. NAD has always been one of the handful of manufacturers that I have recommended without hesitation in the past. The NAD T 773 A/V surround sound receiver continues that confidence and is firmly planted in my list of components meriting a high recommendation.