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NAD T757 vs Marrantz SR7007 with VAF DC-X

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I've got a pair of VAF DC-X on the way so it's time to replace my old Yamaha RXV. I've never been happy with it's thin, overly bright sound and have been using a Redgum SG-5500 to run my current Firesprite setup.

I jumped on a deal on an ex demo Marrantz SR7007 ($1800) but have been second guessing the decision a bit after reading about the sound quality of the NAD T757. I'm a bit wary of the stories of reliability issues and bugginess with the NAD.

I'm away from home for a couple of months so can't compare them myself. I may add a power amp for the mains later and listen to 80% music 20% movies.

Any thoughts on whether the Marrantz will do the job or should I take a chance on the NAD?

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without shadow of a doubt in the power amp side of things the and will romp over the marantz. the marantz though based on denon processing and basically a denon avr will be a pretty decent performer and  bug free thing.

 

I notice both items are now superseded. the nad 758 is the replacement and I would rather buy that than the older model. as nad seem to progressively sort their avrs out with each subsequent model.

 

if concerned of bugginess of the nad. get a lemon clause on it with the retailer and express your concerns. let them know keen to buy the and but if the thing is a buggy pos you will be expecting it to be swapped out with something like the marantz. they should come to the party :)

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Thanks for your input- that's definitely the impression I was getting too but because I work away a lot warranty isn't really the whole answer for reliability issues- I want to make sure I won't be getting calls from home because of some glitch...

Do you think there's a lot of difference in the per/pro side? ie, do you think there'd be much difference if the Marrantz was playing music via a power amp (I'm leaning toward NAD or Vincent)?

It's a bit frustrating that it'll always be a compromise- I'd be happy juggling the Redgum and my old Yamaha but I think it's too much of a hassle for my wife and various house guests- I need a simple and reliable setup...

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I use a NAD receiver. The display occasionally "takes a break", but otherwise it's been flawless. Simple to set up and easy enough for visitors, baby sitters and so on to use.

Al

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I've got a NAD T748 and it's been bulletproof since day 1. The menus take some getting used to, but once set up as desired it's pretty much hands-off. Seems like it has a reasonably gutsy amp stage as well which is nice.

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I've had the NAD T787 for 12 months now, no bugginess at all, been hassel free (touchwood)...of the odd occasion I've wanted to suss out the best set-up NAD online customer service have been fast to reply.  This unit is definately easy to use.

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good to hear. am only too happy to see they have got over their initial buggyness with early models :)

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Thanks for all the input. I decided to compromise since I think I'd be too wary of the NAD being buggy to really enjoy any SQ benefit. I bought the Marantz SR7007 (at a good price) and might add a Vincent power amp down the track...

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