NAD vs B&K

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  1. EdNichols

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    I am looking to upgrade to a separate amp for my mains and was considering these two brands. Has anyone compared these two brands?
     
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    I haven't demoed the two against each other but I do own a NAD S250. It replaced a Rotel RMB-1095 and the NAD has had no problem doing the job that the Rotel did even though you have a 75W difference per channel, and half the cap size. Right now for a price of $999 for the NAD, you should give it a series look.

    NAD S250

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    Thanks Kevin. I have been keeping an eye on that S250 also. Good to know that the NAD can keep up with the Rotel. And I would guess that the Rotel and B&K might be close also?
     
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    Do you have an audio shop around your area for auditioning? I've heard my B&W 602s w/ a Rotel amp in a shop. It sounded a bit darker than my NAD amp.

    SaturdayAudio.com is a good place to buy equipment. Very reasonable S/H, easy to work with, and much much cheaper than my local audio shop.
     
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    The S250 for $999 is probably the absolute best you can do for the money for a new amp out there right now, period.

    Hell, even if you were only going to use it for 2 channel at 2 X 200 watts, it would still be well worth it.
     
  6. EdNichols

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    No I don't know of anyone arround that carries both NAD and B&W. I did go to a place that carried Denon and B&W. I compared a Denon 3805 with a B&W ref. amp. The ref. sounded louder and clearer but since I didn't have an SPL meter to verify I couldn't say whether it would sound better at the same level. Don't know how Denon would compare to NAD either.
     
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    Most amps will beat any receiver in a head to head match. Amps are designed to do one thing and one thing well. An receiver can come close. What you will find is that unless you push a receiver to its limits, at moderate levels you won't notice a difference between the two. Watts are watts.

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