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Rotel 1055 or NAD T762 As A Pre/Pro (1 Viewer)

Arron H

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How do these receivers match up sonically? Which is a better match for B&W N805s & HTM2? Both are reputed to be good musical receivers with excellent build quality and reliability. Is the the Rotel worth the extra cash or is the NAD just as good?
 

Jonathan M

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If you are only using them as a pre-pro, I'd be tempted to go to something else. The amplifier sections of these units are one of their big selling points, and will be wasted if you are not going to use them. I'd be tempted to go for either the Outlaw 950 or Rotel 1066 dedicated pre/pro in this situation.

If you are requiring the amplifier sections, then both will do well. One advantage of the NAD is it has a better remote. There have been talk of a few teething problems with the T762 - there is a software revision out that requires a microchip replacement that you should be aware of. This corrects some of the issues (Muting of digital audio signal at beginning of track, Volume "tick" problem etc.) that some users have discovered. NAD have been extremely good at providing me personally with technical information and have offered me a free microchip upgrade (That I will perform myself) for my T752. Rotel also has a good reputation of service as well - the 1066 has had many free upgrades and fixes available for it, for instance.

Both would do a good job - I think with these receivers it'll come down to useability, looks and reliability for me personally. YMMV
 

Rich Wenzel

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I agree with what Jonathan said. The amp sections of both of these units is something you pay for.

Three things though, the Rotel 1055 is actually cheaper than the 1066, even more so when you consider that the 1066 doesnt have a tuner.

The NAD has a fan, not sure how much that effects things. Maybe Johnathan can comment.

In that price range and if you decide to go the separates route, I would also look at the new Adcom 860, I bet its pretty good, brand new as well.

Rich
 

Arron H

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Is Adcom a good match with B&W? I'm not as familiar with this line but am definately open to suggestions.
 

NickSP

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Why not go with the T--752 as a prepro if you will only use this as a prepro? My dealer said the preamp section in the 752 id identical to the 761.
 

Martice

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If you are only using them as a pre-pro, I'd be tempted to go to something else. The amplifier sections of these units are one of their big selling points, and will be wasted if you are not going to use them. I'd be tempted to go for either the Outlaw 950 or Rotel 1066 dedicated pre/pro in this situation.
I don't know about the above statement. If the Rotel 1055 is cheaper than the 1066 but it is as flexible or almost as flexible as the 1066, why not purchase it? Yeah you have amplification that you may not be using but I don't look at it like your wasting amplification. I look at it like your getting more bang for the buck and you also are gaining in system flexibility.

Suppose you want to sell your present separate 5 channel amp but can't afford to buy your new replacement one just yet. Well, you can afford to wait for the new amp without any down time because you still have your internal amplification which allows you to sell your present amp whenever you feel.

Also, I look at it like the more you can get, the better the bargain as long as the features don't affect the systems sonic performance and their isn't an obvious dip in overall product quality.

In short, get as much as you can get for your dollar as long as you don't take obvious shorts in overall build and part quality and the systems sonic performance.
 

Andrew Pratt

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Also consider that Rotel and B&W go very well together and are distributed by the same company in north america. Also I know that the VP of Rotel owns all B&W speakers;)
 

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