Very Good But Built-In Phono Preamp Is Less Than Desirable
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I recently purchased the NAD C 165BEE to replace my PeachTree hybrid pre-amplifer as it crapped out after only 4 years of use. My current system configuration was a Rega 1 turntable that went to a NAD phono preamp that went into the PeachTree that went into a Niles power amp which goes into my Polk Audio sub and speakers. Out of the box, I went directly from the Rega turntable to the new NAD C 165BEE as it has a built-in phono preamp then to the rest of the components and the sound was not near as good. Something was getting lost in translation. So, I decided to continue to use my NAD phono Premp and then go into the new NAD C 165BEE and the sound is as good as it was with the PeachTree. I know it will only get better as I put more hours into it, but I am very pleased with the new NAD C although a bit disappointed that the built-in phono doesn't sound better although I cannot explain why. Seems odd but I'm not well versed electronics and so maybe I'm doing something wrong.
Pros: Sleek black look; remote control, Multi connections for CD player, tape decks, reel-to-reel player, phono etc; can adjust bass and treble.
Cons: Display light isn't very apparent. Remote is not working to adjust volume down but does adjust up out of the box. Need to figure that out.