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Nad D Range

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Just noticed these new products from NAD and saw that they weren't on Headfi as far as I could find. I thought some people may be interested in them particularly the DAC in the range.

here are the links to the three items in the new D range:

 

http://nadelectronics.com/products/digital-music/D-3020-Hybrid-Digital-Amplifier

 

http://nadelectronics.com/products/digital-music/D-1050-USB-DAC

 

http://nadelectronics.com/products/digital-music/D-7050-Direct-Digital-Network-Amplifier

post #2 of 162

Regarding the DAC/Headphone Amp D1050

 

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The D 1050 also includes a premium discrete headphone amplifier output with a high quality volume control. Output impedance is extremely low, minimizing the effect of connecting cables and keeping noise vanishingly low.

"

 

Why not just write the output impedance and maybe which volume pot is being used? Anyway looks interesting.

 

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Won't be in Australia for a couple months yet....

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Will start shipping these and other new products at end of this month Sept 2013. I have a D1050 being shipped to me soon. Will let you know how it sounds with the HD-800 and LCD-2 compared to tubes.

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So I was updating this post and the power goes out and the post was deleted so I'll try this again.

I picked the 1050 up saturday morning after auditioning it and the dac-it and dac magic plus with my dt-880 600 ohm hp.

The 1050 was hooked up to a nad cd player with an optical cable, the sound was good maybe a little smokey or warm which I like as my last dac was an asus xonar d2/pm sound card, with the dt-880's was a little piercing in the high's.

Then we switched to Tributaries 6 coax and the 1050 really came to life, it had more muscle tighter high's and a great mids.

So I bought the 1050 with the Tributaries 6.

 

The first night I listened for about 3 hours straight with no fatigue just happy as could be great sound. After 3 day's the bass has gotten better as everything else, I never thought the dt-880's could sound so full and rich It's like someone strapped a drum set around my head, drums just sound so fantastic.

 

So I would definitely recommend the 1050 with the dt-880's

 

Set up is xonar coax- tributaies 6 coax-1050- dt-880.


Edited by Frenchwah - 10/1/13 at 5:50am
post #7 of 162

What Hi-Fi magazine review is out. Gave it a 5/5. It's not on the website yet just the Nov. issue.

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Originally Posted by HiFiRobot View Post
 

Audiostream D1050 review is up

 

http://www.audiostream.com/content/nad-d-1050-usb-digital-analog-converter

 

Thanks mate for the link. Never heard of the site and never knew about the D1050! You've definitely thrown a spanner in the works. I was considering the Arcam irDac but I think the NAD would suit my Beyerdynamic better with it's darker, bassy sound. NAD amps are always rather bassy, rich and warm, like this Dac.

 

I would love to see the D1050 go up against the Rega Dac. They both appear to have the same sound signature. I wish I could demo all three! Perhaps I can try to find a place in London to test these.

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Originally Posted by Frenchwah View Post
 

What Hi-Fi magazine review is out. Gave it a 5/5. It's not on the website yet just the Nov. issue.

 

The NAD D3020 review is up here:

 

http://www.whathifi.com/review/nad-d-3020

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Reading the NAD website they describe the 3020 as having a  'Separate Headphone Amplifier' while saying the 1050 has a 'Discrete High Performance Headphone Amplifier'  Anyone able to explain what the difference will be?

 

I like the idea of the 3020 used in a 2.1 system as well as for headphone use.  The remote and optical in will make it really easy to use with my TV.

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I think 1050 has a better headphone amp. 3020 main purpose is to drive speakers.
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$500 for the 1050? Am I reading this right? Sounds like a bargain.

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Though Michael prefers the TEAC UD-501...which I was leaning towards as well.

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Originally Posted by HiFiRobot View Post

I think 1050 has a better headphone amp. 3020 main purpose is to drive speakers.

thanks

 

I currently have a Fiio E17, but to make things more straightforward and have remote control I want something that will run my speakers and headphones.  Would the headphone amp in the 3020 be of similar quality to the E17?

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Originally Posted by schneller View Post
 

$500 for the 1050? Am I reading this right? Sounds like a bargain.


Yep, that's what I paid.

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Originally Posted by Frenchwah View Post
 


Yep, that's what I paid.

 

 

Eagerly awaiting your first impressions, my good friend. :)

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