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NAD L75

Audio Video Surround Receiver (2001)

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NAD L75

Specifications

Tuning range: FM, MW

Power output: 60 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Surround output: 40W (front), 40W (center), 40W (rear)

Frequency response: 20Hz to 65kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.02%

Input sensitivity: 200mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 70dB (line)

Output: 185mV (line)

Speaker load impedance: 8Ω (minimum)

Digital inputs: coaxial, optical

Video Connections: composite, SVHS

Dimensions: 285 x 133 x 348mm

Weight: 8.8kg

Accessories: remote control

Year: 2001

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Reviewed Mar 22nd, 2018 by tjs129

This is a serious piece of kit that compares favourably with full size HiFi separates, from the +-10kg weight to the large transformer and 12000uf capacitors in the power supply.

It's also interesting and quite unique - rarely has a manufacturer attempted to package a proper home cinema amplifier into a box so small; at least not without employing digital amplifier units.

I've only used it for stereo listening, but there's decent power on tap - NAD specify 8 ohm speakers only, yet list decent power into 4 ohms. It feels as though the amp would be capable of driving demanding loads, and my hunch is NAD were avoiding 5*4 ohm speakers being used as a precaution. In stereo they'd probably be fine; though the unit does get hot quickly.
This is effectively a larger NAD amp crammed into a small box, and the heat sinks are quite compromised - apparently a fan is used when enough heat is generated.

The same technology as used in NAD's full size HiFi separates is employed here - no digital amps are used. By comparison to a more modern Yamaha mini HiFi the superiority is clear in terms of power; the Yamaha is clean but weedy next to the NAD.

It's almost a shame the same concept wasn't employed for stereo music - later NAD stereo models seemed to jump on the underpowered digital amp bandwagon.
The inbuilt DAC is useful though, and sounds reasonably good - hook up a Chromecast Audio via optical and the system becomes bang up to date.

The tuner is as good as many other competing products, but the analogue inputs seem a bit compromised - NAD clearly intended this to be used with the L55 DVD player & connected via digital cable.

I'm yet to use this with better speakers, but it has done my little Mission 760i set more than justice.

If I have one criticism it is that the price was too high new (£1000 for the receiver & DVD player); but at current second hand prices this might represent the best value for money mini stereo system available if sound is a priority.

 

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re: L75

Hello. Thanks for your comment. If I use it mostly for music, with only two speakers and a subwoofer, which would be the best configuration? Where do I connect these two speakers? Thanks.

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