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Features and Setup

By Danny Phillips

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Because all of the T748’s HDMI sockets are v1.4, it’s fully geared up to pass 3D images through to your TV, as well as supporting Audio Return Channel and CEC. It’ll also convert analogue video signals and output them from the HDMI socket.

Naturally it can also decode any Dolby and DTS format, including Dolby True HD and DTS HD Master Audio, plus stereo material can be converted to pseudo surround using NAD’s EARS mode, Dolby Pro Logic IIx or NEO:6 (but there’s no ‘front height’ technology like Pro Logic IIz). Enhanced Stereo plays music through all speakers. Power output is quoted at a modest 7 x 40W, although in stereo mode that’s upped to 2 x 80W.

Setup is simple thanks to the built-in Auto Calibration. Using the supplied microphone and test tones, it sets the appropriate noise level, number of speakers, distances, levels, sizes and equalisation (bass/treble levels) for your room automatically. It’s a set-and-forget process, perfect if you hate the thought of tweaking everything manually.

But if you’re not happy with the results then you can turn off the EQ after calibration is complete, or set the parameters yourself in the setup menu. This comes in the form of a rudimentary onscreen display, with blocky lettering over a black background. Its ugly appearance is a far cry from the slick menus of Onkyo and Denon, but it’s responsive and easy to follow.

Within it, you can tinker with the speaker settings, configure the inputs, alter listening modes and loads more – despite its simple appearance, it’s very thorough. Also useful is that it remembers your settings for each source input.

NAD T748

The T748 comes with an attractive, weighty remote. It’s covered in rubbery, tactile buttons and a helpfully placed menu control pad. Button size and labelling is excellent, and the row of ‘device selector’ keys along the top is useful. It can also be used to control other NAD components.

Tonyagf

November 5, 2011, 12:39 pm

I have just bought the NAD T748 just few weeks, and for the money it is an awesome amp, great sound quality in music and home theater. I see some reviews knock it for not having internet radio and some other useless bells and whistles, I think the most important thing is how does the amp sound, maybe it's just me but I buy a amp for the sound not to be an ornament.
If you want an amp that sounds good buy a NAD, if you want flashing lights and all that crap, there is plenty off that garbage for sale out there, and often for more money aswell!

Gil Jackson

December 4, 2013, 11:49 pm

This is an awesome receiver but like most systems it needs to be tweaked. I've had mine a month now and for the most part I love it. It is a great sounding musical receiver, especially the analog section. When I first got it, I was using Audioquest Chocolate HDMI cables all the way through. I was a bit fatigued by the DAC on the high end and was a bit dissapointed. Through the analog section I was swapping between Straightwire, Cardas and high end Monster ($600.00) interconnects. The analog section sounds great with all 3, but the Cardas won out clearly. Then I heard about the Shunyata Venom HDMI cable and how great it is. I decided to give a Shunyata a try between my and BRP AND RECEIVER it was the exact tweak it needed to cure the DAC problem. THE EDGINESS disappeared and the sound quality became much more like analog. Now when listening to music, I can go from analog to HDMI digital and not notice much difference. I'm using ahigh end BRP too. The bells and whistles that this AVR doesn't have, I could care less about, I have everything else on my BRP & TV. The only con that I have is that the high end inter connects that I use are built very well and when they grip, they grip. For example, the monster grips very tight and makes great contact and is somewhat hard to pull off. Well when I tried to disconnect them, they actually pulle the interconnect connectors off of the receiver. The Cardas cable is very rigid and when I slid the Receiver into the cabinet, the broke the audio in 2 caps off. Now these cables I have used for over 17 years and has not done this to any other amp or receiver that I have used in all of these years. The receiver has been replaced and I just hooked it up today. I'm hoping the problem was only with the returned one. I will not use the Monster any more, but the Cardas sounds so good, I'll have to use that but just be very carefull putting it into the cabinet. I've been an audiophile for over 25 years and found out long ago that cabling makes a big difference and don't let C Net convince you otherwise.

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