NAD T748 review



Our Score



  • Stylish and well built
  • Smooth, controlled sound
  • Auto calibration


  • Not as powerful or dynamic as some rivals
  • Limited connections for the money
  • Rudimentary onscreen display

Review Price £795.00

Key Features: Dolby True HD & DTS HD Master Audio decoding; 7 x 40W power; Auto Calibration; Four 3D-ready HDMI inputs; EARS surround sound

Manufacturer: NAD Electronics

The T748 from New Acoustic Dimension (or NAD to me and you) is a 7.1-channel AV receiver, described by its creators as ‘performance driven’. That means they’ve spent more time nailing the sound quality and less time cramming it with features that bump up the price, which may well be music to the ears of home cinema purists whose networking and multimedia needs might already be catered for by other kit.

NAD T748

The T748 is blessed with NAD’s distinctive sense of style, which favours faintly retro simplicity over flashy exuberance, and build quality is fantastic. It’s styled in a classy charcoal grey finish (also available in silver) with a subtly curved top edge and a large Vacuum Fluorescent Display dominating the front panel. On either side of this you’ll find a few discreet buttons that let you toggle through sources, listening modes and control the onscreen menu. However, you won’t find any USB or HDMI ports – composite, S-video, analogue stereo and 3.5mm minijack are the only front-facing inputs (the minijack doubles as the setup mic port).

The rear panel sports fewer connections than you might expect for an £800 AV receiver. There are four HDMI inputs (all v1.4) which is a decent number but the same as the £200 RX-V371 – we want more at this price. They’re joined by four digital audio inputs (two optical and two coaxial) plus component, two composite and S-video inputs. You get three sets of analogue stereo inputs and one output, plus a set of 7.1 pre-outs that will let you pass unamplified signals to an external amp for even more muscle.

NAD T748

Other connections include FM and AM radio aerial inputs, IR input, RS232, an MP Dock port for NAD’s IPD iPod dock and a socket for NAD’s DB2 DAB radio module. Binding posts are provided for all seven channels. There are no networking features on board, hence the lack of an Ethernet port.

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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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