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.
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.
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.