NAD C320BEE vs. C720BEE


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Username: Jhzr2

Post Number: 2
Registered: May-06

Can anyone comment on the theoretical quality difference of choosing an integrated amp and a seperate tuner, like the C320BEE and an equivaent NAD tuner... and a stereo receiver, like the NAD C720BEE?

Is the difference in quality, flexibility, longevity, etc. just like splitting hairs?

Or is there some difference that should be thuroughy considered?



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Username: Stu_pitt

Irvington, New York USA

Post Number: 1322
Registered: May-05
Theoretically, the more things you jam into one box, the more compromises you need to make. If a product does 10 things, how well will it do any one of them when compared to a product that does one thing?

I own the 320BEE and love it for it's price. The 720BEE supposedly is the 320BEE with a tuner and a few other features thrown in. I haven't heard the 720BEE. I'd imagine that the 320BEE and 422 tuner would sound better than the 720BEE, but don't know how much. I don't think it would be a dramatic difference. The tuner section of the 720BEE probably isn't going to be as good as the 422. If the majority of your listening is to the radio and it's a high priority, this may effect your decision. I don't have a tuner and don't miss it at all.

I'm not all that technical savy, but I've herad how having a tuner in the box can effect sound quality. Something about current bleeding through... cross talk... You have me swinging here.

I do however believe that generally speaking, the best products do one thing. How good is the main blade on a Swiss Army knife compared to a regular comparible priced knife? What about the scissors?

In the case of the 320BEE vs the 720BEE, I don't think you can add things to a design without effecting something. The effects may be very minimal, but are probably their none the less. If it's not enough of a compromise to make you reconsider, go ahead and pick one up. If the tuner is a priority and the seperate tuner is far better, you're better off with the 320BEE and 422.

A couple other companies make stereo receivers as well. I don't know if you've looked into Marantz, Harman/Kardon, and Outlaw. I think they're all priced within a few dollars of each other. The H/K is the cheapest. The Outlaw has gotten some rave reviews. I haven't heard any reviews of the 720BEE, but the 320BEE has gotten very consistant great reviews. The model the 720BEE replaced also was very well reviewed

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Username: Asellus

AucklandNew Zealand

Post Number: 2
Registered: Jun-06
I heard the 720bee and C320 bee recently demoed with the same cd player and speakers, and couldn't tell the difference.

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Username: Pointe


Post Number: 9
Registered: Jun-06
My dealer lent me a NAD 370 a couple years ago so I could compare it to my old 705. There's not a lot of difference.

The 'NAD sound' is very pervasive in all of their equipment. My old 705 was a bit more rounded off, where as the more powerful 370 could give some extra definition.

My brother and I then did some blind listening tests. Truthfully, we couldn't tell the difference most of the time. The cables and players we were using to test had a far greater impact on sound quality.

I think at this price point, most lines are much like this. You have to spend a lot more money to hear very tiny incremental improvements.

Save the money, get the cheaper one, but use the dough for interconnects and cabling, if you haven't already got a decent set. If you do, maybe it's worth the extra money.

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Username: Pointe


Post Number: 10
Registered: Jun-06
I should add: I assume you're not trying to drive really heavy speakers. If you're running speakers that are 6 or 8 ohms, you don't really need the power.

If you have some demanding speakers, you should consider separate amplification.
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