NEWS: NAD Debuts T 778 Reference AV receiver

Incrediboy

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Will be interesting to see if this comes with HDMI 2.1 out of the box or whether they plan it for an upgrade down the road.
 

Fella55

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My Anthem MRX 710 couldn't have died at a better (worse?) time...

:devil:
 

SuperSkunk

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Looks good, got a NAD M10 upstairs and looking to get a new AV amplifier for the sitting room around Christmas so this could be a great fit.
 

ggrossen

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What is interesting here is they are pricing this as $2999 in the US and £2,499 in the UK. Thought this was a mistake initially but seems to be in multiple sources - nice to see that NAD aren't doing a huge mark-up for the UK like some of their competitors - George
 

gibbsy

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What is interesting here is they are pricing this as $2999 in the US and £2,499 in the UK. Thought this was a mistake initially but seems to be in multiple sources - nice to see that NAD aren't doing a huge mark-up for the UK like some of their competitors - George
I think that Steve, @BlueWizard recently commented as to how much more expensive hifi and home cinema kit is in the US as compared to here. Makes a pleasant change.:smashin:
 

Fella55

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Already seeing some liberties with the pricing

NAD T778 | Audiologica

I’ll accept it’s not due out for a couple of months as an excuse. Here’s hoping it with return to the targeted price closer to release.
 

Topmetom 2

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Since having my nad done ive totally changed views on Dirac, i think 2.5 is a good price for sure, but the emo is pulling me in
 

Thatsnotmynaim

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Yes I think the Emo will be a good step up, simpler device, no amps and so more money spent on the audio processing, also has more HDMIs I think...
 

richardsim7

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Is this a replacement for the T777v3?
 

Hari Seldon

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Will be interesting to see if this comes with HDMI 2.1 out of the box or whether they plan it for an upgrade down the road.
From the specs I read, it’s not 2.1. Very puzzling. I need a new processor or AVR but I have no interest whatsoever in something that isn’t full HDMI 2.1. Not interested at all in something with an undetermined upgrade price and that has to be shipped away for the upgrade (yes, please take my Marantz 8805 for a month or two. Not going to happen).
Yet LG has already announced HDMI 2.1 8k sets. The PS5 will be here within a year. What is NAD and others thinking introducing top of the line devices that are already a generation behind?
 
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Fella55

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I don’t know if it’s user serviceable but the HDMI board looks to be in an MDC slot so should just be a case of removing 2 screws and slotting in the new HDMI 2.1 board... when available.

EDIT - a bit like this MDC HDM-2 - Mounting Instructions
 
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Hari Seldon

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I don’t know if it’s user serviceable but the HDMI board looks to be in an MDC slot so should just be a case of removing 2 screws and slotting in the new HDMI 2.1 board... when available.

EDIT - a bit like this MDC HDM-2 - Mounting Instructions
Interesting. I have read other devices that offer 2.1 upgrades are definitely not user serviceable. High five to NAD if the T778 is user serviceable.
 

JoeSepi

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Not sure you'll be able to read the LCD display, on the front of the AVR, across a room with the design they are showing.
 

JoeSepi

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Interesting. I have read other devices that offer 2.1 upgrades are definitely not user serviceable. High five to NAD if the T778 is user serviceable.
I had a module in a Nad AVR changed in one day by my dealer
 

Scott_Mac

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HDMI 2.1 (or eARC specifically) is my main concern.... no mention of it though.

Crazy if they don't offer it!
 

Fella55

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As I mentioned further up, although it's likely to be released with HDMI 2.0 board, it looks like this is sitting in a modular MDC slot which is/should be user serviceable to replace with a HDMI 2.1 board if/when released. At least their whole MDC philosophy indicates this is the idea of it...
 

L4_Isoside

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Hmmm emotiva or this? Thats a question?
Emotiva pre/pro for me (or the seemingly equivalent IOTA), I think the only real way to upgrade from the NAD for me is to go separates with plenty of channels spare and I can choose my own power amps. Obviously costs are going to go up but can't help think they will more future proof.
 

Topmetom 2

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Emotiva pre/pro for me (or the seemingly equivalent IOTA), I think the only real way to upgrade from the NAD for me is to go separates with plenty of channels spare and I can choose my own power amps. Obviously costs are going to go up but can't help think they will more future proof.
Similar, since the calibration im interested
 

Hixs

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Not really understanding the touch screen on an AVR? Why fanny about with that when you have an on screen menu on a large screen tv/PJ. Plus, how many people even keep the displays on on their avrs? I turn all lcd displays off on all of my av/hifi gear.
 

Scott_Mac

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As I mentioned further up, although it's likely to be released with HDMI 2.0 board, it looks like this is sitting in a modular MDC slot which is/should be user serviceable to replace with a HDMI 2.1 board if/when released. At least their whole MDC philosophy indicates this is the idea of it...
I've asked them directly about this for the existing range and they weren't very forthcoming - I thought it was a great positive that you upgrade older hardware but can appreciate that it only goes so far. If they did launch this as only HDMI 2.0 I think it would be a big negative, unless it's a free upgrade.
 

Mister_Tad

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If they did launch this as only HDMI 2.0 I think it would be a big negative, unless it's a free upgrade.
I'd expect it's the same MDC (VM300) that's in the v3 range of their current line-up - at least that's what's pictured.

And if so, replacing it with a new MDC is likely to run around £500.
 
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drillo

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Not really understanding the touch screen on an AVR? Why fanny about with that when you have an on screen menu on a large screen tv/PJ. Plus, how many people even keep the displays on on their avrs? I turn all lcd displays off on all of my av/hifi gear.
I think nad are sticking to their policy of no osd overlay....do no harm passthrough only. It’s the thing that annoys me most about my t777. I used to have my cabinet closed and now have it open to see the screen (a pain). It’s not only the volume that is irksome, it’s that when you call up the osd it shuts off the image and it’s sloooow to boot up the osd. If the new screen can be set to auto dim/shut off and the characters are large, it might be an easier read from across the room then the current screen. Frankly I wish they would just do osd overlay
 

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