Receivers

NAD T785 7.1 A/V Receiver

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Design

As I mentioned, the T785 has the AV inputs and outputs on removable cards to allow you to upgrade in the future. There is space for five cards in the system, and mine came outfitted with an HDMI card (containing the VM200 HDMI module with 4 HDMI inputs, 1 output and a Sigma Designs VXP scaler for video, and the AM200 audio module with 3 coaxial and 3 optical inputs, 1 optical and 1 coaxial output, and Audyssey MultEQ), a component video board (3 inputs, 1 output), a standard definition video board (5 composite and S-video inputs, 4 outputs including a second zone), an analog audio board (5 stereo pair inputs, 4 outputs including a second zone), and a multichannel audio board (7.1 RCA input, 7.2 RCA audio output). As these are replaceable, when HDMI 1.5 (for a future standard) is released, you should be able to upgrade your HDMI board with a new board for that standard, or in my case I would replace the component video board with another HDMI board, as I have no use for component in my system anymore.

The T785 features a 7 x 120 watts per channel amplifier that is powered by Twin Holmgren Toroidal power supplies with one dedicated to the front L/R channels, as well as 3 IR and 12V triggers, and an RS-232 port for custom installers. This power rating might sound low compared to other receivers, but the massive power supply that NAD has built into this unit shows that NAD is giving you a true measure of the output power of this receiver, not just what it was do with only 1 or 2 channels driven. All of the triggers enable the T785 to act as the brains for any home theater setup, no matter how complex it might be. The speaker binding posts accept banana plugs or bare wire, but not spades, and instead of the standard round covers for inserting bare wire, it features angled twist-down's that I found much easier to get a very tight connection with. The spacing between them is a little tight, as it is with most receivers these days, but I wish more companies would use this method for bare wire.

The T785 is built like a tank compared to your regular receiver. It weighs far more than any receiver that I've used, and as you can see in the image, there are those massive toroidal power supplies inside to make sure that your speakers will not lack power during dynamic passages in music or films. The row of fans on the bottom worried me a little bit, as the small size could lead to a high pitched whine when they are running, but the only time I noticed the noise at all was when everything else was turned off in the room and the receiver was left running. During music or movies, no matter how quiet the passage, they never made themselves heard and took me out of the moment, and I never had any issues with the amp overheating either.