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  1. #21
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    Apr 2013
    Like most hi-end hifi companies they just buy the software platform in and do a bit of case/logo engineering for these types of products. As these are low volume products (and always will be, they simply can't make a lot of them) they need to make high margins. The buyers know this, and they understand there is *some* value in the "rare" nature of the product, whether it performs any different from anything else or not. No intrinsic value, of course, just a perceptual value.

    Personally I'm not interested in the rarity value and will stick to digital sources that are well enough engineered to be reliable and no more than that..

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    Hardware: 3x Touch, 1x Radio, 2x Receivers, 1 HP Microserver NAS with Debian+LMS 7.9.0
    Music: ~1300 CDs, as 450 GB of 16/44k FLACs. No less than 3x 24/44k albums..

  2. #22
    Senior Member pablolie's Avatar
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    Feb 2006
    bay area, california.
    NAD is a pretty good brand all in all.

    The M22 power amp uses Hypex. Yes, I am partial as per my sig. Sure there are lower priced manifestations, but hey. It's one of those things where you never have to worry about an amp again (ha- famous last words).

    Then again - who is so helpless they think they need an audio brand for ripping and streaming stuff? Your chain starts at the DAC.
    Server: Virtual Machine (on VMware Workstation) running Ubuntu 18.04 + LMS 7.9.1
    System: SB Touch -optical-> Benchmark DAC2HGC -AnalysisPlus Oval Copper XLR-> NAD M22 Power Amp -AnalysisPlus Black Mesh Oval-> KEF Reference 1
    Other Rooms: 2x SB Boom; 1x SB Radio; 1x SB Classic-> NAD D7050 -> Totem DreamCatcher + Velodyne Minivee Sub
    Computer audio: workstation -USB-> audioengine D1 -> Grado RS1/Shure 1540

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