by Anthony Kershaw
Whither NAD? Purveyor of some of the best entry level high end gear. Quality components that sound good for a very good price. It’s gone decidedly upmarket with the new Master Series of components, including CD/SACD players, integrated amplifiers, tuner and surround sound amplifier. Designed in Holland, these products look wonderful, are built like tanks, and will stand the test of time.
I heard the M3 Dual Mono Integrated Amplifier and the M5 CD SACD Player connected to JM Labs speakers. Listening to my recent CD acquisitions, the system was dynamic, clean and the electronics worked beautifully in tandem. The amplifier has 2 x 180 watts of power, capable of driving almost anything (in fact, a famous speaker designer was with me in the store and mentioned that this particular integrated amp drove his prototype 85dB speakers to deafening levels with ease). The CD/SACD player was marvelous in its clarity and ability to unravel complex lines. I’d like to get both for a more formal, lengthy review. But in the meantime, look at the website and find a dealer. You should check these beauties out for yourself.