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User Review: C 390DD Direct Digital Powered DAC Amplifier - NAD C390DD the Giant Killer

December 21, 2013

Products: C 390DD Direct Digital Powered DAC Amplifier

I really wasn't prepared for what I heard. I'm pretty much on the outside fringe when it comes to audio reproduction. I have a dedicated purpose built acoustically tuned listening room (I'm an architect by education), I have over 40 commercial recordings to my credit and I've played music professionally on & off for the past 40 years. My current selection of amplifiers includes push-pull and single-ended triode tube amplifiers and solid state amplifiers from some of the most respected names in high-end audio along with various analog and digital tape decks and phonograph turntables. I have both of the optional modules installed in the C390DD. This amplifier has amazed me with every recording of any kind of music I've thrown at it. It's even more amazing that this kind of performance is available at this price. I have absolutely no desire to use my other high-end solid state or tube amplification. Now they're just kept on the rack shelves because they look interesting, impressive and pretty. What's better about the C390DDt? Pick something, anything. Resolving Power, Resolution, Definition. Dynamics. ZERO noise. Soundstage. Imaging. Detail... .. Oh, and did I say RESOLVING POWER? Whatever! Needless to say my longtime love affair with overpriced tube amps and "high-end" linear amplifiers is over! Pros: Everything. Cons: It doesn't cost 10's of thousands of dollars and therefore is subject to negative high-end audio pricing bias, no snob appeal, doesn't make a status symbol "statement", no flashing lights, glowing tubes or pretty blue meters. It just sits on the rack shelf barely noticed.

artto - Chicago

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