In celebration of our 45th anniversary, we set out to collect stories from our fans about the first time they discovered the sound of NAD. After reading stories from hundreds of people, we decided to visit some of their homes and capture their stories on film. The narratives that follow—from different people around the world—all demonstrate NAD’s lasting impact on music lovers and audiophiles alike. An ongoing series, My First NAD gives an intimate look into the lives of NAD’s truest fans, uncovering why our products continue to be a rite of passage to the world of hi-fi.
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We’re looking to collect stories about how our customers got their hands on their first NAD product.
Did someone give it to you? Did you save your pennies for it? We want to know all about it!
LET US KNOW
Jeff Locke grew up in Shelburne, Ontario, Canada. Locke credits his parents for sparking his passion for hi-fi and vinyl at a young age. After moving to Toronto as an adult in 1991, Locke acquired a hi-fi system of his own, which was unfortunately eventually stolen. After a few years of what he refers to as “dumpster diving” for stereo components so he could continue listening to music, Locke eventually bought his first NAD component, the NAD C 356BEE.
Stefan Gershater grew up in rural West Sussex, England. A lifelong lover of jazz and blues, Stefan purchased his first NAD component, the NAD C 340, at the recommendation of What Hi-Fi? Having owned the C 340 for more than a decade, Stefan eventually upgraded to the NAD C 375 which he still owns today.
David Palmer grew up in Burlington, Ontario. A fan of the Strawbs and Miles Davis, Palmer was first introduced to the world of audio by his childhood best friend. Palmer became acquainted with NAD after seeing an ad from Bay Bloor Radio for the NAD 2600 and NAD 1300, respectively. Palmer eventually bought both units from Fairview HiFi, and later went on to add the NAD 502 to his system as well.
Nathan Palmer was born in Burlington, Ontario. A hardworking young man who leverages a lifestyle that balances the worldly with the spiritual, Palmer is a self-taught guitar player. A keen follower of music, Palmer was introduced to NAD by his father at a young age.
Chris Vlachos grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was while attending the University of Michigan that Vlachos discovered NAD. A friend and fraternity brother had the NAD 3140 and NAD 2140, and after hearing the components Vlachos was hooked. After finishing school, Vlachos upgraded his system with the NAD 1600 and NAD 2100 which he still uses today. Vlachos is also the owner of the NAD M12 and NAD M22.
“I bought a NAD 3020 in 1980 as a graduation present for myself. Huge sound and I still use it!”
"When I was 14 years old I bought the original 3020a amplifier. I still have it and have recently played both CD and records with it. Marvelous!"
"I bought a set of NAD M17 and M27. This is an amazing sounding home theater set in both stereo and surround."
"My first NAD is the beautiful D 3020. It changed my life."
"My first NAD purchase was the D 3020, powering a pair of PSB X2T towers. I still cannot get over the sound that this little amplifier put out."
"Back in 1980, I got my first NAD 3020, after saving four years to buy it. I still have the amplifier today."
"The 7020 is such a gem. I will never get rid of it. 35 years later still a classic design!"
"My first NAD product is the C320BEE amp. It's still my amp today!"
"A NAD 3020 amplifier bought second hand in 2004 when I was 19. It's been with me ever since."
"I recently purchased my first NAD product, a C 338. So far I've been really impressed by the quality and design of the product."
"My first NAD was the monitor series, 1300 preamp, 4300 tuner and 2600A power amp. Almost 28 years later and they still sound amazing!"
"NAD 3020E. My parents bought it shortly after they got married in the '80s. I took ownership in 2001. I still use it on a daily basis."
"NAD 3020 - it's coming up on 40 years old and it's still stunning."
"My first NAD was the classic 3020 amplifier. My father passed it down to me and started my Hi-Fi passion when I was 15."
"I bought the 3140 integrated. Great phono-stage, tone-controls that actually helped, and more power than you'd think."
"My first NAD product was a C 320BEE amplifier which I bought in 2007. I still use it every day."
"My first NAD was a present from my parents at Christmas in 1995. It was an integrated 310 amp."
"My first NAD was a CD player, the 5320. And I still got it, now playing with my new NAD C 368."
"The amp that first sparked a lifelong love for NAD was the legendary 3020. A fantastic little amp that could punch well above its weight."
"My first NAD product was a 3240PE integrated amp that I purchased during my undergrad years. I ate a lot of Ramen noodles to save up for it."
21) "NAD C 375BEE, awesome amplifier!"
"Saved up to buy the T 747. Third amp of my life; best one so far."
"NAD M25! What a beautiful product. Love the power and the sound."
"The first time I fell in love with NAD was with my NAD C370 I got as second hand."
"NAD 3020. Bought for me as a reward for O level exam results in 1980. Still going strong today."
"I bought my first NAD in 1993 when I was in college. It was a 701 integrated amplifier. I still have it and it's actually my main amp."
"After exhaustive research I acquired a NAD C 326BEE. That was five years ago. I love it just as much today as when I first turned it on."
"In 1990, I visited a friend and was astonished by the sound of his 3020. I went to the same shop and got one. I had it for more than 20 years." -
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