The Buzz on the Latest BEE
NAD's C725BEE receiver is a true BEE (Bjorn Erik Edvardsen) design with all his latest developments, including PowerDrive, Distortion Canceling Circuit, BEE Clamp and an all new and more highly refined circuit layout. Based on the same type of high current toroidal transformer found on NAD's high-end Masters Series, the C725BEE can provide a healthy, ultra low distortion 50 watts of continuous power.
But more importantly, on a short term dynamic basis (which is the way music reproduction demands the power to be delivered) the C725BEE can provide as much as 200 watts depending on the characteristics of the loudspeaker being driven. If, for any reason, more power is asked for than the C725BEE can provide, the exclusive Soft Clipping circuit prevents the harsh grating sound of hard clipping distortion.
Ultra-Low-Noise Fountain of Power
This ultra-low-noise and ultra-low-distortion fountain of power gives music an effortless unforced quality. The smallest details in your recordings suddenly emerge. The timbre of each instrument and rhythm of the entire ensemble is clearly revealed.
Imagine a big three-dimensional sound stage with each instrument clearly defined in its own space. It is now so easy to hear all the details in your music that 'listener fatigue' is a thing of the past.
Highly Sensitive FM Tuner
The highly sensitive FM tuner offers audio performance that is as good as or better than any FM broadcast, ensuring the best possible sound quality for FM stations. RDS is also supported, giving text information about the station and songs being played depending on the data sent by the FM station. AM yields the best possible quality from this older but still popular broadcast technology.
All input switching is accomplished using sealed reed relays. While these cost more than the usual CMOS type switch used by lesser receivers, the very low resistance of the relay keeps noise at the lowest possible levels. Precision audio grade capacitors are used in all critical circuit locations adding both performance and reliability.
Seven Inputs Plus iPod Input
In addition to the seven high-level inputs on the rear panel there is a front panel mini-jack for quick and easy hook up of an iPod or other portable music player. Additional convenience features include an IR remote commander, connections for a second set of speakers, and an informative two-line vacuum fluorescent display. Audiophile features like multi-way speaker binding posts and gold plated input jacks all add to the performance and reliability of this fine instrument. There is even an output for adding a powered subwoofer.
Custom Installation Features
There is a line level Zone 2 output with independent source selection allowing you to add an amplifier in another location and listen to all your sources connected to the C725BEE.
A separate remote commander is included to control the C725BEE from the remote location using independent IR codes. The IR input and output sockets on the rear panel make it easy to attach any of the many IR repeaters on the market today.
The C725BEE also sports an RS-232 port and is certified compatible with Crestron, AMX and Savant system controllers. The inclusion of 12V trigger input and output gives additional flexibility and compatibility for custom installations. A detachable AC cord also speeds the installation process.
The 'Greening' of NAD Electronics
NAD takes its responsibilities to the planet very seriously by pursuing forward-thinking, environmentally aware manufacturing. The company imposes strict measures in all its product designs to eliminate environmentally hazardous materials and minimize power consumption. It uses lead free solder throughout manufacturing, and has re-designed its circuit board production to eliminate environmentally dangerous chemical compounds.
Many of NAD's newer designs use less than 1 watt of power in standby mode, and NAD's unique PowerDrive™ technology improves amplifier efficiency during playback.
Music with the C 725BEE exhibits an effortless, unforced quality. The smallest details in recordings now emerge with the timbre of each instrument and the rhythm of full ensembles clearly revealed. It's a level of refinement that makes music come to life, as if on a big three-dimensional sound stage in which each instrument is defined with a clarity that banishes 'listener fatigue.'
-- Hometheaterreview.com, February 17, 2009.