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An old school no frills "audiophile" and sentimentality

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nevets88

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This is my primary stereo receiver:

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It's nearly 30 years old and still kicking although mine looks a little more worn. It has no remote, no surround sound, no spdif output, no hdmi inputs, no BT, the list goes on. It is the equivalent of an old car with manual steering, manual roll up windows, no antilock brakes but with a finely tuned and maintained engine that never breaks down. Its amplifier parts were taken from another NAD model, the 3020, which was known for its awesome sound and yes, musical goodness flows out of it, clean and warm.

It is very Apple, it does very few things but it has a great "interface", intuitive and simple, no manual required. It looks like it belongs in a museum, almost a work of art. Every time I consider replacing it, I'm just about to pull the trigger, but I say, never mind, it works well, seems excessive to replace it. Eventually one day, the always advancing tech out there will make it a burden. It needs a digital to analog converter to play audio output from the tv. It's a pain you can't control the volume from a remote. You can't play music wirelessly from a smartphone or computer.

The day will come when it'll be replaced by something with all the bells and whistles, but that will have a remote with as many buttons as an airplane cockpit, the back will have a million outputs and it'll be a spaghetti of wires to hide away and there won't be a piece of art on the cabinet anymore, but hey, I won't have to get up to change the volume.

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