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Integrated that can subjectively compete with Benchmark stack?

MAB

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Thank you. I lost touch with the brand as of the late '70's but a CA1000mk2 I had for a short while was utterly silent and with a beautiful 'feel' to the well engineered switch-gear. I did baulk a bit at he number of sub boards and amount of cabling inside though (the UK now sub-par 'enthusiast' amps coming up back then were simplicity itself in comparison but it seems, got the performance fundamentals wrong :( )
I use a CA-2010 on my workbench to this day. It is beautiful in every way.
 

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The Benchmark stack is, of course, sonically stellar - from a classic 2 box perspective.

Feature wise, though, I miss the ability to drive a sub and implement a configurable crossover frequency to optimally drive the back-end of the stack. In many real-world situations, the inability to implement a 2:1 system with an optimal xover may well be a more important performance limitation than perfect theoretical performance with full-range speakers (if there is really such a thing, even Magico these days tries to sell you a sub along with their top range towers :-D).

While I have concerns about NAD's quality issues (I am a fan, but there are too many such discussions to dismiss them), I think they are experimenting with all the best feature mixes. I'd love an M-series version of the D7050.
 
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