I have a NAD C372. You need the links or you will hear no sound because the links connect the preamp and power amp sections. You can use interconnets/jumpers in place of the links. Preferably short interconnects.
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I am personally not crazy about the Audio quest jumpers, but they are better than stock metal bars.
Thanks for all responses. I didn't know the jumpers/links need to be in place in order for the amp to work. I need to find out why my friend said there isn't any jumpers provided with the amp since he was listening to it driving the B&W 684 for the past 2 months or so. Thanks for all valuable feedbacks.
It's likely that the previous owner was using the NAD as a preamp or a power amp along with another component or used the outs to wire a sub woofer. One would have to remove these links in order to take advantage of this great feature the NAD offers. If you are using the unit as an integrated amp you do need these links. I am surprised NAD does not offer replacements at a reasonable price! The other links perviously mentioned all will work well but are a little costly.
That's the down side of buying used gears.
You think you got the savings with used gears but then again it depends.
Most sellers here are honest and quite courteous but some apparently are not that nice or sometimes are too lazy to find things for you.
Agreed with Knownothing, Audioquest is noticeably better than the factory cheap metal bars. But there are other places that you can order the pre-amp jumper cables like the places mentioned by Knownothing and Dr.Dennis
Dr.Dennis had a good idea. Why don't you order both brands online? Keep the pair that sounds better to your ears and return the other pair.
I paid $50 plus tax for a pair of Audioquest Copperhead about a month ago for my NAD C326BEE at a local B&W dealer.
Don't pay more than $60 for a pair of pre-amp jumper cables.
Online purchase may save you some $$$ in this crazy economy time.