Why don't you just get a phono preamp?
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I guess I will beat my OCD down with a bat! Sometimes I just get a thought in my head and that leads to action! I am sometimes wise enough to ignore it though... :^)
frankly I like the spartan appearance of single components and do not really have space unless I put the phono stage on top of the NAD.
also I was thinking the Outlaw may be a fair step up in sound quality but that would be hard to prove based on what little I have found comparing the two.
Maybe I will poke around at the phono stages - just for kicks...
I owned the NAD C320BEE for a number of years, which is the older brother of the C326BEE. If you search the review archives here, you will find my review of the 320BEE from 10 years ago.
I own the Outlaw RR2150 currently and have owned it for the past 7 years.
I like both products, a lot.
The build and sound qualities of each amp are pretty similar ... they are in the same class ... good solid performers. Get the Outlaw if you want a tuner. The Outlaw is a bit more sensitive to the other components in your chain ... pair it with better speakers or a better CD player and you will notice the differences a bit more than you would with the NAD.
The Musical Fidelity phono amp for $200 or so is a great buy, if you go with an outboard.
very useful information.
Sonically the OUTLAW RR2150 and NAD C 326BEE must be neck and neck.
Actually I have a vintage tuner (Sansui TU919) so that part is not really my interest. I was hoping the Outlaw would be a solid step up in sound quality from the NAD and it has more power and phono as well for roughly $250 more in price used.
It could have been fun but I will look elsewhere.
I should have said I owned the rr2150 and have owned a NAD 375BEE. Not quite the same, but NAD. I have owned many other NAD products, including receivers and CD players.
The NAD is a bit "warmer" if that is to your liking, it is mine. Also the volume control on the Outlaw, by remote is a bit finicky, a little touch goes a long way.
I like simplicity in my components, which is NAD. But as mentioned above, if the goal is a one box solution, then the Outlaw is a nice piece. Sound wise you would not gain, IMO
Muzikat, I have kicked around the idea of buying a 375BEE I have presumed it would be better than the Outlaw hands down (maybe I have read too much into the reviews). Also interesting that the Outlaw has a touchy volume control, because I do not like the NAD control - too jumpy.
"Sound wise you would not gain, IMO" thanks for your input.
Tbromgard good call, a small box may do.
The volume control on the Outlaw is not as annoying as all that. Turn the receiver on and manually set the volume. Just how often are you going to futz with the volume? You can always hit 'mute' when the phone rings.
Admittedly, it was a wtf moment seven years ago when I purchased the Outlaw. But after awhile, I realized that I just didn't futz with the volume that often and it's not like any of my other amps had remote controls.
I guess I will find out myself, when I found out the RR2150
had a USB input I decided to buy one and expect it later
this week. I will give my two cents vs the NAD (which btw is
a 325 not a 326, I forgot what I owned). Between the phono,
the tuner and the USB the Outlaw is a nice little package
(also the option to use a better power cord is a big plus)
and if it's sound (sensitivity) is a bit better than the NAD
like you mention above, a steal at $499 used.
I got the Outlaw Audio RR2150 and it is a fair amount more neutral and nuanced than the NAD C 325BEE. In comparison the NAD is thick in the bass and upper bass and rolled off on top the Outlaw is quite neutral and more vibrant and lively with an open quality the NAD does not approach, yet the Outlaw has robust bass when it is present in the recording. Also the USB input sounds quite good, the tuner has OK sound and I have not moved things around to use the phono yet.
Overall I am very happy with the Outlaw