NAD still the amp to buy?

To Philip Beaudette,

I just finished reading your article about the NAD C 372. It's really interesting. Thank you.

In your opinion, is it still the best amplifier to go with the Energy RC-70 speakers (I got a pair)? Or would you go with another choice?


The NAD C 372 is definitely a good integrated amplifier to partner with the Energy RC-70s, but there are other options as well. If you're thinking about the NAD, then I assume you're in the market for something with a fair amount of power. Another integrated amplifier that comes to mind is Anthem's Integrated 225. It costs about $500 more than the NAD, but is rated to deliver even more power (225Wpc into 8 ohms versus 150Wpc) and comes with an onboard phono stage that is useful if you have a turntable. As usual, your best bet is to try and listen to both before you make a decision.

These are just two of your options. There are a lot of very high-quality integrated amplifiers you could consider, many of which cost close to $1000. Models from companies such as Simaudio, Arcam, and Marantz are just a few that come to mind. Check out the SoundStage! Network Buying Guides for a list of integrated amps that we've reviewed over the past couple of years to see if anything else catches your attention.

Finally, it's worth saying that the Energy RC-70s aren't too difficult to drive, so unless your room is enormous and/or you play music to disturb the neighbors you might find that you can get away with a lower-powered amp. This is important, since it opens up a lot of other possibilities for you that I haven't mentioned.

Please let me know if you have any further questions. . . . Philip Beaudette