On State-of-the-Art Measurements

To Doug Schneider,

I enjoyed your piece on the NAD Masters M23 and the affordability of high resolution. I’ve had the NAD Masters M33 for about two years now and it’s left me scratching my head. It does a lot of things extremely well, but it always seems like something is missing. Maybe I don’t want ultimate transparency. My favorite amp ever was a McCormack DNA-500, a big, heavy, meaty-sounding amp. I’m sure it wasn’t the best-measuring amp. You could hear crackle coming through the tweeter. But the music sounded alive and real. The NAD sounds a little sterile to me. Some of the most disappointing equipment I’ve owned has been the best measuring.

Rich Ramorino
United States