All the tricks in the book
The Teac NR-7CD power amplifier can do the most, including playing CDs. The sound is also very good.
- Pro: The sound is very good, we especially like the transparency and the fast delivery of rhythms and transients. Enjoyable CD player and headphone jack are very good.
- Contra: It is a little limited with power, and app control has great potential for improvement. We hardly miss a USB DAC input.
While the sale of single-book solutions increases, people who are also willing to pay for the good sound no longer want a rough big stereo system. Should manufacturers persuade people from buying some cheap wireless speakers, they do not use many and large stereo components as an alternative. No matter how successful they may be. Therefore, we now see increased sales of amplifiers that can many tricks, including streaming the music directly from the internet.
Retro look, but modern inwards. The Teac NR-7CD is a delicacy of an amplifier. Photo: Teac
The Teac NR-7CD is such a product. Compared to other all-in-one amplifiers like the slim Naim Uniti Nova, this retro-like amplifier is quite large, but it also has a built-in CD player. So here you only need loudspeakers to get rich hi-fi sound in the living room. Besides music streaming and playback of highly resolved files, Teac has also taken Bluetooth seriously. If you have a newer Android phone of the expensive battle, there are good opportunities for it to support Sonys LDAC codec, which is also built into the Teac Amplifier. Then you get true uncompressed CD quality over Bluetooth. In addition, there are digital inputs, you should feel the need to connect other things like the TV. All we miss is a USB DAC input.
With a price tag of $5,000, the amplifier must keep the sound quality intact and well. The somewhat modest effect of 2 x 60 Class D-watt in 8 ohms, probably does not satisfy the sound pressure fanatics, but others who want to enjoy the music at a comfortable listening level – and maybe a bit higher than that – should be able to get their dreams fulfilled with the Tea NR-7CD.
NR-7CD is sturdy built, with brushed aluminum and beautiful, rounded side panels. Teac shows that they have not forgotten their history as a tape recorder by placing a pair of analogue VU meters in the front, with wizards like fans as music plays.
The Ethernet port opens for streaming, and the digital inputs allow for more sources. For example, the analogue input can be used for the disc player, if it has built-in RIAA. Preamplifier output is a miss.
Teac NR-7CD network functionality
The amplifier does not have built-in Wifi, but must be connected to the network with an Ethernet cable. My MacBook Pro then recognized it immediately as a wireless AirPlay source. Audirvana did the same, but this program should also have recognized it as a DLNA source, something I have not managed to get. Then I could play high-resolution files – also DSD and MQA – directly through the air from my Mac. Not for that, you still get played of all their files, but only with “normal” sound quality, which also sounds very good.
It comes with remote control for the amplifier, but the solution on the power cord will be downloading the Teac HR Streamer, which controls the amplifier from the mobile. Then I can log in to my Tidal account and listen to music in both CD quality and higher Master quality. High-resolution music files on the drive or hard disk drive, I also access the app. The problem is that I hate it. It is unrealistic to browse all Tidal cartoons, and songs and artists are written in a small space with limited space for all the characters. Long song titles are just the beginning, and the app is so insane that I rarely bother to use it. Instead, I use the Tidal app on mobile and send to the amplifier via AirPlay, or I use the Spotify app. The extra high quality sound quality is also not worth the trouble. But since the amplifier also has DLNA, you can use third-party apps.
Much is forgiven
When I reject the app and use the NR-7CD as an amplifier with AirPlay and Spotify Connect built-in, the impression is far better. Whether it’s from CD or played from Tidal via AirPlay, the music sounds both airy and resolved. The voice of Elizabeth Fraser on the Massive Attack classic Teardrop is soft and airy through the Audiovector SR3 Arreté Raw Surface reference speakers, and the Teac Amplifier places her in a big and airy soundtrack, with distinctly marked percussion and a crispy and delicious cembalo.
Best rhythm is by turning off sampling, and I prefer to put the digital filter to Short Delay Slow, which in my ears sounds the most musical.
Teac also has control of the bass register, which is delivered with fast and cash rhythms. Bass bass with bass guitar are quite brutal things when playing loudly, and here the amplifier reveals some limited power reserves. It will be a little flat down, compared with Naim Uniti Nova, which has much more to do with even better rhythm in the bass register. But Nova is also $ 15,000 more expensive and has no CD player, so it should only be missing.
The integrated amplifier Hegel Voice has approximately the same power as the Teac NR-7CD, and has both AirPlay and DLNA built-in. No CD player, but the price tag is half of Teac. The hegel has better control of the rhythms, and if you are to pour Eminem or Drake with rough and tough bass, Hegelen has more profit. It also sounds more tidy. Teacen, on the other hand, smoother and finer, and it has a kind of x-factor that becomes addictive.
On the other hand, Hegelen has a very high quality USB-DAC input, with Teac’s glimpses with its absence. It does not matter that Hegel Voice is a better purchase, even though the NR-7CD has a built-in CD player.
With its many tricks in the sleeve, the Teac NR-7CD is an amplifier that only needs speakers, so you have a fully functional facility. A very successful facility.
The sound quality is very good. The music sounds smooth and resolved, in a big and airy soundtrack. It just needs a little bit of power and bass control to really hit the nail on the head. But the digital processing is top and the headphone output sounds very good.
The additional features, such as CD player and network functionality, come in handy. Although, the mobile app is not impressive, then we prefer to use AirPlay and DLNA functionality. Had there been a USB DAC input, more had been resolved.
The amplifier is good, but you get more value with an integrated to 20,000 and a good CD player next to it.
- Output power: 2 x 60 W (8 ohms), 2 x 100 w (4 ohm)
- Inputs: 2 opt, 1 coax, 1 USB-A, 1 RCA, Bluetooth
- Digital Resolution: 24-bit / 192kHz (PCM), 2.8 MHz (DSD)
- Network: Ethernet, Spotify, Tidal,
- AirPlay, DLNA
- Outputs: 3.5 mm headphone jack
- Dimensions: 15.2 x 44.2 x 34.5 cm (H x W x D)
- Weight: 13.4 kg
- Design: silver
- Web: teac-audio.eu
- Price: $4,998, –