To Hans Wetzel,
I just finished reading your informative NAD M32 review. I’m currently setting up a BluOS multiroom system and would like to incorporate a high-end NAD piece for the listening room. The NAD M32 sounds like the right choice. I wanted to ask you if you could compare the M32 to NAD’s M12 [preamplifier-DAC]/M22 [stereo power amplifier] combination, and if there is any justification to spend the extra money on separates?
Can you also please make a recommendation on in-wall and in-ceiling speakers?
Thank you in advance!
Unless you need some of the extra connectivity found on the M12 preamplifier-DAC, I think you’ll be highly satisfied with what the M32 can do on its own. Plus, I’d venture to say that its DirectDigital amplifier section offers higher performance than the M22 stereo amplifier, which our editor, Jeff Fritz, was impressed by when he reviewed it for SoundStage! Ultra in 2015. The M32 is a no-brainer, in my humble opinion.
There are plenty of great brands that sell in-wall and in-ceiling speakers, so I’d feel irresponsible if I only mentioned one. In no particular order: GoldenEar Technology, Definitive Technology, PSB, Paradigm, Focal, and KEF. I know it’s not always easy to listen to speakers before buying, especially on the in-wall/in-ceiling front, but each brand will have its own unique “house sound.” If you like what you hear from a company’s bookshelf or floorstanding loudspeaker models, I’m confident that you'll enjoy their “architectural” offerings. . . . Hans Wetzel