NAD Masters M33 Streaming Integrated Amplifier $4,999 Review

January 10, 2021 § Leave a comment

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“Jazz was no challenge for the M33, either. A track like “Up Jumped Spring” from the Christian McBride Big Band’s For Jimmy, Wes, and Oliver (24/96 FLAC, Qobuz) presented Quincy Phillips’ delicate snare brushwork and minimalist cymbal accents with natural stunning realism but no “extra” sizzle or sheen, while the great Joey DeFrancesco’s Hammond B3 lines revealed all their natural leading-edge “puff” and subtle interior grit. And McBride’s bass solo on this track had real density on its one really low note, and convincingly woody, fingerboard-damped realism on all the rest. The next track, “Milestones,” features a full-band intro with brass ensemble dynamics that retained full definition and detail. This sounded as it should: like a gathering of individuals, not like canned “brass” playback. When a superb recording like this one, close in and relatively dry without the added “audiophile sauce” of ample hall-sound (or digitally retrofitted reverb), raises goosebumps, you know you’re hearing the real deal.”

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