Our Verdict A decent, impressive system. But the performance, at the money, doesn't hit the musical heights. For Compact dimensions decent build reasonable detail and sonic insight.
Against Lacking fluidity and dynamics concept and styling a bit 'old-school'. Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands. Receive email from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors. Thank you for signing up to What Hi-Fi?. You will receive a verification email shortly.
The controls moreover stay the same. Bass, Treble, and Balance knobs with a Tone Defeat button nestled in between. The volume knob is new and different but no easier to grip. Control in the palm of your hand however is where the BEE V2 could win me over for practicality. Each input of the unit gets its own gray button with the name screen-printed atop the rubber button itself.
Over time, however, I predict that these labels may wear away leaving mystery to the unfamiliar as to what function they correspond to. Yes, the input selections could be managed with a simple toggle like the volume control, but I appreciate anything that saves time and offers a more visibly direct control.
Power On and Power Off both receiver their own color-coded buttons. Green for On, and Red for Off. Why NAD chose to go this round is beyond me, but again, I think it has something to do with being abundantly accurate and nearly foolproof for first-time users.
Volume and Mute controls are three simple buttons, unremarkable in detail, but clever in placement. Allowing blind use of the remote to become quickly second nature. This new feature had to be first in my listening tests, and not to give away the ending too quickly, I was impressed with its performance on various turntables. Being that this is an installed device for the NAD BEE V2 one has to know when it has reached its limits and becomes ripe for bypassing and upgrading.
Using it with a vintage Kenwood, I found that it was adept at getting the best possible out of what I felt was a turntable from the darker days of hi-fi. Using it with a borrowed U-Turn Orbit Basic built-in preamp disabled I found it to again be on a higher plane of noise-free operation than the pre-installed Orbit Pluto phono preamplifier.
Characteristically I found it to be more open and detailed across all spectrums, having most in common with the Pluto in terms of bass. I now hold a new respect for the U-Turn Orbit, as previously I did not consider it as serious a competitor in the budget turntable market. When compared to the built-in preamp in the VPI Player, the unknown distances it had created against weaker competition were quickly reeled-in. The VPI does most things as well or better, more leaning towards the better.
Some tracks when played with the BEE V2 could render themselves a little dry, but never behind a veil or without exacting detail. I would credit this dryness to this pairing doubling down on a shared ability to be analytical at times.
The NAD BEE V2 does have the ability to play great recordings with proper justice, but also to submit to heartlessness when faced with a poor recording. In this pairing, I do not find the BEE V2 to the perfect match for all speakers or source material, but when things are in order, the NAD does shine well against its relative competition and some further upmarket. Highly recommended. Can I set the crossover frequency to the subwoofer?
Do the subwoofer volume changes as I change the volume on the Receiver? What volume should I set on my subwoofer? The subwoofer output is filtered at Hz.
It is a preamplified output so will follow the volume setting. To set the sub woofer gain, set the volume on teh receiver to normal listening level and then adjust the gain on the subwoofer for the desired output.
There is no right or wrong setting, as the gain setting will depend on your matching speakers and room conditions.
A well-adjusted subwoofer will integrate well with the main speakers and the transition from speakers to sub should be almost indiscernible. What speakers and interconnects did you use for the review? The sound is very natural, especially on piano and guitar tracks, but it sounds great with some rock or jazz. I used a pair of Tannoy Precision 6. This really is a cracking amp for the money. How does this amp and the SR series compare to the CX series? Crisp, precise treble is married to a snappy, well-defined bassline that really drives the music along.
This is a CD player with its own DAC on board, so you would expect the CXC and Arcam pair to outdo it, but the improvement in sound of the separates pairing over the all-in-one player is immediately obvious. Timing and the interplay between instruments are better, more organic, more fluid, more expressive.
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