I’ve already published my review of the T 758 and am now starting on its flagship brother, the T 777. The buildup I received from NAD was that “this thing’s a beast.” After unpacking and setting it up, I think I’m inclined to agree.
It sports a total of nine amplifier channels for either 5.2.4 or 7.2.2 Dolby Atmos. That middle .2 means there are two subwoofer outputs. Power is conservatively rated at 80 watts times seven channels driven. It also includes Dirac Live LE which I tested extensively in the T 758. You can check out my charts and results here. Internet music aficionados will appreciate BluOS streaming courtesy of a USB dongle that plugs in back.
The biggest draw in my opinion is Modular Design Construction. It consists of five card slots that accept various boards with both digital and analog connections. Four cards ship with the T 777 that offer five HDMI 2.0a inputs, coax and optical digital, two more pre-outs for 7.2.4 Atmos or additional zones, and a host of analog stereo jacks with two tape loops. Another unique feature are the multi-channel inputs which are seen only rarely in modern receivers. If you need analog video support, it can be added to that empty card slot.
I plan to watch and listen to the same material I enjoyed in the T 758 review. Though an AB comparison is not possible, I’m looking forward to experiencing a different feel to music and film. Can this receiver possibly compete with my much-loved separates? Check beck here in a few weeks to find out.