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The Teac Reference 7 (or NR-7CD): based upon a monaural differential circuit design

The Teac Reference 7 (or NR-7CD) combines CD/network player, DAC and power amplifier in one box


Supporting DSD 5.6Mhz and PCM to 192kHz, the Reference 7 can convert/up-sample signal up to to the DSD 12.2 MHz format and up-sample PCM digital signal to 384 kHz via a proprietary FPGA design.


Wireless streaming, via Bluetooth supports the LDAC codec while the box also features a full-stage monaural differential circuit design, the chassis includes an ICEpower Class D amplifier.


The company has mounted the DAC and the preamplifier on one side of a 10mm thick high rigidity aluminium block and the power amplifier module on the other side to lower noise and the heat radiation effect of the power amplifier.


Teac also uses its own OVCS (Octa Volume Control System) to improve sound quality. It features a, “…ladder resistance switching-type volume including eight circuits. The positive and negative sides of the left and right channels are independent and further separated by two circuits in parallel, linked together.”


The Reference 7 supports both Tidal and Qobuz streaming audio plus Android and iOS control apps. Finally, and you can vary the brightness of the VU meters over three settings or, indeed, turn the lighting off. Price is TBA.


Check out www.teac.jp for more information

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  • Reply
    dave hattey
    22nd January 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Thats a great way to save space and introduce sound quality to some.

  • Reply
    geoffrey vanhouwaert
    25th January 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Any news on the price?

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      26th January 2017 at 11:14 am

      Bit early yet, Geoffrey – at least, I haven’t been able to find anything just yet. Will monitor the situation, though.

      • Reply
        P A Ion
        8th May 2017 at 11:13 pm

        At AXPONA – $3,500.00. The CD upsampling to 1bit DSD is incredible for imaging.

  • Reply
    Fred Smart
    10th July 2017 at 10:24 am

    What is the price in UK pounds sterling for the TEAC NR-7CD all-in-one and who are the dealers ? Thank you. Fred

    • Reply
      Paul Rigby
      13th July 2017 at 12:05 pm

      Hi Fred

      From what I can make out, The Teac is still ‘on the way’. Last I saw of it was at the recent Munich hi-fi show. Here is a video for you will extra info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=imJE1avz1sk

      Price should be €3,800.

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