NAD 1300

1 9 8 7 january 1987
1 9 8 9 february 1989

When NAD had a good design team.

The 1300 is a Monitor Series preamp with FET-charged & eight low-noise transistors per channel MM/MC inputs with 3-step capacitance switch, very low-impedance outputs and buffered tape i/os.
The second "high" preamp output offers a +13dB level to output up to 15V at 600 Ohm (100 Ohm at lower levels) ; the front headphones terminal is parallel-wired to that preamp out.

The tone section are multiplemultiple and even includes two-octave semi-parametric bass & treble controls.

The null function replaces normal stereo output by a stereo difference signal (L minus R) - useful for checking phase balance, FM multipath sub-carrier problems, play lateral/vertical LP tests, check stereo separation or do away with center-recorded dialog while keeping Dolby-encoded surround sound...

Of course, to offer as much for as little as 498$ in 1987, the actual build-quality is far from luxurious or even beautiful and inside is no Bugatti - lots of hectic cabling made in Taiwan.

But the 1300 is pretty, because, then, NAD, like Proton, really had a very good design team.

The owner's manual is still available for download at NAD's NAD's.

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NAD 1300 specifications
Title Value
PHONO section PHONO section
Input impedance : 47kOhm / 200pF (MM)
100 Ohm / 1000pF (MC)
Input sensitivity : 1,3mV (1Khz, 0,5V ref.)
60µV (1Khz, 0,5V ref.)
MM input overload : 20mV (20Hz)
200mV (1Khz)
2000mV (20Khz)
MC input overload : 10mV (20Hz)
10mV (1Khz)
100mV (20Khz)
S/N ratio : 80dB (MM, 0,5V ref.)
78dB (MC, 0,5V ref.)
THD : < 0,02% (20Hz...20Khz)
RIAA accuracy : ± 0,3dB (20Hz...20Khz)
LINE section LINE section
Input impedance : 100kOhm / 220pF
Input sensitivity : 80mV (0,5V ref.)
Maximum input signal : 12V
S/N ratio : > 100dB (IHF-A ; 0,5V ref.)
Frequency response : ± 0,3dB
preamp outputs : 50 Ohm (normal)
100 Ohm (high)
tape outputs : 1kOhm
headphones : 70 Ohm
Maximum output level : 12V (tape & normal)
15V (high & headphones)
TONE section TONE section
Bass control : ± 12dB at 50Hz or 120Hz or 250Hz
Treble control : ± 12dB at 3Khz or 6Khz or 12Khz
Bass EQ : + 3dB at 55Hz
+ 6dB at 36Hz
Infrasonic filter : - 3dB at 14Hz (18dB /octave)
General General
PC : 20W
Dimensions : 43,5 x 8,4 x 27,3cm
Weight : 5kg.
List price : 498$ (august 1987)
Optional : rack handles with red or black inserts (red strongly recommended)
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