Update and questions: My friend and I are closing in on a purchase. The NAD C 368 is still an option. The NAD components that many of us owned years ago were almost bulletproof, but based on what I’ve read recently that’s no longer the case since they outsourced their manufacturing to China. Some people say they’re still OK, others report bad experiences. (Of course, people with problems are more apt to complain.) We might still get the C 368 but I decided to poke around some more.
We’re now also looking at the Marantz PM 8005. This is a little more than he originally wanted to spend (by $200, so not a huge deal). Before upgrading to the DMP, I owned a Marantz player SA8003, from the same mid-level line of Marantz products. I was quite impressed by the construction quality as well as the sound; hopefully the PM 8005 will be in the same league. It meets almost all of his needs – power capacity, built-in phono, etc.
Does anyone have experience with this unit?
The PM 8005 has a USB port for connecting a computer to play digital files via the DAC built into the 8005. In his house it’s not realistic to run USB cables to the equipment rack. Do they make dongles that could be plugged in to the 8005 so it could receive USB wirelessly? I have used such things on old computers that don’t have wifi built in, but they required a driver which obviously won’t work with an integrated.