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alaScore 86

9 reviews

Aug, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of NAD M51. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People are impressed by the usability. The size also gets good feedback, but many are less positive about the price.

size, usability


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the NAD M51 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Best DAC £1200+, Awards 2012. This flexible DAC will bring great results for any upmarket system

Open, transparent sound ; immense levels of detail ; realistic balance ; extensive connectivity ; large, legible display

Build doesn’t quite reflect the price

The M51 sounds sensational. In fact, we’d go further than that by saying it’s one of the best NAD separates we’ve heard in recent memory.

Expert review by : Jez Ford (

NAD M51 dac review


NAD’s M51 takes the company’s recent Direct Digital amplification concept and applies it to a rather impressive DAC/preamp.

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NAD M51 Masters Series DACs


I genuinely wanted to love this DAC based on rave reviews. What I got instead was a DAC that sounded dull and veiled. I ended up getting a Stello U3 USB to SPDIF convertor just to try to make the DAC sound in any way interesting in my setup. In the end...

Mar, 2016

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NAD M51 Masters Series DACs


This DAC sounds amazing. This is my 3rd DAC (Peachtree Dacit, Woo Audio WDS1) and it really stands out from my previous DAC's. This DAC has presence. There is a huge sound stage, with great definition of instrument location, however it does show up...

Mar, 2014

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NAD M51 Masters Series DACs


Nad M51 sounds like hifi. As opposed to real music, as opposed to natural. Incompatibility with my amplifier maybe, but I sure do not like. The differences between firmware are huge. The latest one sound the most hifi.

Aug, 2013

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