NAD C338, C368 & C388
NAD Electronics announced three new Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifiers that cover a wide range of technologies, power and price points yet all provide best-in-class performance and value. The C338 is a compact yet powerful integrated amp designed in the classic NAD tradition by offering high end sound and specifications at a remarkably affordable price. Wireless network and streaming audio are fully supported by Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The C368 and C388 are Future Proof Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifiers that are as intelligent as they are powerful.
Deploying the three major technology innovations recently debuted in the company's High End Masters Series components, NAD has upped the ante for competitive features and performance in this most important and profitable category of Stereo Separates. While appearing traditional, the combination of these three technologies, create high performance components overflowing with cutting edge digital technology and futureproof features and operation.
The C388 and C368, shipping now and launching at CEDIA 2016 in Dallas, are Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifiers that bring together all the critical elements of a top performing music system; music sources past, present, and future, in addition to providing a nearly unrestricted reservoir of power that allows your speakers to reveal every nuance of musical detail. Inputs include MM Phono, Stereo Line, Optical Digital and Coax Digtal. Their advanced amplifier stages include many cutting-edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of creating affordable ultra-high performance audio components. The C388 delivers 2 X 150 W (350 W Dynamic at 4 Ohms) while the C368 offers 2 X 80 W (240 W Dynamic at 4 Ohms) both conservatively rated and with virtually no audible noise or distortion.
Found on both C388 and C368, MDC this exclusive feature from NAD allows you to customize your NAD amplifier with additional capabilities and features, now or in the future. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including 4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS music management system developed by Bluesound. BluOS connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone, tablet, or desktop device to manage your music collection and connect to a growing list of high-quality streaming music services. Adding the optional BluOS Module provides instant access to your local area network via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection and adds Hi-Res Audio streaming. The BluOS Module also makes the C388 a single-zone streamer in a multi-room wireless music system fully compatible with BluOS-enabled music systems and wireless speakers.
The C338 model is previewing at CEDIA 2016 in Dallas, and arriving to market in late autumn. On the surface, the C338 appears to be the latest iteration of carefully engineered, great-sounding integrated amplifiers from NAD. A more in-depth look revealsthe C338 features a 2 X 50 W continuous amplifier utilizing NAD's Hybrid Digital amplifier technology. This produces a remarkable 150 Watts of Dynamic Power at 4 Ohms, all with virtually no noise or distortion. The C338's active power supply, controlled by NAD's latest Asymmetrical PowerDrive, is capable of 160 watts continuously and over 300 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical transients. Yet it consumes less than half the power as the similarly powered Class AB NAD C 326BEE. It can operate flawlessly with any AC mains voltage from 100 to 240 volts and provides pure DC power to all the various stages of the C338. This highly efficient supply also provides near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions and provides a solid noise-free foundation for the amplifying stages.
The preamp stage is no less impressive featuring a solid state volume control, with a hi-res dynamic range of 120dB in precise 0.5dB steps, as used in ultra-high end preamps. The onboard DAC, using established high-end practice, uses eight DAC channels configured as a Dual Differential array to also boast 120dB dynamic range. Vinyl lovers rejoice at the return of the famous NAD MM Phono stage: wide dynamic range, with high overload margin and low noise, super accurate RIAA equalization, and a capacitor-less infrasonic filter extracts every ounce of energy from your LPs. So while it is indeed a powerful state-of-the-art amplifier, the C338 also embodies important technologies such as Wi-Fi and Network. It also provides access to internet radio stations and can serve as an UPnP Client for network streaming from a local NAS library.
On all three models (C388, C368, C338), users can connect instantly with Bluetooth allowing them to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device. The high performance aptX codec is fully supported for true high fidelity sound on the top two models. The advanced Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources connected to the amp via wireless Bluetooth headphones. There is even a control app that allows smartphones or tablet to control all functions of your NAD amp. The C338 is priced at $649, the C368 is $899 and the C388 is $1599. All three models will be available in October. Info and photos by NAD Electronics.