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NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital Amplifier

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POS-134637
In stock
$899 RRP $1,149

                    

          

 

NAD's most versatile amplifier ever, with Chromecast built-in and hybrid digital technology. Introducing the NAD C 338.

NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

The C 338 adds big sound to your favourite music sources and brings incredible flexibility to any stereo system. With Spotify Connect, Bluetooth, and being the first-ever hi-fi amplifier to have built-in Chromecast, the C 338 allows you to stream and cast music directly from any music streaming app, letting you enjoy your music wirelessly. Add a turntable using the phono input and experience the warmth of vinyl collections with the room-filling sound of NAD’s HybridDigital amp technology. Power, volume, source selection, and device settings are all controlled using the intuitive interface of the NAD Remote App for iOS and Android.

Key Features:
- 2 x 50W Continuous Power
- 90W / 150W / 200W Dynamic Power into 8 / 4 / 2 Ohms
- First hi-fi amplifier to feature Chromecast built-in
- Integrated Bluetooth for added music streaming options
- A huge range of analogue, digital, and wireless connectivity options
- Built-in MM phono preamp for connecting turntables
- NAD Remote App support for tablets & smartphones
- Very low conducted and radiated EMI, for a noise-free sound
- Subwoofer output
- Dedicated headphone amp & output

User Manual (PDF)

Read AVHub's review of the NAD C 338 here

Getting the Basics Right

Built with NAD’s renowned music-first approach to audio architecture and amp design, the C 338 is equipped with the most advanced components commonly found in NAD’s class-leading line of amplifiers. Always starting with the details you can hear, and advancing from there, NAD has developed low-noise circuitry with the precision and stability to deliver incredible, near-zero distortion sound for even the most transparent speakers.

HybridDigital Amp Technology

The search for a high-performance Class D solution led NAD to HybridDigital. This is an innovative amplifier technology that uses a variable modulation frequency to bring out the life-like qualities of music while reducing distortion under every operating condition. This highly optimized design gives a phenomenal performance to the C 338 amplifier, both measurable and subjective.

Read more about NAD's HybridDigital technology here

Efficient Class-D Power

NAD has worked tirelessly to create the best performing Class D amplifiers that are energy efficient and produce beautiful sound, not waste heat, regardless of basic design principles. Using advanced measurements and data, NAD developed the C 338’s highly efficient power supply with a customised Hypex UCD output stage to pump out 160 watts continuously, and over 300 watts instantaneously to meet the demands of the most dynamic music. This new design is very linear over a wide bandwidth and provides consistent, noise-free performance for the amplifying stages with near perfect regulation of voltage.

Always Ready for Streaming

The C 338 has Chromecast built-in so you can cast music, tunes, podcasts, and playlists from your favourite apps on your phone, tablet or laptop to your stereo system. In addition to this, with the added flexibility of integrated Bluetooth, your music streaming possibilities are truly limitless with the C 338.

Built-in Phono Stage for Vinyl

Connect a turntable to the C 338 with its built-in phono preamp that applies the perfect amplification to your vinyl collection. Using an MM (Moving Magnet) phono stage and an innovative low-noise circuit path, the C 338 can reproduce the warmth of LPs with accurate RIAA equalization and control the infrasonic noise that is in all recordings, without ever affecting the bass response.

Flexible Connectivity

With a wide array of connections, including a separate headphone amplifier that can drive high-impedance studio monitor headphones, the C 338 is ready for any type of listening. Line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue source components, offering ideal input impedance with linear ultra-low noise buffer amplifiers to preserve the musicality of recordings. Also, connect a subwoofer with the low impedance line outputs to extend the versatility of this budget-friendly, do-it-all amplifier.

NAD Remote

The NAD Remote transforms your smartphone or tablet into a powerful controller for the C 338. Reinventing the traditional NAD remote control with an intuitive user interface, and the ability to wirelessly control your amp, the NAD Remote can easily control and adjust functions like power, volume, source selection and device settings with a simple tap. The app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

About NAD

In 1972, a new kind of audio company was born. NAD took form when a large group of audio-industry importers in Europe, all music lovers, set out to develop products that cut through the industry hype. The goal of NAD was to prove that excellent sound quality and excellent value could exist together. It was a formidable goal – some of the most reputable electronics brands of the time were unaffordable to most, while the affordable spectrum of the market was dominated by poor quality imports from global electronics giants. NAD’s founders remained undeterred and their original vision led to an inspiring story of how a group of specialty audio mavericks took on the Goliaths of the audio industry to carve out a unique place of their own.

NAD are dedicated to innovation, performance, value, and simplicity in all their products.

 

More Information
Model Number C338
RRP 1,149.00
Specs

PREAMPLIFIER

Line In, Subwoofer Out

THD (20Hz - 20kHz): <0.005% at 2V out
Signal/Noise Ratio: >106dB (IHF; A-weighted, 500mV out, unity gain)
Input Impedance (R and C): 56 kilohm + 100pF
Maximum input signal: >4.5Vrms (ref. 0.1% THD)
Output impedance: Source Z + 200 ohm
Input sensitivity: 50mV (100Hz ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
Maximum voltage output -IHF load: >4.5V (ref. 0.1% THD)

Line In, Headphone Out

THD (20Hz - 20kHz): <0.005% at 1V out
Signal/Noise Ratio: >105dB (IHF; A-weighted, 32 ohm loads, ref. 2V out, unity gain)
Frequency response (±0.3dB): 20Hz - 20kHz
Channel separation: >56dB at 1kHz
Output impedance: 0.5 ohm

GENERAL SPECIFICATIONS

Line In, Speaker Out

Continuous Output Power into 4/8 Ohms (Stereo): >50W (at rated THD, 20-20kHz, both channels driven)

IHF Dynamic Power
2 Ohm: 210W
4 Ohm: 150W
8 Ohm: 80W

THD (20Hz - 20kHz): <0.03% (250mW to 50W, 8 ohm and 4 ohm)
Signal/Noise Ratio: >98dB (A-weighted, 500mV input, ref. 1W out in 8 ohm)
Clipping power: >60W (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
Peak output current: >18A (in 1 ohm, 1ms)
Damping factor: >300 (ref. 8 ohm, 20Hz to 6.5kHz)
Frequency response (±0.3dB): 20Hz-20kHz

Channel separation
1kHz >75dB
10kHz >65dB

Input sensitivity (for 50W in 8 ohm)
Line In: 380mV
Digital In: 18% FS

Support bit rate/sample rate: Up to 24bit/192kHz
Standby Power: <0.5W

Phono In, Speaker Out

THD (20Hz - 20kHz): <0.03% at 50W out

Signal/Noise Ratio:
>82dB (200 ohm source, A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)
>76dB (MM cartridge source, IHF A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)

Input sensitivity: 4.1mV (ref 50W 1kHz 4 ohm out, volume maximum)
Frequency response (±0.3dB): 20Hz - 20kHz
Input impedance (R and C): 47 kilohm + 100pF
Maximum input signal at 1kHz: >80mVrms (ref. 0.1% THD)


DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT

Dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 70 x 285 mm
Net Weight: 4.85kg
Shipping Weight: 5.85kg

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