Intelligent. Powerful. Efficient. Introducing the C 368, from NAD’s new Classic Amplifiers range.
With the BluOS 2 module included and one module free for future upgrade, this is a network amplifier that will stay up to date for years to come.
Highly Commended Amplifier $1000-$2000 in the 2019 Sound + Image Awards
The C 368 ties together all the critical elements of a top performing music system. It accepts music sources past, present, and future, and boasts a near-unrestricted reservoir of power that allows your speakers to reveal every nuance of musical detail. This advanced amplifier includes many cutting-edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of creating affordable ultra-high performance audio components.
- 2 x 80W continuous power
- BluOS 2 Module for wireless and network connectivity
- HybridDigital efficient amplification process
- Class D PowerDrive amplifier design
- Bluetooth A2DP with aptX supported
- MM Phono input
- Analogue, digital, and wireless connections
- USB port for service purposes
- Speaker A/Speaker B
- Stereo or Bridge mode configuration
- Preamp/Subwoofer out
- Dedicated headphone amplifier
- Modular MDC Slots for future upgrades
- Smartphone Control App
- RS-232 Serial port for control
User Manual (PDF)
With the C 368 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier, your home audio system will never fall behind the pack. Thanks to the MDC technology, the C 368 is easily customisable and ready for all future features and upgrades. With the optional BluOS module upgrade, the C 368 can connect to your network and be controlled through a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, and connect wirelessly to any other BluOS Enabled device to create a multi-room High-Resolution Audio system. You can also instantly connect to the C 368 through Bluetooth, giving you the ability to stream wirelessly from any Bluetooth Enabled device, and if you’re a vinyl fan, you can also add a turntable. Enjoying music has never been so easy. A totally modern approach to amplification, the C 368 is the ultimate amp for any music lover’s system.
It is surprising how many seemingly advanced products in the market today often miss many of the most basic requirements for satisfying performance. Low noise circuits, precise volume control action, accurate channel balance, proper input and output impedance characteristics, high overload margins and stability with difficult speaker loads. NAD starts by getting these features exactly right, and advances from there.
Included is an MM Phono stage with accurate RIAA equalization, high overload margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative circuit to suppress infrasonic noise that is present on all LPs, all without affecting bass response. The line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue source components, by offering ideal input impedance characteristics with linear ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent any sonic degradation caused by inappropriate loading of the source device.
The C 368 features a dedicated headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability, enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Low impedance line outputs that can connect to other amplifiers or subwoofers extend the versatility of this well thought out amplifier. These are all details you can hear.
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 368 amplifier, both measurable and subjective.
NAD has moved away from the old-fashioned power-hungry linear power supplies and Class AB output stages that waste nearly half of the energy consumed and produce heat rather than sound. Instead, they have developed even better-performing circuits based on switch mode power supplies and Class D output stages. Once thought to be inferior to traditional topologies, NAD’s advanced work in this area has created some of the best performing amplifiers regardless of basic design principle. These new designs are very linear over a wide bandwidth and provide consistent performance into all speaker loads, providing a dramatic advance over previous models.
The power supply is capable of 80 watts continuously and over 120 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical transients. It can operate with any AC mains voltage from 100 to 240 volts and provides pure DC power to all the various stages of the C 368. 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 C 368 uses a customized version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage. This allows for massive power with nearly unmeasurable distortion and noise in the audible range. Every detail of this design has been carefully planned and perfectly executed to wring out every last drop of performance.
This NAD exclusive feature allows you to customize your amplifier with additional capabilities, connections, and features. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including additional digital inputs, additional analogue inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS music management system developed by Bluesound.
An undeniably integral component of some of NAD's most innovative products, the updated MDC BluOS module unleashes all the music you could ever imagine. Whether you wish to explore various streaming services or reconnect with old favourites from your personal collection, NAD's BluOS technology lets you get closer to the tracks you love. Using a new generation ARM Processor, and controlled by a user-friendly app, the MDC BluOS 2 module adds one of the most advanced music management systems on the planet to your NAD system. Through the power of BluOS, you can easily connect to other BluOS Enabled devices throughout the home, resulting in an incredible music listening experience. Highly advanced and wondrously fluid, this BluOS technology turns listening to music into an experience unlike any other.
As an internal module, there are no external wires or power supplies required and integration with the C 368 operating firmware is seamless. Both Ethernet and Wi-Fi operate in asynchronous mode for lowest jitter performance and allow connection to music stored anywhere on the local network or streamed directly from the Internet using popular music services like Spotify Connect, Tidal, Qobuz, and Slacker. You can also play music from a USB drive or hard drive via the USB A port.
In addition to a standard Local Area Network, BluOS requires an iOS or Android mobile device (NAD offers free iOS and Android Apps) to control and manage your music. While the expected functions of Play/Pause/Skip are present, BluOS also brings all of your music together integrating locally stored music (like iTunes) and music streaming services. BluOS creates direct shares with music in all formats including FLAC, ALAC, and WAV with data rates up to 24/192. Playlists can be created and managed right inside the BluOS App. Gapless playback is supported and the MDC BluOS 2 module is fully compatible with Bluesound High-Res Wireless Multi-room Players to form integrated whole-house systems. Includes an external USB WiFi module to optimize signal strength.
Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is a revolutionary end-to-end technology built into every BluOS device that captures and delivers master quality audio to any room in your home. The MQA logo shown in the BluOS app indicates that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and lets you know that you are hearing exactly what the artist recorded and approved in the studio.
You can connect instantly to the C 368 with Bluetooth allowing you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device. The high-performance aptX codec is fully supported for true CD-quality sound. Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources connected to the C 368 via wireless headphones such as NAD’s own HP70. There is also a control app that allows your smartphone or tablet to control all functions of your C 368.
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.
Line Input, Pre Out
THD (20Hz - 20kHz): <0.005% at 2V out
THD (20Hz - 20kHz): <0.01% at 2V out
Input sensitivity: 1.44mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
THD (20Hz - 20kHz): <0.005% at 1V out
Line In, Speaker Out
Continuous Output Power into 4/8 ohms (Stereo): >80W (at rated THD, 20Hz - 20kHz, both channels driven)
IHF Dynamic Power
IHF Dynamic Power (Bridge mode)
THD (20Hz - 20kHz): <0.03% (250mW to 80W, 8 ohm and 4 ohm)
Clipping power: >95W (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
Peak output current: >20A (in 1 ohm, 1ms)
Input sensitivity (for 80W in 8 ohm)
Supports bit rate/sample rate: Up to 24bit/192kHz
Dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 100 x 390mm