8 channels of clean NAD power.
Top-of-the-line, eight channel amplification for custom installation and distributed audio systems. The CI 980 is outfitted with the latest high-efficiency switching technology. It is smaller and lighter while maintaining low distortion and impedance even with long wire runs.
With the CI 980, NAD introduces a new generation of high-performance amplification for custom installation and distributed audio systems. The CI 980 sports 8 channels of clean, low distortion power set up in a 4 stereo zone configuration. Boasting 50 watts per channel, the CI 980 is designed to drive low impedance speakers and long wire runs. By utilizing the latest high efficiency switching amplifier technology, the CI 980 is an all-new design built to be small, light, and very energy efficient, with the superb musical sound quality for which NAD is known.
A compact powerhouse offering superb sound and robust reliability, the eight individual channels can be fed from either the global input bus or each channel can have its own input with the flip of a switch. The cool-running CI 980 also has a thermostatically controlled fan system. The CI 980 is designed to fit into standard rack units, making its installation easy and fluid. Delivering a truly expansive sonic experience, the CI 980 will impress even the most experienced of listeners.
- Eight channels of clean, low distortion power set up in four stereo zone configuration
- 50 W x 8 @ 8 Ohms; 60W x 8 @ 4 Ohms
- 120W x 4 @ 8 Ohms in Bridge Mode
- Universal voltage to accommodate marine or avionics installations
- Compact 2U rack height with rack ears
- Phoenix speaker connection blocks
- Detachable power cable for easy service and upgrades
- Indicator lamps for each zone that show protection status and amplifier clipping
- <0.5 W standby consumption
- Matches well with the NAD CI 580 Network Music Player for multi-zone audio installations
User Manual (PDF)
System reliability and simple installation were the primary objectives in the CI 980 design. The 2U rack height and included rack ears make excellent use of precious rack space, while the highly efficient amplifier produces very little heat, allowing multiple CI 980s to be used in a single rack. Thermostatically controlled forced air-cooling ensures a long trouble-free service life. Phoenix speaker connection blocks make installation a snap, and a selectable local or global input further simplifies wiring. The bridging feature allows any pair of channels to become a single high power channel.
The CI 980 offers a choice of DC trigger or signal-sensing auto on with auto shut-off. Our signal sensing circuit employs a sophisticated music sensing circuit to prevent the false triggers common with noisy source components, or other types of interference noise like RF leakage or ground loops. Rack install is made neat and efficient, thanks to inputs and triggers that offer daisy chain outputs.
The CI 980 voltage is universal, which can be important in marine and avionics installations. The amplifier is fully protected from short-circuiting and overheating, plus operation is automatically restored after the condition is rectified. Indicator lamps for each zone show protection status and amplifier clipping. With <0.5W Standby consumption and highly efficient power delivery, the CI 980 will impress with its energy efficiency.
NAD is in the top tier of all amplifier brands, consistently winning awards for both performance and value for money. The CI 980 offers warm, expansive and intensely musical sound, designed to drive real-world speaker loads. You will love the way the CI 980 brings out the best performance from any speaker for a remarkable listening experience. It is also extremely quiet with inaudible residual noise in no signal conditions, important when using efficient speakers in small spaces.
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.
Like NAD's home-theatre and Hi-Fi products, the focus of the Custom Integration (CI) range is on performance with DACs, OPAmps, and passive circuit components selected for musical sound quality. NAD is dedicated to innovation, performance, value, and simplicity in all their products.
Continuous Output Power
Rated THD: <0.03% (ref. 20Hz-20kHz) (250mW to rated power, CCIF IMD, DIM 100)
Clipping Power: >155W (ref. 1kHz, 8 Ohms, 0.1% THD)
Signal/Noise Ratio, A-Weighted
Minimum Input Signal to trigger (auto-sense mode): >20mV
Rated Power: 600W (120V 60Hz, 230V 50Hz)
Dimensions (W x H x D): 483 x 105 x 323mm