NAD's eight-channel powerhouse promises NAD’s legendary performance with reliability and stability with lots of installer-friendly Features. The all-new CI 8-150 DSP is an advanced amplifier targeted squarely at audiophile-grade distributed audio systems. Delivering a conservative 8 x 150 Watts per channel @ 8 Ohms, it is also bridgeable to 4 x 280 Watts per channel @ 8 Ohms with all channels driven. To put it simply, the CI 8-150 will drive most anything you need in your multi-room audio system, and will do so with remarkable sound quality.
The CI 8-150 DSP is NAD’s flagship distribution amplifier and designed to deliver the most sonically refined power available today with the stability and durability necessary to reside in a rack space. The HybridDigital™ nCore amplifier produces 8 x 150 watts per channel @ 8 Ohms and bridgeable to 4 X 280 watts @ 8 Ohms. Designed to fit in a 2U rack space, the CI 8-150 DSP delivers audiophile-level performance capable of offering highly detailed sound to the most demanding reference loudspeakers. In addition to a dual bus system and analog inputs, the CI 8-150 DSP offers a pair of optical and digital inputs.
The CI 8-150 DSP is a network controlled amplifier which allows the installer to configure and calibrate via a web-based user interface. The User Interface offers access to a multi-channel digital signal processing (DSP) providing detailed equalisation control. In addition, the UI offers insight into temperature and power status, as well as basic troubleshooting functions like power cycling, factory resetting and updating.
The CI 8-150 DSP delivers high-resolution amplification, designed for today’s rack-mount applications.
- NAD’s flagship distribution amplifier
- 8 Channels x 150 Watts @ 8 Ohms from the HybridDigital™ nCore amplifier
- Bridgeable to 4 Channels X 280 Watts @ 8 Ohms, all channels driven
- Ncore amplifier technology for audiophile sound quality
- Designed to deliver the most sonically refined power available
- 2U Rack Height- saves valuable rack space
- Platform accessed through IP control
- Custom web app manages DSP calibration, IP control and more
- Effectively handles long cable runs and difficult speaker loads
- Dual global Inputs/Outputs
- 0.5W Standby Mode, 3W Network Standby
- 12V Trigger In; IR In/Out
- Auto Sense Turn-on
- Universal AC Power Supply
Owner's Manual (PDF)
The Ncore amplifier platform delivers stable and efficient power with high current capability, all in a slim 1U rack space. To make this level of performance possible, the CI 8-150 DSP uses a customized version of the proven Ncore output stage. This allows for massive power with extremely low distortion and noise in the audible range. Every detail of this design has been carefully executed to wring out every last drop of performance. Designed to deal with the demands of the CI world, it was made to handle long cable runs and difficult speaker loads.
For additional flexibility for the system designer, the CI 8-150 offers multiple inputs including an additional two coax inputs and two optical inputs.
NAD is keenly aware that reliability is paramount for a professional installer so all models will be based on tried and true amplification platforms delivering stable and reliable performance. The CI 8-150 amplifier is robust and stable at 4 Ohm impedance. A variety of power methods are available as well as an Eco mode setting for minimal power consumption.
"NAD's newest CI 8-150 distribution amplifier highlights one of the brand's strongest features which of course is our performance amplifier platforms. The brand has a stellar reputation for rock-solid amplification and a tonal balance that seems to shake hands with virtually any speaker it powers. Our clients can expect the same exacting standard. For example, this new CI 8-150 DSP adheres to the same stringent sonic tests as our best traditional amplifiers."
- Joe de Jesus, Lenbrook's Product Manager for CI (Via StereoNET Australia)
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.
|Model Number||CI8-150 DSP|
Continuous output power into 8 ohms
Continuous output power into 4 ohms
Continuous output power into 8 ohms at Bridged mode
THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Clipping power (All channels driven)
Clipping power into 8 ohms at Bridged mode
IHF Dynamic Power (all channels driven) – 8 Ohms
IHF Dynamic Power (all channels driven) – 4 Ohms
IHF Dynamic Power (two channels driven) – 8 Ohms
IHF Dynamic Power (two channels driven) – 4 Ohms
IHF Dynamic Power (Bridged mode, All channels driven) – 8 Ohms
IHF Dynamic Power (Bridged mode, All channels driven) – 4 Ohms
IHF Dynamic Power (Bridged mode, Two channels driven) – 8 Ohms
IHF Dynamic Power (Bridged mode, Two channels driven) – 4 Ohms
Peak output current
Maximum undistorted input level
Input sensitivity (for 150 W in 8 ohms, maximum volume)
Analog Input audio sense threshold (one channel with signal)
Trigger IN level
Dimensions and Weight
Gross dimensions (W x H x D)