NAD Electronics’ new C 338 HybridDigital integrated amplifier ($649 MSRP) is now shipping. The first hi-fi amplifier to feature Chromecast built-in for music streaming, the C 338 is a Class D amplifier designed for NAD’s Classic Series.
With Chromecast built-in, the C 338 allows users to stream and listen to music, podcasts, and playlists from many popular apps. Working with hundreds of Chromecast-enabled music and audio apps, users can tap the cast button on an iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or tablet, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook, to stream music directly to the C 338. The C 338 can also be voice-activated, powered by Google Assistant, to play music via Chromecast with a Google Home speaker or the Google Pixel phone.
C 338 HybridDigital integrated amplifier
With integrated Bluetooth, the C 338 can wirelessly connect to any smartphone, tablet, or Bluetooth-enabled device within range so users can seamlessly stream their favorite music apps or libraries in high-fidelity. It also serves as an UPnP Client for network streaming from a local NAS library. The C 338 works with the NAD Remote App, transforming a smartphone or tablet into a powerful control interface that allows users to easily control power, volume, and select sources. The free app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
“Using music streaming apps has become the primary way for so many of us to listen to music,” said Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Director of Technology and Product Development. “The C 338 supports Chromecast and Bluetooth streaming right out of the box, drives speakers with power and precision thanks to our latest HybridDigital design, and lets users experience NAD’s legendary audio performance with the latest streaming technologies.”
The C 338 uses a Class D amplifier, bringing greater clarity and depth to every music source. Using HybridDigital technology, the C 338 amplifier delivers 50 Watts of Continuous Power per channel (into 8 and 4 Ohms) and a remarkable 150 Watts of Dynamic Power at 4 Ohms, all with virtually no noise or distortion.
The C 338’s active power supply, controlled by NAD’s latest Asymmetrical PowerDrive, is capable of 160 Watts continuously and over 300 Watts instantaneously to deliver flawless performance for the most demanding tracks. Yet the C 338 consumes less than half the power as other amplifiers in its class. 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 C 338. This highly efficient supply also provides near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions, providing a solid noise-free foundation for all amplifying stages.
The preamp stage features a solid-state volume control, with a hi-res dynamic range of 120dB in precise 0.5dB steps, as featured in ultra-high end preamps. The C 338’s onboard DAC uses eight high-end DAC channels configured in a dual-differential array to also boast 120dB dynamic range.