NAD Electronics has updated one of its most popular amplifiers, the C 316 BEE V2. The updated NAD integrated amp now includes a MM phono input featuring the company’s acclaimed RIAA equalization circuit. The NAD C 316BEE V2 available in July in North America at US$399 MSRP), can serve as a budget reference amplifier for those who demand outstanding value.
The update of the C 316 BEE V2 completes a two-year makeover of NAD’s five Classic integrated amplifiers which also include the C 328 (US$549), C 338 (US$649), C 368 (US$899) and C 388 (US$1599). Recognizing that many music lovers have rediscovered vinyl, all five models feature a high quality Moving Magnet phono stage based on the company’s RIAA equalization circuit. This circuit combines low noise with high overload margins to virtually eliminate noise and distortion. There is even an infrasonic filter to help control low frequency feedback, handy to control floor and cabinet vibrations.
Staying true to the clean design lines for which NAD has become world famous, all five models have undergone an update to their industrial design. Slightly curved edges to the charcoal front panel bookend a clean ergonomic layout where simplicity and ease of use are paramount.
The flagship models of the NAD Classic amps, C 388 and C 368, feature Modular Design Construction (MDC) with card slots to accommodate changes in technology to help prevent obsolescence. A popular use of MDC is the addition of a BluOS module that instantly transforms either amplifier into a wireless, high-res, multiroom hub. For C 388 and C 368 owners who want to go beyond remote control, NAD now offers a free mobile control app for smartphones.
The C 338 is the first amplifier to feature Chromecast built in. It is WiFi enabled for network streaming of internet services internet radio and UPnP. The C 328 is a step up over the C 316 BEE V2 and offers increased power with support for Bluetooth. All three of these NAD amps provide audiophile solutions for those seeking maximum value.
“Anyone who is familiar with NAD’s proud history knows that an affordable, high performance integrated amplifier is what launched the brand 45 years ago.” explained Greg Stidsen, director of technology and product planning for NAD. “With the C 316BEE V2, NAD has completely updated its five Classic amplifier models with new industrial design and MM phono inputs to satisfy vinyl lovers. Other models feature BluOS or WiFi enabled streaming and one even offers Chromecast. What has not changed however is the company’s design objective: to produce the best sounding amplifier in its class while retaining the simplicity that NAD is famous for.”