NAD Electronics has announced the immediate availability of its C 375DAC ($1600 MSRP) and C 356DAC ($900 MSRP) integrated amplifiers with NAD MDC DACs factory installed.
NAD Electronics’ C 375DAC offers NAD MDC DACs factory installed.
According to the company, with the addition of NAD’s asynchronous 24/96 USB MDC DAC in either amplifier, the C 375BEE or C 356BEE (rated at 150 and 80-watt per channel respectively) is ideal for improving the sound of a Squeezebox or Sonos system. Users can also directly connect a Mac or PC to stream 24/96 HD music. The MDC DAC’s Optical S/PDIF Input upgrades the sound of Disc Players or Music Streamers while the Asynchronous USB device side input allows direct connection of a PC or MAC.
“With either of our NAD DAC/amplifiers, the world of digital music can now be heard through a hi-fi system without the noise or distortion that commonly plagues analog designs,” said Greg Stidsen, NAD’s director of technology and product planning. “Thanks to the ‘asynchronous USB’ with its high precision clock, 24/96 quality computer music flows smoothly from a connected MAC or PC. The optical digital input allows the listener to plug their preferred media streamer into the DAC/amplifier to hear music like never before.”
With technology from NAD’s Masters Series, these amplifiers deliver low levels of distortion and noise. C 375DAC delivers 150 watts per channel while the C 356DAC is rated at 80 watts per channel. Both power ratings use NAD’s ultra-conservative full disclosure power. NAD rates its receivers with a difficult 4-Ohm load, with both channels driven simultaneously, over the full frequency bandwidth (20Hz – 20kHz), and at rated distortion.
Both the C 375DAC and C 356DAC feature NAD’s PowerDrive circuit that delivers high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability to accurately control loudspeakers, resulting in a musically detailed, coherent, and relaxed sound.
In addition, these amplifiers feature the company’s unique Modular Design Construction (MDC), making it easy to upgrade features and functionality. For owners that wish to add a phono module, the C 375DAC comes with a second slot for an optional inboard PP375 Phono Module. C 356DAC owners wishing phono preamp functionality may use an optional outboard PP 2i or PP 3i for the phono functions.