NAD has long made among the most muscular, sub $1000 integrated amps and disc players. Yet they have a very broad line including a premier, much more pricy Masters Series. NAD would like dealers to demonstrate the whole 9 yards. We’ve agreed to bring back in the bread and butter lineup.
NAD has long designated the real cherries of its line with the letters BEE. That stands for designer Bjorn Erik Edvardsen. BEE has been designing NAD forever and units of conspicuous value have earned this designation. These are primarily the pieces we are recommending.
NAD is famous for its use of very high end toroidal transformers. Power Drive and Soft Clipping amplifier technologies make NAD decidedly stronger in terms of PUSH than competing brands rated similarly. To put in perspective the muscle of NAD, think of the top three integrateds below as double the power ratings- REALLY!
D-7050 $800: 50×2 Apex D design: Digital inputs only: USB-B, Two Coax, Two Optical. Wi-Fi, Airplay, Bluetooth aptX, sub out.
C-356BEE $800: 80×2, Power Drive, Soft Clipping, Holmgren Toroid, Spkrs A-B, 6 line level inputs, tone controls, pre out, headphone jack.
C-326BEE $550: 50×2, As above with a bit less horse power and no A-B Spkrs
C-316BEE $380: 40×2, Power Drive, Toroid, 6 line level inputs with 1 tape loop, tone controls, headphone jack, no pre out.
C-516BEE $300: Single Play Red Book Player, RCA analog outs, Coax & Opt Digital out