NAD Integrated Amps 2018

NAD has been the premier manufacturer of affordable integrated amps for a billion years.
The punch line to the “WHY NAD?” question is always POWER and stability. Power yields better dynamic range and impact in your music. Most integrated amps are lucky to hit their ratings. Imagine taking a shower with low water pressure. Now double that with NAD. NAD’s new Hybrid Digital designs are best of breed.
NAD integrated amps slug quite a bit above their weight due to NAD’s patented Power Envelope, Power Drive & Soft Clipping circuitry. They have no problems with low impedances. NAD integrateds peak at approximately double their rated RMS power. Think Michael Jordan jumping ability while the other guys have lead weights in their shoes and can barely get off the floor or achieve RMS claims. Hence NADs sound more dynamic and are comfortable adding subwoofers or additional speakers at speaker (or line) level. What is especially exciting about the current line up is the logical choice of useful features- to go with this class leading amount of testosterone.

 
 

C328 $550: 50×2 (Dynamic Peaks 100×2!) 2 3/16h, 17 1/8w, 11 ¼ d


This new diminutive integrated sets new standards even for NAD. It is basically a C338
without the network features. You effectively have 100 w/ch at your disposal. C328 will do a good job with virtually any speakers you connect. Come hear it with Magnepans if you want to test me!

Features:
-High quality MM phono input
-Two RCA analog inputs
-Has on board DAC with 2 OPT and 2 Coax inputs
-Bluetooth
-Sub out
-And don’t miss this valuable feature- a bass EQ control to give you a bump at 50Hz, very
helpful with modest shelf speakers in particular!
 

 
 
 


C338 $650: 50×2 (Dynamic Peaks 100×2!) 2 3/16h, 17 1/8w, 11 1/4d


C338 shares all the functions of the C328 above but adds a couple features that may be valuable to you. It has Wi-Fi to read your network and Google Cast.
 

 
 
 


C368 $900: 80×2 (Dynamic Peaks 160×2!) 4h, 17 1/8w, 15 1/4d


C368 hits harder than its little brothers above and offers a few more features that tip the scale in its favor. Of special note are three features. 1) Full range preamp out 2) Speakers A/B 3) Can almost quadruple its power when run in bridged configuration with matching C268 power amp- providing an upgrade path without trading in!

C368 offers:
-High quality MM phono input
-Two RCA analog inputs
-Has on board DAC with 2 OPT and 2 Coax inputs
-Bluetooth
-Sub out
-Pre out
-Speakers A/B
-MDC input slots to add Bluesound MQA streamer ($400)
-Can run stereo or bridged (300w!)
-Matching Power Amp is C268 $800 (80×2 or 300×1)

TAS: “Does anyone make a better sub $1k integrated than NAD? C368 sounds more powerful than its rating, capturing music’s continuously changing dynamic level with noteworthy precision and exhibiting a dynamic exuberance typical of NAD equipment. Percussion parts are delivered with abundant transient detail, with none of the solid state anomalies that have historically made transistors sound unpleasant. Easy to set up, easy to use, extremely flexible when used with Bluesound gear, this could be the last hi-fi purchase you’ll need to make.”
 

 
 
 


C388 $1600: 150×2 (Dynamic Peaks 300×2!) 4 3/4h, 17 1/8w/ 16d


Since when is more of a good thing too much?! C388 acts like a 300×2 amplifier, meaning, it can drive literally any speakers quite well. Our view is that as you allot your cash, C388 might allow you to buy conspicuously higher end speakers than you had planned on. If you thought you needed
an amp for $3-4k, since you’ll love C388 for much less, that lets you throw a thou or two more into speakers where you’ll really hear it!
C388 CRUISES with the superb line of GoldenEar speakers. Dynamic contrast and acceleration are downright thrilling!
We’ve run C388 into Magnepans with great success. Maggies are more hungry (86dB) than the average bear. We’ve run C388 into the Brystons, which run 88dB. Once again, C388 is easily up to the task and can throw around orchestral crescendos and impact with ease. The proof in the pudding is that C388 will impress you with some of the finest speakers in our industry despite being
downright reasonable in price.

Features
-High quality MM phono input
-Two RCA analog inputs
-Has on board DAC with 2 OPT and 2 Coax inputs
-Bluetooth
-Sub out
-Pre out
-Speakers A/B
-MDC input slots to add Bluesound MQA streamer ($400)
 

 
 
 


MDC BluOs Bluesound Module $400

BluOS Module


You can essentially install a Bluesound Node 2 IN your NAD C368 or C388. Just run an Ethernet cable into the BluOs module and you’re ready to stream Tidal which provides state of the art MQA sound along with CD quality music as well.
C368 with BluOs runs $1300.
C388 with BluOs runs $2k.
For an exhilarating hi-fi system, all you need is one of these options with the speakers of your choice and- you may well be DONE!