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NAD C 165BEE Details

NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier: Audiophile-level performance at a price you can afford
  • 6 Line Level Inputs
  • Phono Input with selectable Moving Coil and Moving Magnet sensitivity settings
  • 3 position Resistance and Capacitance settings for Phono Input
  • 2 Line Level Outputs, one variable from 0dB to -12dB
  • Subwoofer Output
  • Independent Headphone Amplifier
  • Pure Class A Gain Modules
  • Heavy Gauge Steel Chassis
  • Bass and Treble Controls with Defeat Switch (bypass)

The NAD C 165BEE stereo preamplifier is an all new design representing a lifetime of experience from NAD’s renowned Director of Advanced Developments, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen. New semiconductors and improved production techniques such as surface mount devices (SMDs) have created opportunities for performance far beyond expectation when compared to previous products in this price range. Compared to its predecessor the C 162, an improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout has reduced distortion and noise to unprecedented levels when combined with the high signal capacity of the NAD Class A Gain Modules.

Class A Gain Modules combine the short signal path advantage of IC based OPAmps with the higher signal and current capacity of discrete transistors. Here SMD is used to miniaturize the circuit while the extruded aluminum heat sink keeps all parts at the optimal operating temperature for ultra-low distortion. This unique NAD development gives the C 165BEE lightening fast transient response along with bass extension and definition that is uncommon at this price level. High frequencies are extended, silky smooth and grain-free.

In the phono stage, NAD has added 3 position switches to individually select the resistance and capacitance of the phono stage to allow precise matching of most popular Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono cartridges. Other refinements have lowered noise and improved the overload margin. Precision close tolerance parts are used to achieve nearly perfect RIAA response.

NAD has also improved the headphone amplifying circuit to better drive studio quality high impedance headphones. Taken together, these improvements mark a sharp upturn in performance that simply must be heard to be fully appreciated!

Inputs and tone controls
Unlike many high-end preamps that skimp on inputs and features, the C 165BEE has all the flexibility you will ever need. Starting with 6 line level inputs and the previously mentioned MC/MM phono input, the C 165BEE also includes a superbly designed tone control circuit. While tone control circuits in general tend to hurt performance by adding noise and distortion, the C 165BEE is a textbook example of how to correctly implement high fidelity tone controls. Affecting only the frequency extremes they leave the critical midrange untouched. Their moderate action is perfect for touching up the tonal balance of all the less than perfect recordings in your collection. A Tone Defeat switch quickly selects flat response and bypasses all the tone control circuitry.

A full function remote control also includes controls for other NAD components, allowing a one-remote solution for your NAD system.

Custom installation ready
With a 12V trigger output and IR inputs and outputs on the rear panel, the C165BEE is ready to integrate with CI control systems. Discrete On/Off codes and direct access to inputs make programming easy.

Going green
NAD has responded quickly and responsibly to the new awareness of environmental damage caused by human activity. The C 165BEE is manufactured without the heavy metals that have been identified as harmful to the environment and manufacturing processes meet the latest stringent international standards. Standby power consumption is best in its class at <1 watt.

Additional Information

Name NAD C 165BEE
Sub Title Stereo Preamplifier
Manufacturer NAD
Manufacturer Part# C 165BEE

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Line Level Input
Input impedance (R and C): 100 k ohm+ 320 pF
Input sensitivity: 159 mV (ref. 500 mV out)
Maximum input signal: >9 V
Signal/Noise ratio, A-weighted: >108 dB (ref. 500 mV in 500 mV out, volume set to unity gain); >112 dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)
Frequency response: ± 0.1 dB (ref. 20 Hz - 20 kHz, Tone defeat ON); ± 0.5 dB (ref. 20 Hz - 20 kHz, Tone defeat OFF)
Frequency response (subwoofer out): 100 Hz (ref. -3 dB)

Output impedance: Pre out 75 ohm; Tape out Source Z + 1 kHz; Sub out 100 ohm; Headphones 10 ohm
Maximum voltage output: Pre out >10 V into 600 ohm; Tape out >10 V into 10 k ohm load; Sub out >7 V into 1 k ohm load; Headphones >7 V into 600 ohm, >2 V into 32 ohm
THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100): >0.005 % dB (ref. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 2 V out)

Tone Controls
Treble: ± 5 dB at 10 kHz (ref. 2V in 500 mV out)
Bass: ± 5 dB at 100 Hz (ref. 2V in 500 mV out)

Power Consumption
Normal operation: 21 W
Standby mode: <0.8 W

Phono Input
Input impedance: MC 40,100,600 ohm (R), 1 nF (C); MM 47 k ohm (R), 220,300,400 pF (C)
Input sensitivity: MC 0.15 mV (ref. 1 kHz 500 mV out); MM 2.6 mV (ref. 1 kHz 500 mV out) Input overload: MC 0.8 mV/7 mV/65 mV (20 Hz/1 kHz/20 kHz); MM 14 mV/140 mV/1.2 (20 Hz/1 kHz/20 kHz)
Gain: MC in - Tape out 62.4 dB1 (ref. 1 kHz, 10 k ohm load); MM in - Tape out 36.7 dB (ref. 1 kHz, 10 k ohm load)
THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100): <0.009 % (ref. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 5 Vrms Tape out)
Signal/Noise ratio, IHF A-weighted: MC >78 dB2 (ref. 0.5 mV); MM >78 dB3 (ref. 0.5 mV)
RIAA response accuracy: ± 0.5 dB (ref. 20 Hz – 50 Hz); ± 0.3 dB (ref. 50 Hz – 20 kHz)
Infrasonic filter: 10 Hz (at -3 dB), 5 Hz (at -14 dB)

Physical Specifications
Dimensions: 17 1/8" wide, 3" high, 11 1/4" deep
Weight: 13.23 lb