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NAD C 356BEE Details

NAD C 356BEE Stereo Integrated Amplifier: Stunning performance from a mid-priced integrated amp

  • 2 x 80W Continuous Power into 8 ohms
  • 145W, 220W, 290W IHF Dynamic power into 8, 4 and 2 ohms, respectively
  • Modular Design Construction allows for easy addition of advanced DAC module
  • Patented Distortion Canceling Circuit extends bandwidth and reduces distortion while maintaining unconditional stability
  • PowerDrive™ circuit senses a loudspeaker's impedance load in real time and then automatically adjusts the power supply
  • Front panel Media Player (MP) input for attaching portable music player
  • All discrete circuitry
"The company that practically invented the integrated amplifier hits one out of the park with this new mid-priced offering.”
    — Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound
Improving an award-winning design is always a delicate task. Adding performance and value to an already highly optimized design requires vision, talent, and expertise. Fortunately for NAD’s music-loving customers, all three are on clear display in the new C 356BEE. NAD fans already know that the initials “BEE” stand for Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, the company’s Director of Advanced Development. BEE has once again applied lessons learned from NAD’s leading Masters Series M3 amplifier to the C 356BEE.

Design: PowerDrive™
With the very high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability of the NAD PowerDrive™ circuit, the C 356BEE is able to accurately control difficult to drive loudspeakers while sounding musical, detailed, coherent and relaxed. Even at elevated listening levels, NAD’s exclusive Soft Clipping feature is there to save both your ears and your speakers from damaging clipping distortion.

Less distortion = more music
The C 356BEE has the lowest levels of distortion and noise available in its price class and is easily capable of embarrassing far more expensive products. To prove it NAD uses Full Disclosure Power (FDP), the most demanding criterion for performance measurement. FDP specifies distortion under the most extreme conditions of low impedance loads and frequency extremes rather than the simple and easy 1kHz @ 8 ohms test quoted by many of NAD’s competitors. NAD uses this stricter performance criterion because it more closely matches the demands of real music and real loudspeakers. Maintaining specified distortion at 4 ohms and at 20Hz and 20kHz is a much more difficult achievement.

Musical performance is only part of the C 356BEE’s story. NAD has also included their upgrade-friendly Modular Design Construction (MDC) to allow the addition of their superb MDC DAC - USB Digital-to-Analog Converter or other yet-to-be-announced MDC Modules to enhance the capabilities of this affordable amplifier.

New improved speaker binding posts allow for two pairs of speakers with remote controlled switching. The C 356BEE makes exclusively uses sonically transparent sealed reed relay switches for all inputs (despite their added expense), including a front panel mini-jack to easily enjoy music from your iPod or other portable music player. This internal architecture minimizes signal path length and keeps resistance extremely low allowing the subtlest details to emerge from your music.

Tone it down — or up, if you want
Musically satisfying tone controls allow necessary correction to your favorite music without adding coloration or distortion. Rather than design good tone controls, many competitors simply delete them; NAD gives you the option to bypass tone controls for those perfect recordings in your collection. The remote can also control other NAD products, like Radio Tuners and CD Players, giving complete system control.

It’s not easy being green – but it’s worth it
A major goal in the design of the C 356BEE was to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing performance. PowerDrive™ already allows the C 356BEE to have the dynamic capability of an amplifier twice as powerful—and twice as power hungry. The C 356BEE offers <0.5W standby consumption and includes a convenient all off ‘vacation’ switch. NADmake every effort to reduce NAD’s environmental impact by manufacturing the C 356BEE without heavy metals and other hazardous substances, and by using recycled and recyclable materials where possible.

Able to drive the most complex loudspeakers to their full musical potential, the C 356BEE remains eminently affordable. In fact, NAD invites you to compare the C 356BEE to amplifiers costing two to three times more. With features like Preamp Out and MDC, the C 356BEE can grow with your needs and desires, enhancing both sustainability and value.

Additional Information

Name NAD C 356BEE
Sub Title Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Manufacturer NAD
Manufacturer Part# C356BEE

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