NAD Electronics has simply unveiled the brand new C 399 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier, and with it the agency guarantees it’s taking worth and efficiency to an entire new stage.
You see, though the C 399 is pitched as the brand new flagship built-in amplifier inside NAD’s Traditional Collection, it utilises the corporate’s HybridDigital nCore amplification, which till now has been out there solely on Masters Collection amplifiers. Which means the NAD C 399 boasts 180W per channel of steady energy, and 250W per channel instantaneous energy.
And the C 399 can be the primary amplifier to include the newest technology of NAD’s Modular Design Development (MDC) expertise: MDC2. Again in 2006, NAD launched Modular Design Development (MDC), its structure for including new capabilities to present parts. A number of NAD merchandise have rear-panel slots for MDC modules that carry out UHD (4K) assist, HDMI switching, BluOS multi-room music streaming, Dolby Atmos encompass processing and the like, however the C 399 is the primary product to characteristic NAD’s new MDC2 structure.
Outfitted with wi-fi and Ethernet, the optionally available MDC2 BluOS-D module (as seen under) lets listeners play music from their favorite streaming providers by means of the C 399, utilizing the BluOS Controller app for Android, iOS, macOS, and Home windows. Like all BluOS enabled merchandise, the MDC2 BluOS-D has built-in assist for dozens of streaming providers; and helps Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Tidal Connect. Its two-way communication additionally allows the MDC2 BluOS-D to stream music from native sources linked to the C 399 to BluOS Enabled parts in different rooms.
Along with two units of speaker outputs, the C 399 has preamp output jacks and twin subwoofer outputs. Two-way aptX HD Bluetooth permits 24-bit streaming from cell units, and high-quality output to Bluetooth headphones. Additionally built-in is a devoted headphone amplifier with low output impedance and excessive output voltage functionality, so the C 399 ought to have the ability to drive even demanding, high-impedance studio monitor headphones.
The C 399 has two optical and two coaxial digital inputs, plus an HDMI-eARC port for taking part in audio from a linked TV, whereas controlling the amplifier output with the TV’s distant management. Analogue followers are nicely served too, with two pairs of RCA line-level inputs, plus a MM phono stage with RIAA equalization boasting extraordinarily low noise and excessive overload margins. The phono preamp additionally options an progressive circuit that guarantees to suppresses the infrasonic noise current on all LPs, with out compromising bass response. The road inputs even have low-noise buffer amplifiers to stop sonic degradation.
The prompt retail worth of the NAD C 399 is £1799 ($1999, which is round AU$3380) with retail availability ‘in time for the vacation season’.
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