Sunday, September 12, 2010

New NAD amp launched


NAD Electronics has launched a new 80-watter integrated amp - the C 356BEE.


Director of Advanced Development, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen (the "BEE" in the model name), has implemented knowledge gained from the company's flagship Masters Series M3 Integrated Amplifier into the C 356BEE design, the company's press release stated.


With the very high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability of NAD's patented PowerDrive circuit, the C 356BEE offers musical, detailed, coherent and relaxed sound while accurately controlling difficult to drive loudspeakers.


The C 356BEE expands NAD's Modular Design Construction (MDC) offerings in its venerable Classic Series. MDC greatly improves the C 356BEE's functionality and ease-of-use, while offering expansion and customisation possibilities as future MDC Modules are introduced. By equipping the C 356BEE with MDC, NAD has given users the option of adding the PP 375 Phono Stage Module.

NAD is also including green technology in its products - the C 356BEE has a redesigned power supply which ensures that its standby power is less than 0.5W.

NAD's PowerDrive amplifier circuit provides the C 356BEE with the dynamic capability of an amplifier twice as powerful, while using only half the power. Another thoughtful energy-saving touch is the convenient fully off 'vacation' switch.

The C 356BEE is properly regulated with a high-current power supply, resulting in a continuous 4-ohm load and the lowest levels of distortion and noise in its price class. The C 356BEE's continuous power measures 80W x two channels, Full Disclosure Power (FDP). NAD uses the strict FDP performance criterion to measure amplifiers with all channels driven simultaneously over the full frequency bandwidth (20Hz - 20kHz), and at rated distortion.

Other high value features include Preamp Out; new improved speaker binding posts; sonically transparent sealed reed relay switches for all inputs; front panel mini-jack for iPod or Mp3 player; tone controls for any necessary correction of music without adding colouration or distortion; and a remote control compatible with other select NAD products for complete system control.

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