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NAD is an uncommon company with a proven
commitment to audio excellence. The appearance
of NAD components is as straightforward as the
no-nonsense “Music First” design philosophy that
has guided this visionary company for the past
quarter century.
We can tell you all the technical reasons NAD
components sound so good if you really want to
know, but the bottom line is that NAD simply sounds
better. On the inside, where it counts, NAD has
engineered its products using the most sophisticated
and powerful technology available today. On the
outside, NAD has designed a control panel that’s
intuitive and easy to use. It has never been NAD’s
policy to impress with baffling tech-specs that look
good only to those who pretend to understand them
but mean nothing to you in everyday usage. NAD
engineers realised many years ago that flashy and
impressive figures can tell a misleading story; far too
often there is a large discrepancy between imposing
specifications in a glossy brochure and what actually
happens when you listen to music or watch a movie
at home.
Don’t get the wrong idea - NAD products measure
up alongside any of the competitors. But one thing
is paramount to NAD. It’s the sound that counts!
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By studying actual listening in realistic environments,
all NAD products achieve a level of performance far
beyond that which the specifications suggest. But
that’s not all. Performance is one thing, ease of use
is another. NAD has always maintained that a
product should be simple to operate. You will find
many products from other brands laden with knobs,
buttons and lights, most of which are seldom, if ever,
used but which do cost money to include. Leaving
out those unnecessary features and concentrating
only on those that are truly useful allows the money
to be spent where it really counts - on the inside
rather than on the outside.
This uncommonly rational approach to audio design
and dedication to simplicity and value has brought
critical acclaim from audio reviewers and an
impressive following from knowledgeable music
lovers and Home Theatre enthusiasts worldwide.
Take your time, absorb what you read, then go
and listen for yourself and find out just why NAD
is so different.
performance
value
simplicity
NAD’s tradition of creating products with “giant
We define value as getting more for less. In the
What makes NAD so unique in the world? It isn’t
killer” performance has been well established over
case of NAD, that’s more performance, and less
just an insistence on great sound quality, it is also
the last quarter century. And this reputation has
money spent. Careful design and execution,
our sensible approach to product design and
been earned by applying creative engineering
and staying focused on what’s really important
manufacturing. By keeping our designs simple,
solutions and meticulous fine-tuning to every
allows NAD to consistently offer products that
and by avoiding the trendy gimmicks favoured
circuit in every NAD product. Designed by music
overachieve in this regard. The ability to get
by many of our competitors, we can offer products
lovers, for music lovers, NAD components consis-
performance that is very close to the “cost-no-
that perform better, cost less, and last longer.
tently deliver exceptional performance that brings
object” crowd, at an everyday affordable price,
This refreshing approach can be summed up
you closer to the music. It is our strong belief, that
is a key element in the NAD philosophy.
in one word: simplicity.
when a product doesn’t deliver an emotionally
involving and musically accurate performance, then
it has missed the primary point of its very existence!
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home theatre
While many brands try to woo customers with flashy
front panels, and a long list of dubious “features”,
NAD has continued to develop products that retain
performance benefits long regarded as essential by
NAD owners and enthusiasts. Sometimes what we
leave out is just as important as what we include in
our product designs!
We have always believed that our products should
perform in the real world first and foremost. Because
the impressive specs listed in a glossy brochure are
measured in the laboratory, under ideal conditions,
they often do not translate into tangible benefits
when listening to music or watching movies in your
own home. You can be sure when you purchase an
NAD product, that we have spent many hours listening and fine tuning our products under real world
conditions.
But different people have different needs, and for this
reason we have established four different series of
products. While each and every product adheres to
our core values of performance, value, and simplicity,
the functionality and packaging are different.
Home Theatre has taken TV viewing into an entirely
new dimension; quite literally in fact, since with 5.1
surround sound you become totally immersed in the
action. The highly involving nature of the Home
Theatre Experience adds new excitement and pleasure to home entertainment. Surround sound has
been quickly adopted by the film industry, and there
are now thousands of films available for home viewing on DVD and video tape that include Dolby
Surround sound tracks. But even music listening can
take on a new sense of realism when played through
a surround sound system.
But all surround sound systems are not created
equal, and that’s where NAD fits in. Our “Music First”
approach to Home Theatre recognises the fact that
more isn’t always better, and the same principles that
have created so many award winning stereo products are just as valid - maybe even more so - in the
world of multi-channel surround sound. Music reproduction is more demanding than movie sound
effects, as any distortion is far more obvious with
music. Thus a product that can reproduce music on
par with the best stereo hi-fi components will easily
make movie soundtracks come to life, while adding
the extra dimension of surround sound. NAD’s
Theatre Series components sound great on movies
and music, are easy to operate, and offer tremendous value.
classic
NAD solutions
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The two-channel stereo format has endured for over
40 years because of its nearly ideal combination of
life-like sound quality and simple, affordable system
architecture. NAD has been producing quality stereo
components for nearly thirty of those years, and has
earned an enviable reputation for offering musical
sound and great value for money. Even in this age of
multi-channel surround sound, we still believe that
there are many applications where a two-channel
system simply can’t be improved on. If you agree,
then the Classic Series from NAD probably has
exactly what you are looking for.
NAD Solutions are just that. Products that apply the
NAD philosophy of performance, value and simplicity,
while solving the struggles of design and lifestyle.
NAD has created a new category of products that
meet a wide range of consumer needs but deliver
the NAD “Music First” solution that you have come
to expect. The first two NAD Solutions are the L55
and L75 that complement each other to form the
NAD Music and Home Theatre System.
NAD is recognised as a leader when it comes
to sensible yet unreservedly high performance audio
and video. The Silver Series components are the
most ambitious and sophisticated designs ever
offered by NAD. The result of careful engineering and
inspired industrial design, the Silver Series components are built from the ground up with sandblasted
natural aluminium alloy extrusions and panels. The
chassis are both beautiful and rugged, with optimal
thermal and electrical characteristics.
The Classic Series offers a complete range of amplifiers, receivers, preamp/power amp combos, tuners,
tape recorders, and CD players. Each is developed
with an ear for musical sound, an eye toward simplicity, and a promise that we won’t waste your
money on engineering overkill or superfluous features. Yet, over the years, we have added many convenience features that make a real difference in
everyday enjoyment.
Designed for those of us with minimal space to
devote to a movie theatre-sized system but who still
want the total experience. There is no sacrifice in the
Audio and Video presentation and its stylish exterior
fits beautifully with today's interior design themes.
Its high performance audio output is more than
matched by its stunning video quality.
Watch for further NAD Solutions Series products that
will enhance your everyday life.
Note: NAD Solutions is not available in all markets.
Behind their elegantly understated exteriors, these
handsome home theatre and audio components
embody the essence of the NAD design philosophy.
This can be easily stated: “Music First” engineering
that avoids wasteful cost, ergonomically conceived
controls that serve genuinely useful functions, and
attractive design with first-rate finish and assembly.
Advanced circuit designs are implemented using
high precision, close tolerance parts obtained from
the world’s best suppliers. The Silver Series exemplifies our firm’s traditional values - performance, value,
and simplicity - to a higher degree than ever before.
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As always, sonic performance is the first priority at NAD. Our Compact Disc Players
offer a unique combination of uncomplicated controls, genuinely useful features,
a n d s u p e r b s o u n d q u a l i t y. T h e s e m u l t i p l e a n d s i n g l e d i s c C D p l a y e r s e m p l o y s o m e
of the finest components available and our carefully tailored circuit designs ensure
a convincingly musical performance. Experience the NAD difference for yourself and
discover the true meaning of value.
- Single disc CD Player
with Full Function Remote Control
- Burr-Brown Sigma-Delta 24 bit
Digital to Analogue converter
C 541
C O M P A C T
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- HDCD Decoder
- Coaxial Digital output
- Low output impedance
- Separate power regulators for analogue
and digital sections
- Informative VFL display with switchable track,
time and repeat
- Repeat mode for single track or entire CD
- Random play
- Remote control
Never a company to rest on its laurels, NAD has updated the award-winning C540 with a new laser mechanism that
features improved tracking of the increasingly popular CD-R format for compact discs. By combining time-proven
digital circuit design with the latest high performance parts, we have created a player that exceeds the already high
standards for sound, quality, and value set by the C540, which itself received the industry’s highest accolade from the
renowned British journal, What HI-FI?, “…without a doubt one of the best CD players you can buy….”
- Single disc CD Player
with Full Function Remote Control
- Burr-Brown Sigma-Delta 20 bit
Digital to Analogue converter
C 521
C O M P A C T
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- Coaxial Digital output
- Low output impedance
- Separate power regulators for analogue
and digital sections
- Informative display with switchable track,
time and repeat
- Repeat mode for single track or entire CD
- Random play
- Remote control
The NAD C 521 is a moderately priced but very high-performance CD player. Building on the considerable
strengths of its predecessor the C 520, we have added CD-R playback capability to this “Best Buy” rated model.
Everything needed for detailed and satisfying sound - along with convenience features such as remote control,
random play, and repeat functions - is included.
- 5 Disc carrousel
523
M U L T I P L E
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- Change 2 discs while playing one
- Bitstream converter
- Shuffle play
- 40 Track programming
- Full function remote control
- NAD Link
The NAD 523 is probably the least expensive truly high-performance CD changer in the world. The 523 combines
the convenience of a 5 disc “carousel”, with the kind of performance that has won widespread acclaim for singledisc NAD players. Endowed with a What HI-FI? Five Star rating, “The 523 may be a minimalist design, but it knows
how to let the music shine.”
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- Belt drive 2-speed turntable
533
T U R N T A B L E
- High torque synchronous motor
- One piece aluminium pressure
cast tone arm
- Miniature ball bearings for tone arm
- Magnetic anti-skate
- High density non-resonant base
- Includes high quality
Goldring Elektra cartridge
While other manufacturers have abandoned the LP, NAD agrees with some of the world’s most devoted audio
and music enthusiasts that the LP still offers outstanding musicality. Unfortunately, the choices today are limited
to cheap, ill-performing turntables or expensive ones built from separate decks, tone arms and cartridges requiring
expert knowledge to set up and maintain.
The NAD 533 is the sensible alternative; a quality deck, tone arm and cartridge at a reasonable price. Careful
choice of materials and construction produces a turntable which is ‘dead’ acoustically, is immune to resonances
and therefore leaves the music uncoloured. The NAD 533’s simplicity contributes to its excellent performance but
also guarantees long term reliability.
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If music is important in your life, the exceptional performance and simple intuitive operation of these
receivers may be just what you are looking for. NAD
receivers have always stood out from the rest, as the
engineers never compromise the quality of a receiver
compared to that of separate components.
For system expansion or upgrading there is a pre-amplifier output allowing the addition of an optional power
amp, so your receiver need never become obsolete.
Clipping squares
off the waveform
causing audible
distortion and
possible damage
to loudspeakers.
POWER SUPPLY LIMITS
A closer look at what makes NAD special
NAD’s new and exclusive Impedance Sensing
Circuitry (ISC) allows the C 730 and C 740
receivers to deliver maximum performance under
virtually any circumstance, independent of the
loudspeakers driven. The circuitry automatically
recognises the impedance characteristics of the
loudspeaker and then adjusts its power supply settings to best cope with that specific load. As usual,
NAD uses discrete output stages only on these
receivers to maximise sonic performance. Vast
reserves of dynamic power are available to reproduce the dynamic peaks that give music its drama
and impact.
- 35W x 2 Continuous power (8 or 4 ohms)
With NAD
Soft Clipping
the amplifier
is never pushed
into clipping.
NAD’s unique switchable ‘Soft Clipping’ circuit is
activated when a receiver runs into overload. In other
brands this situation would result in audible distortion
and potential loudspeaker damage over time. The
Soft Clipping circuit, on the other hand, assures clear
musical reproduction virtually free from distortion
while protecting your loudspeakers.
- 140W x 2 Dynamic power (2 ohms)
C 740
- Impedance Sensing Circuity (ISC)
S T E R E O
A M / F M
The tuner sections on these receivers offer high performance, noise-free reception for which NAD tuners
have long been acclaimed. Users will appreciate the
ease of tuning in your favourite stations, even those
with low signal strength or on the often over-crowded
FM band. Unlike most, the tone controls on these
products only work at the frequency extremes leaving
the critical mid-band essentially unaltered. NAD engineers designed these tone controls to be really useful
tools to make improvements in overall sound quality.
With their full remote control handsets these
receivers allow the operation of the majority of functions from the comfort of your listening position. NAD
Link allows many other NAD products such as CD
players and cassette decks to be operated via the
receiver’s system remote controller.
R E C E I V E R
- 6 Line level inputs, including 2 tape in/outs
- Pre-out/Main-in
- Connections for 2 pairs of speakers
with remote selection
- 30 Random station presets in 3 banks
- 25kHz Tuning steps
- VFL Display
- 8 Character naming facility for station presets
- NAD Soft ClippingTM
- Full system remote control
- NAD-Link
The NAD C 740 offers a winning combination of excellent AM/FM reception, clean and high-impact power, and all
the flexibility needed to bring music convincingly alive. We expect it to become one of the most valued products in
audio. NAD’s reputation for high value/high performance makes the C 740 a true delight for music lovers.
- 30W x 2 Continuous power (8 or 4 ohms)
- 90W x 2 Dynamic power (2 ohms)
C 730
- Impedance Sensing Circuity (ISC)
S T E R E O
A M / F M
R E C E I V E R
- 6 Line level inputs, including 2 tape in/outs
- Preamp output
- RDS tuner with 30 direct access station presets
- 25kHz Tuning steps
- VFL Display
- 8 Character naming facility for station presets
- NAD Soft ClippingTM
- Full system remote control
- 12 volt trigger output for controlling
other equipment
- NAD-Link
Combining the advanced technology and musical performance of the C 740, in a package of more modest size
and price, the C 730 is the ideal choice for smaller rooms. Tremendous dynamic power capability combined with
delicacy and nuance assure a musically involving performance. Full remote control, RDS tuner with 30 direct access
station presets, and a full complement of inputs make this receiver an exceptional value.
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- Dual Deck (1 x playback;
1 x record/playback)
- 2 Optical (one on front panel)
- Sample rate converter: accepts inputs
and 2 Coaxial digital inputs
with 32 kHz through 96 kHz sampling rate
- CD-Recordable (Audio Disc) and CDReWritable
- Record per track or copy entire CD
- 2 Optical and 2 Coaxial outputs
- CD text recognition and dubbing
- 24 bit AKM DACs
- 4 x Dubbing Speed
- CD deck will play “unfinalised” CD-R
and CD-RW discs
- 20 bit AKM ADCs
- Playback of MP-3 encoded music files
(up to 10 hours playback per disc)
- DSP for MP-3 decoding, running
“Fraunhofer” algorithms
- Remote control
- Simultaneous or Sequential playback
of both decks
C 660
C O M P A C T
D I S C
R E C O R D E R
The NAD C 660 is a unique product that not only makes perfect bit-for-bit copies of
CDs in one fourth the playing time of the CD being copied, but it can also function as
a first rate CD player in the best NAD tradition.
In addition, with its MP-3 decoding capability and sequential
playback of both decks, it can function as a personal jukebox
continuously playing up to 20 hours of music at “near CD
quality” without changing discs or repeating songs! Since
both decks can play at the same time, it is also possible to listen
to different musical programs in different areas of your home
when used with a multi-zone music distribution system.
Whether you are making a copy of an entire CD, or a
compilation of your favourite music, the recording process
couldn’t be easier. Just place the CD to be copied in the
playback tray and the blank CD-R or CD-RW disc in the
recording tray. Program the tracks to be copied, and the
C 660 does the rest. You can also make copies from analogue sources such as LP, tape, or radio broadcast via the
analogue stereo inputs. The signal is automatically converted
to digital format without loss of quality thanks to the superb
Analogue-to-Digital converters built in to the C 660. External
digital sources can also be easily recorded with automatic
sample rate conversion if required.
As one would expect from NAD, particular care has been
taken for all audio related circuitry. The ADC (analogue-todigital converter) from AKM with its 20 bit resolution and
differential input assures that analogue sources are copied
with utmost precision. The DAC (digital-to-analogue converter), also from renowned manufacturer AKM, has full 24 bit
resolution and usually only found in CD players with high
end aspirations. Even the MP-3 decoding has received special attention, as we utilise a dedicated Digital Signal
Processor (DSP) running the “Fraunhofer” decoding algorithms, widely regarded as the most musically accurate for
MP-3 listening. The analogue output stages also get the full
NAD treatment, with high quality 5532 op-amps, precision
metal film resistors, and Elan polypropylene capacitors,
assuring a richly detailed and transparent sound quality. This
scrupulous attention to detail is usually encountered only in
far more expensive products.
We know of no other product on the market today that
combines the superb sound quality, ease of use, and
unique functionality of the NAD C 660. Whether you want
to upgrade the sound of your CD player, archive precious
analogue LPs and tapes into digital format, or move MP-3
files from the computer to the realm of hi-fi playback, the C
660 stands ready and willing to satisfy.
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Sonic performance is always the first priority
at NAD and these deceptively simple, no-frills
cassette decks are no exception. In fact, they
may be the only cassette decks in their price
range to faithfully reproduce a wide range CD
without dulling its impact. It all sounds superb
thanks to Play Trim combined with Dolby HX Pro
and Dolby B and C noise reduction circuitry.
- High performance dual well deck
Dolby HX Pro provides improved high frequency
response at maximum recording levels. Play Trim
provides adjustable gain or reduction of the high
frequencies before the Dolby noise reduction
circuits, eliminating high frequency roll-off and
mistracking and thereby restoring flat frequency
response, superb playback fidelity and maximum
noise reduction. Play Trim also compensates for
- Play TrimTM
616
- DolbyTM HX Pro
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misalignment or compatibility problems between
different cassette decks. Utilising the exclusive
NAD Play Trim facility in dubbing mode on the
616 dubbing cassette deck, you can even copy
the corrections from the original to the copy,
making it possible to produce copies better than
the original!
D E C K
- DolbyTM B and DolbyTM C NR
- Auto reverse on both transports
- 2 Drive motors per transport
- Normal and high speed dubbing
- Repeat and sequential play
- NAD Link
The NAD 616 is a dubbing deck with uncompromised performance, useful simplicity, and every feature needed for
optimum results with all sources and tape types. An astonishing performer at a sensible price.
- Play TrimTM
613
- Dolby HX ProTM
TM
TM
- Dolby B and Dolby C NR
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- Low noise electronics
- Memory counter
- NAD Link
The NAD 613 is a high-performance stereo cassette deck with great flexibility that makes it simple to record CDs,
LPs, and broadcasts with excellent results for home or car listening - an outstanding value.
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- 30 Random station presets in 3 banks
S T E R E O
A M / F M
C 440
- MOS-FET RF section
T U N E R
- Ultra-linear I.F. filters
- 25kHz Tuning steps
- VFL Display
- 8 Character naming facility
for station presets
- Manual FM blend facility
- NAD Link
The NAD C 440 Stereo AM/FM tuner offers superbly musical sound quality with a nearly silent background, and the
exceptional reception capabilities for which NAD tuners have long been acclaimed. Users will appreciate the ease of
tuning in your favourite stations, even on the often over-crowded FM band. The NAD BLEND function reduces
background noise while retaining good stereo separation on weak stations and the 8 character naming facility
allows you to personalise your favourite station presets. Here is performance and convenience at a price that will
astound you.
- 30 Random station presets
C 420
S T E R E O
A M / F M
T U N E R
- MOS-FET RF section
- 25kHz Tuning steps
- VFL Display
- RDS PS (station name)
and RT (radio text)
- 8 Character naming facility for station
presets
- Manual FM blend facility
- 12 volt trigger input for controlling
other equipment
- IR sensor and NAD Link for remote
control capability
The C 420 is a perfect blend of performance and convenience in a very affordable package. Simple and intuitive to
operate, the C 420 is also impressive in its ability to bring in radio stations with remarkable clarity and a very quiet
background. With its IR sensor, direct access to station presets, and 12 volt trigger input, the C 420 integrates
easily with other NAD components or as part of an elaborate automated multi-zone custom installation.
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NAD integrated amplifiers offer much of the convenience and value of our receivers
but without the AM/FM tuner. With the proliferation of alternate music broadcasting
from satellite and cable not requiring an FM tuner, buying an integrated amplifier
allows you to spend more of your budget on a better quality CD player or a more
powerful amplifier.
- 120W Continuous power
(8 & 4 ohms)
- 400W Dynamic power (2 ohms)
- Bridgeable to 300W, when
partnered with a C 270
- Impedance Sensing Circuitry (ISC)
- 7 line inputs, including 2 tape in/outs
- 2 Preamp outputs, one with a 12 dB
variable attenuator
- Main amp input
- Toroidal transformer
- Tone controls with defeat switch
- Headphone socket
- Gold plated sockets
- Full system remote control
- Remote switching for 2 pairs of speakers - 12 volt trigger output for controlling
other equipment
- Heavy duty speaker binding posts
- NAD Link
- Class A preamp stages
- Discrete power amps
- Relay input switching
C 370
S T E R E O
I N T E G R A T E D
The C 370 occupies the top position in NAD’s renowned line-up
of Integrated Amplifiers. Based on the C 160 Preamp and C 270
Power Amp, the C 370 gives up very little in performance terms,
and gains tremendously in value by integrating these superb
separate components into a single chassis. With its well thought
out architecture, many future system upgrades are easily
accomplished without losing your original investment to costly
trade-ups. This building-block approach allows you to attach
additional speakers, or triple the amplifier power or even biamplify your speakers by simply adding a C 270 Power Amp.
A M P L I F I E R
But with the tremendous power already on tap, you may never
find the need to add more! Yet the C 370 does not trade musical
subtlety and nuance for its brute strength. As one reviewer
remarked, its performance was like an iron fist in a velvet glove.
Already blessed with Five Gold Stars and an Amplifier of the Year
Award from Britain’s renowned journal, What Hi-Fi?, the C 370 is
bound for cult status with hi-fi hobbyists. The C 370 forms the
ideal system centrepiece for the discriminating music lover.
- 60W Continuous power (8 & 4 ohms)
C 350
S T E R E O
I N T E G R A T E D
A M P L I F I E R
- 240W Dynamic power (2 ohms)
- Impedance Sensing Circuitry (ISC)
- 7 line inputs, including 2 tape in/outs
- 2 Preamp outputs
- Main amp input
- Tone controls with defeat switch
- Gold plated sockets
- Heavy duty speaker binding posts
- Class A preamp stages
- Discrete power amps
- Relay input switching
- Toroidal transformer
Based closely on the circuitry of the C 370, but with less power and not quite so many upgrade paths, the
C 350 stands out as one of the great bargains in hi-fi today. Like its larger sibling, the C 350 combines astounding
soundstage, a richly textured sound with remarkable drive and the ability to keep pace with complex musical
rhythms and thundering crescendos. Whether your musical tastes lean toward the acoustical warmth of classical
and jazz, or the searing power of rock and dance music, the C 350 is sure to satisfy.
- Headphone socket
- Full system remote control
- 12 volt trigger output for controlling
other equipment
- NAD Link
- 40W x 2 Continuous power (8 & 4 ohms)
C 320
S T E R E O
I N T E G R A T E D
A M P L I F I E R
- 160W x 2 Dynamic power (2 ohms)
- Impedance Sensing Circuitry (ISC)
- Full system remote control
- Headphones socket
- Relay input switching
- Toroid power transformer
- 7 Line inputs, with two tape in/outs
- All discrete circuitry
- Short signal path from input to output
- All sockets gold plated
- Tone controls defeat switch
- Pre-out / Main-in
The NAD C 320 is the direct descendant of our original 3020 integrated amplifier - the world’s best-seller in its
category. Times have changed, and while this new model does not include phono input for LP, it does include full
remote control. Still present is power beyond its modest rating, sound that is both transparent in the midrange and
highs and solid at low frequencies, and the ability to satisfy listeners of all musical tastes. If you listen in a smaller
room, or have less demanding speakers, the C 320 is probably all you’ll ever need in an amplifier.
- Soft Clipping
- NAD Link
Note: Not available in North America.
- 25W x 2 Continuous power (8 ohms)
C 300
S T E R E O
I N T E G R A T E D
A M P L I F I E R
- 90W x 2 Dynamic power (2 ohms)
- In excess of 40A peak current!
- Toroidal transformer
- “Class A” discrete amp module driver stage
- All discrete circuitry
- Non-intrusive protection against short circuits,
overheating and DC offset
- Short signal path from input to output
- All sockets Gold plated
- Remote control for Volume & Muting
- Headphone socket
The NAD C 300 may be the least expensive, least complicated way to power and control an affordable
high-performance audio system. With surprising power and first-class components, it is a perfect entry into
high-fidelity sound reproduction.
Note: Not available in North America.
- 7 Line inputs, including two tape in/outs
- Tone control defeat switch
p r e - a m p l i f i e r s
With NAD’s range of pre- and power amplifiers,
you can exactly tailor your system to your
individual needs. Whichever power level and
feature complement you require, NAD separate
components offer tremendous value. The
combination of performance, flexibility and
reliability make these pre- and power amplifiers
ideal for demanding music, home theatre and
professional applications. The NAD 218THX is
a massively powerful amplifier with the ability to
drive any loudspeaker, even demanding low
sensitivity and low impedance types. The C 270
follows the same design principles, with output
power being the major difference. Both include
a massive NAD “Holmgren” toroidal transformer
and high current output stages for outstanding
- 6 line level inputs incl. 2 Tape in/outputs
with dubbing facility
C 160
- Switchable MM and MC phono input
S T E R E O
performance. For maximum flexibility, the
amplifiers can be operated in bridged mono
mode, typically tripling their output power.
P R E - A M P L I F I E R
- 2 line level preamp outputs; one is variable
from 0dB to -12dB
- Gold plated in and output sockets
- Pure “Class A” discrete amplifier modules
- Independent headphone amplifier
- Bass & Treble control with Tone Defeat switch
- Full Remote Control
- “Blue Velvet” Alps motorised volume control
- Input switching through hermetically
sealed relays
- 12 volt trigger output for controlling
other equipment
- NAD Link
The NAD C 160 has everything needed for highest performance, including a phono preamp section that handles
either moving-magnet or moving-coil cartridges. Class A amplifier stages and a high precision volume control,
typically found only in far more expensive designs, are complemented by an over-specified power supply and
selected close tolerance parts throughout. An extra, variable-level pair of outputs provides precise matching with
any amplifier, and facilitates bi-amplification in more demanding applications. With a stunningly musical presentation
from a dead silent background, the C 160 is a natural choice for even the most ambitious systems.
- Compact external Moving Magnet
phono preamplifier
PP-1
- RIAA equalisation
P H O N O
P R E - A M P L I F I E R
- Gold plated connectors
- Remote AC power supply
The NAD PP-1 is a simple, amazingly inexpensive plug-and-play accessory that adds an excellent phono capability
to any line-level pre-amplifier, integrated amp, or receiver. Its performance is amazingly close to that of units many
times the price. The PP-1 has been recognised by the high end American journal, Stereophile, as a Recommended
Component: a lofty accolade for such a diminutive device!
p o w e r
a m p l i f i e r s
- 225W x 2 Continuous power (8 ohms)
218THX
S T E R E O
P O W E R
A M P L I F I E R
- 700W x 2 Dynamic power (2 ohms)
- Bridgeable to 780W mono (8 ohms)
- Output stage uses 8 bipolar devices
per channel
- Massive HolmgrenTM toroidal
transformer
- Professional balanced XLR inputs and
un-balanced RCA inputs
- Integral, commercial-grade rack
handles
- NAD Soft ClippingTM
- Certified for THX home theatre use
by Lucasfilms, Ltd.
The NAD 218THX is a tremendously powerful and transparent sounding stereo power amplifier. This powerhouse
has ample reserves of power to drive even the most demanding loudspeakers with amazing realism. We don’t
know of another power amplifier on the market today that delivers this kind of performance for anywhere near the
price of the 218THX. A Stereophile recommended component.
C 270
S T E R E O
P O W E R
A M P L I F I E R
- 120W Continuous power
(8 & 4 ohms)
- 400W Dynamic power (2 ohms)
- Bridgeable to 300W, when
partnered with a C 270
- Impedance Sensing Circuitry (ISC)
- 2 inputs, one with a 12 dB variable
attenuator
- Gold plated sockets
- 2 pairs of heavy duty speaker
binding posts for easy bi-wiring
- Discrete power amp stages
- Toroidal transformer
- 12 volt trigger input for controlling
other equipment
This cost-effective design epitomises the NAD’s long tradition for producing power amps that perform way beyond
what their specifications would suggest. The C 270’s combination of very high dynamic power and ultra low
distortion - even when presented with complex speaker loads - gives this amplifier a sense of ease usually reserved
for the exotic “high end”. Non-intrusive protection circuitry is sonically transparent, yet effectively intervenes when a
fault condition exists. The C 270 has an open and transparent sound, with a strong rhythmic drive and clear
delineation of individual instruments in a deep and wide soundstage.
s p e c i f i c a t i o n s
COMPACT DISC PLAYERS
CD Section
Disc capacity
Programming capability
Digital-to-analogue conversion
Digital filter
Analogue filter
Frequency response 5Hz-20kHz
De-emphasis error
THD (at 0dB, 1kHz)
Dynamic range
Linearity
Signal/noise ratio, A-weighted
Channel separation at 1kHz
Channel separation at 10kHz
Wow and flutter
Output impedance
Output level at 0dB
Digital error correction
Digital output
Remote control
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Net weight
Shipping weight
C 521
C 541
523
TURNTABLE
533
1 x 120mm or 80mm
CD-R Compatible
20 Tracks
20 bit Sigma-Delta
8 x oversampled
4 pole active
±0.5dB
<0.5dB
0.0035%
96dB
± 0.5dB; 0 to -90dB
108dB
>110dB
>80dB
Quartz accuracy
300 Ω
2.2V rms
CIRC, double error
correction in C1 and C2
Yes - Coaxial
1 x 120mm or 80mm
CD-R Compatible
20 Tracks
24 bit Sigma-Delta
8 x oversampled
5 pole active
±0.5dB
<0.5dB
0.0035%
98dB
± 0.5dB; 0 to -90dB
108dB
>110dB
>80dB
Quartz accuracy
300 Ω
2.2V rms
CIRC, double error
correction in C1 and C2
Yes - Coaxial
5 x 120mm or 80mm
Drive system
Motor
Speeds
Belt drive
High torque
33.3 & 45rpm
2.0V rms
CIRC, double error
correction in C1 and C2
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
435 x 70 x 285mm
4.1kg
4.9kg
435 x 70 x 285mm
4.1kg
4.9kg
435 x 121 x 390mm
6.17kg
7.39kg
40 Tracks
0
8 x oversampled linear
±0.4dB
0.003%
98dB
±1 dB; 0 to -90dB
>95dB
>85dB
Quartz accuracy
Tonearm
Operation
Length (pivot to stylus)
Mass
Overhang
Cartridge weight
Vertical tracking force
Cable capacitance
Manual
244mm
9g
19.1mm
4.2g
1.7g
150-400pF
Cartridge specification
Transducer
Frequency response
Channel balance
Channel separation
Sensitivity
Static compliance
Equivalent tip mass
Vertical tracking angle
Stylus radius
±3dB 20Hz-20kHz
2dB at 1kHz
20dB at 1kHz
5mV ±2dB
1kHz at 5cm/sec
16mm/N
0.7g
26°
18µm x 7µm
Electrical characteristics
Load resistance
Load capacitance
Internal inductance
Internal resistance
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Net weight
Shipping weight
47kΩ
150-400pF
56mH
700 Ω
447 x 115 x 356mm
5.25kg
6.9kg
STEREO RECEIVERS
Pre-Amp Section
Line level inputs
Input Impedance (R+C)
Input Sensitivity; ref. 0.5V
Maximum input signal
Frequency response (-3dB 3Hz - 70kHz)*
Signal/noise ratio, ref 1W
Line level outputs
Output impedance
Tape
Maximum output level
Tone controls
Treble
Bass
C 730
C 740
20kΩ/200pF
200mV
10V rms
±0.5dB
>90dB
20kΩ/500pF
240mV
220 Ω
Source Z + 2kΩ
4V rms
220 Ω
Source Z + 2kΩ
±10dB (at 10kHz)
±10dB (at 100Hz)
5dB (at 10k)
7dB (at 50Hz)
Yes
Yes
±0.3dB
COMPACT DISC RECORDER
Audio
Play
Signal/noise
Dynamic range
Total harmonic distortion
Headphones
Line output voltage
Digital coaxial output
Recording
Frequency response (digital in)
Signal/noise (Analogue)
Dynamic range
Total harmonic distortion
Digital coaxial input (direct recording)
Digital optical input (direct recording)
Remote control
Analogue input (level potentiometer)
Power Amp Section
Continuous output power †
Rated distortion (THD 20Hz-20kHz)
Clipping power ‡
IHF dynamic headroom at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 4Ω
IHF dynamic power at 2Ω
Damping factor (ref. 8Ω, 50Hz)
Line level inputs
Input impedance
Input sensitivity (for rated power into 8Ω)
Frequency response; 20Hz-20kHz
Signal/noise ratio; ref 1W
Signal/noise ratio; ref rated power
FM Tuner Section
Usable input sensitivity; FM mono:
Usable input sensitivity; FM stereo:
50 dB Quieting sensitivity; FM mono:
50 dB Quieting sensitivity; FM Stereo:
Capture ratio (FM)
Image rejection
Harmonic distortion; FM mono
Harmonic Distortion; FM stereo
Signal/noise; mono
Signal/noise; stereo
Channel separation at 1kHz
Frequency response; ± 1.5 dB
AM Tuner Section
Usable sensitivity
Selectivity
Image rejection
IF rejection
Signal/noise ratio
Harmonic distortion
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Net weight
Shipping weight
30W(14dBW)
0.05%
35W (16.5dBW)
+2dB
45W (17dBW)
70W (18.5dBW)
90W (19.5dBW)
>60
0.5dB
2.2µV, IHF
16 µV, IHF
4µV
28µV
2.4dB
>60dB
0.2%
0.3%
>45dB
15Hz-15kHz
35W (15dBW)
0.01%
55W (17.4dBW)
1.8dB
75W (18.8dBW)
120W (20.8dBW)
130W (21.1dBW)
>60
20kΩ /100pF
1V
0.3dB
90dB
106dB
1.8µV
15µV
3.0µV
20µV
3dB
>90dB
0.15%
0.2%
74dB
70dB
>45dB
20Hz-15kHz
24dBµV
21dB
40dB
45dB
45dB
20 µV
32dB
32dB
50dB
52dB
0.30%
435 x 95 x 285mm
7.2kg
8.73kg
435 x 110 x 290mm
7.2kg
8.73kg
General
Compatible with
Recording speed (max)
Power consumption
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Net weight
Shipping weight
C 660
105dB
105dB
0.005%
2V rms +/-2db
0.5 Vpp/75 Ω
2Hz - 20.05kHz
91dB
91dB
0.005%
32kHz to 96kHz
sampling rate
32kHz to 96kHz
sampling rate
330mV rms/50kΩ = 0dB
CD, (Audio) CD-R, (Audio) CDRW, MP-3
x1 x2 x4
28W
435 x 95 x 300mm
5.8kg
7.0kg
* 20 - 20kHz in tone defeat mode
† Minimum power per channel, 20Hz-20kHz, both channels driven, with no more than rated distortion
‡ Maximum continuous power per channel
Dimensions are of unit‘s cabinets without attached feet; add up to 18mm for total height.
Dimension depth excludes terminals, sockets, controls and buttons.
HDCD, High Definition Compatible Digital and the HDCD symbol are registered trademarks of Pacific
Microsonics, Inc.
MP-3 audio compression technology licensed by Fraunhofer IIS-A.
s p e c i f i c a t i o n s
CASSETTE DECKS
Speed accuracy
Wow and flutter
Frequency response‡
MPX filter response
Harmonic distortion
THD at 0dB*
THD at 0dB**
Signal/noise ratio†
Channel separation
Erase
Input sensitivity
Input impedance
Maximum input level
Output level at 0dB
613
616
< 1%
< 0.06% JIS wtd. RMS
< 0.1% DIN wtd. peak
35Hz - 17kHz ± 3dB
Flat within 1dB to 15kHz
< 0.3% at -10dB
< 1.0%
< 1.5%
58dB (Dolby off)
68dB (Dolby B)
78dB (Dolby C)
40dB at 1kHz
35dB broadband
> 70dB at 1kHz
40mV
50kΩ
25V
500mV
< 1%
< 0.07% JIS wtd. RMS
(both deck A & B)
30Hz - 16kHz ± 3dB
Flat within 1dB to 15kHz
< 0.3% at -10dB
< 1.0%
< 1.5%
58dB (Dolby off)
68dB (Dolby B)
78dB (Dolby C)
40dB at 1kHz
35dB broadband
> 70dB at 1kHz
80mV
40kΩ
25V
500mV
No
No
435 x 125 x 290mm
5.0kg
6.6kg
435 x 120 x 285mm
5.8kg
6.8kg
Remote control
Physical Specifications
Dimensions
Net weight
Shipping weight
‡
†
*
**
STEREO AM/FM TUNER
FM Tuner Section
Usable input sensitivity; FM mono
Usable input sensitivity; FM stereo
50dB Quieting sensitivity; FM mono
50dB Quieting sensitivity; FM stereo
Capture ratio (FM)
Image rejection
Harmonic distortion; FM mono
Harmonic Distortion; FM stereo
Signal/noise; mono
Signal/noise; stereo
Channel separation at 1kHz
Frequency response; ± 1.5 dB
AM Tuner Section
Usable sensitivity
Selectivity
Image rejection
IF rejection
Signal/noise ratio
Harmonic distortion
Remote control
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Net weight
Shipping weight
Dolby NR off, Record/Playback
Ref. 3% THD at 333Hz [biased tape] CCIR/ARM weighting)
Normal tape
CrO2, Metal tape
STEREO PRE-AMPLIFIERS
Phono stage
Phono R + C; MM
Phono R + C; MC
Input sensitivity ref. 0.5V 1KHz; MM
Input sensitivity ref 200mV; MM
Input sensitivity ref. 0.5V 1KHz; MC
Input overload 20Hz/1KHz/20KHz; MM
Input overload 20Hz/1KHz/20KHz; MC
Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted + cartridge); MM
Signal/noise ratio (Unweighted) MM
Signal/noise ratio (A-weighted + cartridge); MC
RIAA accuracy; MM (20Hz - 20KHz)
RIAA accuracy; MC (50Hz - 20KHz)
Line level inputs
Impedance (R+C)
Sensitivity; ref. 0.5V
Maximum input signal
Signal/noise A-weighted
Frequency response (-3dB 3Hz - 70kHz)*
THD
PP-1
C 160
47kΩ +220pF
47kΩ + 470pF
100Ω + 1nF
2.1mV
2.5mV
55/63/580mV
78dB
72dB
±0.5dB
0.04%
Line level outputs
Output impedance; Pre-amp
Tape
Phones
Maximum output level; Pre-amp
Tape
Phones
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Net weight
Shipping weight
81dB ref. 0.5mV
± 0.4dB
± 0.4dB
500kΩ + 320pF
150mV
17V
>100dB ref. 0.5V
± 0.2dB
0.01%
75 Ω
Source Z + 1kΩ
100 Ω
>15V
>15V
>10V into 600 Ω
>190mV into 8 Ω
±5dB at 10KHz
±5dB at 50Hz
Tone controls
Treble
Bass
Remote control
115uV
20mV/230mV/2V
1.3mV/12mV/110mV
80dB ref. 5mV
No
Yes
135 x 35 x 70mm
0.45 kg
0.96 kg
435 x 80 x 285mm
4.8 kg
6 kg
C 420
C 440
2.2µV, IHF
16µV, IHF
4µV
28µV
2.4dB
>60dB
0.2%
0.3%
1.8µV
15µV
3.0µV
20µV
>45dB
15Hz-15kHz
>90dB
0.15%
0.20%
74dB
70dB
45dB
20Hz-15kHz
24dBµV
21dB
40dB
45dB
45dB
81dB(120V), 84dB(230V)
32dB
32dB
50dB
52dB
0.30%
No
No
435 x 70 x 285mm
4kg
4.5kg
435 x 80 x 290mm
3.5kg
4.5kg
INTEGRATED AMPLIFIERS
Pre-Amp Section
Line level inputs
Input impedance (R+C)
Input sensitivity; rated power
Frequency response (-3dB 3Hz - 70kHz)*
Line level outputs
Output impedance
Tape
Phones
Signal/noise ratio
Tone controls
Treble
Bass
Remote control
Power Amp Section
Continuous output power †
Rated distortion (THD 20Hz-20kHz)
Clipping power ‡
IHF dynamic headroom at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 4Ω
IHF dynamic power at 2Ω
Slew rate
Damping factor (ref. 8Ω, 50Hz)
Input impedance
Input sensitivity (for rated power into 8Ω)
Voltage gain
Frequency response; 20Hz-20kHz
-3dB at:
Signal/noise ratio; ref 1W
Signal/noise ratio; ref rated power
C 300
C 320
C 350
C 370
210kΩ /320pF
200mV
±0.5dB
20kΩ / 500pF
165mV
±0.3dB
50kΩ / 320pF
325mV
+/-0.3dB
300kΩ / 320pF
290mV
+/-0.2dB
220 Ω
Source Z + 2kΩ
220 Ω
220 Ω
Source Z + 2kΩ
220 Ω
100 Ω
Source Z + 1kΩ
220 Ω
>106dB
75 Ω
Source Z + 1kΩ
220 Ω
>100dB
6dB at 10kHz
5dB at 100Hz
5dB at 10kHz
7dB at 100Hz
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
25W (14dBW)
0.03%
30W (14.8dBW)
+2.4dB
43W (16.3dBW)
65W (18.1dBW)
90W (19.55dBW)
40W (16dBW)
0.03%
55W (17.4dBW)
+3.5dB
90W (19.5dBW)
125W (21dBW)
160W (22 dBW)
60W (17.8dBW)
0.03%
70W (18.5dBW)
3.5dB
135W (21.3dBW)
190W (22.8dBW)
240W (23.8dBW)
120W (20.8dBW)
0.03%
140W
3dB
210W (23.2dBW)
340W (25.3dBW)
450W (26.5dBW)
>100
>60
± 0.5dB
10Hz/70KHz
100dB
114dB
90dB
104dB
>150
20kΩ / 470pF
770mA
29dB
+/-0.3dB
3Hz/70kHz
>96dB
>114dB
>150
20kΩ / 300pF
1.1V
29dB
+/-0.3dB
3Hz/70kHz
>100dB
>120dB
Bridged Mode
Continuous average power output into 8Ω †
IHF dynamic headroom at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 4Ω
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Net weight
Shipping weight
AMPLIFIERS
Power Amp Section
Continuous output power †
Rated distortion (THD 20Hz-20kHz)
Clipping power ‡
IHF dynamic headroom at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 4Ω
IHF dynamic power at 2Ω
Slew rate
Damping factor (ref. 8Ω, 50Hz)
Input impedance
Input sensitivity (for rated power into 8Ω)
Voltage gain
Frequency response; 20Hz-20kHz
-3dB at:
Signal/noise ratio; ref 1W
Signal/noise ratio; ref rated power
Bridged Mode
Continuous average power output into 8Ω †
IHF dynamic headroom at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 8Ω
IHF dynamic power at 4Ω
Physical Specifications
Dimensions (W x H x D)
Net weight
Shipping weight
300W (24.8dBW)
3dB
600W (27dBW)
800W (28.5dBW)
435 x 80 x 285mm
5kg
6.2kg
435 x 100 x 290mm
6.5kg
7.7kg
C 270
218THX
120W (20.8dBW)
0.03%
140W (21.5dBW)
2.4dB
210W (23.2dBW)
340W (25.3dBW)
450W (26.5dBW)
>150
20kΩ / 300pF
1.1V
x 28.3 (29dB)
+/-0.3dB
3Hz/70kHz
>100dB
>120dB
225W (23.5dBW)
0.03%
240W (23.8dBW)
1 dB
280W (24.5 dBW)
470W (26.7dBW)
700W (28.4dBW)
>100V / u.sec
>200
47kΩ / 700pF
1.4V
x 28.3 (29dB)
+ 0.3dB
2.5Hz / 80kHz
96dB
120dB
300W (24.8dBW)
2.2dB
600W (27dBW)
800W (28.5dBW)
780W (28.9dBW)
1dB
940W (29.7dBW)
1.3kW (31.1dBW)
435 x 132 x 350mm
11.2kg
14.2kg
483 x 175 x 370mm
23kg
30kg
435 x 100 x 290mm
7.01kg
8.62kg
435 x 132 x 350mm
12kg
14.36kg
*
†
‡
20 - 20kHz in tone defeat mode
Minimum power per channel, 20Hz-20kHz, both channels
driven, with no more than rated distortion
Maximum continuous power per channel
Specifications are measured in accordance with EIA Standard
RS-490 (IHF A-202) for amplifiers.
Amplifier measurements referenced to 8Ω are taken with
the Impedance Select set at 8Ω (High).
Measurements for 4Ω and 2Ω are taken with the Impedance
Select set at 4Ω (Normal)
Dimensions are of unit‘s cabinets without attached feet;
add up to 18mm for total height.
Dimension depth excludes terminals, sockets, controls and buttons.
Dolby, Pro Logic, Dolby Digital, HX Pro and the Double ‘D’ symbol
are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories Licensing Corporation.
THX and THX Ultra are trademarks of Lucasfilms, Ltd.
www.NADelectronics.com
© 2001 NAD Electronics International
NAD Electronics International reserves the right to change specifications or features without notice as design improvements are incorporated.
NAD is a registered trademark of NAD Electronics International.
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form whatsoever without the written permission of NAD Electronics International.
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