C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier

C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier
C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier
NAD’s New Classic Amplifiers. Intelligent. Powerful. Efficient.
Introducing the NAD C 338.
Expansive Power with Unprecedented Flexibility.
The C 338 ties together all the critical elements of a top performing music system; music
sources past and present, while providing a deep reservoir of power that allows your
speakers to reveal every nuance of musical detail. This advanced amplifier includes many
cutting-edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of creating
affordable ultra-high performance audio components.
Getting the Basics Right
It is surprising how many seemingly advanced products in the market today often miss
many of the most basic requirements for satisfying performance. Low noise circuits,
precise volume control action, accurate channel balance, proper input and output
impedance characteristics, high overload margins and stability with difficult speaker
loads. NAD starts by getting these things precisely right and advances from there. We
include an MM Phono stage with precisely accurate RIAA equalization, high overload
margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative circuit to suppress infrasonic noise
that is present on all LPs – all without affecting bass response. Our line inputs can
accommodate all kinds of analogue source components by offering ideal input impedance
characteristics with linear ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent any sonic
degradation caused by inappropriate loading of the source device. We include a separate
headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability
– enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Low impedance line
outputs that can connect to subwoofers extend the versatility of this well thought out
amplifier. These are all details you can hear.
• 50W x 2 Continuous Power
into 8 or 4 Ohms
• Wi-Fi enabled with network
streaming of music services,
internet radio, and support
for Google Cast and UPnP
•Bluetooth® ADP4 with aptX® supported
• MM Phono input
• TV audio input
• SPDIF coax and optical inputs
• Subwoofer out
• Headphone amplifier
• Bass EQ
• IR Remote
• Mobile Control App for smartphone
and tablet
Connected and Smart
You can connect instantly to the C 338 with Bluetooth® allowing
you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled
device. The high performance aptX® codec is fully supported for
true CD-quality sound. Bluetooth can also be used to listen to
other sources connected to the C 338 via wireless headphones
such as NAD’s own HP70. There is also a control app that allows
your smartphone or tablet to control all functions of your NAD.
The C 338 includes Wi-Fi and Network Streaming and supports
both Google Cast and Spotify Connect. It also provides access
to internet radio stations and can serve as an UPnP Client for
network streaming from a local NAS library.
Sophisticated Power
NAD has moved away from the old-fashioned and power-hungry
linear power supplies and Class AB output stages that waste
nearly half of the energy consumed producing heat rather than
sound. Instead, we have developed even better performing
circuits based on switch mode power supplies and Class D
output stages. Once thought to be inferior to traditional
topologies, NAD’s advanced work in this area has created
some of the best performing amplifiers regardless of basic
design principle. These new designs are very linear over a
wide bandwidth and provide consistent performance into
all speaker loads, providing a dramatic advance over
previous models.
The power supply is capable of 160 watts continuously and
over 300 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical
transients. It can operate with any AC mains voltage from 100
to 240 volts and provides pure DC power to all the various
stages of the C 338. This highly efficient supply also provides
near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of
conditions and provides a solid noise-free foundation for the
amplifying stages.
The C 338 uses a customized version of the proven Hypex
UcD output stage. This allows for massive power with nearly
unmeasurable distortion and noise in the audible range. Every
detail of this amplifier has been carefully designed and perfectly
executed to wring out every last drop of performance.
Specifications C 338
Continuous Output Power into 4 Ω and 8 Ω (Stereo)
>50W (at rated THD, 20-20kHz, both channels driven)
IHF Dynamic Power
2 Ω200W
4 Ω150W
8 Ω90W
Signal/Noise Ratio
<-92dB (IHF; A-weighted, 500mV input ref. 1W out in 8 Ω)
<-104dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 50W in 8 Ω, max volume)
Damping Factor
>200 (ref. 8 Ω, 50Hz and 1kHz)
Frequency Response
Channel Separation
10kHz 70dB
Sample Rate
Standby Power
Digital: Coax x2, Optical x2
Analogue: Line In, Moving Magnet Phono Preamp (0.3mV input sensitivity ref. 200mV preout)
Dimensions (D x L x H) 302 x 435 x 71mm (11 7/8 x 17 1/8 x 2 3/4)”
Net Weight
Shipping Weight
* Gross dimensions include feet, extended buttons and rear panel terminals. ** Non-metric measurements are approximate. NAD Electronics will not assume any liability for errors being made by retailers, custom
installers, cabinet makers, or other end users based on information contained in this document. Note: Installers should allow a minimum clearance of 55mm for wire/cable management.
NAD Electronics International reserves the right to change specifications or features without notice. NAD is a registered trademark of NAD Electronics International.
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