Improving an award-winning design is always a delicate task. Adding performance and value to an already highly optimised design requires vision, talent, and expertise. Fortunately for our music-loving customers, all three are on clear display in the new NAD C 356BEE. NAD fans already know that the initials "BEE" stand for Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, NAD's Director of Advanced Development. BEE has once again applied lessons learned from NAD's leading Masters Series M3 amplifier to the C 356BEE.
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.
The NAD 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 use 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 their competitors. NAD use 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 have also included their upgrade-friendly Modular Design Construction (MDC) to allow the addition of their superb PP 375 phono stage 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 NAD C 356BEE 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 minimises signal path length and keeps resistance extremely low allowing the subtlest details to emerge from your music. Musically satisfying tone controls allow necessary correction to your favourite music without adding colouration 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.
A major goal in the design of the NAD 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. NAD makes every effort to reduce their 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 NAD C 356BEE remains eminently affordable. In fact, we invite 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.
- 80W x 2 Continuous Power into 8 ohms
- 145W, 220W, 290W IHF Dynamic power into 8, 4 and 2 ohms, respectively
- PowerDrive circuit
- NAD SR 5 Full System Remote control
- Headphone socket
- Front panel Media Player (MP) input for attaching portable Music Player
- Relay Input Switching
- Holmgren Toroidal Power transformer
- 7 Line inputs, including two tape in/outs
- All discrete circuitry
- Short signal path from input to output
- All sockets Gold plated
- Tone controls defeat switch
- Main-amp input & 2 pre-amp outputs
- Speaker A + B Outputs
- Soft Clipping
- IR Input/Output
- 12 volt trigger output
- RS-232 Interface
- Detachable IEC Power Cable