NAD C 338, first-ever Hi-Fi 160W amplifier with Chromecast built-inDale Davies ▼ | June 9, 2017
The first hi-fi amplifier to feature Chromecast built-in for music streaming, the NAD C 338 is a highly versatile Class D amplifier designed in NAD’s Classic Series tradition to deliver class-leading performance, connectivity and flexibility.
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With Bluetooth also natively integrated, the C 338 can wirelessly connect to any Bluetooth-enabled device. It also serves as an UPnP Client for network streaming from a local NAS library. The C 338 works with the NAD Remote App, transforming a smartphone or tablet into a powerful control interface that allows users to easily control power, volume, and select sources. The free app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
The C 338 uses an innovative Class D amplifier, bringing greater clarity and depth to every music source. Using HybridDigital technology, the C 338 amplifier delivers 50 Watts of Continuous Power per channel (into 8 and 4 Ohms) and a remarkable 150 Watts of Dynamic Power at 4 Ohms, all with virtually no noise or distortion. The C 338’s active power supply, controlled by NAD’s latest Asymmetrical PowerDrive, is capable of 160 Watts continuously and over 300 Watts instantaneously to deliver flawless performance for the most demanding tracks.
The preamp stage is no less impressive featuring a solid-state volume control, with a hi-res dynamic range of 120dB in precise 0.5dB steps, as featured in ultra-high end preamps. The C 338’s onboard DAC uses eight high-end DAC channels configured in a dual-differential array to also boast 120dB dynamic range. With the resurgence of vinyl, the famous NAD MM Phono stage returns: wide dynamic range, with high overload margin and low noise, super accurate RIAA equalization, and a capacitor less infrasonic filter extracts every ounce of energy from LPs. ■