NAD C 368 Hybrid Digital DAC Stereo Amplifier

Brand: NAD Electronics
Product Code: C368
Warranty: 2 Years
RRP $1,499.00 $1,299.00
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Key Features

  • 80W x 2 continuous power into 8 or 4 ohms
  • Bluetooth A2DP with aptX supported
  • MM phono input
  • Analogue line inputs
  • SPDIF coax and optical inputs
  • Speaker A, Speaker B
  • Stereo or bridge mode configuration
  • Preamp/Subwoofer out
  • Headphone amplifier
  • MDC slots for future upgrades
  • IR remote
  • Smartphone control app
  • 12V trigger in/out
  • IR in/out
  • RS-232 serial port for control
  • Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, Elan certified

Introducing the NAD C 368

With the C 368 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier, your home audio system will never fall behind the pack. Thanks to our MDC technology, the C 368 is easily customisable and ready for all future features and upgrades. With the optional BluOS® module, the C 368 can connect to your network and be controlled through a smartphone, tablet, or desktop, and connect wirelessly to any other BluOS Enabled device to create a multi-room High Resolution Audio system. You can also instantly connect to the C 368 through Bluetooth, giving you the ability to stream wirelessly from any Bluetooth Enabled device, and if you're a vinyl fan, you can also add a turntable. Enjoying music has never been so easy. A totally modern approach to amplification, the C 368 is the ultimate amp for any music lover's system.

Getting it Right

We never overlook the most crucial of requirements. From low noise circuits to precise volume control action, to accurate channel balance and proper input and output impedance characteristics, we here at NAD do everything we can to get these things exactly right. We also 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 LP's – 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. 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.

Forward Thinking

Modular Design Construction (MDC), allows you to customise your NAD amplifier with additional capabilities and features, now or in the future. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including 4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, additional Analogue and Phono Inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS music management system developed by Bluesound. BluOS connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone, tablet or desktop to manage your music collection and connect you to a growing list of high-quality streaming music services.

Instant Connection

You can connect instantly to the C 368 with Bluetooth® aptX®, allowing you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device. Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources connected to the C 368 via wireless headphones. There is also a control app to control all functions of your C 368. Adding the optional BluOS Module provides access to your local area network via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection and adds Hi-Res Audio streaming. The BluOS Module also makes the C 368 a single-zone streamer in a complete multi-room wireless music system that is fully compatible with BluOS Enabled music systems and wireless speakers.

Sophisticated Power

In the last few years, NAD has moved away from the old-fashioned linear power supplies and Class AB output stages that waste energy, and have instead 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.

Furthermore, the power supply is capable of 80 watts continuously and over 120 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 368. 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 368 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 design has been carefully planned and perfectly executed to produce every last drop of performance.

Line Input, Pre Out
THD (20Hz-20kHz) <0.005% at 2V Out
Signal to Noise Ratio >106dB (IHF; A-Weighted, 500mV Out, Unity Gain)
Channel Separation >80dB (1kHz); >70dB (10kHz)
Input Impedance (R and C) 22 Kilo Ohm + 100pF
Maximum Input Signal >4.5Vrms (ref. 0.1% THD)
Output Impedance Source Z + 240 Ohm
Input Sensitivity 93mV (Ref. 500mV Out, Volume Maximum)
Frequency Response ±0.03dB (20Hz-20kHz)
Maximum Voltage Output – IHF Load >4.5V (Ref. 0.1% THD)
Tone Controls Treble: ±7.0dB at 20kHz / Bass: ±7.0dB at 60Hz / Balance: -10dB
Phono Input, Pre Out
THD (20Hz-20kHz) <0.01% at 2V Out
Signal to Noise Ratio >84dB (200 Ohm Source; A-Weighted, Ref. 500mV Out) / >76dB (MM Cartridge Source, IHF; A-Weighted, Ref. 500mV Out)
Input Sensitivity 1.44mV (Ref. 500mV Out, Volume Maximum)
Frequency Response ±0.3dB (20Hz-20kHz)
Maximum Input Signal at 1kHz >80mVrms (Ref. 0.1% THD)
Line Input, Headphone Out
THD (20Hz-20kHz) <0.005% at 1V Out
Signal to Noise Ratio >110dB (32 Ohm Loads; A-Weighted, Ref. 2V Out, Unity Gain)
Frequency Response ±0.3dB (20Hz-20kHz)
Channel Separation >60dB at 1kHz
Output Impedance 6 Ohms
Line Input, Speaker Out
Continuous Output Power into 4 Ohms and 8 Ohms (Stereo) >80W (Ref. 20-20kHz at Rated THD, Both Channels Driven)
Continuous Output Power into 8 Ohms (Bridge Mode) 300W (at 20-20kHz at THD 0.03%)
THD (20Hz-20kHz) <0.03% (250mW to 80W, 8 Ohms and 4 Ohms)
Signal to Noise Ratio >98dB (A-weighted, 500mV input, ref. 1W out in 8 Ohms)
Clipping Power >95W (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
Clipping Power (Bridge Mode) >315W (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
IHF Dynamic Power 8 Ohms 120W / 4 Ohms 200W / 2 Ohms 250W
IHF Dynamic Power (Bridge Mode) 8 Ohms 500W / 4 Ohms 560W
Peak Output Current >20A (in 1 Ohm, 1ms)
Damping Factor >300 (Ref. 8 Ohms, 20Hz and 6.5kHz)
Frequency Response ±0.3dB (20Hz-20kHz)
Channel Separation >75dB (1kHz) / >70dB (10kHz)
Input Sensitivity (for 80W in 8 Ohms) Line In: 470mV; Digital In: 21% FS
Sample Rate Up to 24 bit/192kHz
Standby Power <0.5W
Frequency Band 2.402G-2.480G
Maximum Transmit Power (dBm) 7dBm ±2dBm
Weight & Dimensions
Gross Dimensions (W x H x D)* 435 x 100 x 390mm
Net Weight 7.8 kg
Shipping Weight 10.1 kg

*Gross dimensions include feet, extended buttons and rear panel terminals.

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