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NAD C 356BEE Integrated Amp

MDC-Equipped Performance and Value

Improving an award-winning design is always a delicate task. Adding performance and value to an already highly optimized design requires vision, talent, and expertise. Fortunately for music lovers, all three are on clear display in the new NAD C 356BEE. With the very high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability of NAD's 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, the exclusive Soft Clipping feature is there to save both your ears and your speakers from damaging clipping distortion.

The 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. Full Disclosure Power (FDP), the most demanding criterion for performance measurement, 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. This stricter performance criterion 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. Also included is the upgrade-friendly Modular Design Construction (MDC) to allow the addition of the superb PP 375 Phono Stage and MDC DAC - USB Digital Analogue Converter 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 C 356BEE makes 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 minimizes 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 favorite music without adding coloration 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 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. The C 356BEE is manufactured without heavy metals and other hazardous substances, and by uses recycled and recyclable materials where possible.

Able to drive the most complex loudspeakers to their full musical potential, the 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.

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Continuous output power into 8 Ω and 4 Ω (Stereo): >80W (at rated THD, 20Hz-20kHz, both channels driven)
THD 20Hz - 20kHz, CCIF IMD, SMPTE IMD, DIM 100: <0.009% (250mW to 80W, 8 Ω and 4 Ω)
Clipping Power: >90W (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
IHF Dynamic Headroom
    8 Ohms: +2.6dB
    4 Ohms: +4.4dB
IHF Dynamic Power
    8 Ohms: 145W
    4 Ohms: 220W
    2 Ohms: 290W
Signal/Noise Ratio
    >92dB (IHF; A-weighted, 500mV input, ref. 1W out in 8 Ω)
    >110dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 80W in 8 Ω, max. volume)
Frequency Response
    ±0.3dB (20Hz-20kHz, Tone Defeat ON)
    10Hz - 65kHz (-3dB)
Channel Separation
    1kHz: >80dB
    10kHz: >68dB

Standby Power: <0.5W
Idle Power: <40W
Rated Power: 350W (230V AC 50Hz; 120V AC 60Hz)
Dimensions (WHD): 17 1/8" x 5 3/16" x 13 5/16"
Weight: 23.4 lbs.
Warranty: User Interfaces - one year parts and labor to the original purchaser. Two years parts and labor to the original purchaser on all other products

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