NAD Launches Three New Products at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest
NAD has revealed three new products to the market, including a stereo power amplifier, integrated amplifier, and belt-driven turntable at the Rocky Mountain Audio Fest in Denver, Colorado.
The C 328 is NAD's take on affordable integrated amps. It features 50W x 2 continuous power into 8- or 4-ohm resistance, providing a "deep reservoir of power" for speakers. The amp relies on switch mode power supplies and Class D output stages, totally eliminating the need for linear power supplies and Class AB output stages. NAD claims that this basic power principle is a redesign that offers more benefits over "conventional power-hungry linear power supplies." The C328 has Bluetooth, I/O for MM Phono, Analog Line In, SPDIF Coax and Optical, and a $549 MSRP price tag.
“Anyone who is familiar with NAD’s proud history knows that an affordable high performance integrated amplifier is what launched the brand 45 years ago,” explained Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD. “With the C 328, the design goal was to produce the best sounding amplifier in its class, incorporate meaningful features while retaining the simplicity that NAD is famous for. This amp is all about performance for the money and we believe NAD fans, new and old, will be delighted with the result.”
Following their amp is the C268, a stereo amplifier that can be used in a traditional setup with a preamplifier, for bi-amping loudspeakers or as a slave amp. The bridgeable amplifier is able to transform 80 x 2 to a 300 watts. The C268 uses the same energy performance as the C 328, relying on Class D output stages and switch mode power supplies. It also is capable of nearly 200 watts continuously and over 500 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical transients.
The C 268 may be a basic Power Amp but NAD has carefully thought through all the possible applications typically encountered to create a rich feature content. Selectable balanced inputs make the C 268 a natural for studio use or connection to High-End Preamps and Processors. These inputs include a trim control useful for matching to other components or for use in Bi-amping Speakers. A line out allows the further addition of power on the same channel for additional speakers or subwoofers.
Finally, a belt-driven turntable joins the NAD portfolio, complimenting their long list of audio solutions. The turntable is a nod to a recent vinyl resurgence and is pre-fitted with an Ortofon OM10 phono cartridge and a $499 MSRP price tag. The turntable features a Belt drive (playing 33 and 45) for maximum noise isolation, a precision AC motor with isolated AC power supply with universal voltage. Also, important features include a glass platter with a felt pad, an MDF plinth (base) and a low resonance dust cover.
“NAD continues to be at the leading edge of the high-res digital revolution however we also recognize that there is an equally enthusiastic market for vinyl playback”. stated Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD. “Staying true to the company’s roots, NAD’s formative years always revolved around quality vinyl playback as the source. At $500, the C 558 delivers on our longstanding philosophy of outstanding performance and value.”