NAD C 3050 Stereo Integrated Amp/DAC/Headphone Amp/Phono Preamp with MDC2 BluOS-D Card


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SKU: C 3050 with BluOS
Brand: NAD



Paying tribute to NAD’s 50-year history of innovation and
value, the C 3050’s vintage design was inspired by the NAD 3030 Stereophonic
Amplifier, a 1970s classic. Retro design elements include dual VU meters,
push-button input selectors, a walnut-finished vinyl-clad cabinet, and a dark
grey front panel with the original New Acoustic Dimension logo in its 1970s cursive
typeface. Underneath its vintage-inspired exterior are advanced features like a
HybridDigital UcD output stage, high-performance Texas Instruments PCM5242
differential DAC, and NAD’s MDC2 future-proofing technology. Listeners can add
exciting new capabilities like BluOS high resolution multi-room streaming and
Dirac Live room correction to the C 3050 by inserting an optional module into
the MDC2 expansion slot on the rear panel.


• Retro design elements include front-panel VU meters, push-button
input controls, 1970s cursive branding, walnut-finished vinyl-clad cabinet, and
dark grey front panel
• HybridDigital UcD Amplifier
• Continuous Power: 100 Watts per channel into 8/4 ohms
• Instantaneous Power: 135 Watts per channel
• Vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion
• MDC2 port for expanded functionality
• Optional MDC2 BluOS-D module adds BluOS high-resolution multi-room
music streaming and Dirac Live room correction
• High-performance TI PCM5242 differential DAC
• Ultra-low-noise MM phono stage with infrasonic filtering
• One optical, one coaxial digital input
• Pre-amp out / Main-in connections
• HDMI-eARC input
• One set of line-level analogue inputs with low-noise
buffer amplifiers
• Speaker A/Speaker B outputs
• Subwoofer output
• Dedicated headphone amplifier
• IR remote control
• CI-Friendly – IR remote, 12V Trigger out, IR in


Employing NAD’s proven HybridDigital UcD amplifier technology,
the C 3050 can deliver 100 Watts per channel of continuous power and 135Wpc of
instantaneous peak power for effortless reproduction of musical transients.
Noise and distortion are virtually unmeasurable through the entire audio-band.
The result is neutral, distortion-free sound through any loudspeaker load—even
at high listening levels. The C 3050 will reproduce the music you love with
wonderful detail, immersive three-dimensionality, and thrilling dynamics. The C
3050’s digital section is built around Texas Instruments’ PCM5242
high-resolution differential DAC, a design known for its excellent dynamic
performance and immunity to clock jitter. This enables the C 3050 to deliver
amazing musicality, stunning clarity, and pinpoint sound-staging from all your
digital sources.


The C 3050 features the latest generation of NAD’s Modular
Design Construction future-proofing technology, MDC2, which lets users add new
functions and features by inserting a module into the MDC2 slot on the back
panel. The optional MDC2 BluOS-D module delivers two highly desirable
capabilities: BluOS high-resolution music streaming and Dirac Live room


Featuring dual-band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet, the MDC2
BluOS-D connects you to almost all the music ever recorded through BluOS, the
award-winning wireless music-management system. With the MDC2 BluOS-D
installed, the C 3050 can be part of a whole-home music system with as many as
64 zones.

BluOS has integrated support for more than 20 popular
streaming services, including several that offer lossless and high-resolution
audio, such as Amazon Music Ultra HD, Deezer, Qobuz, and Tidal. BluOS supports
high-resolution audio to 24-bit/192kHz, and has MQA decoding and rendering
capability, for studio[1]quality streaming
from Tidal. The MDC2 BluOS-D also lets you play music from your personal
library and thousands of internet radio stations through the C 3050 integrated

You can select music using the intuitive BluOS Controller
app, available for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows. The MDC2 BluOS-D supports
Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect, so you can cue up music in the apps for
those services, then transfer playback to the C 3050. Also supported is Apple
AirPlay 2, so you can stream audio to the MDC2 BluOS-D from any app on an
iPhone, iPad or Macintosh computer.

You can also control playback by voice using Amazon Alexa,
Google Assistant, or Apple Siri. Bidirectional aptX HD Bluetooth connectivity
lets you stream audio to the MDC2 BluOS-D from a smart device and stream audio
from the C 3050 to a pair of wireless headphones.


The optional MDC2 BluOS-D lets C 3050 owners address the
weakest link in most music systems-the listening environment. Connect the
supplied microphone to the MDC2 BluOS-D’s USB port, and then follow
instructions in the easy-to-use Dirac Live app. Dirac will play test tones
through your speakers, analyze the results, and then create correction filters
that counteract common acoustic problems like standing waves and unwanted
reflections. You can create up to five settings for different listener
positions or room conditions, for example whether the drapes are open or closed.

With Dirac Live enabled, you’ll enjoy deeper and tighter
bass, vastly improved tonal accuracy, greater clarity, and more precise
imaging. Because MDC2 enables two[1]way communications
between the expansion module and host component, you’ll experience these
transformative benefits with all sources connected to the C 3050.


With its full suite of digital and analogue inputs, the C
3050 can accommodate all your source components. In addition to an
ultra-low-noise MM phono input for connecting a turntable and an HDMI eARC port
for connecting an HDTV, the C 3050 has a pair of line-level analogue input and
coaxial and optical digital inputs.

Listeners can connect two pairs of speakers with Speaker A/B
switching, as well as a subwoofer. The C 3050 also has a dedicated headphone
amplifier, and pre-out/main-in jacks that let you connect a more powerful
amplifier and or the C 3050 as a preamp only. The C 3050 includes an IR remote
control and has installer-friendly features like 12V trigger and IR input.


With its vintage-inspired design and innovative technology,
the NAD C 3050 Stereo Integrated Amplifier is a feast for the eyes and ears.
The C 3050’s MDC2 port makes it easy to add compelling features like BluOS multi-room
streaming and Dirac Live room correction—not to mention new capabilities that
have yet to be developed. In the C 3050, NAD’s 50-year history of amplifier
innovation meets the future of hi-fi.


kHz), >90 dB (10 kHz)
THD+N (20 Hz – 20 kHz) <0.005 % at 2V out
Signal-to-Noise Ratio >95 dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500
mV out, unity gain)
Channel separation >86W(at 1KHz 0.1% THD 8Rx2CH)
>102W(at 1KHz 0.1% THD)
Input impedance (R and C) 28 kohms + 360 pF
Maximum input signal >4.5 Vrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)
Output impedance 440 ohms
Input sensitivity 270 mV (ref. 500 mV out, Volume maximum)
Frequency response ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Maximum voltage output -IHF load >2 V (ref. 0.1 % THD)

THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz) <0.03% at 2 V out
Signal-to-Noise ratio >79 dB (200 ohms source;
A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out)
Input Impedance (R and C) 46 kohms/100 pF
Input sensitivity 5.5 mV (ref. 500 mV out, Volume maximum)
Frequency response ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Maximum input signal at 1kHz >80 mVrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)

THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz) <0.005% at 1V out
Signal-to-Noise Ratio >96 dB (32 ohms loads; A-WTD, ref.
2 V out, unity gain
Frequency response ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Channel separation >60 dB at 1kHz
Output impedance 2.2 ohms

Bluetooth quality aptX HD 5.0
Bluetooth connectivity One-Way

Supported operating system Music playback from network
shares on the following desktop operating systems: Microsoft
Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8 to current Windows Operating
Systems and macOS versions
Mobile Application Free BluOS Controller App available for
download from the respective App stores of Apple iOS
devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod), Android devices, Kindle
Fire and Windows or macOS desktops


Continuous output power into 8 ohms and 4 ohms 100W (ref. 20
Hz-20 kHz at rated THD, both channels driven)
THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz) <0.03% (250 mW to 100 W, 8 ohms and
4 ohms)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio >95dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input,
ref. 1 W out in 8 ohms)
Clipping power >115 W (at 1 kHz 0.1 % THD)
IHF dynamic power 8 ohms: 180 W, 4 ohms: 250 W, 2 ohms: 300
Peak output current >20A (in 1 ohm, 1 ms)
Frequency response ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Channel separation >75dB (1 kHz)
>70dB (10 kHz)
Input sensitivity (for 100 W in 8 ohms) 540 mV
Digital: -6dBFS
Power consumption
at Auto Standby ON 0.5 W*

Gross dimensions (W x H x D)*** 447 x 127 (height, including
feet) x 335mm (depth, including rear speaker terminal and front knob)
(17 5/8 x 5 x 13 3/16 inches)
Net weight 10 kg (22 lbs)
Shipping weight 12.6 kg (27.8 lbs)

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