NAD C 316BEE V2 Stereo Integrated Amplifier


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SKU: C 316BEE V2
Brand: NAD


NAD has a distinct reputation for creating some of the best
performing budget amplifiers of all time. The lineage is impressive, all the
way from the 3020 of 1978 to the current C 328, with many “Best Amp” awards and
five-star reviews along the way. The C 316BEE lived up to expectations,
garnering multiple accolades including an EISA award for ‘Best Product 2008-2009’
and top recommendations from the world’s leading audio publications. With the
resurgence of vinyl we decided to update the design by including NAD’s highly
acclaimed RIAA phono stage. This sophisticated circuit combines low noise with
high overload margins to eliminate noise and distortion. RIAA equalization is
extremely accurate (a rarity at this price) and there is even an infrasonic
filter to reject airborne vibrations that can cause parasitic feedback.

Improving the Budget Reference Amplifier

Proven Technology Enhanced by Innovation

NAD’s PowerDrive Circuit has been proven to offer a
remarkable combination of high current drive needed for complex loudspeaker
loads, and high levels of undistorted dynamic power. By monitoring the precise
operating condition of the power amplifier, PowerDrive uses this intelligence
to automatically optimize the power supply settings for uniformly low
distortion and maximum power in the real world of music listening. As featured
in our top Masters Series models, PowerDrive uses a complex ‘analogue computer’
to determine the optimal settings. For the C 316BEE V2, NAD’s Director of
Advanced Development, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, developed a clever new computation
circuit requiring fewer parts at a much lower cost without any reduction in

All the hallmarks of NAD technology are present, from the generously sized
toroidal power transformer and low ESR smoothing capacitors, to the multiple
regulated secondary supplies, to the heavy duty discrete output transistors,
the C 316BEE V2 is every bit as refined and sophisticated as other NAD


We are confident that the C 316BEE V2 will set new
benchmarks for performance, both measured and audible, at this affordable price
point. Unless you have power hungry speakers, listen at dangerously loud
levels, or have a very large room, the C 316BEE V2 will be the amplifier for
you. Fundamental specifications for noise, distortion, power, stereo
separation, and volume control tracking, are all class leading and would be
impressive on an amplifier costing many times its modest price.


While the C 316BEE V2 has everything necessary for musical
enjoyment, it is refreshingly limited to the essentials: six inputs, one set of
speakers, a headphone jack, and full function remote control. It has a compact
size and a handsome yet understated exterior. It is essential NAD.

While its bells and whistles may not be as extensive as our
more expensive offerings, the C 316V2 is far from a “stripped down” product.
With five line level inputs, an MM Phono Input, full IR remote control,
defeatable tone controls and a front panel input for a phone or tablet, the C
316V2 is fully equipped to be the control center for a high performance music
system. Continuous power is a conservative 40 watts, and dynamic power (more
important for music listening) is impressively more than 100 watts! This is far
more usable power on tap than other amplifiers at this price, and this power is
available across the entire audible band at a class leading 0.03%.

The sonic result of this high technology is a relaxed and
inviting sound that digs out the subtle details in your favourite recordings
and presents them across a panoramic stereo sound stage. The impressive dynamic
power reserves make the C 316BEE V2 sound both articulate and alive. The silent
background and low distortion gives a sense of solidity and presence to your
music and brings out the best your loudspeakers have to offer


  • PowerDrive
  • 5 Line
    Level Inputs
  • MM
    Phono Input for Vinyl
  • Front
    Panel Input for Portable Media Players
  • Bass
    and Treble Controls
  • Tone
    Defeat (Bypass)
  • Headphone
  • IR
    Remote Control
  • Multi-way
    Speaker Binding Posts
  • Gold
    Plated RCA Jacks
  • Toroidal
    Power Transformer
  • <0.5W
    Standby consumption

Line In / Headphone Out

  • THD
    (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
  • <0.03
    % in 300 ohms at 2 V out
  • Signal-to-Noise
  • >100
    dB (A-weighted, 32 ohms, ref. 2V out, unity gain)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.3
    dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
  • Output
  • 8 ohms

Line In / Speaker Out

  • Continuous
    output power into 8 ohms and 4 ohms

  • 40W (ref. 20 Hz-20 kHz at rated THD, both channels driven)
  • THD
    (20 Hz – 20 kHz)

<0.03 % (250 mW to 40 W, 8 ohms and 4 ohms)

  • Signal-to-Noise
  • >95
    dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, ref. 1 W out in 8 ohms)

  • >97 dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, unity gain in 32 ohms)
  • Clipping
    power (at 1 kHz 0.1 % THD)
  • >45
    W in 8 ohms

  • >60 W in 4 ohms
  • IHF
    dynamic power
  • 8
    ohms: 90 W

  • 4 ohms: 120 W

  • 2 ohms: 170 W
  • Damping
  • >200
    (ref. 8 ohms, 1 kHz)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.3
    dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz, Tone Defeat ON)

  • Treble: ± 5dB at 10 kHz

  • Bass: ± 8 dB at 100 Hz
  • Channel
  • >70
    dB (1 kHz)
  • Maximum
    input level
  • 4.3V
    (1 kHz THD 0.1%)
  • Input
    sensitivity (for 40 W in 8 ohms)
  • 200 mV
  • Standby
  • <0.5

Phono In / Speaker Out

  • THD
    (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
  • <0.03
    % (1 W to 40 W, 8 ohms and 4 ohms)
  • Signal-to-Noise
  • >75
    dB with IHF MM cartridge (A-weighted, ref. 5mV input 1 kHz and 1W output
    in 8 ohms)
  • Frequency
    response (RIAA deviation)
  • +0.3
    dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz, Tone Defeat ON)
  • Maximum
    input level
  • 71 mV
    (1 kHz THD 0.1%)
  • Input
    sensitivity (for 40 W in 8 ohms
  • 2.95

Dimension and Weight

  • Gross
    dimensions (W x H x D)
  • 17 1/8
    x 3 9/16 x 11 1/4 inches

  • 435 x 90 x 285 mm
  • Net
  • 5.5 kg
    (12.1 lbs)
  • Shipping
  • 6.4 kg (14.1 lbs)

Additional information

Weight 0.00000000 lbs


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