NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier


Original price was: $799.00.Current price is: $599.99.

SKU: C 338 Open-Box
Brand: NAD


The C 338 adds big sound to your favorite music sources and
brings incredible flexibility to any stereo system. With Spotify Connect®,
Bluetooth®, and the first-ever hi-fi amplifier to have built-in
Chromecast®, the C 338 allows you to stream and cast music directly
from any music streaming app, letting you enjoy your music wirelessly. Add a
turntable using the phono input and experience the warmth of vinyl collections
with the room-filling sound of NAD’s HybridDigital amp
technology. Power, volume, source selection, and device settings are all
controlled using the intuitive interface of the NAD Remote App for iOS and

NAD’s Most Versatile Amplifier Ever with Chromecast built-in
and Hybrid Digital Technology

Introducing the NAD C338

Getting the Basics Right

Built with NAD’s renowned music-first approach to audio
architecture and amp design, the C 338 is equipped with the most advanced
components commonly found in NAD’s class-leading line of amplifiers. Always
starting with the details you can hear and advancing from there, NAD develops
low-noise circuitry with the precision and stability to deliver incredible,
near-zero distortion sound for the most difficult speakers.

HybridDigital Amp Technology

The search for a high-performance Class D solution led NAD
to HybridDigital, an innovative amplifier technology that uses a
variable modulation frequency to bring out the life-like qualities of music,
while reducing distortion under every operating condition. This highly
optimized design gives phenomenal performance to the C 338 amplifier, both
measured and subjective.

Efficient Class D Power

NAD has worked tirelessly to create the best performing
Class D amplifiers that are energy efficient and produce beautiful sound—not
heat—regardless of basic design principles. Using advanced measurements and
data, NAD developed the C 338’s highly efficient power supply with a customized
Hypex® UCD output stage to pump out 160 watts continuously and
over 300 watts instantaneously to meet the demands of the most dynamic music.
This new design is very linear over a wide bandwidth and provides consistent,
noise-free performance for the amplifying stages with near perfect regulation
of voltage.

Always Ready for Streaming

The C 338 has Chromecast built-in so you can cast music,
tunes, podcasts, and playlists from your favorite apps on your phone, tablet or
laptop to your stereo system. Spotify Connect® lets you
discover millions of songs and stream them directly to your C 338 using the
Spotify® app for a rich, wireless music experience. With the
added flexibility of Bluetooth®, your music streaming possibilities
are truly limitless with the C 338.

Built-in Phono Stage for Vinyl Listening

Using a MM phono stage and an innovative low-noise circuit
path, the C 338 can reproduce the warmth of LPs with accurate RIAA equalization
and control the infrasonic noise that is in all recordings, without ever
affecting the bass response.

Flexible Connectivity

With a wide array of connections, including a separate
headphone amplifier that can drive high-impedance studio monitor headphones,
the C 338 is ready for any type of listening. Line inputs can accommodate all
kinds of analogue source components, offering ideal input impedance with linear
ultra-low noise buffer amplifiers to preserve the musicality of recordings.
Also connect a subwoofer with low impedance line outputs and extend the
versatility of this budget-friendly, do-it-all amplifier.

Key Features

  • 50W x
    2 Continuous Power into 8 or 4 Ohms
  • 90W /
    150W / 200W IHF Dynamic Power into 8 / 4 / 2 Ohms
  • First
    hi-fi amplifier to feature Chromecast built-in
  • Integrated
    Bluetooth® for added music streaming flexibility
  • Built-in
    Phono Preamp for Turntables
  • Stereo
    Line, Optical Digital and Coax Digital inputs
  • NAD
    Remote App support for tablet and smartphone
  • Dedicated
    Headphone Amplifier
  • Subwoofer



Line In, Subwoofer Out

  • THD
  • <0.005%
    at 2V out
  • Signal/Noise
  • >106dB
    (IHF; A-weighted, 500mV out, unity gain)
  • Input
    Impedance (R and C)
  • 56
    kilohm + 100pF
  • Maximum
    Input Signal
  • >4.5Vrms
    (ref. 0.1% THD)
  • Output
  • Source
    Z + 200 Ohm
  • Input
  • 50mV
    (100Hz ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum
  • Maximum
    voltage output – IHF load
  • >4.5V
    (ref. 0.1% THD)

Line In, Headphone Out

  • THD
  • <0.005%
    at 1V out
  • Signal/Noise
  • >105dB
    (IHF; A-weighted, 32 Ohm loads, ref. 2V out, unity gain)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.3dB
  • Channel
  • >56dB
    at 1kHz
  • Output
  • 0.5

General Specifications

Line In, Speaker Out

  • Continuous
    Output Power into 4 Ohms and 8 Ohms (Stereo)
  • >50W
    (at rated THD, 20-20kHz, both channels driven)
  • IHF
    Dynamic Power
  • 8 Ohm

  • 4 Ohm 150W

  • 2 Ohm 210W
  • THD
  • <0.03%
    (250mW to 50W, 8 Ohm and 4 Ohm
  • Signal/Noise
  • >98dB
    (A-weighted, 500mV input ref. 1W out in 8 Ohm)
  • Clipping
  • >60W
    (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
  • Peak
    output current
  • >18A
    (in 1 Ohm, 1 ms)
  • Damping
  • >300
    (ref. 8 Ohm, 20Hz to 6.5kHz)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.3
    dB (20Hz-20kHz)
  • Channel
  • 1kHz

  • 10kHz >65dB
  • Input
    Sensitivity (For 50W in 8 Ohm)
  • Line
    In: 380mV, Digital In: 18% FS
  • Sample
  • Up to
    24 bit/192kHz

Phono In, Speaker Out

  • THD
    (20Hz-20kHz) (Stereo)
  • <0.3%
    at 50W out
  • Signal/Noise
  • >82dB
    (200 Ohm source, A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)

  • >76dB (MM cartridge source, IHF A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)
  • Input
  • 4.1mV
    (ref. 50W 1kHz 4 Ohm out, Volume maximum)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.3dB
  • Input
  • 47
    kilohm + 100pF
  • Maximum
    Input Signal
  • >80mVrms
    (ref. 0.1% THD)

Power Consumption

  • at
    ECO Standby mode
  • 0.4
  • at
    Control Standby mode
  • 1.8
  • OFF
    mode (Power switched OFF)
  • 0

* – After 20 minutes of no user interface interaction and no
active source input

** – With established wireless Bluetooth connectivity and 20 minutes of no user
interface interaction and no active source input
NOTE: Bluetooth connectivity can be enabled or disabled via
press and hold of PLAY button of AMP 3 remote control

Weight & Dimensions

  • Gross
    Dimensions (W x H x D)*
  • 435 x
    70 x 285mm (17 1/8 x 2 13/16 x 11 1/4)”
  • Net
  • 4.85kg
  • Shipping
  • 5.85kg

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

Additional information

Weight 0.00000000 lbs


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