NAD C 388 Stereo Integrated Amp with DAC and Bluetooth


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SKU: C 388
Brand: NAD


The C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier is at the top of its
class in the world of affordable amplification. An incredibly powerful amp, the
C 388 employs NAD technologies like Asymmetrical PowerDrive to
ensure that even the most demanding speakers can be driven to life-like
listening levels without dynamic compression. Thanks to its advanced
preamplifier circuit, the C 388 gives low noise at all volume settings,
ensuring that you’ll be able to listen to your music without any distractions.
Another technology that’s available to the C 388 is the BluOS module,
a music management system that can stream your music library wirelessly across
your home Wi-Fi network. Connect to the C 388 instantly with Bluetooth® to
give you access to various streaming services. With the ability to accommodate
a variety of sources both past and present, the C 388 is a remarkably flexible
product that will become a core addition to your home audio system.

NAD’s new classic amplifiers. Intelligent. Powerful.

Introducing the NAD C388

Expansive Power with Unprecedented Flexibility.

The C 388 ties together all the critical elements of a top
performing music system; music sources past, present, and future, in addition
to providing a nearly unrestricted reservoir of power that allows your speakers
to reveal every nuance of musical detail. This advanced amplifier includes many
cutting edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of
creating affordable ultra-high performance audio components.

Getting the Basics Right

It is surprising how many seemingly advanced products in the
market today often miss many of the most basic requirements for satisfying
performance. NAD starts by getting these things precisely right and advances
from there. We include an MM Phono stage with precisely accurate RIAA
equalization, high overload margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative
circuit to suppress infrasonic noise that is present on all LPs – all without
affecting bass response. Our line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue
source components by offering ideal input impedance characteristics with linear
ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent any sonic degradation. We include
a separate headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output
voltage capability – enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor
headphones. Low impedance line outputs that can connect to other amplifiers or
subwoofers extend the versatility of this well thought out amplifier.

Future-Proof Modular Design

This NAD exclusive feature allows you to customise your NAD
amplifier with additional capabilities and features, now or in the future. The
two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including
4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, additional Analogue
and Phono Inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless
systems available, the BluOS® music management system developed
by Bluesound. BluOS connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone,
tablet, or desktop device to manage your music collection and connect to a
growing list of high-quality streaming music services.

Connected and Smart

Connect instantly to the C 388 via Bluetooth® aptX® to
allow you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device with
true CD-quality sound. Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources
connected to the C 388 via wireless headphones such as NAD’s own HP70. There is
also a control app that allows your mobile devices to control all functions of
your C 388. Add the optional BluOS Module to provide access to your local area
network via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection and adds Hi-Res Audio streaming.
The BluOS Module also makes the C 388 a single-zone streamer in a complete
multi-room wireless music system that is fully compatible with BluOS Enabled
music systems and wireless speakers.

Sophisticated Power

NAD has moved away from the old-fashioned power-hungry
linear power supplies and Class AB output stages that waste nearly half of the
energy consumed and produce heat rather than sound. Instead, we have developed
even better performing circuits based on switch mode power supplies and Class D
output stages. Once thought to be inferior to traditional topologies, NAD’s
advanced work in this area has created some of the best performing amplifiers
regardless of basic design principle. These new designs are very linear over a
wide bandwidth and provide consistent performance into all speaker loads,
providing a dramatic advance over previous models.

The power supply is capable of 150 watts continuously and
over 250 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical transients. It
can operate with any AC mains voltage from 100 to 240 volts and provides pure
DC power to all the various stages of the C 388. This highly efficient supply
also provides near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of
conditions and provides a solid noise-free foundation for the amplifying

The C 388 uses a customized version of the proven Hypex UcD
output stage operating in a fully balanced bridge configuration. This allows
for massive power with nearly immeasurable distortion and noise in the audible
range. Every detail of this design has been carefully planned and perfectly
executed to produce out every last drop of performance.

Key Features

  • 150W x
    2 Continuous power into 8 or 4 Ohms
  • Bluetooth
    A2DP with aptX supported
  • MM
    Phono input
  • Analogue
    line inputs
  • USB
    port for service purposes
    coax and optical inputs
  • Speaker
    A, Speaker B
  • Preamp/Subwoofer
  • Headphone
  • MDC
    Slots for future upgrades
  • IR
  • Smartphone
    Control App
  • 12V
    Trigger in/out
  • IR
  • RS-232
    Serial port for control
  • Control4,
    Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, Elan certified

Line Input, Pre Out

  • THD
  • <0.005%
    at 2V out
  • Signal/Noise
  • >106dB
    (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out, unity gain)
  • Channel
  • >80dB
    (1kHz); >70dB (10kHz)
  • Input
    Impedance (R and C)
  • 22
    kilohm + 100pF
  • Maximum
    Input Signal
  • >4.5Vrms
    (ref. 0.1% THD)
  • Output
  • Source
    Z + 240 Ohm
  • Input
  • 93mV
    (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.03dB
  • Maximum
    voltage output – IHF load
  • >4.5V
    (ref. 0.1% THD)
  • Tone
  • Treble:
    ±7.0dB at 20kHz

  • Bass: ±7.0dB at 60Hz

  • Balance: -10dB

Phono Input, Pre Out

  • THD
  • <0.01%
    at 2V out
  • Signal
    to Noise Ratio
  • >84dB
    (200 Ohm source; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)

  • >76dB (MM cartridge source, IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)
  • Input
  • 1.44mV
    (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.3dB
  • Maximum
    Input Signal at 1kHz
  • >80mVrms
    (ref. 0.1% THD)

Line Input, Headphone Out

  • THD
  • <0.005%
    at 1V out
  • Signal/Noise
  • >110dB
    (32 Ohm loads; A-weighted, ref. 2V out, unity gain)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.3dB
  • Channel
  • >60dB
    at 1kHz
  • Output
  • 6 Ohms

General Specifications

  • Continuous
    output Power into 4 Ohms and 8 Ohms (Stereo)
  • >150W
    (at rated THD, 20-20kHz, both channels driven)
  • IHF
    Dynamic Power
  • 8 Ohm

  • 4 Ohm 350W

  • 2 Ohm 400W
  • THD
  • <0.02%
    (250mW to 150W, 8 Ohm and 4 Ohm)
  • Signal/Noise
  • >95dB
    (A-weighted, 500mV input ref. 1W out in 8 Ohm)
  • Clipping
  • >160W
    (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
  • Peak
    Output Current
  • >20A
    (in 1 Ohm, 1ms)
  • Damping
  • >150
    (ref. 8 Ohm, 20Hz and 6.5kHz)
  • Frequency
  • ±0.03
  • Channel
  • >75dB

  • >70dB (10kHz)
  • Input
    Sensitivity (for 80W in 8 Ohm)
  • Line
    In: 490mV; Phono In: 7.5mV; Digital In: 24% FS
  • Sample
  • up to
    24 bit/192kHz
  • Frequency
  • 2.402G
    – 2.480G
  • Maximum
    Transmit Power (dBm)
  • 7dBm

Power Consumption

  • at
    Auto Standby ON and Network Standby OFF
  • 0.5
  • at
    Auto Standby ON and Network Standby ON
  • 1.2
  • OFF
    mode (Power switched OFF)
  • 0.1

* – 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 is always live when configured
Weight & Dimensions

  • Gross
    Dimensions (W x H x D)*
  • 435 x
    120 x 390mm (17 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 15 3/8)”
  • Net
  • 11.2kg
  • Shipping
  • 13.6kg (30lb)

Additional information

Weight 0.00000000 lbs
Additional Options

Built-In BluOS Streaming Module, No Additional Option


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