NAD C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier Launches at HIGH END Munich 2024

NAD Electronics, a manufacturer of high-end home audio components, has announced the launch of its new Classic Series amplifier, the C 379 HybridDigital DAC amplifier, at the HIGH END Munich International Audio Show.

The company features the C 379, which builds on NAD’s commitment to innovation and value-driven performance with a new design featuring a carefully engineered Class D output stage, as well as ESS SABER DACs, and NAD’s second generation Modular Design Construction (MDC) technology for upgrades and extensibility.

“The NAD C 379 is in a class of its own, integrating every essential part of a powerful music system and accommodating all music sources, from vinyl to digital streaming,” said Cas Oostvogel, product manager of NAD Electronics. “With its meticulous, low-noise circuitry and the ability to enhance both features and power, this Class D integrated is a testament to the legacy of NAD’s Classic Series and our relentless pursuit of sonic excellence at an affordable price.”

C 379 uses NAD’s proprietary digital technologies

The Canadian company points out that the C 379 uses a custom UcD output stage with its HybridDigital technology to deliver 80 watts of continuous power (into 8 and 4 ohms) and can produce 120 watts of dynamic power (4 ohms). NAD says its latest product can also be bridged with the C 268 stereo power amplifier in a fully balanced configuration for 300 watts of continuous power and over 500 watts of instantaneous power to provide maximum power and performance for the most demanding listening sessions.

Through its digital technologies, NAD says the C 379’s highly efficient power supply consumes less than half the power of conventional amplifiers in its class, while also delivering clean power to all amplification stages. This energy-saving power supply and balanced design also provide a high degree of voltage regulation under a wide range of conditions.

Some of the other technologies included in the DAC amplifier solution include NAD’s modular design construction: MDC 2. NAD explains that the C 379 and its two expansion slots allow integrators to upgrade the amplifier’s capabilities with emerging A/V technologies and additional functions via the module, including BluOS high-resolution streaming throughout the house and Dirac Live Room Correction. NAD also notes that the available MDC2 BluOS-D module allows for seamless integration with BluOS, Apple AirPlay 2 and two-way aptX HD Bluetooth.

Building on its BluOS whole-home audio platform, the Lenbrook brand says dealers can connect the C 379 to their customers’ home networks via Wi-Fi or Ethernet, allowing homeowners to experience advanced wireless multi-room music management capabilities through features such as 24 bit/ 192kHz resolution.

The new NAD product can be controlled via the BluOS app for smartphone, tablet or desktop. The BluOS platform allows users to manage their digital music collections and access more than 20 streaming music services, including Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, Amazon Music, Spotify and more.

In addition, NAD highlights that the C 379 HybridDigital DAC amplifier offers a choice of analog and digital connectivity options ranging from aptX HD Bluetooth and HDMI eARC to a moving magnet (MM) phono stage and two independent subwoofer outputs. The integrated amplifier also includes a built-in separate headphone amplifier with low output impedance and high output voltage, allowing the new NAD product to drive a wide range of headphones.​ ​

During the audiophile show HIGH END Munich 2024, which runs from May 9 to 12, visitors can see the C 379 in rooms D107 and D108 in Atrium 3.1 in the MOC Event Center.

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