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C388

NAD C388 - Stereo Integrated Amplifier
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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 optional BluOS 2i module (sold separately), 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.
 

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 equalisation, 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.

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. 

Forward Thinking

Modular Design Construction (MDC), 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 - please click here for the available MDC modules. We recommend the BluOS 2i Module to embrace the powerful BluOS music management platform developed by NAD's sister brand, Bluesound. Please click here for more information on BluOS.
 


The free BluOS Controller app is available for download from the respective app stores for Apple iOS devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod), Android devices, Kindle Fire and Windows or macOS computers.

Once connected, this device will appear as a BluOS player - where it can ‘receive’ a stream of music. It can also be grouped with other players in your system - for example, streaming an internet music service such as Tidal to two or more zones in your home at the same time.

Please note however, that the other inputs/sources on this device cannot be ‘sent’ to BluOS for transmission to other players - for example, sound from a TV or CD player connected to this device cannot be sent to other Bluesound players.

Please also note that NAD models with additional Zone outputs (for example, Zone 2) cannot play digital sources such as BluOS through these additional Zone outputs. BluOS will only be compatible with the main zone output (Zone 1).



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 stages.

The C 388 uses a customised 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.

Power and flexibility

At 150 watts per channel, NAD's C 388 integrated amplifier fills your room with detailed, virtually distortion-free sound and brings out the best in all your music. Connect digital or analog music sources and stream music via Bluetooth from your computer or a compatible mobile device. You can also stream audio from connected sources to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. NAD's smart, future-proof Modular Design Construction (MDC) lets you upgrade the C 388 to include features like wireless multi-room music and 4K video pass-through.

Clean amplification for your speakers and headphones

The C 388 uses an advanced Class D amplifier design for consistent performance. Its highly efficient power supply provides a noise-free foundation, generating huge power with negligible distortion — up to 1,000 watts instantaneously to faithfully reproduce the energy and excitement of all your favourite music. A built-in high-performance headphone amplifier can drive even the most demanding studio monitor headphones.

Innovative customisation options

Two MDC upgrade slots let you add or swap modules on the back of the unit so you can tailor the C 388 to your exact needs.

Click here for the available MDC modules - we recommend the BluOS 2i Module as an essential upgrade!
 

Features:

  • 150 watts x 2 channels into 8 or 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.02% THD
  • 4-ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
  • Class D Asymmetrical PowerDrive amplifier design
  • 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter for high-performance playback of digitally connected sources such as a CD player
  • Built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible device or wireless headphone listening
    • supports the aptX® codec for wirelessly streaming CD-quality sound
  • Independent built-in high-output headphone amplifier
  • 2 MDC (Modular Design Construction) slots for adding additional capabilities and features
  • Remote control
  • Compatible with leading third-party control systems like Control4, Crestron, RTI, and URC
Connections:
  • 4 digital audio inputs (2 optical/2 coaxial)
  • 3 stereo RCA audio inputs, including a phono input (for use with a moving magnet cartridge)
  • Stereo RCA preamp output for connecting a separate amplifier or powered subwoofer
  • RS-232C port for use with external controllers
  • IR in/out and 12-volt triggers
  • Full-size headphone jack on front panel
  • 2 pairs of binding post speaker connectors for A and B speakers
  • Detachable power cord

 

What's in the box:

  • Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier
  • AC power cord
  • Bluetooth antenna
  • Remote control (SR 9)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Information

 

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 150
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 150
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20kHz
THD 0.02%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 95dB
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
Bluetooth Built-in 4.0 aptX
Wi-Fi Optional MDC upgrade
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 3
Phono Input Yes (MM)
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
USB Input Optional MDC upgrade
Preamp Outputs Stereo RCA
Headphone Output 1/4" front panel
Dimensions
Width 435mm
Height 120mm
Depth 390mm
Weight 13.6kg
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Data Sheet

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Quick Start Guide

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White Paper

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Owner's Manual

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Control Integration drivers are available here for most major Automation and Smart Home Control Systems:   
NAD Control Integration Drivers 

 
  • CONTROL4
  • CRESTRON
  • URC
  • RTI
  • LUTRON
  • PUSH
  • IPORT
  • ELAN
OTHER
  • BluOS Integration Utility
  • BluOS Simple API Document
  • NAD to Pronto
  • PC Interface Software
  • RS232 Test Program
  • HTR Remote Interface

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