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NAD C 389 Hybrid Digital Amplifier
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For over 50 years, the NAD brand has been synonymous with performance and value, and the C 389 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier continues that tradition. Its output stage is based on a customized version of NAD’s efficient HybridDigital UcD design, with multiple UcD amplifier modules in balanced bridged configuration and an innovative switch-mode power supply that provides ample reserves of current on demand. The C 389 can deliver a staggering 130W per channel continuously, with virtually unmeasurable distortion and noise through the audioband, and up to 350W per channel of instantaneous power, for effortless reproduction of musical transients.

The digital section features the same 32-bit/384kHz ESS Technology Sabre DAC chip used in NAD’s award-winning Masters M33 amplifier. Renowned for its exceptionally wide dynamic range, ultra-low noise and distortion, and near-zero levels of clock jitter, the ESS Sabre 9028 DAC enables the C 389 to deliver astonishing clarity and near-holographic imaging on all sources.

For movies and television, the C 389 has an HDMI eARC input so that you can play TV audio from through your high-fidelity speakers while controlling volume with the TV’s remote. Dual subwoofer outputs enable the C 389 to serve as the hub of a 2.1- or 2.2-channel system for music and movies. With the MDC2 BluOS-D installed, you can set crossover frequency with the BluOS app, for a seamless blend between the subwoofers and main speakers.

FEATURES

  • Customized HybridDigital UcD amplifier in fully balanced bridged configuration
  • Vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion
  • Nearly unmeasurable noise through the entire audioband
  • Dual MDC2 ports for expanded functionality
  • Optional MDC2 BluOS-D module adds BluOS Hi-Res multi-room music streaming and Dirac Live room correction
  • Jitter-free 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre 9028 DAC
  • Ultra-low-noise MM phono stage with infrasonic filtering circuitry
  • Two optical, two coaxial digital inputs
  • HDMI-eARC input
  • Two pairs of line-level analogue inputs with ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers
  • Two sets of speaker outputs
  • Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
  • Dual subwoofer outputs
  • Dedicated headphone amplifier

TECHNICAL SPECS

  • Continuous output power into 8 ohms and 4 ohms: 150 W (ref. 20 Hz-20 kHz at rated THD, both channels driven)
  • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.02% (1W to 150 W, 8 ohms and 4 ohms)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >85 dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, ref. 1 W out in 8 ohms)
  • Clipping power: >160W (at 1 kHz 0.1 % THD)
  • IHF dynamic power
    • 8 ohms: 228 W
    • 4 ohms: 440 W
    • 2 ohms: 290 W
  • Peak output current: >20 A (in 1 ohm, 1 ms)
  • Damping factor: >140 (ref. 8 ohms, 20Hz to 6.5kHz)
  • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
  • Channel separation
    • >90 dB (1 kHz)
    • >75 dB (10 kHz)
  • Input sensitivity (for 150 W in 8 ohms)
    • Line In: 301 mV
    • Digital In: 14.65% FS
  • Supports bit rate/sample rate: up to 24 bit/192 kHz
  • Frequency band: 2.402G- 2.480G
  • Maximum transmit power (dBm): 7 dBm ± 2 dBm
  • Gross dimensions: 17 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 15 3/8 inches
  • Weight: 10.1 kg (22.3 lbs)

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