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NAD C 316BEE

Stereo integrated amplifier

64 Reviews | 7 questions - 36 answers

Overview

Our take on the NAD C 316BEE

You don't need huge power or a lot of buttons to push. You don't need to spend a lot of money, either. If all you want is great sound for a small space, NAD has the solution. The C 316BEE is the perfect little integrated amp to anchor that high-quality audio system in your den, bedroom, or office. It delivers accurate, musical sound in a compact, easy-to-enjoy package.

The foundation of a simple, yet great-sounding stereo system

You don't need huge power or a lot of buttons to push. You don't need to spend a lot of money, either. If all you want is great sound for a small space, NAD has the solution. The C 316BEE is the perfect little integrated amp to anchor that high-quality audio system in your den, bedroom, or office. It delivers accurate, musical sound in a compact, easy-to-enjoy package.

NAD C 316BEE stereo integrated amplifier

The large toroidal transformer is a key to this affordable amp's amazingly clean, dynamic sound.

No frills, just thrills

NAD designed this amp using the same principle behind their higher-end components — a no-frills approach that puts the focus squarely on performance, instead of bells and whistles. It boasts a high-current toroidal transformer — usually found only on expensive audiophile gear - and other carefully selected parts to provide punchy, lifelike sound. It makes the amp sound much more potent than its 40-watts-per-channel rating would lead you to expect.

This integrated amp offers enough inputs to connect six audio components, plus a handy front-panel minijack for hooking up a portable music player. And the included remote gives you easy control of the amplifier and the other NAD audio components in your system.

Add a CD player like NAD's C 515BEE and good set of bookshelf speakers like the PSB Image B6. Turn off your TV and phone. Now relax and rediscover the simple pleasure of listening to great music.

Praise for the NAD C 316BEE from The Absolute Sound

"The entry-level C 316 is still the go-to amp for audiophile newbies who crave sonic neutrality, good power output, nice tactile feel, and NAD's characteristic quality-control."

The Absolute Sound 2013 Editors' Choice Awards: Integrated Amplifiers under $1000


Wonderfully clear and pure sound.

jonshow, California

What's in the Box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR 2025 Lithium battery
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Italian/ German/ Dutch/ Swedish/ Russian)
  • Warranty information

Product Highlights:

  • 40 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.02% THD
  • 4-ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 95 dB
  • PowerDrive-S™ technology for more dynamic power output
  • large toroidal power transformer for a strong, low-noise power supply
  • rotary bass and treble controls with defeat switch for tone control bypass
  • 6 RCA audio inputs including 1 tape in/out
  • front-panel minijack input for connecting a portable music player
  • full-size headphone jack
  • one pair of speaker binding post terminals
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-3/16"H x 11-3/8"D
  • weight: 12.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Reviews

NAD C 316BEE Reviews

Average Customer Review:

64 Reviews

Almost a perfect fit

Written by: Richard O from Salt Lake City, UT on May 9, 2016

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Bought this guy to replace a failing 20+ year old Sony receiver in my home office. Sounds GREAT, seems to be well-built, and I love NAD's no-nonsense design aesthetic. I knew going in that this unit didn't have a built-in phono pre-amp, but I didn't count on the phono stage built into my turntable to be as crappy as it is. So now I'm shopping for a phono stage. Also, the included remote is tiny - small is good, but if you have large hands, it will seem TOO small.

Pros: Great sound Well built & stealthy Price is right

Cons: Would have gladly paid a bit more for a quality built-in phono stage Kid-sized remote

Great little int amp

Written by: Bruce G from Pleasanton, CA on April 11, 2016

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This int amp is simplicity and clarity. The sound is clean and the controls, while minimal are just what you need. The amp easily drives my old Wharfedale W60s. The handy remote works well and the motorized volume control lets you know where you're set even with the remote. I also have the 356BEE and while the 316 is less powerful, it is perfect for the small room i use it in. I recommend this amp without reservation.

Pros: Clean sound, simplicity of use, solid construction, sleek looks, price

Cons: none that I can determine

Great sound, OK build

Written by: Ian from Los Angeles, CA on April 4, 2016

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Before this I owned an $800 Sony UDA-1 "HD" integrated amp. While the NAD is lacking a built in DAC, every aspect of the sound quality here is superior. The sound is full, forceful and rhythmic, far exceeding anything the Sony could muster. Connected to small bookshelf speakers (PSBs with 4" drivers) this amp is frankly overkill, and would probably do well with much bigger speakers. So the sound, at least compared to what I had, is great. What's not so great is the build quality. The faceplate is bowed out considerably in the middle and was either not seated correctly, or was jostled in transit. The packaging from Crutchfield was fine but the NAD box was not in good shape and the styrofoam blocks inside were split in two. Also the 3.5mm jack on the front makes makes a disconcerting cracking sound when plugging into it. These are minor issues but it's getting into the territory of not-so-cheap equipment so I was expecting a bit more fit and finish.

Pros: sound

Cons: construction quality

NAD Quality - awesome product!

Written by: stephen from Hollywood, FL on February 15, 2016

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I bought this amp a few months ago and it is Amazing. I also wanted to own some NAD equipment, I am so glad I bought this amp - it is a beautiful and powerful piece of minimalist electronic wizardry. I paired it with the NAD PP 2e Phono Preamp to my new Pro-Ject Debut Carbon TT. The sound is absolutely Amazing. Thank you Crutchfield, NAD, and Pro-ject - Vinyl LP's are the way!

Pros: Clean, powerful and beautiful stealth minimalism look.

Cons: None.

My second NAD amp

Written by: Stephen from Richmond, Virginia on January 17, 2016

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My first NAD product was a 3140 amp that I bought in 1983. Recently, it started having issues with the channels dropping out, and the vintage restricted its use for newer technologies. I needed a simple, compact replacement, but one that could still drive a pair of 4 ohm tower speakers. The sound from the C316 is strong and clear, and it accommodates the TV, tuner, CD, DVD player and more. Having a remote is great as well.

Pros: Compact size, robust construction, simplicity, ease of use, sound quality.

Cons: There is only one set of speaker connections compared to the two on my old amp - so I can't attach my 2nd set of speakers in addition to the 4 ohm pair that is now on it. NAD does not offer two sets of connections until you get to an amp that is more than I want/need. Maybe an impedance-protected switcher will solve this issue.

NAD C 316BEE

Written by: mikeTram from Barnegat, NJ on January 13, 2016

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I've had this amp for a few weeks now and I love it. I'd been looking to upgrade to an NAD since hearing one at my audiophile uncle's home. Unfortunately I don't have the money to build a system like his but he recommended this amp saying it was the best bang for the buck for what I was looking for. I'm not into all the bells and whistles and a 1000 different sound settings. I just love music and want to hear it as close to how it was intended to sound. That is exactly what this amp does. To look at it compared to most amps/receivers it seems very basic. Volume, bass, treble that's it and it's all you need. The money goes to what's inside and the sound it produces. I've been listening to all my favorite CDs, songs and albums I've heard thousands of times and I'm hearing things I've never heard before. It seems to pull the music apart and separate each sound so you pick up all the little intricacies of the song. It's really amazing. I don't know all the science behind it, I just know you turn it on push play and get blown away. That fact that it's only 30 watts per channel seems wrong. At about 30% it fills the house with sound. Add the fact that it is built like a tank and crutchfield had it at my house in less than 48 hours and you just can't beat it. I don't know all the fancy science behind it, I just know if you want to hear music the way the artist intended at a reasonable price this is the amp for you.

Pros: Clean, crisp, true sound.

Cons: None to date.

Just music

Written by: Paul from New Hampshire on December 31, 2015

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An old Sony ES amp died on me. ( which I bought from Crutchfield way back and loved) I have a surround amp for movies but needed a better amp to listen to music. Just couldnt drop any serious coin these days for a real high end amp and or preamp/amp. This thing was perfect. Big upgrade for under 400 bucks. Everyday I listen to it, it opens up more and more. Clarity and depth. The wire brushes on the high hat or Clapton plucking the strings so much more to hear.Plain and simple, no bells and whistles. Just good clean music. Put this amp up against your 1000 dollar super duper 150 watt surround sound amp that does everything but open your beer. This amp will sound better!

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Solidly Built where it counts

Written by: jpr from Washington on December 8, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This amp is great like everyone says, but I wanted to add something. The NAD frame is strong, meaning if your RCA cables fit tightly that it won't flex for squat when you plug or unplug them. You wouldn't want to cover the ventilation grill, but if you wanted to set something "heavy" on top of it, that would not be a problem either. I have to have an old Audio Research Pre-amp repaired because it was built so flimsily that it hasn't held up to normal use over the years. I think the frame on that is built from recycled beer cans, and painted with Rustoleum. Sounds great though. It cost five times more than this NAD. I have one gripe with this amp. The remote control moves the volume control too quickly. If you have a set of really efficient speakers such as the Infinity Primus book shelf models, a quick tap on the button moves the volume too much so you have to go back and forth a few times to get it right. Not a problem at this price.

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Pure and Simple

Written by: jonshow from California on December 4, 2015

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Wonderfully clear and pure sound.

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Superb sound quality

Written by: REK from Chicago on November 22, 2015

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Just as described Sounds clear and powerful driving my PE Overnight Sensations with my laptop. Great soundstage and separation. Small footprint and looks great. Very happy with purchase

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NAD C 316BEE

Written by: MCS from California on November 4, 2015

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I bought this amplifier to use in a guitar practice studio. I have a mixer with guitar and mp3 player on one input to the amp, and a PS Audio DL3 DAC on another input. The NAD drives Polk Monitor 4's. I also use the headphone output to drive Sennheiser HD580 headphones. The NAD has plenty of power to drive both the speakers and the headphones to volumes way beyond what I would ever want. It is a very musical and dynamic sounding amplifier. Does it compare to my main stereo, which is $20k worth of reference tube electronics? Of course not. But I think for the price, the NAD is tough to beat, and it's a great bang for the buck. And for my purpose of learning and practicing guitar mixed with the music I'm learning, it's awesome. It allows me to play in the stereo mix over speakers, which is a different perspective from playing through headphones. In the couple of weeks that I've had the NAD, it's made me a better musician already because of this. And, it's fun!?? So, although my use for this amplifier is a little out of the ordinary, I really love it and I'm confident that I will keep it for the rest of my life. I look forward to hearing the amp after it's had a chance to break in. I also plan to use Kimber Hero IC's in this system. I'm sure that will make a dramatic improvement in the stereo imaging. Right now I don't think this amplifier is the weak link in my system, the ancient TMI IC's and the Polk speakers are.

Pros: Plenty of power for my needs. Nice headphone amp. Tone controls and tone control defeat switch. Lots of inputs. Good user interface. Seems to be solidly built. Nice speaker binding posts and rca inputs. Crutchfield shipped it promptly and provided great tracking information. I didn't need to use their customer service, but I'm confident that it's excellent.

Cons: Great bang for the buck amp. I can't think of any cons on the NAD, but here's a suggestion for Crutchfield. Can you give us more than three lines to write a review in? It's like trying to type through a keyhole!??

NAD 316BEE

Written by: Stanton from Wyoming on September 29, 2015

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My system of twenty -two years finally decided to lay down and die so I was faced with the sad duty of replacing it. I wanted something simple, elegant, and well made. NAD and Crutchfield delivered on every count. The unit itself ( along with the NAD C 516BEE CD player) is very impressive. Sleek and uncomplicated, it was like Christmas morning opening the box! After getting it wired up and plugged in, I popped in a CD and was very impressed with the clean, rich sound. I'm older now so I don't rock out as much as I used to but I decided to turn it up anyway. Amazing sound even at high volumes. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, bittersweet as it was. The staff at Crutchfield always comes through when it comes to customer service, and NAD definitely came through with a fine product I'm now happy to call my own.

Pros: Sturdy, well made construction. Simple impressive design.

Cons: None so far

Just got it!

Written by: Cody from APO on August 14, 2015

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This is an amazing little amplifier. I just got it in the mail today, and I am already so impressed. It must be underrated, it sounds more like 80W per channel. Very clean power delivery, sounds great with anything from Fleetwood Mac to Mozart!

Pros: Compact, simple layout

Cons: None

delivered as promised

Written by: Matt from Brooklyn on July 5, 2015

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Delivered as promised and in good working order. Purchased an open box and it seems as new. I enjoy NAD's house sound as well, so I am perhaps a bit biased. Great bass control.

Pros: It works as advertised. Ample power. Do not notice a power difference b/t this and my older 325bee. Classic NAD bass control, it's smooth and open.

Cons: Can't think of any really.

Love the sound of NAD

Written by: Patrick M from Georgia on May 19, 2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Even their least expensive integrated amp has a clean solid sound. I always disengage the tone controls because the NAD 316BEE paired with my PSB speakers sounds wonderful. Great tonal quality - nice tight bass, and clean crisp highs. The 45 watts/ch is more than enough to drive these speakers to my satisfaction. This is my second NAD Integrated amp in a little over 10 years.

Pros: Clean, simple design. Ample power and clean sound to fill an average size room.

Cons: None I can think of.....

Great integrated amp

Written by: Alan from Tennessee on April 9, 2015

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See pros and cons below.

Pros: Enough power for my speaker, and plenty of inputs. Easy to setup and use, and appears well made.

Cons: When you plug-in the headphone jack output to the speakers is cut-off, so you can't power speakers and use headphones at the same time. Also the remote is small in size, which makes reading the labeling of the controls difficult.

Good entry point

Written by: Anonymous from California on March 10, 2015

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Do yourself a favor and buy this instead of the similarly priced NAD D3020. I tested both on the same source and speakers and while the C316 BEE was engaging, the D3020 left me cold. Earlier I had an Outlaw stereo receiver and while I did not compare head to head, my impression is that if you don't need a lot of power, this NAD is a good alternative at a lower price point. Compact and with pleasing sound, this NAD is a good starting point in "audiophile" sound. That is, you can listen to stereo music on it. Home theater receivers are good for 3D spatial movie effects but they reduce stereo music to mediocrity. If you want to listen to music, my travels suggest you can do better with this little NAD than with a home theater receiver at least 6x the price.

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NAD C 316BEE Stereo integrated amplifier

Written by: Architect from Austin, Texas on February 28, 2015

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Sold my aging Nakamichi System One a year ago with intent of moving up to current technology and to save some real estate. Read all of the NAD integrated reviews and took a chance on the NAD C 316BEE Stereo integrated amplifier. I was concerned with the 30 watt per channel rating. Received the unit and connected it to my NAD C515BEE CD player and a set of New Advent Loudspeakers (80's vintage that I have refurbished and with matching replacement upper drivers). Very nice sound, but had to drive amp at around 10 o'oclock position to begin to get full music range. Beautiful range and realism- forgot what a quality system was like. Perhaps my room size is a bit large for the amp. Ran it through the paces with selections by Mark Kopfler, The Beatles, Allison Krause, Robert Plant, David Gray, Pink Floyd and Yo-Yo Ma, Couple Zeppelin tunes did not work for me. Next step was to try my pair of Klipsch Forte and some classical on vinyl. Seemed at bit weak overall and had to boost the base and pull back on the treble- could use a loudness control for lower volume situations. I have now arranged to exchange the unit for the C326BEE. If 50 watts per channel at low volume levels does not work, will have to re-think the integrated map route and go back to an amp/pre-amp system. Thanks to Crutchfield working with me on the exchange.

Pros: Quite with no load, great separation of channels. Clean and flat reproduction. Nice design and finish.

Cons: Needs a built-in phono pre-amp, and loudness control. Four stars because I am waiting on the exchange.

THE PERFECT MINIMALIST AMPLIFIER

Written by: RobertIQ from Illinois on January 21, 2015

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The 316BEE is first of all an elegant minimalist polished looking piece of equipment. Fortunately it's performance mirrors it's impressive exterior in every way. Silky solid volume and controls. No noise. Surprising power for it's rating. I've spent more than a little time admiring this lovely amplifier. And I love hearing it perform. There was a nice added bonus in purchasing the 316BEE: With my old amp in my system I had been thinking that my old Boston Acoustics A60s were sounding pretty bad and about ready for replacement. But then I connected them to the 316BEE .... they sound great. In short this purchase is the best money I've spent in a long time.

Pros: Simple. Elegant. Solid. Great performance.

Cons: Integrated power cord could have been just a little longer.

Solid Product

Written by: B-rad from NW Indiana on January 11, 2015

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Solid,no nonsense integrated amp. I upgraded my cd player and speaker wiring w/ Monster Cable products, then hooked up some Monitor Audio MR2s. I am very pleased with the sound! I am impressed with the clarity and volume that comes from this 'little engine that could'. I think some speaker break-in and a good equalizer will improve sound even more! Still, very happy with the NAD!

Pros: simplicity, clarity when 'pushed', value

Cons: tonal control

Nice sounding amp

Written by: Anonymous from LA on December 12, 2014

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Straightforward old school amp, no bells nor whistles, simply very good.

Pros: Works great, good sound with my Klipsch speakers, low noise level. No real complaints.

Cons: Would be nice if it had a phono stage. Non standard battery for remote.

Functional

Written by: Alex from Wisconsin from Northern U.S. on November 23, 2014

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This is a fine, no nonsense product. It doesn't do much, but what it does it does well. I'm using it with a turntable and an Apple AirPort Express playing files from my computer upstairs. It sounds better to me than the 22 year old Onkyo receiver that it replaced-but some of the difference that I'm hearing could be attributed to the NAD phono preamp and the Schiit DAC that I purchased to go with it. All I know is that this amplifier, the preamp, and the DAC-together-are making for the most enjoyable stereo listening that I've ever experienced. But that's not saying much because I just haven't experienced many systems. I'm giving it 4 stars because I'm holding one in reserve in case I hear something better. This amp with an internal phono preamp would be a better product for me. That's my only gripe.

Pros: Nicely sized Standby LED is an attractive orange

Cons: The remote control is a little finicky about line of sight, but it functions well

NAD 316BEE

Written by: Anonymous from Frankfort, MI on November 1, 2014

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Very nice integrated amp. Exactly what I was looking for.

Pros: Nice sound.

Cons: None.

Great No-Nonsense Amp

Written by: DavidK from Dundee Oregon on September 28, 2014

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This amp really sounds fantastic. Not much else to say really.

Pros: Sound, Price, Size.

Cons: None.

NAD C 316BEE

Written by: Mud thumper from Fremont, CA on September 21, 2014

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Completely met my expectations, excellent sound quality

Pros: Easy set up, excellent sound, more than enough power, don't let the rating fool you, this is louder than the 100w sony it replaced

Cons: None, easy work around for turntable, buy one w/ a preamp

Great Sounding Integrated Amp!

Written by: George R. from South Carolina on September 13, 2014

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is just what I was looking for to replace a 27 year old receiver. Not a lot of flashy, useless controls - just a well-built unit with great clean sound. I listen mostly to classical music or jazz and the NAD316BEE delivers detail I never heard before. Excellent Crutchfield customer service is a bonus.

Pros: Clean sound - well built.

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Happy with purchase

Written by: Rik from Houston on September 12, 2014

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Sounds great. Good quality sound.

Pros: Rich sound quality picks up various music from soft jazz to intricate prog rock.

Cons: Should have checked for 4 speaker outlets. Only comes with 2 so wired to play all four.

Excellent Integrated Amp

Written by: RobertA from Denver, NC on August 11, 2014

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My decision to go with the NAD C 316BEE is probably the best decision I have made in buying an integrated amp, ever. Having no prior experience with NAD equipment other than a NAD phono preamp , it was surely a leap of faith and good luck I chose this amp. My listening room is a small bedroom converted for my music room and this amp was a perfect fit for filling my room with excellent sound from it's rated 40 watts (sure seems like it's driving more than 40 watts) . I am driving a pair of book shelf speakers that are rated @ 80 watts into 6 ohms. I noticed another reviewer stated that this amp only liked 8 ohm speakers. Not so!! Almost all of my cd's, from the oldest that I bought in the 80's to the newest hybrid and gold cd's sound unbelievably good. I bought a NAD PP2i preamp so I could hook up my old turntable and listen to my vinyl which also sounds really great with this amp. I have only turned the tone defeat off just to make sure that the treble and bass functions work. Leaving the tone defeat on still gives me the bass I desire and and the higher frequencies are crystal clear without having to adjust the treble or bass at all. What a terrific amp. You don't have to spend big dollars for excellent sound!!

Pros: Good build quality, great sound at an affordable price.

Cons: None that I can find.

Great Value

Written by: gm from Carlsbad, CA on May 12, 2014

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A great value for the sound quality and power, performs above its rating for sure!

Pros: value, known reliable brand, simple remote

Cons: no built in phono preamp

Very Nice

Written by: Tom from Cary, NC on May 9, 2014

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I'm using it with a pair of Klipschorns. Good punch and more than enough volume. Simple controls. Simple look. Great price. Don't go crazy buying high end amps. Put your money into the speakers.

Pros: Price, sound, simplicity

Cons: None

NAD C 316BEE

Written by: VICTOR K from LAKE WORTH FL on May 3, 2014

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BY FAR THE BEST INTERGRATED AMP I'VE EVER OWNED I HAVE IT PAIRED UP WITH INFINITY P163 TOWERS AND IT ROCKS. THANK YOU DEXTER FOR ALL YOUR HELP.

Pros: IT'S A NAD WHAT WOULD YOU EXPECT...

Cons: NONE

As great as everyone says!

Written by: WVGrif from Holland, MI on April 17, 2014

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I needed a smallish but great sounding integrated with remote for my every day use. This one meets those needs and then some. I combined it with some super efficient full sized speakers for everything from Blue-Ray to Dish and my music server. Rocks the house, plays the soundtracks and re creates so much sound so well, could not be happier.

Pros: Remote is small and simple. The amp itself is slightly undersized compared to all the others out there and it sounds really clean and precise, it will produce exactly whatever it receives.

Cons: No mono switch, when redbox signal craps out one channel, that's all its missing!

Excellent no frills entry amp

Written by: ChrisW from Maidens, VA on March 20, 2014

Really delighted with this amp. Basic and no frills, but with an obvious emphasis on build quality inside and out. Just what I wanted.

Pros: Excellent musicality, plenty of power for small and medium rooms.

Cons: Requires the use of 8 ohm speakers, which restricts your selection, but only slightly as most are 8 ohm.

NAD Integrated Amp NAD C 316BEE

Written by: Audio Journeyman from NY on February 3, 2014

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Ive had and traded many integrated amps and I must say for the money I got everything I would ever need in this power house of a amp. The sound of my Theta Miles CD player going thru this amp was clear clean detailed and dynamic. Plenty of backup power punch when needed. What more could i ask for nothing nothing at all.

Pros: More power than the very humble 40 watt rating. Accurate Musicality. If you look at the inside of one and compare the build quality to other similarly priced models it over achieves.

Cons: none

NAD C 216BEE REVIEW

Written by: 2PM from Boston on January 20, 2014

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this new unit is replacing a nad that I got in 1984.I would buy more of the same in a heartbeat.. Great sound.,,Power is mad what more can I say .If you want this to play music you will be happy a b speakers. happy TO HAVE THIS.

Pros: PRICE SHOP AROUND AND YOU CAN SAVE $

Cons: NONE

Just what the Dr. ordered!

Written by: DaveO from Denver CO on January 17, 2014

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I needed a high caliber integrated amp for a small listening space. I have other NAD components and have been very pleased with them over the 20+ years I've owned them. This is everything I expected it to be. Clean power and plenty of it, accurate reproduction, compact size and a great price. The perfect solution for my application!

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good clean power

Written by: slowpaddler from poconos, usa on January 16, 2014

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NAD stuff has always been quality, no-nonsense products from the beginning. And the C316BEEE is no different. A superb 2-channel integrated amp, it is the perfect solution for a portable video suite setup. Robust beyond its 40W rating and clean, simple tone controls. Thankfully, high quality is still available in a simple package. I love it!

Pros: high quality, simple design, clean accurate power.

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Makes me smile

Written by: Reynolds531 from St Louis on December 13, 2013

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When I connected the NAD 316BEE to the 516BEEE Cd player and my trusty JBL L100T speakers I broke into a smile and thought "wow.". Each instrument was so clear and the voices so realistic! Previously I was using a Sony AV re iever and a Phillips DVD player for playing CDs. I also hap an ancient Kenwood KA 5500 integrated amp that used. There are way too many 5's given out in these reviews. This product really is a 5

Pros: Price and performance. Simplicity of design

Cons: The remote feels a little cheap.

good amp

Written by: greg from ann arbor, mi on December 1, 2013

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no reason to complain. sounds great, Crutchfield was quick.

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Nice Little Amp

Written by: brianvac from Granville ,MA on October 30, 2013

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I dig this amp. Bought is as a replacement for an old JVC that gave out after 25 years of use. Just wanted something simple and clean sounding. Seems much more powerful than the 40 watts /channel rating. The only reason for not giving 5 stars is I wish it had a loudness contour switch to use as an option.

Pros: quality built clean sound good price

Cons: no loudness switch

Exceptional

Written by: Dvdwilly from Haymarket, VA on August 17, 2013

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Crisp and clean. A streamlined, some would say minimalist design. It is what you need (if you are after 2-channel) and nothing more. That is no unnecessary bells and whistles. The sound is what counts--if you have signal, it is accurate and uncolored. If there is no signal, there is absolute silence...and, in this case, silence is golden!

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I love my NAD C 316 BEE Amp!

Written by: chaka4 from Edmonds, WA on July 9, 2013

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I wanted top quality workmanship; with high quality sound for the small amount of money I had available to invest. I made the right choice. I am not an audiophile; however, I know the difference between high sound quality and good sound quality when I hear it. The NAD C 316 BEE Amp delivers high quality sound. I have it paired with my NAD C515 BEE CD player and the distinction of different tones and sounds coming from even an ordinary CD and modest speakers are so impeccable it still amazes me. Again, I'm not an audiophile, and I'm sure there are plenty of higher end pieces of equipment that cost more than 3 months' salary! However, if you are on a budget like me, yet still yearn to listen to your favorite music at its best, then this is the amp for you! Note: I was able to hook my old Pioneer PL-990 pre-amp turntable into the Aux jack and it works great. No separate pre-amp necessary.

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Superb option for fans of stereo sound.

Written by: JV from Chicago on July 3, 2013

I've had this amplifier for quite awhile now and it has never let me down. Very good bang for your buck. I use it primarily for music, but also for watching movies sometimes. This amp has loads of volume on tap - see the picture above, the one with the volume turned up to about 1 o'clock.. I've never had the volume up that loud. Not even once. I've gotten up to about 12 o'clock and it's mind blowingly loud, yet crisp, musical and undistorted. I use this amp with an Onkyo C7030 cd player and a pair of Polk tsi300 floorstanding speakers. Very happy with this amp, no regrets.

Pros: Solid/dependable, tone defeat button, 6 inputs (plus 3.5mm input on front), nice remote, very loud/powerful, good value. Not a lot of bells and whistles - just very well built musical muscle for those of us who enjoy high quality stereo sound.

Cons: None.

NAD C 316BEE - a best buy

Written by: RoyT from Gloucester, MA on May 20, 2013

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In a "former life" I was a so called "audiophile" owning products from esteemed sources such as Beveridge, Audio Note, CEC, First Sound, Transcendent Sound, SOTA, Graham, Koetsu, Von Schweikert, Audio Research, Maggies etc, etc. I purchased the NAD C 316BEE to mate with a NAD C 515BEE CD player for my office (driving an old Von Schweikert VR-1 pair). The bordering on rave reviews for the 316 (and the 316/515 combo) in the audio press are dead on. I have been particularly pleased at the high resolution and accuracy of "timbre" at low db listening levels, suitable for office environs. When cranked a bit (on weekends) these baseline good performance attributes remain constant. Performance way beyond my expectations. A real value. RoyT

Pros: See above - also, a very well though out control set up. Top notch construction - and details such as the extra thick face plate and ergonomically friendly speaker wire connections. And, oh yes, --the price.

Cons: At his price level, none that come to mind.

The NAD C 316BEE Rocks!

Written by: Caldo from Centennial, CO on May 13, 2013

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The NAD C 316BEE Rocks! I procured this amp to supplement my home audio system and to slave it to a preamp. I read one review somewhere that stated the bass control was useless - not at all! (I think that reviewer did not understand how to use the Tone Defeat button). I have recommended this amp highly to my friends - at 40 continuous watts it has plenty of power. It is worth every peeny and more that I paid for it.

Pros: Solid engineering and very powerful.

Cons: None - quite pleased with the product!

Great Sound

Written by: Ernest from Star, NC on April 25, 2013

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Reminds me of a high end amp I bought in the 80s. Very clean with more power than advertised.

Pros: Plenty of volume.

Cons: Maybe too much volume.

The NAD Majic

Written by: Anonymous from San juan, PR on March 8, 2013

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The NAD majic consist on let the music flow without interfere. You conect this amp between your source and your speakers and it will disapears.

Pros: Will not add or subtract nothing to the music.

Cons: It will make spend hours listening to your favorite records and discovering new ones.

Excellent entry level for a 2.0 or 2.1 system

Written by: Joe from Connecticut on January 27, 2013

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For the price and quality this cannot be beat for an entry level hi fi 2.0 or 2.1 desktop or bookshelf setup. Amazingly clear and defined. No bells and whistles, all quality usable technology.

Pros: Clean and clear Attractive

Cons: Lacks line out or LFE for subwoofer, but that can be mitigated by wiring sub in parallel so this is a minor issue

nice little unit

Written by: Eric from Boston, MA on December 15, 2012

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This is a sweet, if slightly quaint, little amplifier. I bought it to replace a Denon which was too large to fit in my new living-room setup. In a side-by-side comparison using the same speakers, it sounded as good as the Denon. It's worked great so far, and I'm pretty happy with it, despite a few minor shortcomings/oddities.

Pros: This is one of the smallest multi-input amplifiers you'll find that has a remote control for input/volume selection. Its sound fidelity meets my needs.

Cons: It has no digital-optical input for natively-digital sources like CD or Airtunes - just traditional RCA inputs. The remote control cannot affect bass, treble, or balance. The remote control has separate "on" and "off" buttons for some reason.

All I needed

Written by: DEC from Carmel, IN on December 15, 2012

I needed an amplifier to power a set of Klipsch B20 bookshelf speakers. My line in is an Audio-Technica turntable. The Amplifier was easy to set up and sounds great. I ordered 12 guage speaker cable with the banana adapters pre-made and they slide easily into the speaker wire receptacles in the back of the amplifier. I would recommend this amplifier, and my experience with Crutchfield, in the future.

Pros: good power, relatively inexpensive for quality profuct, simple design

Cons: none

NAD C 316BEE

Written by: suomynonA from Tennessee on November 17, 2012

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This integrated amplifier replaced a 20+ year old NAD 7240PE suffering from failing power capacitors. With Boston Acoustic speakers, this amplifier provides a warm, rich sound with plenty of power. Good quality without a lot of unnecessary bells and whistles.

Pros: Good value. NAD quality at a good price point. Good sound.

Cons: Only drives a single pair of speakers. Front panel orange standby LED is annoying and bright blue runtime LEDs are too bright.

best value in integrated amplifiers

Written by: RonS from Carnelian Bay, CA on October 15, 2012

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sweet clarity in an amplifier; as good as many amps costing 5-10 times more. enough power to drive my old Polk speakers and fill the whole downstairs.

Pros: has all the connects average home user needs; controls are distortion-free; remote control works well

Cons: none detected

Didn't like it's sound

Written by: James from Texas on April 26, 2012

I was helping someone close to me with their speaker setup.Since the speakers were already bought the next step was getting a new integrated amp decided to give NAD a try to see if they would really do match perfectly with PSB speakers (which I had) like many say they do.If they did I was going to keep the NAD for myself and give them my other integrated amp which is only a few months old. It doesn't the highs and overall detail was very lacking compared to the other amp I had. And the bass was really weak almost non existent. The NAD has a lot of power though and can get the speakers really loud with very little turn of the knob. But the sound just wasn't right. Thanks to Crutchfield's amazing customer service I was able to return the amp no problem. I would consider looking into Cambridge Audio,Marantz,and or Yamaha integrated amps at the moment since this NAD to my ears is a dud. But always try out for yourself if you can.

Pros: Very powerful can get speakers loud, I like the looks of it.

Cons: Weak highs,lack of detail,weak bass.

The NAD C 316BEE is Working Great

Written by: 2nd NAD from WA State on April 22, 2012

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I needed another, smaller sound system and since I'm still using an NAD 7130 that I bought in the late 80s in the family system an NAD seemed like a no brainer. I ended up with a C 316BEE, an integrated amp that seemed like it would pair nicely with some Pioneer SP-BS41-LRs, and it does. Music sounds great, with decent range, more than enough loudness for me, nice detail, and the imaging works well with the TV too (I never understood why people need a 'center speaker' as with a decent stereo you have a soundstage that always has a 'center speaker'). I expect it to be still working as nicely in a quarter of a century as its older sibling.

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Just what I wanted: a stereo receiver with good sound

Written by: Glenn S. from Cupertino, CA on March 28, 2012

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Like my other NAD receiver, this one does exactly what I expect and provides good sound even through our old Bose Acoustimass (sp?) speakers. We use it with an Apple ipod dock. Delivery was prompt and on time.

Pros: Good sound

Cons: price

NAD C316BEE

Written by: SorenNM from La Canada Flintridge, CA on February 10, 2012

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Excellent amplifier, very clean sound. Enough power to drive medium sensitive speakers to very high levels in a small (130 sq-ft) room. It is my son's first "good" amplifier, he uses it with Pioneer SP BS41 speakers, his iPod and my old CD-player. Great economy combination.

Pros: Nice clean sound, without coloration or distortion. I'm not aware of a better integrated amplifier at this price point.

Cons: Large cross-coupling to unterminated input connectors. If you select an input source that has nothing connected to it, you can hear, at low levels, what is being played on other inputs. That suggests that there is also a coupling the other way around and that unterminated inputs could act as antennas contributing noise. After talking to NAD support, I choose to terminate unused inputs with RCA shorting plugs.

NAD C 316BEE

Written by: JEB from Rochester, MN on October 16, 2011

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My music never sounded so good. Much better than my previous Harmon Kardon. Good price/great value.

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Excellent for listening to music with two speakers

Written by: JasB from Sout East Coast, USA on October 6, 2011

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It really is a great integrated amp - perfect for a small room and a nice pair of speakers. I find the highs are very clear and the base is punchy coming from my B&W DM602s. I don't hear any harshness (I compare against my Adcom amp and preamp). I feel the sound from the B&Ws are even better on this NAD! I might have to upgrade my speakers now! My only caution to anyone looking at this unit, please note that there are no extra connections (subwoofer, surrounds) so I think the amp would work best with standard full range speakers.

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Great sound, Great Value!

Written by: Christian from Encinitas, CA on June 17, 2011

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What a nice follow up from NAD. I had not used their products in a number of years and needed a good amplifier w/o spending too much (for my home office). My first thought was to get a used 3020 from Ebay but researching product reviews to see what NAD had been cooking of late, it became clear that the C316BEE was a better option. I was not disappointed! Great Sound, Great Value (and virtually no power usage in standby mode!)

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Fantastic little amp!

Written by: JS from Utah on June 1, 2011

I'm amazed by the clean, detailed sound produced by my B&W 686 speakers when powered by this little amplifier. The NAD drives the 686s to surprisingly loud volume levels as well, despite the 686s low 84db sensitivity and the 316BEEs modest rated power of 40 watts per channel. In fact, it plays far louder than I'll ever require in my apartment living room. The 316BEE is great little amplifier and a wonderful value!

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Great Sound

Written by: HB from N.Y.C. on April 17, 2011

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Great clean sound with plenty of power for my apt. living room. simple set up. play my ipod directly on aux input. Just great sound. Cruchfield shipped it right out and had it in a few days. Thanks

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Quick review of the NAD C316BEE

Written by: Mr. Bill from South Texas on January 27, 2011

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Well, the NAD C316BEE arrived today and as I type this I am listening to the Dave Grusin/Lee Ritenour's album - Harlequin .... one of by favorite Brazilian jazz albums. All I can say is the sound quality is stunning. Simply beautiful! The source is the HM 801 with Flac Lossless files. For those unfamiliar with the HM 801, it is made by the company HiFiMan in China. It is a rather pricey MP3 player whose claim to fame is its excellent DAC. The headphones I'm listening through are Sennheiser's HD 600s. Before buying the NAD, I tried the HD 600s with the HM 801 alone and the was not adequate to the task of powering the headphones. I considered purchasing a dedicated headphone amp but decided on the NAD because I reasoned it would be more versatile. I am not using any equalization on either the NAD or the HM 801 and the base is very strong. This unit is set up in my man cave (home office). At some point, I may add a CD player and some modest floor speakers. We'll see. Right now though, I am thrilled with the current setup.

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Great Product

Written by: Paul A from Seattle, Wa on January 11, 2011

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Just received my NAD 316BEE integrated amplifier. Yes, it's the low end of NAD but they didn't skimp on the warm, clean sound. Plenty of power for my family room of about 450 square feet and beyond when I want to crank it up. Just replaced an old receiver that finally gave out after 25 years and this sounds better. I am using two bookshelf speakers with this amp. I got great customer service from Wes and fast shipping with excellent tracking information all along the route. Thank you Crutchfield.

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Nice Amp

Written by: Anonymous from Central Maryland on July 28, 2010

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I wanted a low profile integrated amp in the bedroom to play XM, Squeezebox, & a wireless feed from my media server (Pandora, etc.). The remote had to control input selection/volume/power. The NAD has a nice form factor, very good build quality, and the blue LEDs are subdued enough that I can leave the unit on all night and wake to music. Spec-wise 40 W/ch is a bit light for the 6Bs but I've cranked it up a number of times and have some power to spare. It's a robust 40W! The front panel media player socket is a nice feature for iPods, etc. I could not have received the unit any faster so thumbs up for Crutchfield's super fast order processing and shipping. I've been aware of NAD for many, many years but is the first NAD product I've owned and I'm very pleased with my choice. I recommend this product for those with modest power needs particularly if they want something with a nice, low-key appearance. Happy listening!

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What's in the box?

Download the NAD C 316BEE manual

  • Integrated amplifier
  • Wireless remote control
  • CR 2025 Lithium battery
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Italian/ German/ Dutch/ Swedish/ Russian)
  • Warranty information

Features and Specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 40
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) Not given
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.02%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 95
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) No
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi No
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 6
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs No
Coaxial Digital Inputs No
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs No
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 3-3/16
Depth (inches) 11-3/8
Weight (pounds) 12.17
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features
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Connections
Specifications

Features

Front Input: A 3.5mm mini-jack input on the front panel is labeled MP (Media Player); there is a corresponding RCA input on the rear panel labeled Disc which is automatically disconnected when the front panel input is used.

Remote Control: The wireless remote will control the C 316BEE and NAD CD players.

Controls

Front Panel:

  • Power: standby/on
  • Input: six individual buttons to select input (Tape, Tuner, Aux, Video, CD, and Disc)
  • Tone Defeat: bypass the bass and treble controls
  • Bass: rotary bass adjustment; +/-8 dB @ 100 Hz
  • Treble: rotary treble adjustment; +/-5 dB @ 10 kHz
  • Balance: rotary left/right balance
  • Volume: rotary volume control

Rear Panel:

  • Power: master power switch

Connections

Rear Panel:

  • Speakers: the speaker binding posts will accept single banana plugs, pin connectors, spade lugs up to 0.475" wide, and bare wire up to 12 gauge; there are two speaker outputs (left and right)
  • Inputs: stereo RCA input jacks for Disc, CD, Video, Aux, Tuner, and Tape
  • Record Outputs: stereo RCA output jacks for Tape

Front Panel:

  • Headphone: Standard 1/4" headphone jack
  • MP: 3.5mm mini-jack Media Player input

Specifications

Amplifier Section:

  • Continuous Power: 40 watts x 2 into an 8Ω load, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, no more than 0.02% THD, both channels driven simultaneously
  • Dynamic Power:
    • 8Ω: 90 watts x 2
    • 4Ω: 120 watts x 2
  • Rated THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.02% (driving both channels 20 Hz - 20 kHz simultaneously at 8Ω)
  • Signal/Noise: 95 dB (A-weighted, ref 1 watt)
  • Damping factor: >200 (ref 8Ω, 1 kHz)
  • Input impedance: 50 kΩ + 100 pF
  • Input sensitivity: 200 mV (ref rated power)
  • Voltage gain: 39 dB
  • Headphone output impedance: 68 Ω
  • Tone control:
    • Bass: +/-8 dB @ 100 Hz
    • Treble: +/-5 dB @ 10 kHz
  • Power Requirement: AC 120V 60 Hz
  • Weight: 12.17 lbs (5.52 kg)

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Why did you buy this?

I needed an integrated amp compatible with my new elac speakers and this seemed to be the best solution at the best price. [ Howard  May 29, 2016 ]
I have owner NAD equipment for over 30 years. Great product, this is replacing a NAD 3020 in my home office [ FREDRICK G  May 25, 2016 ]
Highly recommended budget integrated amp. [ Frank  Mar 17, 2016 ]
have owned several NADs over last 20 years - good simple electronics - dont mind lack of frills - the CD, Surround Receivers and other items have all worked well and got better over time - proven brand [ Brian  Mar 14, 2016 ]
Previously owned an NAD amp. Great customer reviews on this one. Good price [ jeffrey  Mar 05, 2016 ]
I chose this amp due to it's performance specifications and it's high customer ratings. The compact size was also a factor. I needed a amp that would fit into a very shallow cabinet in my garage. I have had NAD products in the past and was please with their performance as well. [ Gregory  Feb 07, 2016 ]
Value [ Bruce  Jan 15, 2016 ]
My choice was based on reviews and prior knowledge of NAD products and quality. The simplicity of the design and technology is highly appealing [ Jonathan  Jan 01, 2016 ]
because my husband really wanted it! i am very excited!!!! [ lorraine  Dec 22, 2015 ]
Great reviews and fit my system needs and budget. [ Patrick  Dec 03, 2015 ]

7 questions already asked

Chris, yes it is possible to hook a subwoofer up to the C 316BEE. You need to select a sub that has "speaker in and speaker out" terminals. Run your speaker wires from your amp's terminals to the "speaker in" terminals on your sub, then run another set of wires from the "speaker out" terminals on the sub to your speakers terminals. Remember that not all subs have the speaker "in / out terminals". Robert Dale [ Robert Dale  Jan 29, 2016 ]
The rear of the NAD C 316BEE has two sets of screw posts for hooking up right and left speakers (four posts 2 for right two for left). You could piggyback two sets of speakers on each set of posts to hook up a total of four speakers. The amp is quite powerful with one set of speakers. [ HUGH  Dec 14, 2015 ]
No, this is an integrated amp-- so it has no tuner but is a totally excellent 2-channel power source. It has only one set of speaker inputs. But this is a perfect amp for connecting to a TV for 'cord-cutters' that stream from Apple TV or Roku or any number of digital sources thru a nice big TV and a great set of speakers. Sometimes you don' want to watch Big Bang Theory or the news through a surround 7.1 system, ya know? [ Dean  Dec 12, 2015 ]
Afraid not. This unit is very basic in that respect, no output for a sub-woofer either. On the other hand, superb sound for the price point. [ Julius  Dec 12, 2015 ]
Uh, did you try looking at the owners manual? it is available to download from the Crutchfield website. This will answer your question. [ Steve  Dec 12, 2015 ]
I've used the amplifier with Spendor BC1's (also old), Wharfdale Diamond 10.1's and am currently using Kef LS50's. Amp performs admirably with all 3 speakers. As long as the B & W's are nominal 8 Ohms (they are), then this amp will be good. The speakers you plan to use are similar to the Spendor BC1's I have. Enjoy the amp Ian :) [ IAN  Jan 18, 2015 ]
Sounds wonderful with my 30+ yrs old Bose [ Edwin  Jan 16, 2015 ]
Chris - as long as the ohms rating for the B&Ws dont exceed the NAD's specs you'll be fine. This amp rocks! [ DAVID C  Jan 15, 2015 ]
should be fine, so long as the impedance is somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-8 ohms....and most speakers are. [ MARTIN  Jan 14, 2015 ]
Yes, all you need is an RCA to mini cable. [ WALID  Sep 04, 2014 ]
Sorry, I don't know. I never tried. [ KENNETH W  Sep 02, 2014 ]
I don't know; mine is currently in a pawn-shop. Ask the salespeople. They're very helpful. [ JEROME M  Sep 02, 2014 ]
Yes. I have an I-Pod connected to mine. [ ROBERT R  Sep 02, 2014 ]
If you look on the front of the amp at just about the middle position, there is a jack labeled MP3. Take the earphone jack of your iPhone or ipod, plug one end of the male-male 1/8" plug into that and the other end into your iPhone or iPod. [ WILLIAM  Sep 02, 2014 ]
The man who put this system together for me is extremely busy. I have told him of your request, and he promises to reply, but only God knows if he will. I send you this info so that you know what is going on. What I suggest you do is to ask this question of me again, and then maybe he'll answer. Sorry to keep you waiting. Jerome H [ JEROME M  Mar 03, 2014 ]
As far as I know, there is not a way to do that with this unit. I had used it as a headphone amplifier so that was never an issue for me. [ WILLIAM  Feb 27, 2014 ]
You would have to connect your sound into the tape input.. The amp has a tape out where you can connect the subwoofer, but as far as dedicated subwoofer output, no.. [ ROGER  Feb 27, 2014 ]
Not unless you hook up to the tape input... It has a tape output that will send it out.... But dedicated subwoofer ports, No!! [ ROGER  Feb 27, 2014 ]
Norman, There is no specific subwoofer output on this amp. It only has four terminals for one pair of speakers. Instead you will have to connect the speaker terminals on the back of the amp to the speaker INPUTS on the subwoofer. The subwoofer will have OUTPUTS to the main speakers. Connect these outputs to your main speakers, being careful to maintain polarity (red to red and black to black (or white to white) ). Be sure that you keep track of Left and Right speaker leads from the amp to the subwoofer INPUTS and from the subwoofer OUTPUTS to the Left and Right speakers. Also, there is no way to connect rear speakers or a center channel to this amplifier. It's strictly for one pair of speakers and a subwoofer if desired. It's a very basic and VERY HIGH QUALITY UNIT. Enjoy, Ed [ Edward  Feb 27, 2014 ]
thats what i thougt but i wasnt sure. thank u very much for the answer. [ Earl  Jan 13, 2014 ]
You would need to get a 3.5 mm to RCA adapter, and run analog audio cables to one of the inputs on the NAD C 316BEE. There are more than enough inputs on the C316BEE for most people. [ Tamara  Jan 11, 2014 ]
i don't use this with a DAC..you could, i guess, use a DAC inline between your library (i use iTunes), but that's now how this system is set up at my place. i use a stand-alone computer as my iTunes library manager and have a tube standalone DAC for that. sorry i can't be more helpful. [ MARTIN  Jan 10, 2014 ]
I'm afraid that I'm a bit of a luddite and have only a CD player and old cassette deck hooked up to the NAD. I don't even know what dragonfly 1.2 is. Sorry. [ WILLIAM  Jan 08, 2014 ]
Yes but you have to connect a phono pre amp first. [ GORDON  Dec 16, 2013 ]
NO. Any amplifier must have a phono input for a turntable. This NAD does not have phono. However, a phono converter will make this amp compatible with a turntable. The proper name is phono preamp. [ ERNEST  Dec 13, 2013 ]
Sure. Using a phono preamp can improve sound, but not required. NAD amp is solid [ CRAIG D  Dec 12, 2013 ]
Only after you install a phono amp between turntable and AUX. There is no phonp amp section in NAD316BEE. [ PIKO  Dec 12, 2013 ]
I think you're asking whether the unit can properly amplify the output of a phono cartridge, the "pickup" mounted at the end of the turntable arm. All inputs on this unit are "line level." It lacks any "phono input" or "photo stage" that would amplify the very low voltage of a phono cartridge output to line level. You would need a separately purchased, standalone phono stage, into which you plug the phono cartridge, and from which you connect to one of the line level inputs of the NAD C 316BEE. Other NAD units may have a built-in phono stage sufficient to handle at least "moving magnet" (MM) cartridges (3-6mV output). Be aware there are even lower output "moving coil" (MC) cartridges (0.2-0.5mV) for which even built-in phono stages would be insufficient, and for which you'd need a standalone phono stage anyway. [ JOHN  Dec 12, 2013 ]
The C316 does not have a built-in phono preamp. You need to add a "Phono Preamp" between the Turntable and the C316. NAD makes Phono Preamps. For example, the NAD PP 2i Phono Preamp. Here is a link to the Crutchfield page for that model: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_745PP2I/NAD-PP-2i.html?tp=204. [ LAWRENCE  Dec 12, 2013 ]
The answer is Yes, Paul.The 316 does not have a Phono input. However, you can buy an external pre-amplifier. (I got a model from the TCC line. There are others as well, but don't go for the cheapest pre-amp.) You plug the output from your turntable into the pre-amp. The pre-amp has two "line level" outputs which can be connected to any of the inputs on the 316, including the Aux input. Press the chosen input button on the 316, lower the tonearm and you're in business.I've played quite a bit of my old vinyl through the 316 and it's incredible. Some of the early vinyl was transferred from 78 rpm and the sound is understandably compressed and pinched sounding. But the better quality vinyl sounds better than you've ever heard it before. The 316 is a winner and sips power as well as drives any sane speaker to insane levels of sound.Good luck with your new 316. [ Edward  Dec 12, 2013 ]
I connect my turntables to my mixer, which I then plug into my NAD 316BEE . However, I just tried plugging my turntable straight into the Aux input and the sound was too low and tinny. I had a look at their website's FAQ and they said that one would need to buy a pre-amp (they recommended one of theirs:, which you can find on the crutchfiled site: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_745PP2I/NAD-PP-2i.html?showAll=N&search=NAD_PP-2_Phono_Preamplifier&skipvs=T ) in order to use this amp with turntables. I hope this helps! [ WALID  Dec 12, 2013 ]
It does not have a phono stage so you would need an external phono pre-amp. That is about the only shortcoming of this super amp. I gave up vinyl long ago so it was not an issue for me. [ WILLIAM  Dec 12, 2013 ]
Many apologies, but I'm not sure. The owner's manual just says "another audio input" but doesn't specify more than that; it uses another CD player as an example. Because the speakers I ended up buying needed more than 40 watts, though, I ended up returning the 316 and got the 356DAC instead. I'm pretty sure it takes a turntable, and I have to say, has wonderful sound. I listen mostly to "classical" (as in Beethoven and Mahler--sorry, but I think of Monk and Trane as classical music, too, hence the quotation marks) and jazz, and with the system I ended up with is great. But I only have CDs, since when young I never could afford a sound system and so never had vinyl. And am delighted with the DAC on the amp. Good luck! [ WILLIAM  Dec 12, 2013 ]
I do not believe so. Thie amp supports digital devices. Great amp for the $$$. Would buy it again. [ ROBERT R  Dec 12, 2013 ]
No unfortunately you will need either a turntable with a built in phono preamp or a separate phono preamp Audiotechnica makes a really good turntable with built in phono preamp. That's what I'm currently using [ WILLIAM  Dec 12, 2013 ]
Yes it can... The amp has one aux input as well as a tape input and output.. If your turn table has Stereo RCA then your in business.. [ ROGER  Dec 12, 2013 ]
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