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NAD C 316BEE

Stereo integrated amplifier

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Our take on the NAD C 316BEE

by Jim Richardson
NAD

Everything you always wanted in a stereo receiver, except the radio

An integrated amplifier is essentially a receiver without a built-in AM/FM tuner. You get power to drive your speakers, audio controls, and inputs for music source components. Connect an iPod, a computer, a network music player, or any other device that can play Internet radio, and you may find you have no need for an AM/FM radio.

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 Ammplifiers under $1000


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
 

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Features and Specs
General
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)
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40
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)
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Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)
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Frequency Bandwidth
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20-20k
THD
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0.02%
Minimum Impedance
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4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio
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95
Number of Inputs
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6
Phono Inputs
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No
Preamp Outputs
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No
Width (inches)
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17-1/8
Height (inches)
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3-3/16
Depth (inches)
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11-3/8
Weight (pounds)
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12.17
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Product Research
What's in the box?

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

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Features
Controls
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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5 out of 5

As great as everyone says!

Written By WVGrif, Holland, MI on Thursday, April 17, 2014
 
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!
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5 out of 5

Excellent no frills entry amp

Written By ChrisW, Maidens, VA on Thursday, 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.
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5 out of 5

NAD Integrated Amp NAD C 316BEE

Written By Audio Journeyman, NY on Monday, February 03, 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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

NAD C 216BEE REVIEW

Written By 2PM, Boston on Monday, 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
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5 out of 5

Just what the Dr. ordered!

Written By DaveO, Denver CO on Friday, 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!
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

good clean power

Written By slowpaddler, poconos, usa on Thursday, 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.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Makes me smile

Written By Reynolds531, St Louis on Friday, 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.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

good amp

Written By greg, ann arbor, mi on Sunday, December 01, 2013
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no reason to complain. sounds great, Crutchfield was quick.
Pros:
real simple
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice Little Amp

Written By brianvac, Granville ,MA on Wednesday, 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
5 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Exceptional

Written By Dvdwilly, Haymarket, VA on Saturday, 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!
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

I love my NAD C 316 BEE Amp!

Written By chaka4, Edmonds, WA on Tuesday, July 09, 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.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Superb option for fans of stereo sound.

Written By JV, Chicago on Wednesday, July 03, 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.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

NAD C 316BEE - a best buy

Written By RoyT, Gloucester, MA on Monday, 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.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The NAD C 316BEE Rocks!

Written By Caldo, Centennial, CO on Monday, 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!
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By Ernest, Star, NC on Thursday, 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.
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The NAD Majic

Written By Anonymous, San juan, PR on Friday, March 08, 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.
6 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent entry level for a 2.0 or 2.1 system

Written By Joe, Connecticut on Sunday, 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
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

nice little unit

Written By Eric, Boston, MA on Saturday, 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.
4 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

All I needed

Written By DEC, Carmel, IN on Saturday, 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
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

NAD C 316BEE

Written By suomynonA, Tennessee on Saturday, 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.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

best value in integrated amplifiers

Written By RonS, Carnelian Bay, CA on Monday, 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
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Didn't like it's sound

Written By James, Texas on Thursday, 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.
12 out of 28 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

The NAD C 316BEE is Working Great

Written By 2nd NAD, WA State on Sunday, 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.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Just what I wanted: a stereo receiver with good sound

Written By Glenn S., Cupertino, CA on Wednesday, 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
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5 out of 5

NAD C316BEE

Written By SorenNM, La Canada Flintridge, CA on Friday, 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.
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5 out of 5

NAD C 316BEE

Written By JEB, Rochester, MN on Sunday, October 16, 2011
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My music never sounded so good. Much better than my previous Harmon Kardon. Good price/great value.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent for listening to music with two speakers

Written By JasB, Sout East Coast, USA on Thursday, October 06, 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.
6 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great sound, Great Value!

Written By Christian, Encinitas, CA on Friday, 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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5 out of 5

Fantastic little amp!

Written By JS, Utah on Wednesday, June 01, 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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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By HB, N.Y.C. on Sunday, 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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5 out of 5

Quick review of the NAD C316BEE

Written By Mr. Bill, South Texas on Thursday, 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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5 out of 5

Great Product

Written By Paul A, Seattle, Wa on Tuesday, 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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5 out of 5

Nice Amp

Written By Anonymous, Central Maryland on Wednesday, 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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3 questions already asked

How do you connect a sub woofer to this? [ Norman  Feb 27, 2014 ]
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  • 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 ]
how do u use this with the dragonfly 1.2 with my desktop? [ Earl  Jan 08, 2014 ]
4 answers
  • 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 ]
Can a turntable be used with it via the Auxillary input? [ Paul Chesterton  Dec 12, 2013 ]
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  • 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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