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NAD C 355BEE

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Our take on the NAD C 355BEE

by Dave Bar
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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.

NAD builds innovative audio components that offer musically honest performance, simplicity, and value. And that's exactly what you get with the C 355BEE. This integrated amplifier combines sturdy construction with advanced circuitry to deliver 80 full-bandwidth-rated watts to each of your stereo speakers. Discover for yourself why audio critics and discerning music lovers alike have held NAD in high regard for over 30 years.

Advanced technology for stunning sound
The C 355BEE employs many of the same high-end features found on NAD's top-of-the-line Master Series components, including NAD's exclusive PowerDrive™ technology. This unique circuit automatically senses your speaker's impedance, then optimizes the amp's power supply settings to deliver the most dynamic power possible. This allows it to easily drive low-impedance loads, including many of today's high-end speakers, which often run closer to four ohms than eight. Plus, a patented distortion-canceling circuit in the amps output stage ensures your music stays clean and pure.

Connections and convenience
This integrated amp offers enough inputs to connect seven audio components. Two sets of main speaker outputs provide hookups for an additional pair of speakers. Separate preamp input/line-level output jacks let you use the C 355BEE as an independent power amplifier or preamp for future system expansion, or to easily add a powered subwoofer. And the included remote gives you easy control of the amplifier and the other NAD audio components in your system.

Highlights:

  • 80 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: 105 dB
  • PowerDrive™ circuit with automatic speaker impedance sensing delivers maximum dynamic power output regardless of speaker load
  • switchable Soft Clipping™ circuit gently limits amplifier power output to reduce risk of speaker damage due to prolonged high volume operation
  • distortion-canceling circuit for high-accuracy sound
  • toroidal power transformer
  • rotary bass and treble controls with defeat switch for tone control bypass
  • 7 RCA audio inputs including 2 tape in/outs
  • front-panel minijack input for connecting a portable music player
  • main-amp input and 2 preamp outputs for connecting a powered subwoofer or separate amplifier for bi-amping
  • full-size headphone jack
  • front-panel switching for 2 pairs of speakers
  • two pairs of speaker binding posts
  • RS-232 port for operation with third-party controllers
  • 12-volt trigger output
  • IR input/output
  • one switched AC convenience outlet
  • detachable AC power cord
  • remote control
  • weight: 18.75 lbs.
  • 17-1/8"W x 4-1/2"H x 13-1/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
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Features and Specs
General
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)
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80
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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105
Number of Inputs
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7
Phono Inputs
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No
Preamp Outputs
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4
Width (inches)
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17-1/8
Height (inches)
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5-3/16
Depth (inches)
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14-11/16
Weight (pounds)
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18.74
Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Integrated amplifier
  • 6.5' Power cord
  • Wireless remote control (SR 6)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 2 Pre-out/Main-in jumpers (installed)
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Italian/ German/ Dutch/ Swedish/ Russian)
  • Warranty information
  • AC outlet note

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Features
Controls
Connections
Specifications

Features

Soft Clipping: NAD's Soft Clipping circuit gently limits the output of the C 355BEE to minimize audible distortion when the amplifier is over-driven. While Soft Clipping can be left on at all times to reduce the likelihood of audible distortion from excessive volume settings, you can also turn the circuit off for critical listening if you prefer.

Tape Monitor: If you own a 3-head tape deck, the tape monitor loop allows you to monitor recording quality as the recording is made.

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

Pre-out/Main-in Loop: Factory jumpers connect the main amplifier input to the Pre Out 2 preamp outputs. This offers the flexibility of inserting an equalizer, surround processor (when using multiple amps), or another type of processor between the two stages.

Dual Preamp Outputs: The second set of preamp is convenient for bi-amping speakers or adding a powered subwoofer.

Remote Control: The SR 6 wireless remote will control the C 355BEE and NAD CD players and Tuners.

Controls

Front Panel:

  • A Speakers: turns the A speakers outputs on/off
  • B Speakers: turns the B speakers outputs on/off
  • Input: six individual buttons to select input (Disc, CD, Video, Aux, Tuner, and Tape 2)
  • Tape Monitor: engage/disengage the tape monitor loop
  • Tone Defeat: bypass the bass and treble controls
  • Bass: rotary bass adjustment; +/-8dB @ 100Hz
  • Treble: rotary treble adjustment; +/-5dB @ 10kHz
  • Balance: rotary left/right balance
  • Volume: rotary volume control

Rear Panel:

  • Soft Clipping: turn the Soft Clipping circuit on/off
  • 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 four speaker outputs, A (left and right) and B (left and right)
  • Inputs: stereo RCA input jacks for Disc, CD, Video, Aux, Tuner, Tape 2, and Tape 1 (Monitor)
  • Record Outputs: stereo RCA output jacks for Tape 1 and Tape 2
  • Pre Out 1: stereo RCA outputs for feeding a powered subwoofer or another amplifier
  • Pre Out 2: stereo RCA preamp outputs; jumpers to the main amplifier inputs are factory installed
  • Main In: stereo RCA preamp inputs; jumpers to the Pre Out 2 outputs are factory installed
  • IR In: 3.5mm mini-jack input, used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component
  • IR Out: 3.5mm mini-jack output, used to control another NAD component
  • 12 Volt Trigger Out: turn on/off another device along with the C 355BEE; the +12 volt trigger output is a 3.5mm mini-jack; the maximum output is 50 mA
  • RS 232: the RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC or external whole-house control system from companies such as AMX or Crestron
  • AC Input: 2-pole IEC power input for use with included cord (or optional upgraded cord)
  • AC Output: unswitched (actually it's switched with the master power switch on the rear panel, not with the standby switch on the front), 120 watts max

Front Panel:

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

Specifications

Amplifier Section:

  • Continuous Power: 80 watts x 2 into an 8Ω load, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, no more than 0.02% THD, both channels driven simultaneously
  • Dynamic Power:
    • 8Ω: 140 watts x 2
    • 4Ω: 220 watts x 2
    • 2Ω: 270 watts x 2
  • Rated THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): <0.02% (driving both channels 20 Hz - 20k Hz simultaneously at 8Ω)
  • Signal/Noise:
    • >105 dB (A-weighted, ref 1 watt)
    • >124 dB (A-weighted, ref 80 watt)
  • Damping factor: >160 (ref 8Ω, 1 kHz)
  • Frequency response: 20 Hz-20 kHz, +/- 0.1 dB
  • Input impedance: 20 kΩ + 1 nF
  • Input sensitivity: 940 mV (ref rated power)
  • Voltage gain: 29 dB
  • Headphone output impedance: 68 Ω
  • Tone control:
    • Bass: +/-8dB @ 100Hz
    • Treble: +/-5dB @ 10kHz
  • Power Requirement: AC 120V 60Hz
  • Weight: 18.74 lbs (8.5kg)
 
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5 out of 5

very good in high tine

Written By RL308, CA on Sunday, November 28, 2010
 
it could be said "inappropriate comparison", but 355 took over my 20 years used SONY TA-E80/N80ES. Same powerful with very good treble.
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5 out of 5

Tremendous Value

Written By BK, Cincinnati, OH on Sunday, November 28, 2010
 
I am using this amp to drive Thiel CS1.6's. They are very revealing speakers and the amp does a wonderful job. Lots of detail around the highs, authoritative bass and nicely rendered voices. The remote that comes with this amp is full-featured and works very well. I think this amp represents a tremendous value - you can spend two or three times as much for the same power but, in my opinion, not really get much more performance.
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5 out of 5

NAD C 355BEE

Written By TomS, SoCal on Monday, November 01, 2010
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This NAD unit has been a big improvement over my old Yamaha amplifier. I am no audiophile, but I can hear more detail in (digital) jazz recordings, especially modern ones.
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NAD C 355BEE

Written By Craig, Wausau, WI on Monday, May 03, 2010
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Great entry level unit. Plenty of power to drive the small system in my garage shop.
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