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NAD C 446 Digital Media Tuner

Play music from your computer and the Internet on your home audio system

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Item #: 745C446
 

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by Kristen Schaub
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Feast on an endless buffet of music

A network music player presents you with virtually unlimited ways to play your favorites or discover new music. Access your computer's music library, Internet radio stations, and online music services through your wireless home network.

Unleash your digital music

Do you love your digital music collection, but hate the small, tinny sound of your computer's built-in speakers? NAD's C 446 Digital Music Player solves the problem by allowing you to play your digital music on your high-performance audio system. Using DLNA and universal plug-and-play (UPnP) streaming standards, it accepts audio files from wherever they're stored on your network, like your computer, Android phone, Apple device, or network hard drive. It also streams Internet radio stations. It then sends a high-quality audio signal through your receiver or amplifier and out to your speakers for stunning, room-filling sound.

C446

High-quality circuitry and components put your music first

The C 446 supports all the most popular digital formats — MP3, FLAC, WMA, WAV, and AAC — and has a built-in, audiophile-quality 192kHz/24-bit DAC (digital-to-analog converter) for music lovers who want to enjoy the quality found in high-resolution audio files. Along with the analog audio circuitry, the C 446 reproduces your favorite music files with natural warmth and rich detail. Plus, this tuner doesn't just make digital files sound great, your favorite AM and FM radio stations will come through clean and clear.


Play music from your computer, digital music device, and more

Connect this player to your home network and you can stream music from any networked computer. Connecting to a Windows® 7-based PC is easy thanks to the latest version of Windows Media Player. Simply connect the C 446 to your home theater system, open WMP, and choose the tuner from the drop-down "play to" list. For computers running older versions of Windows, Linux, or Apple operating systems, you can download free streaming software, like Twonky, to send your music to the tuner. This software will also work with most newer versions of Apple's iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad®, as well as Android devices, allowing them to act as UPnP servers and stream music directly to the C 446 via your wireless home network. A front-panel USB port lets your friends get in on the action, too, using a thumb drive loaded with their favorite digital music files.

Stream fresh music from all over the world

The C 446 knows no boundaries when it comes to serving up great radio from around the world. The easy-to-navigate NAD Radio Portal allows you to browse over 15,000 Internet radio station and podcasts. You can customize lists with all your favorites, which you can then access in the "My Favorites" screen on the C 446. 

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Highlights:

  • plays music from your computer and the Internet on your home audio system
  • connects to your wired home network
  • supports playback of WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV/PCM, and FLAC files
  • plays Internet radio stations and podcasts
  • plays local FM/AM radio stations
  • DLNA-certified — plays music stored on a DLNA-compatible Windows® PC
  • 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter for superior sound
  • connections:
    • Ethernet port for a wired connection to a home network (cable not included)
    • optical digital audio output and stereo analog audio outputs for connecting to a receiver or amplifier
    • USB audio input (front panel) accepts a thumb drive loaded with digital music files
    • port for optional NAD ipod dock
    • RS-232C port for use with home automation systems
  • remote control
  • detachable power cord
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-3/4"H x 14"D
  • weight: 10.23 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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  • Digital Media Tuner
  • 68" AC power cord
  • WiFi antenna
  • TNR 2 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • AM loop antenna
  • FM dipole antenna
  • 75 ohm to 300 ohm adapter
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty information

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Features
Network Functions
iPod
USB
AM/FM Tuner
Connections
Specifications

Features

Overview: The NAD C 446 Digital Media Tuner plays Internet Radio, AM and FM radio, USB devices, music stored on your network (on a computer or other DLNA or UPnP certified device), and your iPod/iPhone (when used with an optional NAD IPD 2 iPod dock). The C 446 connects to your home network via Ethernet or WiFi and features a front-panel USB port. The C 446's outputs include analog stereo RCA and optical digital.

Network Connection: The network connection can be hardwired (via the RJ-45 port) or wireless (using the built-in 802.11/b/g WiFi card).

WiFi Security: The C 446 supports WPA and WPA2, but not WEP.

Sleep Timer: The Sleep Timer will turn the C 446 off after 15, 30, 45, 60, 75, or 90 minutes.

Remote Control:

  • Wireless Remote: the included TNR 2 wireless remote controls the C 446
  • IR In: 3.5mm IR input; allows you to connect the C 446 to an infrared repeater
  • RS-232: used with an external controller; AMX, Crestron or a compatible PC using NAD's proprietary PC software
  • +12V Trigger: 3.5mm +12 volt input; turns the C 446 on when it receives a trigger from another component

Audio Outputs: The C 446 features both analog RCA and optical digital audio outputs.

Network Functions

Internet Radio: The NAD C 446 lets you access Internet Radio stations from around the world. Search for new stations, for popular stations, by location, or by genre (country, Christian, rock, hip-hop, top-40, etc). You can also search for only high quality stations and for podcasts. Specific station names can be entered using the C 446, or using NAD's vtuner portal on the internet. The My Favourites section gives you easy access to stations you memorize.

vTuner: The C 446 supports the online vTuner service which offers easy browsing of internet radio stations and podcasts on your computer. vTuner enables access to web-based radio stations and podcasts via a reliable online database with a wide variety of content. You can browse content by Genre, Location, Language, and Favorites.

UPnP: The C446 utilizes UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) client to allow playback of audio files stored in a home network, such as a computer, NAS (network-attached storage), Apple iOS device or Android phone. The C 446 browses your UPnP server content over the local network. The computer, NAS or mobile devices on the network are all potential servers.

iPod

iPod/iPhone Connectivity: By adding the optional IPD 2 iPod dock (item number 745IPD2, sold separately), the C 446 can be used to control an iPod or iPhone:

  • Music Navigation:You can control your connected iPod/iPhone from the C 446's remote control or from your iPod/iPhone's clickwheel or touchscreen.
  • Music Information Display: The C 446 display panel shows the elapsed playing time and song title, artist name, and album name (the iPod display is also active).
  • Charging: The C 446 will charge your connected iPod or iPhone.

iPod/iPhone Compatibility Chart: The NAD C 446 is compatible with the following iPod/iPhone models (as of October 2011):

iPod/iPhone Model Generation Media Type Control Type Track/Artist Info Display Charge
Audio Video Network Player iPod/iPhone
dock connector 3rd N N N N N N
clickwheel 4th Y N Y Y N Y
mini 1st Y N Y Y N Y
2nd Y N Y Y N Y
video 5th Y N Y Y Y Y
classic 80GB Y N Y Y Y Y
120GB Y N Y Y Y Y
160GB Y N Y Y Y Y
nano 1st Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y Y Y Y
3rd Y N Y Y Y Y
4th Y N Y Y Y Y
5th Y N Y Y Y Y
6th Y N Play/Skip Y Y Y
touch 1st Y N Y Y Y Y
2nd Y N Y Y Y Y
3rd Y N Y Y Y Y
4th Y N Y Y Y Y
iPhone 2G Y N Y Y Y Y
3G Y N Y Y Y Y
3GS Y N Y Y Y Y
4 Y N Y Y Y Y

Note: Apple iPod/iPhone software updates may change functionality results. If you download a newer software version, you may need to reset your iPod/iPhone to regain functionality. If this doesn't work, you may need to revert to the older software version or wait until a newer software update is available.

USB

USB Audio Playback: The NAD C 446 is equipped with a front-panel USB (Type-A) port for easy connection of a USB storage device. The USB port supports playback of WAV, FLAC, AAC, MP3, and WMA audio files and devices formatted in FAT 16 or FAT 32. The song title, artist name, album name can be displayed the unit's front-panel display.

Compatible Audio Formats: The C 446 supports the following audio formats and bit rates:

Format Bit Rate
WAV up to 1,536 kbps
FLAC up to 1,500 kbps
AAC up to 320 kbps
MP3 up to 320 kbps
WMA up to 320 kbps

AM/FM Tuner

Presets: Up to 40 presets (a mix of AM and FM stations) can be memorized for easy recall. The presets can be tuned directly using the remote's numeric keys. Each preset can be assigned a 12-character user name.

Direct Tuning: The station frequency can also be entered directly using the remote's numeric keys.

RDS: The Radio Data System (RDS) feature displays radio broadcast information such as artist, title, and album when listening to compatible AM/FM stations.

Connections

Rear Panel:

  • Antenna Input:
    • FM: threaded F-connector
    • AM: spring terminals
  • Analog Output: stereo RCA output jacks
  • Digital Output: optical digital output (Toslink)
  • Ethernet: RJ-45 port for connection to wired LAN
  • WiFi: threaded terminal for use with included wireless LAN antenna
  • RS232: RS-232 port for connection to external control systems from companies such as AMX or Crestron
  • MP Dock: port for optional IPD 2 iPod dock (item number 745IPD2, sold separately)
  • IR In: 3.5mm mini-jack input; control unit without line-of-sight access using an optional IR repeater
  • +12V Trigger: 3.5mm mini-jack input; turn the C 446 on/off remotely from another component having a +12V trigger output
  • Power: IEC 2-prong removable power cord

Front Panel:

  • USB: USB Type-A port for a flash drive memory device

Specifications

  • Compatible Media Formats:
    • WAV: up to 1,536 kbps
    • FLAC: up to 1,500 kbps
    • AAC: up to 320 kbps
    • MP3: up to 320 kbps
    • WMA: up to 320 kbps
  • Analog Output: 2 volts RMS
  • Ethernet Terminal: 10BASE-T/100BASE-TX
  • Wireless LAN:
    • System: IEEE 802.11 b/g
    • Security: WPA, WPA2
  • Standby Power Consumption: 0.5 watts
  • FM:
    • Usable Sensitivity: 10 dBμ
    • S/N:
      • 65 dB (mono)
      • 60 dB (stereo)
    • Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 15 kHz (+/-1.5 dB)
    • Channel Separation:
      • 33 dB (30 Hz)
      • 40 dB (1 kHz)
      • 32 dB (10 kHz)
    • Capture Ratio: 3 dB
    • THD:
      • 0.4% (mono)
      • 0.8% (stereo)
  • AM:
    • Usable Sensitivity: 55 dBμ
    • S/N: 42 dB
    • THD: 1.5%
    • Frequency Response: 100 Hz to 2.3 kHz (+/-6 dB)
    • Selectivity: 20 dB
 
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3 out of 5

Great product BUT Last.fm now gone

Written By diybtingtom37, St George, UT on Monday, May 05, 2014
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Great price for quality home audio library UPnP streamer. Purchased mainly for Last.fm and it is now unavailable after site Radio shutdown Apr 2014. System can see the site and see personal folders, but cannot access them. NAD confirmed this after much effort to make the connection. Other functionality is fine, but even lower pricing seems now appropriate.
Pros:
Quality unit with good DAC and wireless. Convenient way to stream music library to primary audio system.
Cons:
(repeat) NO Last.fm due to site termination of radio functionality.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

NAD C 446 DIGITAL MEDIA TUNER

Written By VICTOR K, LAKE WORTH FL on Monday, April 21, 2014
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BOUGHT IT ON SALE AND I LOVE IT. I LISTEN TO MUSIC 4-6 HOURS A DAY AND THIS TUNER ROCKS. THIS MY FOURTH NAD PURCHASE AND THE QUALITY IS THERE.
Pros:
CRUTCHFIELD CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT IS AWESOME. THANKS WES FOR ALL YOUR HELP.
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

Get this if you're music lover!

Written By M.Diop, New york City, NY on Monday, August 27, 2012
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This is my third NAD gear. This thing is as advertised. This piece is so great that anybody who owns a home audio system will want to have as part of their system. Also bought this as an open box but couldn't tell the difference bc it was looking brand new to me. Honestly, Crutchfield has to have the best service in the country. Been shopping there for a few years now and nothing but great service. All the music lovers, pleeeease give this unit a try lol. I love my NAD C-446 more and more everyday.
Pros:
Great, great, great sound, versatility and well built. Very high quality. Reminds me a bit of the Oppo 95, even though they're two different items.
Cons:
None so far.
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1 question already asked

It says that it works with "most" Apple iPods" and that to use with Apple just download some software. Does that really work? Is it funky? Any problems? [ shannon  Mar 30, 2014 ]
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  • I don't use an iPod. All I can tell you is that it sees my home wireless network. I can get internet radio stations from all over the world. I can access any of the other computers/PC on my home network and stream music from them. I use a Samsung Galaxy Tab2 tablet with Splashtop as a "remote control" for the laptop PC which is used as a digital media server with J River. Likewise I could also use the C446 to access the laptop, the only downside being that the sample rate would be limited to 96Khz. Using the laptop HDMI connected to the NAD C390DD I can use the highest resolution of 192/24 without the digital jitter present in asynchronous USB (which is also limited to 96/24). The only issue I had was initially getting it to communicate with my wireless network because AT&T had the wrong network code on their router, AT&T's fault, not NAD. BTW, the C390DD is a fantastic amplifier. I've had some pretty expensive high-end solid state and tube amps in my system and nothing comes close until you hit the $25K to $60K+ range. I've download software updates for the C390 and had no problems. Installed by itself. NAD technical support can be a little slow because you have to use their "Salon" forum - takes a day or so but Crutchfield has been superb with support and returns. [ ARTHUR   Mar 31, 2014 ]

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