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NAD C316BEE V2

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in phono stage

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Our take on the NAD C316BEE V2

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 five audio components, including a turntable, 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 538 and good set of bookshelf speakers like the PSB Alpha B1s. 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


Product Highlights:

  • 40 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.03% THD
  • 4-ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 100 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
  • 5 RCA audio inputs including 1 MM phono input
  • 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

What's in the Box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • Remote control (AMP 4)
  • CR2025 3V battery
  • Owner's manual
  • Warranty information

Excellent. Small, simple, well built, and most importantly sounds great.

PacNW, Bethesda, MD

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NAD C316BEE V2 Reviews

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Still the best value out there

Crutchfield customer from Montpelier, VT on 12/8/2018

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I don't think you can do better for the price. Honestly, I didn't see anything on Crutchfield for under $1,000 that appealed to me more than this. NAD's focus is clearly on function and sound, not on bells and whistles and fancy faceplates. This 40w amp can drive my Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2 speakers (86dB sensitivity) to very loud levels in my 12x12x9 room - loud enough that my wife looks at me like I'm crazy and tells me to turn it down. Keep in mind that you need to double watts for every 3dB increase in volume. So an 80w amplifier will only get you 3 more dB and a 150w amplifier will only get you 6 more dB than this 40w amp. Not to mention that NAD is very conservative with their power ratings and publishes continuous and peak power output - most manufacturers don't, which can make comparing the power output of amps from different manufactures even more challenging. Unless you have crazy inefficient speakers and/or listen at dangerously loud levels or just want a fancy looking amplifier, I don't see any reason to spend more.

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PacNW from Bethesda, MD on 9/28/2018

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Excellent. Small, simple, well built, and most importantly sounds great.

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NAD C316BEE V2

David from Denver, CO on 8/26/2018

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I Purchased the NADC316 after my integrated amp blew both channels, it was 15 years old! My old amp cost about twice as much as the NAD, but based on many reviews was supposed to far surpass it's price. Believe me that is an incorrect statement. My original amp produced a very warm sound and well balanced sound through the octaves. The separation was extremely good when played on my 2.1 speakers. Even with my cd player the sound was very clear and separated. Now onto the NAD. I payed about half of what I payed for my original amp, but like I said this was supposed to far surpass the price, NOT. The sound was NOT well balanced, with high ranges dominating the sound and bass was almost non-existent. The detail was fine, but vocal and instrument operation was not apparent. I adjusted the speakers several times to no avail. I listened to several Cd's and was not impressed. here's the kicker! My wife, who doesn't listen a lot to my stereo was milling around and I asked her how she thought it sounded. Without missing a beat she said "sounds really flat to me". So, if you want a basic integrated amp that transfers music to your speakers without a feel of realism don't be cheap like me, and buy a different amp.

Pros: -inexpensive -clear highs -easy to set up

Cons: -no manual -mid-range and especially bass very weak -cheap plastic knobs -you get what you pay for

NAD C316BEE V2

Crutchfield customer from Chandler, AZ on 8/6/2018

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I purchased this amp to replace an AVR that was highly regarded at the time I purchased it (at least 10 years ago). The AVR was rated at more than twice the power per channel so I was a little concerned that the NAD might not drive my SDA 2B speakers (Polk Audio before the company went mainstream). I needn't have worried. The NAD has more than adequate power and might have even more power per channel than the AVR. I was also concerned that I might not hear a difference between the to amps. Again, I shouldn't have worried. The NAD sound is distinctly clearer. When I first started considering purchasing a new amp, I was exclusively looking at amps with internal DACs. That just muddied the water because DACs add their own qualitative complexity and because most of the devices I intended to connect to the amp had their own DACs. Ultimately, I bought a well-regarded but inexpensive separate DAC so that I could connect my smart TV to the amp (primarily for YouTube videos). That works very well. I would also point out that, to my aging ears, music from my iPad played via the miniplug connection sounds surprisingly good. I have not used the phono connection and probably never will. Taking care of vinyl is just to big a hassle. I was prepared to pay more than double what this amp cost so getting this kind of performance for what I paid makes me happy every time I turn the amp on.

Pros: Very simple device (really doesn't need the included remote) Excellent power considering the price point and the advertised rating Miniplug makes it easy to connect a tablet without worrying about loss of sound quality or any of the headaches that accompany wireless connections.

Cons: None that occur to me.

Great little integrated.

Crutchfield customer from Chicago, IL on 7/9/2018

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Great little integrated amp. I bought one four years ago and It has been a solid performer. I bought a second when the amp for our dining room speakers went south and the sound is superior to the previous unit. Highly recommended.

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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) 40
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.03%
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 N/A
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 6
Phono Input Yes
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) 3-1/4
Depth (inches) 11-5/16
Weight (pounds) 12.1
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Amplifier Section: Bjørn Erik Edvardsen, NAD's Director of Advanced Development, developed a simplified version of PowerDrive for the C 316BEE. Proprietary PowerDrive Circuit offers a remarkable combination of high current drive needed for complex loudspeaker loads combined with high levels of undistorted dynamic power.

  • Continuous Power: 40 watts x 2 channel into an 8Ω or 4Ω  load, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, no more than 0.03% THD, both channels driven simultaneously
  • Dynamic Power: 90 watts x 2 channel (8Ω), 120 watts x 2 channel (4Ω)
  • Rated THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.03% (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)

Full Disclosure Power (FDP): NAD uses Full Disclosure Power (FDP), the most demanding criterion for performance measurement. FDP specifies distortion under the most extreme conditions of low impedance loads and frequency extremes, rather than the simple and easy 1kHz @ 8 ohms test quoted by many of other manufactures. NAD uses this stricter performance criterion because it more closely matches the demands of real music and real loudspeakers. Maintaining specified distortion at 4/8Ω and at 20-20kHz is a much more difficult achievement. The benefit of NAD's Full Disclosure Power is the total elimination of audible distortion at any listening level. This provides pinpoint imaging and realism with music and movies alike.

Connections: The NAD C 316BEE is equipped with rear-panel and front-panel gold-plated connections for maximum signal transfer.

  • Rear Panel: Rear-panel inputs & outputs include -
    • Line Level Inputs: stereo RCA input jacks labeled "CD", "Video", "Aux", and "Tuner"
    • Phono Input (MM): stereo Phono input (MM) with ground screw
    • Speakers: the left and right speaker binding posts will accept banana plugs (single only), pin connectors, spade lugs, and bare wire (up to 12AWG)
  • Front Panel: Front-panel inputs & outputs include -
    • Headphone: Standard 1/4" headphone jack (68Ω)
    • MP: 3.5mm minijack Aux input

Controls: The NAD C 316BEE comes with an IR remote control, features front-panel controls, and is equipped with a rear-panel power switch.

  • Remote Control: The wireless remote will control the C 316BEE and NAD CD players.
  • Front Panel: Front-panel controls consist of Power (standby/on), 6 Input Buttons (Tape/Tuner/Aux/Video/CD/Disc), Volume (up/down), Balance (left/right), Bass (+/-8 dB @ 100 Hz) & Treble (+/-5 dB @ 10 kHz), and Tone Defeat (Bass/Treble Bypass).
  • Rear Panel: Rear-panel controls include a Master power switch.

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This integrated amp is considered a good entry level for audiophile level amp. I am giving it to my son for Christmas to help him develop his first quality system. [ Mark  Dec 04, 2018 ]
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integrated phono compatibility. [ Megan  Oct 11, 2018 ]

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