Variety of Sources
Hybrid Digital Amplification: NAD has moved
away from the old-fashioned power-hungry linear power supplies and Class AB
output stages that waste nearly half of the energy consumed and produce heat
rather than sound. Instead, NAD has developed even better performing circuits
based on switch mode power supplies and Class D output stages. Once thought to
be inferior to traditional topologies, this new Hybrid Digital Amplifier design
is very linear over a wide bandwidth and provides consistent performance into
all speaker loads, providing a dramatic advancement over previous Class AB and
Class D amplifier designs.
- Customized Hypex UcD Output Stage: The C 388 uses a
customized version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage operating in a fully
balanced bridge configuration. This allows for massive power with nearly
un-measurable distortion and noise in the audible range. Every detail of
this design has been carefully planned and perfectly executed to deliver
every last drop of performance.
- Sophisticated Power Supply: The C 388's power supply
is capable of 400 watts continuously and over 1,000 watts instantaneously to
allow for short-term musical transients. It can operate with any AC mains
voltage from 100 to 240 volts and provides pure DC power to all the various
stages of the C 388. This highly efficient supply also provides near perfect
regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions and provides a solid
noise-free foundation for the amplifying stages.
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.
- Continuous Power: 150 watts x 2-channel (@ 20-20kHz, into 4Ω or
8Ω, at 0.009% THD, with both channels driven)
- IHF Dynamic Power: 400W into 2Ω / 350W into 4Ω / 250W into 8Ω
Binding Post Speaker Outputs: The amplifier features A & B
speaker terminals to power two pair of loudspeakers. The speaker terminals
consist of eight binding posts that will accept single banana plugs (single
only), pin connectors, spade lugs, and bare wire (up to 10AWG). The amplifier
supports 4Ω speakers when only one pair is connected, however, when two pair of
speakers are connected a minimum impedance of 8Ω is recommended.
Discrete Headphone Amplifier: The NAD C 388 incorporates a discrete
headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage
capability, enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones.
Connecting a set of headphone to unit's front-panel 1/4" jack will mute the
speaker outputs. Volume, tone, and balance controls are all operable during
Line Outputs: The C 388 features a low impedance line-level
stereo output that
can connect to another other amplifier or powered subwoofer to extend the hybrid
digital DAC amplifier's versatility.
Tone Control: The NAD C 388 hybrid digital DAC amplifier
lets you adjust Bass (60Hz) & Treble (20kHz) from -7 to +7dB, as well as Balance
between the left & right speakers (L10 to R10).
Filters: Filters provide easy bi-amplification or subwoofer
integration by adding the required filters to redirect bass frequencies to the
subwoofer. Select High Pass or Full Range. When High Pass is selected, low pass
audio signals within the 40Hz to 200Hz are sent to the C 388's subwoofer preout
and high pass audio signals are sent to the C 388's amplifier section and
speaker outputs. Select Full-Range to deliver audio signals with the whole
frequency spectrum to the C 388's amplifier section and speaker outputs.
Variety of Sources
Bluetooth Music Streaming: You can wirelessly pair and
connect instantly to the C 388 with Bluetooth (4.0), allowing you to stream stored
music and music apps wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled source device; like
your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. The high performance
Bluetooth aptX codec is fully supported for true CD-quality sound from aptX-compatible
Bluetooth devices (like Android OS 4.0+ smartphones & tablets). There is no
control or song/artist info display from the C 388.
Note: If the optional MDC BluOS module (sold separately) is installed, Bluetooth as Source
will be defeated or not selectable. Use the Bluetooth option included in the MDC
Digital Inputs: The NAD C 388 is equipped with two optical (toslink)
digital inputs and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. These digital inputs will
support 2ch PCM audio up to 24-bit/192kHz (not compatible with Dolby
Analog Inputs: The NAD C 388's stereo RCA inputs (2 Line/1
Phono) can accommodate all
kinds of analog source components by offering ideal input impedance
characteristics with linear ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent any
sonic degradation caused by inappropriate loading of the source device.
MM Phono Stage w/ RIAA Equalization: The NAD C 388 hybrid digital DAC
amplifier includes an MM Phono stage with precisely accurate RIAA equalization,
high overload margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative circuit to
suppress infrasonic noise that is present on all LPs - all without affecting
Modular Design Construction (MDC):
Modular Design Construction (MDC), an exclusive feature of NAD, allows you to
customize the NAD integrated amplifier with additional capabilities and
features, now or in the future. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a
variety of upgrade modules (all sold separately) including 4K video capable HDMI
switching, additional Digital Inputs, and
one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS music management system developed by Bluesound.
- BluOs Module: By simply adding the optional BluOS MDC
sold separately), the C 388 becomes part of the BluOS wireless multiroom music
ecosystem. The BluOS module connects to your network via a wireless (WiFi)
or wired (Ethernet) connection, and is controlled via Apple iPod
touch/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, or Mac computer.
BluOS supports streaming of internet radio, select online music services,
and Hi-Res audio files. The BluOS module also includes dual USB (type-A)
port for music file playback from USB mass storage class devices, like a
thumbdrive or digital portable audio player. In addition the BluOS module
offers built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a Bluetooth
source device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
- Balanced/Unbalanced & Phono MM/MC Module: The DD AP-1
sold separately) adds a balanced and unbalanced analog line-level input,
plus a MM/MC compatible phono input.
- 4K HDMI Module The MDC HDM-2 (745HDM2,
sold separately) adds HDMI capability with three HDMI inputs and one HDMI
output for video plass-through. Based on the latest 6GHz HDMI chip, the MDC
HDM-2 includes full support for UHD (4K) video pass through to a video
monitor, plus support for 24-bit/192kHz 2Ch PCM (not compatible with Dolby
- 1080p HDMI Module: The DD HDMI-1 module (745DDHDM1,
sold separately) adds three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output for video pass
through. Full 3D Video support with video resolution up to 1080p/60.
Supports 2 channel PCM audio with 24-bit/192kHz resolution (not compatible
with Dolby Digital/DTS).
Note: These MDC modules are all sold
separately (not included with the C 388). You can add up to two MDC modules.
NAD Remote App: Power, volume, source selection, and device
settings are all controlled using the intuitive interface of the NAD Remote App
Apple iOS 9.0+ and
Android OS 5.0+) from your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device.
IR Remote: The included IR remote control handles the key functions of
the C 388. The IR remote can also be used to directly command other NAD
products that respond to applicable common remote control codes. This includes
other NAD Stereo Receiver, Integrated Amplifier, and Preamplifier models. It has
additional controls to remotely operate NAD CD Players, AM/FM Tuners, and
dedicated AM/FM/DB Tuners. It will operate up to a distance of 23'. The remote
requires two "AA" alkaline batteries (included).
Remote Connections: The NAD C 388 is fitted with a 12V trigger
input/output, an IR input/output, and a RS-232 port for custom integration and
advanced remote connectivity
- 12V Trigger In/Out: The +12V trigger output (3.5mm) lets you turn
on/off another device along with the C 388. The integrated amp can also be
turned on/off by another device using the +12V trigger input (3.5mm).
- IR In/Out: The IR input (3.5mm)is used to control this unit
using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component.
The IR output (3.5mm) can be used for control of another NAD component.
- RS-232 Port: The RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC
or external whole-house control system. NAD is a certified partner of
Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, & Elan.
Auto Standby: The C 388 can be setup to automatically go into standby
mode if there is no user interface interaction and no active source input for 30
Auto Sense: The Auto Sense feature enables the C 388 to wake up from standby mode when
triggered by an active source input with an audio signal.