Video: NAD C 356DAC stereo integrated amp
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NAD has created something exciting with their new C 356DAC stereo integrated amplifier. They've taken one of their popular mainstays, the C 356BEE integrated amp, and added a world-class DAC so that you can treat all your digital sources to the power and control that has made NAD legendary among audio enthusiasts. Jeff from NAD visited Crutchfield and told us all about it.
Tara: We're here with Jeff from NAD talking about their 356DAC.
Jeff: Yeah, the 356DAC is a really sort of new idea from NAD. We offer the 356BEE model number. It's an integrated amplifier, 125 watts a channel from NAD. Strictly analog, so it's good for all the analog components that you have. And we offer it with what's called an MDC, modular design construction DAC, digital-analog converter, separately. The two can be combined. However, it's not really consumer friendly in that aspect, so what Crutchfield will be selling is the 356DAC, already done by NAD at the factory. So in the box you'll already have the DAC installed, ready to go, at an incredible savings if they were purchased separately. So it's a very cool idea.
Now, the whole purpose of the DAC is to allow end users to bring in digital audio, specifically the computer audio which is becoming very, very popular of course. So the DAC has two inputs. One asynchronous USB for 24/96 high resolution audio, and the other optical, which can handle up to 24/192 audio, and that's more specifically for computers. Most consumer audio gear doesn't really output that for optical, but many computers, Macs, specially tuned Windows computers can do that. And obviously asynchronous is standard across all the computer platforms.
So you have an analog integrated amplifier that can drive just about any speaker that Crutchfield sells, whether it's a low impedance or high impedance, it doesn't matter because it uses NAD amplifier technology that goes back forty years, as well as being able to integrate new digital inputs, especially computer audio.
Tara: If you have any questions about audio components, just give us a call.