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NAD C 316BEE (with built-in phono stage)

Stereo integrated amplifier

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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 516BEE 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 0.02% THD
  • 4-ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 95 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

Fantastic integrated amplifier. I'm very impressed with the sound quality, and very surprised by how much power it has. It is a great value. Customer service was also fantastic. Would recommend Crutchfield and the NAD C 316BEE.

Lawrence, Oshkosh, WI


NAD C 316BEE (with built-in phono stage) Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(8 Reviews)

NAD C 316BEE (with built-in phono stage)

Anonymous from Montpelier, VT on 6/4/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a fantastic "little" amplifier. It is the obvious choice in it's price range for class AB integrated amplifiers and can hold its own against most in the sub $1000 category. It drives my Ascend Acoustics Sierra-2 speakers with ease. Just the right balance of features and simplicity. Unless you have very power hungry speakers or a huge room or need a dedicated subwoofer output, this amp will get the job done admirably.



NAD C 316BEE (with built-in phono stage)

George from Etters, PA on 5/14/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Excellent sound! This replaces separate components I used for over 20 years, I wasn't sure this would be an adequate choice but I've been very pleased so far. Very clean sound with excellent imaging, more than enough power to fill my 12 x 20 room, unless your speakers are very inefficient this should work well in most applications.

Pros: Excellent sound! Straight forward controls and operation. Can be used without scrolling through menus and using a remote.

Cons: None to date.

NAD C 316BEE (with built-in phono stage)

Lawrence from Oshkosh, WI on 5/12/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Fantastic integrated amplifier. I'm very impressed with the sound quality, and very surprised by how much power it has. It is a great value. Customer service was also fantastic. Would recommend Crutchfield and the NAD C 316BEE.

Pros: Fantastic sound quality.

Cons: None.

NAD gives great value for the money.

Michael from Philadelphia, PA on 4/20/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

OK, my Linn Majik died after 17 years of service. I would dis Linn more than I would NAD since I bought the Linn believing it would be "music for life". Anyway, I had owned NAD gear before and during the time I had Linn. I had a NAD 3140 Integrated Amplifier as power behind my first "real" hi-fi system nearly 40 years ago. I had an NAD tuner. I suggested NAD gear to friends and family who wanted good gear. I had pretty much decided on another NAD integrated amp when the right channel on my Majik crapped out. Let's toss in that the high end hifi dealers I went to carried NAD for their entry level systems. I think I am solid in my belief that this is well-designed and a value for the money. The only drawback is I wish it had a tape function for input and output. Some people still use tape decks, but really more for digitizing my old LPs. That is the only function that the Majik had that this doesn't. In fact, I would say this is a much better buy than the Linn if you don't want to spend a lot of money for a good sound. I live in the city and don't need a lot of power. I want to toss in that Crutchfield I think that was a good choice for buying this.

Pros: Great value for the money. Great for city dwellers.

Cons: I wish it had a tape function for input and output.

NAD C 316BEE (with built-in phono stage)

Sakari from Greybull, WY on 4/11/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The unit came early, wasn't difficult to connect and has given great sounds ever since.

Pros: Ease of use.

Cons: None

I love my new amp

Jeff from Colorado Spgs, CO on 4/8/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A friend recommended this receiver to me after my old Harmon Kardon amp decided to die and the good customer service folks at Crutchfield confirmed it's a winner so I went for it. Super easy to set up and the sound is just so good, really rich and full. All that and it doesn't cost a fortune. My records are happy and I'm happy.

Pros: Rich sound, inexpensive, bad

Cons: Now I want to upgrade my speakers as well

good clean detailed sound.

Bryan from White Rock, NM on 4/1/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

In it's price range it is, so far, very impressive. It is impressively clear, and drives the Focals nicely, perhaps slightly light on bass, but only slightly, and the longer I run it, the better it sounds. Phono section is also decent, pretty much on par with the NAD PP 2e I was running with a Harmon Kardon amp. For the money, it is so far exactly what I was hoping for it to be. I am impressed.

Pros: Price, sound quality, aesthetically pleasing. Hard to beat in this price range, and a couple above!

Cons: none yet

Excellent Integrated Amplifier

Connor from MN on 3/20/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this integrated amplifier as part of my first good stereo setup and I love it. I chose it because I was looking for a natural sounding amplifier and I liked its no-frills approach. It doesn't have a built-in DAC or Bluetooth streaming, which to me suggests that more of my money is going towards the power supply and amplifier stage - the stuff that really counts! My listening experience with this amplifier backs up this conclusion. It sounds great, and provides more power than I'll ever need in my small apartment. The build quality is also good, and its nice to know that it can support a 4 Ohm speaker load should I ever go that route. I have paired it with a set of Definitive Technology SM45 bookshelf speakers and a Pro-Ject Debut Carbon turntable. For me these pairings are perfect. The built-in phono pre-amp in this integrated amplifier has been very convenient, and to my ears sounds great. Originally I was trying to decide between this and the Cambridge Audio Topaz AM10. A Crutchfield advisor suggested I go with this as it has a more substantial power supply (as evidenced by the fact it can support a 4 Ohm speaker load). I also prefer this NAD model as it has dedicated nobs for tone, and most importantly to me, a tone defeat button. Overall I would recommend this integrated amplifier to anyone who wants something for a small/medium sized room and prioritizes sound quality over bells-and-whistles.

Pros: Sounds great Ample power for small/medium spaces Good build quality Built-in phono pre-amp No extraneous features - more money goes into the actual amplifier!

Cons: If you want a built-in DAC, Bluetooth streaming, or A/B speaker switching, look elsewhere.


Hands-on research

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) Not given
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.02%
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
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) 3-1/8
Depth (inches) 11-3/8
Weight (pounds) 12.17
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

Product Research


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 into an 8Ω load, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, no more than 0.02% THD, both channels driven simultaneously
  • Dynamic Power: 90 watts x 2 (8Ω), 120 watts x 2 (4Ω)
  • Rated THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): 0.02% (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)

Connections: The NAD C 316BEE is equipped with rear-panel and front-panel connections.

  • 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 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 two speaker outputs (left and right)
  • 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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

I bought my first NAD stereo in 1981. I have bought NAD exclusively when buying high end audio gear. Always great sounding gear, easy to use and reliable. [ Bruce  Mar 01, 2018 ]
a personal gift requested - you are the best and all in stock [ Martha  Feb 22, 2018 ]

1 question already asked

There used to be a tape line-in and tape line-out but that went away then NAD added the built-in phono stage to the 316BEE earlier this year. You should be able to connect a tape deck to the AUX input, you just wouldn't be able make tape recordings (no line-out). I believe that would be true but have not tried it. [ John  Jun 15, 2018 ]
It does not. To get a line out you would need the NAD C 316BEE without the phone stage, I believe it had a Tape Out. [ Bryan  Jun 15, 2018 ]