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 338 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 338's power supply is
capable of 160 watts continuously and over 300 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 338. 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: 50 watts x 2-channel (@ 20-20kHz,
into 4Ω or 8Ω, at 0.03% THD, with both channels driven)
- IHF Dynamic Power:
80 watts into 8Ω / 150W watts into 4Ω / 210 watts into 2Ω
Binding Post Speaker Outputs: The amplifier features four
binding-post speaker terminals to connect up to one pair of loudspeakers
(minimum impedance of 4Ω).
The binding posts that will accept single banana plugs (single only), pin
connectors, spade lugs, and bare wire (up to 10AWG).
Discrete Headphone Amplifier: The NAD C 338 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
Sub Output: The C 338 features a low impedance line-level,
mono-RCA output that
can connect to a powered subwoofer (sold separately). Low frequency information
up to 200Hz is sent to the connected powered subwoofer.
Bass EQ: The Bass EQ feature boosts the overall bass response by
at least 6 dB.
Variety of Sources
Wireless Network Connection: The NAD C 338 is equipped with
built-in WiFi for a wireless connection to your home's wireless router and
network. It uses dual band (2.4GHz/5Ghz) Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n) for
high-performance streaming. This wireless connection allows you to access
Chromecast Built-in and Spotify Connect.
Chromecast Built-in lets you instantly stream select music apps from your
Apple iOS or Android mobile device to the NAD C 338 hybrid digital integrated
amplifier. Unlike Bluetooth, Chromecast Built-in works over WiFi so you can
connect more than one device to the NAD C 338 at a time and control what's
playing from anywhere in the house on your mobile device. Because the music apps
are streamed from the cloud, you get crystal clear sound and your mobile
device's battery won't drain as fast compared to Bluetooth.
- Google Home App: Use the Google Home App for
Apple iOS 8.0+ and
Android OS 4.2+ to connect the NAD C 338 to your home's wireless WiFi
network from your Apple iOS or Android device. You also get to configure
compatible apps within the Google Home App, plus adjust various settings.
- Supported Content: Chromecast Built-in offers Internet
Radio apps like TuneIn &
iHeart Radio; plus
online music service apps like
Music, and more. You can even mirror exactly what's playing on your
Android phone or tablet to the C 338. Or, if you're on your laptop or
computer, you can also cast any music streaming website through the Chrome
- Simple-to-Use: Simply tap the Cast button from a
Chromecast Built-in compatible music app to start streaming to the NAD C
338. You can even adjust the volume or change the song, right from your
mobile device. And with Chromecast built-in, you can keep using your phone
to send texts, answer calls, and scroll through social media without
disturbing your music.
- Multiroom: Using the Google Home app
Apple iOS 8.0+ and
Android OS 4.2+, you can sync multiple products with Chromecast Built-in
in multiple rooms of your home to play the same song throughout your house
at the same time.
Note: Chromecast Built-in is a cloud based function and
requires that the NAD C 338 and your Apple iOS or Android mobile device are
on the same wireless network, and have access to the Internet.
Spotify Connect: The integration of
Spotify Premium users to instantly see, select, and stream to the NAD C 338
hybrid digital integrated amplifier from within the Spotify app (for
Apple iOS 8.0+ /
Android OS 4.0+) on your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device.
Bluetooth Music Streaming: You can wirelessly pair and
connect instantly to the C 338 with Bluetooth, 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 338.
Digital Inputs: The NAD C 338 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 338'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 338 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
NAD Remote App: Power, volume, source selection, and device settings
are all controlled using the intuitive interface of the NAD Remote App (for
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 provides wireless
operation of the C 338. The remote offers the following control functions -
Power On/Off, Source Select, Volume Up/Down, Bass EQ, Cast Playback (Play/Pause
& Previous/Next Track), Mute, and Dimmer.
Auto Standby: The C 338 can be setup to automatically go into standby
mode if there is no user interface interaction and no active source input for 20
Auto Sense: The Auto Sense feature enables the C 338 to wake up from standby mode when
triggered by an active source input with an audio signal.