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NAD C 356BEE
Stereo integrated amplifier
Our take on the NAD C 356BEE by Crutchfield's Jim Richardson
Your music wants to make your day
Go ahead. Give your music a chance to knock you out. Play it through the NAD C 356BEE.
NAD's PowerDriveT technology allows the C 356BEE to sound even more potent than you would expect from its rating of 80 watts x 2 channels. Like a turbo-charger, the PowerDrive circuitry senses the demands placed on the amp and pours on higher current when it's needed to reproduce peaks of musical energy.
With enough inputs to connect seven audio components and two pairs of speaker, the C 356BEE accommodates your arsenal of audio gear. The modular design even allows turntable owners to install an optional NAD PP375 phono input module for listening to vinyl. The included remote control gives you easy control of the amplifier and the other NAD audio components in your system.
Separate preamp input/line-level output jacks let you use the C 355BEE as an independent power amplifier (or as a preamp, in the unlikely event that the built-in wattage doesn't produce enough volume for you). If your main stereo speakers don't supply enough bass to disturb the peace, you can easily add a powered subwoofer.
NAD designed the C 356BEE to reduce energy consumption without sacrificing performance. It consumes just 0.5 watts in standby mode and includes a convenient all-off "vacation" switch.
Praise for the NAD C 356BEE from The Absolute Sound
The 80Wpc C 356 BEE borrows technologies from NAD's Master Series M3 dual-mono integrated. Its tonal balance leans slightly to the darker side, bringing a bit of extra wood to strings and burnish to brass. The soundstage is large, with a good sense of air around instruments, and a nice sense of depth.
— The Absolute Sound 2013 Editors' Choice Awards: Integrated Amplifiers under $1000
Exceeded by expectations. Paired amp with Technica LP120 turntable and Elac B6 speakers to listen to my old vinyl. This 80 watt amp really drives the speakers at very low volume. Was looking at two other models , Agent recommended the NAD and glad I took his advice. A great bargain.
What's in the Box:
- Integrated amplifier
- 68" AC Power cord
- Wireless remote control (SR 8)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 2 Pre-out/Main-in jumpers (installed)
- Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Italian/ German/ Dutch/ Swedish/ Russian)
- Warranty information
- 80 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.007% THD
- 80 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.007% THD
- 4-ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
- signal-to-noise ratio: 101 dB
- PowerDrive circuit with automatic speaker impedance sensing delivers maximum dynamic power output regardless of speaker load
- Soft Clipping circuit gently limits amplifier power output to reduce risk of speaker damage due to prolonged high volume operation
- Modular Design Construction (MDC) to allow the addition of the PP375 phono stage or other MDC Modules
- toroidal power transformer
- rotary bass and treble controls with defeat switch for tone control bypass
- 7 RCA audio inputs including 2 tape in/outs
- tape monitor loop for adding an equalizer or signal processor
- front-panel minijack input for connecting a portable music player
- main-amp input and 2 preamp outputs for connecting a powered subwoofer or separate amplifier for bi-amping
- full-size headphone jack
- front-panel switching for 2 pairs of speakers
- two pairs of speaker binding posts
- RS-232 port for operation with third-party controllers
- 12-volt trigger output
- IR input/output
- one switched AC convenience outlet
- detachable AC power cord
- remote control
- 17-1/8"W x 5-3/16"H x 14-3/16"D
- weight: 19.2 lbs.
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||80|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||80|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||80|
|Minimum Impedance||4 ohms|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||101|
|Digital Music Features|
|Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter)||No|
|High-resolution Audio Playback||No|
|Total Analog Inputs||7|
|Optical Digital Inputs||No|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||No|
|Preamp Outputs||Stereo (2)|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
NAD PowerDrive Circuit: The C 356BEE use NAD's proprietary PowerDrive amplifier technology that provides high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability. By adding a second high-voltage rail to the amp's well regulated high-current power supply, the amplifier can nearly double its continuous power on a short term dynamic power basis. This uniquely efficient power supply topology provides the real world benefits of high dynamic power that remains uncompromised by low impedance speakers.
FDP Specifications: 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 ohms and at 20Hz to 20kHz is a much more difficult achievement. The NAD C 356BEE is rated at 80 watts x 2 channel (@ 20-20kHz, in 4/8-ohm, with 0.007% THD).
Soft Clipping: NAD's Soft Clipping circuit gently limits the output of the C 356BEE to minimize audible distortion when the amplifier is over-driven. While Soft Clipping can be left on at all times to reduce the likelihood of audible distortion from excessive volume settings, you can also turn the circuit off for critical listening if you prefer.
Modular Design Construction (MDC): Modular Design Construction (MDC) makes future upgrades possible with interchangeable, upgradeable modules.
Remote Control: The included IR remote control handles the key functions of the C 356BEE. 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).
Volume: The Volume control adjust the overall loudness of the signals being fed to t he loudspeakers or headphones. The Volume control does not affect recordings made using the Tape output terminals, but will affect the signal going to the Pre-amp output terminals (Pre Out 1 and Pre Out 2).
Balance: The Balance control adjusts the relative levels of the left and right speakers. The Balance control does not affect recordings made using the Tape output terminals, but will affect the signal going to the Pre-amp output terminals (Pre Out 1 and Pre Out 2).
Tone Controls: The C 356BEE stereo integrated amplifier features independent Bass (100Hz) & Treble (10kHz) controls to adjust the tonal balanced of your system. The Tone control does not affect recordings made using the Tape output terminals, but will affect the signal going to the Pre-amp output terminals (Pre Out 1 and Pre Out 2).
Note: The Tone control circuits can be bypassed.
Front-Panel Stereo Minijack: The NAD C 356BEE is equipped with a front-panel stereo minijack (3.5mm) to temporarily connect your portable digital audio player.
Analog Inputs: The NAD C 356BEE stereo integrated amplifier is fitted with 5 rear-panel analog stereo audio inputs (RCA). These inputs are labeled 'MP', 'CD', 'Tuner', 'Disc', and 'AUX'.
Tape Monitor Inputs/Outputs: The NAD C 356BEE is equipped with two stereo Tape Monitor outputs (labeled 'Tape Monitor' and 'Tape 2') for recording purposes.
A-B Speaker Terminals: The NAD C 356BEE is fitted with A & B speaker outputs. You can choose to play back only the A speakers, only the B speakers, or both A-B speakers. The speaker terminals are binding-posts and will accept single banana plugs, pin connectors, or bare wire (16-12 AWG).
Note: The stereo integrated amp will support one pair of 4 to 8-ohm speakers or two pair of 8-ohm speakers.
Preamp Outputs: The C 356BEE features dual stereo pre-amp outputs (labeled 'Pre Out1' and 'Pre-Out 2') to connect the unit to an external power amplifier or power subwoofer.
Main Input: This is a stereo RCA connection which allows the connection of an external preamplifier or processor.
Headphone Output: The C 356BEE is fitted with a front-panel 1/4" headphone jack for connecting a set of headphones (sold separately). The headphone jack will work in parallel with the selected speakers (A and/or B). To listen to only your headphones, de-select Speakers A-B. The volume, tone, and balance controls are operative for headphone listening.
IR Input/Output: There is an IR input (3.5mm), used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component. There is also an IR output (3.5mm) used to control another compatible component.
+12V Trigger Output: The +12V trigger output (3.5mm) lets you turn on/off another device along with the C 356BEE.
RS-232 Port: The rear-panel RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC or external whole-house control system from companies such as AMX or Crestron. NAD is a certified partner of AMX and Crestron and fully supports these external devices.
Switched AC Outlet: This convenient outlet can supply switched AC power to another component or accessory. The total draw off all devices connected to this outlet must not exceed 120 watts.
AC Power Cord: The C 356BEE comes supplied with a detachable 68" AC power cord.
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Why did you buy this?
80 watt amplifier to drive speakers and $100 off. [ GARY D Jan 25, 2017 ]
Like NAD. Would have liked an audio receiver but no such thing from NAD. Replacing a Luxman receiver from 1992 that I liked till it stopped working. Didn't think I really needed the NAD 368 and was worried that the analog integrated amp may not be available for long. [ Angus Jan 24, 2017 ]
Quality of design and construction. Reputation of the brand. Price point/value. [ Martin Jan 08, 2017 ]
Great amplifier, very dynamic clean [ Jeffrey Jan 07, 2017 ]
I received excellent help and advise from Shane. He took all the time necessary to help me make the best decision. Crutchfield really does care about customer satisfaction. [ Rob Oct 20, 2016 ]
Honestly what sold me on it was the very low noise rating. They were NOT joking, noise level is non-existent on this thing. [ Rufus Jul 14, 2016 ]
I already own another NAD integrated amp and I love it. Just going for more power this time. I have never heard anything negative about their products and I have known about their quality for decades now. And how can you go wrong when you are dealing with Crutchfield??? It's a win-win situation! [ Ralph May 27, 2016 ]
this is good [ alexander May 03, 2016 ]
4 questions already asked
LFE is almost alrays mono. I personally would run both left and right from the preamp to make sure i dodnt miss anything. [ richg1390 Sep 05, 2015 ]
Barry, All you need is an RCA splitter. That is what I used and it works well. Item # 703F22m. [ Wayne Sep 04, 2015 ]
Try Googling "NAD subwoofer connecting". You need a Y connector but how tomuse it is not obvious. [ DANA W. Sep 04, 2015 ]
You only need a short adapter that takes the L and R Preouts from the amplifier and combines it into a single cable that connects with a sub woofer cable. Don't worry about combining the left and right pre-outs into one cable because subwoofer frequencies are nondirectional. Many Home theatre receivers provide a single pre-out for subs. [ DANA W. Sep 04, 2015 ]
Forgive me but I am overseas and have no way of answering your question.I am totally non-technical and do not carry this info in my head. [ ROBERT C Sep 04, 2015 ]
Yes, you can hook up a sub through a pre out connection. [ ADAM Jul 18, 2015 ]
Yes. You can connect a powered sub. [ morgan1 Jul 17, 2015 ]
Yes, if your subwoofer can accept stereo line input. Check yours to be sure, most of them do I think. [ Rufus Jul 17, 2015 ]
Yes. I hooked up my Polk powered sub following an option listed in the Polk guidelines - using the pre outs directly to the subwoofer L/R line in jacks. It worked perfectly. [ Bruce Jul 17, 2015 ]
the pre-outs will be at line level,-- full volume. and: they are stereo. a sub woofer needs to play only your very low frequencies and a typical 5.1 or 7.1 home theatre amp will provide the mix and volume control as well as the frequency separation . the NAD amp is really meant for stereo use. I use mine with a pair of JBL ES-90s. the do not need a sub-woofer. [ Bill Jul 17, 2015 ]
I know nothing about those speakers, I alternate between an old ( but extreme quality, cooled ) Cerwin Vega's from way back, and a set of monster high end Pioneer speakers from back when Pioneer made real quality, for parties at the house I run all four at once for a surround feel. This amp will drive all four speakers to their limit, all clean sound. I still have not explored the upper limits on this amp. Even my audiophile snob friends are impressed. [ ANTHONY Mar 18, 2015 ]
Gary, I am using this unit as a preamp, I tried running it through a set of tower speakers and it ran warm. [ ANTHONY Mar 18, 2015 ]
No fan. It can get quite warm but adequate ventilation does the trick. [ BOHDAN Mar 26, 2015 ]
No. Doesn't I believe. [ CharlesM Mar 20, 2015 ]
No it doesn't,but as long as you keep it sufficiently clear of any obstruction above the unit it shouldn't be a problem.As a side note, this is a very clean sounding amp as I'm hearing my music collection in a more defined way,compared to my old Yamaha. [ t Mar 20, 2015 ]
not that I can tell. [ JORGE Mar 19, 2015 ]
I do not know. I do know that when I put the amp in my old vertical stack stereo console, it got somewhat warm around it, especially with the glass door on the front of the case closed. This was a concern for me. I realized that the shelve it was on was solid with no holes. The amp sits low on the shelve, hmmm, what to do? I took the shelve out and drilled out a pattern of holes large enough to allow air to pass through efficiently. This worked well as the console no longer warms up and heat rising from the top of the amp pulls air from the bottom now, allowing adequate cooling even with the glass door closed. By the way, this amp is awesome. The sound quality is unmatched in this price range, with quality speakers, this amp will amaze. I like my music up very high, but so far I haven't even gone past the sixty percent range on the amp. This amp is immensely powerful, if you live in an apartment or have close neighbors, don't buy this amp. Way to much potential for an apartment. Hope this helps, good luck and enjoy. [ ANTHONY Mar 18, 2015 ]
I own this amp and I do not hear any fan noise when I turn it on. And was unable to find any info regarding the presence of an internal fan. [ DANA W. Mar 18, 2015 ]
No internal fan, and it does get warm. Make sure it is well ventilated and turn it up and enjoy. It sounds great. [ THOMAS Mar 18, 2015 ]
SORRY NOT SURE BUT I THINK IT MUST I USE IT 24/7 [ KAREN J Mar 18, 2015 ]
No [ ROBERT C Mar 18, 2015 ]
This does not have an internal cooling fan. I think that feature is limited to pure class A amps. [ ADAM Mar 18, 2015 ]
As far as I know, it does not. I certainly don't hear a fan and I don't see any signs of a fan housing. If it is important, I can open the case and look. [ HARRY Mar 18, 2015 ]
No, there is no internal fan. [ RICK Mar 18, 2015 ]