NAD PowerDrive Circuit: The C 356DAC 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 356DAC 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 356DAC 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.
Digital-to-Analog Converter (DAC): The C 356DAC stereo
integrated amplifier is fitted with NAD's MDC DAC USB Digital-to-Analog
Converter which lets you listen to music stored on or streamed to your computer through your hifi-system without noise or distortion. The C 356DAC uses an 'asynchronous USB' technique and a high
precision clock, so your 24-bit/96kHz quality computer music flows smoothly
without 'jitter' or harsh distortion.
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 356DAC. 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 356DAC 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.
Input Selector Switch: Slide this switch to select the active input on
the DAC module; either Optical for S/PDIF or USB for computer audio.
Note: The Phono input cannot be selected as an active input
since there is no Phono input and no room for an additional MDC module.
USB (Type-B) Port: The C 356DAC stereo integrated amplifier features a
rear-panel USB (type-B) port to connect to your computer, so you can listen to
music stored on or streamed to your computer (Windows or Mac). The USB input supports audio sampling
rates of 32kHz to 96kHz.
Note: The rear-panel DAC Module switch must be set to USB.
Optical Digital Input: The stereo integrated amplifier also
features a rear-panel optical (toslink) digital input for connecting of your CD,
SACD, DVD, or Blu-ray player. The optical digital input supports audio sampling
rates of 32kHz to 192kHz.
Note: The rear-panel DAC Module switch must be set to Optical.
Front-Panel Stereo Minijack: The NAD C 356DAC is equipped with a
front-panel stereo minijack (3.5mm) to temporarily connect your portable digital
Analog Inputs: The NAD C 356DAC 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 356DAC
is equipped with two stereo Tape Monitor outputs (labeled 'Tape Monitor' and
'Tape 2') for recording purposes.
A-B Speaker Terminals: The NAD C 356DAC 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 356DAC 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 356DAC 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
+12V Trigger Output: The +12V trigger output (3.5mm) lets
you turn on/off another device along with the C 356DAC.
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 356DAC comes supplied with a detachable
68" AC power cord.