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NAD MDC DAC 2.0

High-resolution DAC module for NAD C 356BEE and C 375BEE amplifiers

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Overview

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If you'd like to add high-resolution music playback to your NAD C 356BEE or C 375BEE integrated amp, NAD's Modular Design Construction (MDC) makes it easy. Just install the MDC DAC 2.0 module into the amplifier's rear MDC compartment. Then you'll be ready to start enjoying high-resolution music from your computer.

A high-res addition to your NAD amplifier

If you'd like to add high-resolution music playback to your NAD C 356BEE or C 375BEE integrated amp, NAD's Modular Design Construction (MDC) makes it easy. Just install the MDC DAC 2.0 module into the amplifier's rear MDC compartment. Then you'll be ready to start enjoying high-resolution music from your computer.

The DAC 2.0's asynchronous USB input allows you to stream high-res tunes from your connected computer. It's compatible with files with resolution up to 24-bit/192kHz, so you can enjoy downloads from HDtracks and other sites with all the detail and depth they offer. There's also an optical digital audio input — great for connecting your Blu-ray player or even a TV. It's also a great way to connect an Apple TV or Sonos Connect, so you can take advantage of this device's audiophile-grade Cirrus Logic digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for uncompromised sound quality.

Product Highlights:

  • add-on module for the NAD C 356BEE and C 375BEE integrated amplifiers
  • asynchronous USB input for connecting a computer
  • supports high-resolution playback from a computer up to 24-bit/192kHz resolution
  • optical digital audio input (up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution)
  • Cirrus Logic CS4398 high-resolution digital-to-analog converter
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • DAC module
  • Power connector harness
  • Ribbon cable for C356BEE
  • Ribbon cable for C375BEE
  • 2 Machine screws
  • 3M two-sided tape
  • Instructions

Purchased this dac module for my NAD C375bee amp to upgrade from a 3.5 mm to RCA connection to computer stream. Installation was simple and fast. Sonic performance from this dac was very impressive and an improvement over the analog connection.

Billy, Philadelphia, PA

Reviews

NAD MDC DAC 2.0 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(6 Reviews)

NAD MDC DAC 2.0

Anonymous from Norman, OK on 2/9/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Functioning properly. Install was not difficult. No easy way to measure performance of a DAC.

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Cons:

Nice!

Billy from Philadelphia, PA on 10/16/2017

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Purchased this dac module for my NAD C375bee amp to upgrade from a 3.5 mm to RCA connection to computer stream. Installation was simple and fast. Sonic performance from this dac was very impressive and an improvement over the analog connection.

Pros: Good quality dac in a small package!

Cons:

Too Much For Too Little!!!

Michael C. from Sacramento CA on 10/14/2017

I like NAD products because they are entry level hifi gear of great value to the consumer---just not this DAC. First, it is way too expensive for what you are getting. I like NAD products but not this one!!!

Pros: Solid company Good build quality

Cons: 24 bits/192khz, no DSD no coax for this price?!!! Placement of cables on front is stupid---you can't stack it!!!

the perfect" built for" product upgrade

Loren from Berwick, Pa on 7/17/2017

Very much enjoying the digital upgrade for my cherished NAD C356 BEE amp. This made a noticeable difference from using the dac in the tv for audio output to using this superbly engineered dac . Improving the quality of my music faster than age related hearing loss: For awhile, I'm winning the race. Great modular design , clean no added wiring or complexities. Looking forward to doing lossless music via the usb from computer.

Pros: clean open presence to listening. Clarity, tight bass, nuances of sound that were not noticeable before installing the NAD MDC DAC 2.0

Cons: None

NAD MDC DAC 2.0

Don from Osage Ia on 2/27/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

After being given an awsome N AD C356BEE integrated amp. I was curious about getting good sound transfer from my computer to amp. After researching and tremendous help from my Crutchfield rep , I ordered and received on time my NAD DAC 2.0 unit. Also with the awesome and patient help from Crutchfield's tech support team , I was able to install and download the correct software driver updates and activate the unit to my computer. I could immediately hear the difference in sound quality and clarity that was coming out of my amp! I was rediscovering songs all over again and finding great pleasure in my collection! I highly recommend this addition to anyone with the NAD integrated amps with the MDC line. Thank you Crutchfield for again making me a happy and continued customer!

Pros: It is a NAD. Quality, and reasonably priced.

Cons: I do hear an occasional skip when playing music or streaming from my computer while multitasking.

NAD MDC DAC 2.0.....Great option!

Anonymous from USA on 5/10/2015

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Ive only listened to disc so far, but the sound difference is noticeable, and the install was painless. Would strongly recommend going the extra step to increase your listening enjoyment.

Pros: Easily installed, and has the option to load all music on computer and play from

Cons: Maybe the price

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Features

Modular Design Construction (MDC): Modular Design Construction (MDC) makes future upgrades possible with interchangeable, upgradeable modules.

Compatibility: The MDC DAC 2.0 Module is compatible with NAD's C 375BEE and C 356BEE integrated amplifiers. An appropriate cable is included for each specific amplifier.

Note: This DAC module is only compatible with C 375BEE units that have the 0.5W standby logo on the rear-panel.

Cirrus Logic CS4398 DAC: The MDC DAC 2.0 Module employs a Cirrus Logic CS4398 high-resolution digital-to-analog converter that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution music files.

Asynchronous USB (Type-B) Port: The MDC DAC 2.0 Module is ready for the world of computer audio with its asynchronous USB (type-B) input that can directly stream 24-bit/192kHz content from your Windows PC, Mac computer, or other network-attached storage device (NAS). Your computer will need to meet the following system requirements.

  • Windows PC Users: Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or higher, Microsoft Windows 7.
  • Mac Users: Minimum Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) and later versions.

Note: Download the "NAD USB 2.0 Audio Driver" and install this driver to your Windows computer. Mac OS X Snow Leopard (version 10.6) and later versions already include USB Audio 2.0 drivers (no need to download NAD USB 2.0 Audio Driver).

Optical Digital Input: The MDC DAC 2.0 module also features a optical (toslink) digital input for connecting of your CD, SACD, DVD, or Blu-ray player. The optical digital input supports audio sampling rates up to 24-bit/96kHz. The module's switch must be set to Optical.

Input Selector Switch: Slide this switch to select the active input on the DAC module; either Optical for S/PDIF, USB for computer audio, and Phono for vinyl playback (if applicable).

Note: For the NAD C356BEE, the Phono input cannot be selected as an active input since only one MDC module can be installed; and neither the C356BEE or the MDC DAC 2.0 Module is fitted with a Phono input.

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Why did you buy this?

For high resolution audio streaming music from my computer!! [ B  Sep 21, 2017 ]
I have a Sony HAP-S1 and wanted to get the most out of my Hi Res unit [ John  Dec 30, 2016 ]
A whim. Wanted to stream Apple Lossless files from various sources directly to my NAD integrated amp. [ Paul  Sep 10, 2016 ]
this is best [ alexander  May 03, 2016 ]
I own a BEE amp [ Gregory  Jan 09, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: That NAD MDC DAC 2.0 can get signal from a computer or a NAS. From the website: The MDC DAC 2.0 Module is ready for the world of computer audio with its asynchronous USB (type-B) input that can directly stream 24-bit/192kHz content from your Windows PC, Mac computer, or other network-attached storage device (NAS). If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Apr 07, 2015 ]  Staff

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