NAD C 316BEE (with built-in phono stage)
Stereo integrated amplifier
Our take on the NAD C 316BEE (with built-in phono stage) by Crutchfield's Jim Richardson
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.
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.
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
- 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
Excellent entry product into higher end audio. Using with NAD cd player and ELAC B6 speakers in a medium sized room. Very satisfied. Would recommend.
Russell, Sacramento, CA
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Features and Specs
|Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms)||40|
|Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms)||Not given|
|Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms)||Not given|
|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|
|Total Analog Inputs||6|
|Optical Digital Inputs||No|
|Coaxial Digital Inputs||No|
|Dimensions and Warranty|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
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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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 ]
2 questions already asked
Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget. [ Krissy Jun 20, 2018 ] Staff
No, it appears that when NAD added the phono stage, they removed the line out. BTW is that a PP1 phono stage they put in? [ David Jun 16, 2018 ]
There are Red and Black connectors on the back panel labeled CD and not sure if tape deck would work in the Aux. Hope this helps. [ MICHAEL Jun 15, 2018 ]
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 ]