NAD MDC DAC 2.0
High-resolution DAC module for NAD C 356BEE and C 375BEE amplifiers
Our take on the NAD MDC DAC 2.0 by Crutchfield's David Brown
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.
- 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
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
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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