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NAD C 368

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC and Bluetooth®

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Our take on the NAD C 368

The NAD C 368 is a customizable connection hub for digital, analog, and even wireless music sources, married to a powerful stereo amp that dishes out beautiful sound. Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream music from your computer or a compatible mobile device for a nearly limitless selection of music. You can use it to stream audio from connected sources to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. NAD's smart, future-proof Modular Design Construction (MDC) lets you upgrade the C 368 to include features like wireless multi-room music and 4K video pass-through.

Your high-performance music system starts here

The NAD C 368 is a customizable connection hub for digital, analog, and even wireless music sources, married to a powerful stereo amp that dishes out beautiful sound. Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream music from your computer or a compatible mobile device for a nearly limitless selection of music. You can use it to stream audio from connected sources to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. NAD's smart, future-proof Modular Design Construction (MDC) lets you upgrade the C 368 to include features like wireless multi-room music and 4K video pass-through.

Clean amplification for your speakers and headphones

The C 368 uses an advanced Class D amplifier design for consistent performance. Its highly efficient power supply provides a noise-free foundation, generating huge power with negligible distortion — up to 1000 watts instantaneously to faithfully reproduce the energy and excitement of all your favorite music. A built-in high-performance headphone amplifier can drive even the most demanding studio monitor headphones.

Innovative customization options

Two MDC upgrade slots let you add or swap modules on the back of the unit so you can tailor the C 368 to your exact needs.

Available upgrade modules include:

DD BluOS: This module adds Wi-Fi® and Ethernet network connectivity with decoding for all major digital music formats, including high-resolution audio (up to 24-bit/192 kHz). It lets you access your personal music library as well as streaming music services. BluOS lets you set up a wireless multi-room music system and distribute high-resolution music to Bluesound speakers throughout your home.

DD HDM-1: This module adds three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output. It supports video resolution up to 1080p and two-channel PCM audio with 24-bit/192 kHz resolution.

DD AP-1: This module adds a balanced and single-ended line input and a MC/MM phono input, with high-quality 24-bit/192 kHz DAC audio.

DD USB-2: This module adds additional asynchronous USB and SPDIF coaxial and optical digital inputs.

DD HDM-2: This module adds three HDMI inputs and one output with support for 4K video resolution and two-channel audio with 24-bit/192 kHz resolution.

Product Highlights:

    Features:
    • 80 watts x 2 channels into 8 or 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.03% THD
    • 4-ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
    • Class D Asymmetrical PowerDrive amplifier design
    • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible device or wireless headphone listening
      • supports the aptX® codec for wirelessly streaming CD-quality sound
    • independent built-in high-output headphone amplifier
    • 2 MDC (Modular Design Construction) slots for adding additional capabilities and features
    • remote control
    • compatible with leading third-party control systems like Control4, Crestron, RTI, and URC
    Connections:
    • 4 digital audio inputs (2 optical/2 coaxial)
    • 3 stereo RCA audio inputs, including a phono input (for use with a moving magnet cartridge)
    • stereo RCA preamp output for connecting a separate amplifier or powered subwoofer
    • RS-232C port for use with external controllers
    • IR in/out and 12-volt triggers
    • full-size headphone jack
    • 2 pairs of binding post speaker connectors for A and B speakers
    • USB port for service only
    • detachable power cord
    Specifications:

    What's in the Box:

    • Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Bluetooth antenna
    • Remote control (SR 9)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Quick Setup Guide
    • Warranty Information

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    Features and Specs

    Performance Specs
    Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 80
    Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
    Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 80
    Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
    THD 0.03%
    Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
    Signal to Noise Ratio 98
    Digital Music Features
    Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
    High-resolution Audio Playback No
    Bluetooth Yes
    Wi-Fi N/A
    Connections
    Total Analog Inputs 2
    Phono Input Yes
    Optical Digital Inputs 2
    Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
    USB Input Service only
    Preamp Outputs Stereo RCA
    Headphone Output 1/4"
    Dimensions and Warranty
    Width (inches) 17-1/8
    Height (inches) 4
    Depth (inches) 16-5/8
    Weight (pounds) 17.2
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years

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    Audio Section
    Variety of Sources
    Remote Control

    Audio Section

    Hybrid Digital Amplification: NAD has moved away from the old-fashioned power-hungry linear power supplies and Class AB output stages that waste nearly half of the energy consumed and produce heat rather than sound. Instead, NAD has developed even better performing circuits based on switch mode power supplies and Class D output stages. Once thought to be inferior to traditional topologies, this new Hybrid Digital Amplifier design is very linear over a wide bandwidth and provides consistent performance into all speaker loads, providing a dramatic advancement over previous Class AB and Class D amplifier designs.

    • Customized Hypex UcD Output Stage: The C 368 uses a customized version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage operating in a fully balanced bridge configuration. This allows for massive power with nearly un-measurable distortion and noise in the audible range. Every detail of this design has been carefully planned and perfectly executed to deliver every last drop of performance.
    • Sophisticated Power Supply: The power supply is capable of 80 watts continuously and over 120 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical transients. It can operate with any AC mains voltage from 100 to 240 volts and provides pure DC power to all the various stages of the C 368. This highly efficient supply also provides near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions and provides a solid noise-free foundation for the amplifying stages.

    Full Disclosure Power (FDP): 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 4/8Ω and at 20-20kHz is a much more difficult achievement. The benefit of NAD's Full Disclosure Power is the total elimination of audible distortion at any listening level. This provides pinpoint imaging and realism with music and movies alike.

    • Continuous Power:
      • Stereo: 80 watts x 2-channel (@ 20-20kHz, into 4Ω or 8Ω, at 0.03% THD, with both channels driven)
      • Bridged: 300 watts x 1-channel (@ 20-20kHz, into 8Ω, at 0.03% THD)
    • IHF Dynamic Power:
      • Stereo: 250W into 2Ω / 200W into 4Ω / 120W into 8Ω
      • Bridged: 560W into 4Ω / 400W into 8Ω

    Bridge Mode: The C 368 amplifier can be configured to be MONO (Bridge Mode), more than doubling its output power. This way, the C 368 can be used as part of a high power stereo or home-theatre system, by connecting additional power amplifiers.

    Binding Post Speaker Outputs: The amplifier features A & B speaker terminals to power two pair of loudspeakers. The speaker terminals consist of eight binding posts that will accept single banana plugs (single only), pin connectors, spade lugs, and bare wire (up to 10AWG). The amplifier supports 4Ω speakers when only one pair is connected, however, when two pair of speakers are connected a minimum impedance of 8Ω is recommended.

    Discrete Headphone Amplifier: The NAD C 368 incorporates a discrete headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability, enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Connecting a set of headphone to unit's front-panel 1/4" jack will mute the speaker outputs. Volume, tone, and balance controls are all operable during headphone listening.

    Line Outputs: The C 368 features a low impedance line-level stereo output that can connect to another other amplifier or powered subwoofer to extend the hybrid digital DAC amplifier's versatility.

    Tone Control: The NAD C 368 hybrid digital DAC amplifier lets you adjust Bass (60Hz) & Treble (20kHz) from -7 to +7dB, as well as Balance between the left & right speakers (L10 to R10).

    Filters: Filters provide easy bi-amplification or subwoofer integration by adding the required filters to redirect bass frequencies to the subwoofer. Select High Pass or Full Range. When High Pass is selected, low pass audio signals up to 150Hz are sent to the C 368's subwoofer preout and high pass audio signals are sent to the C 368's amplifier section and speaker outputs. Select Full-Range to deliver audio signals with the whole frequency spectrum to the C 368's amplifier section and speaker outputs.

    Variety of Sources

    Bluetooth Music Streaming: You can wirelessly pair and connect instantly to the C 368 with Bluetooth, allowing you to stream stored music and music apps wirelessly from your Bluetooth-enabled source device; like your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. The high performance Bluetooth aptX codec is fully supported for true CD-quality sound from aptX-compatible Bluetooth devices (like Android OS 4.0+ smartphones & tablets). There is no control or song/artist info display from the C 368.

    Note: If the optional MDC BluOS module (sold separately) is installed, Bluetooth as Source will be defeated or not selectable. Use the Bluetooth option included in the MDC BluOS module.

    Digital Inputs: The NAD C 368 is equipped with two optical (toslink) digital inputs and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. These digital inputs will support 2ch PCM audio up to 24-bit/192kHz (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS).

    Analog Inputs: The NAD C 368's stereo RCA inputs (2 Line/1 Phono) can accommodate all kinds of analog source components by offering ideal input impedance characteristics with linear ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent any sonic degradation caused by inappropriate loading of the source device.

    MM Phono Stage w/ RIAA Equalization: The NAD C 368 hybrid digital DAC amplifier includes an MM Phono stage with precisely accurate RIAA equalization, high overload margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative circuit to suppress infrasonic noise that is present on all LPs - all without affecting bass response.

    Modular Design Construction (MDC): Modular Design Construction (MDC), an exclusive feature of NAD, allows you to customize the NAD integrated amplifier with additional capabilities and features, now or in the future. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules (all sold separately) including 4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, additional Analog and Phono Inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS music management system developed by Bluesound.

    • BluOs Module: By simply adding the optional BluOS MDC Module(745MDBLUOS, sold separately), the C 368 becomes part of the BluOS wireless multiroom music ecosystem. The BluOS module connects to your network via a wireless (WiFi) or wired (Ethernet) connection, and is controlled via Apple iPod touch/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, or Mac computer. BluOS supports streaming of internet radio, select online music services, and Hi-Res audio files. The BluOS module also includes dual USB (type-A) port for music file playback from USB mass storage class devices, like a thumbdrive or digital portable audio player. In addition the BluOS module offers built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a Bluetooth source device, such as a smartphone, tablet, or computer.
    • Balanced/Unbalanced & Phono MM/MC Module: The DD AP-1 module (745DDAP1, sold separately) adds a balanced and unbalanced analog line-level input, plus a MM/MC compatible phono input.
    • 4K HDMI Module The MDC HDM-2 (745HDM2, sold separately) adds HDMI capability with three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output for video plass-through. Based on the latest 6GHz HDMI chip, the MDC HDM-2 includes full support for UHD (4K) video pass through to a video monitor, plus support for 24-bit/192kHz 2Ch PCM (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS).
    • 1080p HDMI Module: The DD HDMI-1 module (745DDHDM1, sold separately) adds three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output for video pass through. Full 3D Video support with video resolution up to 1080p/60. Supports 2 channel PCM audio with 24-bit/192kHz resolution (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS).

     Note: These MDC modules are all sold separately (not included with the C 368). You can add up to two MDC modules.

    Remote Control

    NAD Remote App: Power, volume, source selection, and device settings are all controlled using the intuitive interface of the NAD Remote App (for Apple iOS 9.0+ and Android OS 5.0+) from your compatible Apple iOS or Android OS device.

    IR Remote: The included IR remote control handles the key functions of the C 368. 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).

    Remote Connections: The NAD C 368 is fitted with a 12V trigger input/output, an IR input/output, and a RS-232 port for custom integration and advanced remote connectivity

    • 12V Trigger In/Out: The +12V trigger output (3.5mm) lets you turn on/off another device along with the C 368. The integrated amp  can also be turned on/off by another device using the +12V trigger input (3.5mm).
    • IR In/Out: The IR input (3.5mm)is  used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component. The IR output (3.5mm) can be used for control of another NAD component.
    • RS-232 Port: The RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC or external whole-house control system. NAD is a certified partner of Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, & Elan.

    Auto Standby: The C 368 can be setup to automatically go into standby mode if there is no user interface interaction and no active source input for 30 minutes.

    Auto Sense: The Auto Sense feature enables the C 368 to wake up from standby mode when triggered by an active source input with an audio signal.

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    Why did you buy this?

    awesome! [ Marc  Jul 22, 2018 ]
    NAD delivers very fine sound and I needed to upgrade from C725BEE for connections to new tv. Also ordered BLUOS2 module separately. [ BRADLEY  Jun 17, 2018 ]
    Because it is amazing! [ C  May 28, 2018 ]
    I chose this unit because I needed an amp that has Bluetooth and for its size and power. I stream my music through Apple Music and I needed an amp that I could play my music. Also, I purchased a piece of furniture for my living room that holds my entertainment equipment and this amp will fit on the shelf perfectly. [ FREDDIE  Oct 28, 2017 ]
    Reputation and research. Secondary audio system for two channel listening. [ Daryl  Oct 23, 2017 ]
    Love NAD products [ Glenn  Oct 10, 2017 ]
    nad is a quality product! [ JEFFREY  Sep 28, 2017 ]
    I needed a new unit for my office [ Michael  Aug 10, 2017 ]
    Salesman, Ziggy's recommendation. [ Joseph  Jul 26, 2017 ]
    Quality audio from what I've heard and read. My first Nad amp. We will see. [ James E.  Jul 20, 2017 ]
    Like NAD, will allow growth in future, wireless features. [ Michael  May 26, 2017 ]
    More power than my AV receiver with digital inputs, can add modules for HDMI 4K video or BluOs wireless platform,and has phono stage, bluetooth and streaming capabilities [ Michael  Mar 04, 2017 ]
    I own other NAD products---unparalleled sound quality and overall build quality. [ Will  Feb 20, 2017 ]
    Has features I wanted. Hope it sounds as good as other nad fans report. [ Brian  Jan 05, 2017 ]
    I had chatted with another Crutchfield rep in the past about NAD's warmer sound, which appeals to me. I want to get away from the "studio monitor" sound-- to fatiguing to my ears. I love the 60 day free trial option. I am very hopeful that I will not use it-- but still... I was impressed with the new C 368 amplifier's features, specs and the add-a-module-in-the-future option. Lastly, I enjoy chatting with your customer service reps who seem to be knowledgeable and helpful. [ Bob  Nov 16, 2016 ]
    Value to performance ratio. [ Mark  Oct 12, 2016 ]

    7 questions already asked

    You have to crank the volume up quite a bit to get this loud. Depending on the source I i crank mine up to 40-45% to get 'decent' normal listen sound. It's relative but certainly not what you described with the c315bee. Hope this helps. [ JONAS  Jun 05, 2018 ]
    There is no DB display on this unit. It sounds satisfyingly loud from 10 o'clock on. Noon is really loud. One o'clock will blow you out of the room. Beyond that I am afraid of damaging my speakers. This is a powerful class AB amp like your old NAD. Unfortunately NAD has gone with a class D amp now that sounds rather distant and wimpy to me. This unit really puts out and engulfs you. It still sounds warm and not harsh with great depth and detail. [ James  Jun 05, 2018 ]
    Not sure what you have in mind, but your best bet is to review the c368 owner manual that can easily be found on the crutchfield website. [ Glenn  Jan 19, 2018 ]
    Hello TOM! Here is some additional information! The C-368 has an output termal preout/subwoffer which has dual functions eather as a pre-out or subwoffer out! [ JEFFREY  Jan 18, 2018 ]
    hello Tom! I don't know if this answer will help you but the NAD C-368 addresses continuous technological evolution which means that you can add optional MDC-MODULAR DESIGN CONSTRUCTION easily upgradable modules. The DDHDM-1 and the DDAP-1, The back of the amp has two slots where these can be installed. The HDM-1 offers three HDMI inputs and one HDMI output with video passthrough. With DDHDM-1 installed the C-368 can be the heart of a video 2.0 system using the mandatory 2 channel linear PCM soundtrack from blueray or dvd to make a compelling high definition theatre presentation. The DDHDM is fully 3d video compatible without surround sound decoding or video processing. [ JEFFREY  Jan 18, 2018 ]
    Yes, you can connect your home theater to the analog or digital inputs on the NAD. There is no "bypass" setting, and the home theater will be treated as any other input source would. The NAD can run in blackout mode, so if your home theater can signal the NAD on/off then you'll have an excellent 2-channel amp back ending your system. I'd recommend the C368 for front L/R(/Sub), and add a smaller C328/316 if surround is desired. I've found the NADs are way more powerful than expected, easily shaking the house with my Klipsch. [ JAMES  Jan 15, 2018 ]
    Yes- one can alter them electronically; there are no physical controls. [ Will  Nov 21, 2017 ]
    Yes. They are menu driven. (This is a great product. I am delighted with it.) [ MATTHEW A.  Nov 21, 2017 ]
    Yes, it has both bass and treble control. There is also a speaker setting for high-pass or full spectrum, depending on whether you want to limit the bass to smaller speakers. [ JAMES  Nov 21, 2017 ]
    Yes. It has separate bass and treble controls. Also a balance control. [ anie  Nov 21, 2017 ]
    The 368 has Optical input, and SPDIF input via the coaxial digital input (which is basically a single RCA input that accepts digital signal.) Look on your DAC, you'll see it probably has those inputs as well. If your computer doesn't have those, then I'd recommend buying the BluOS MDC card. That allows the 368 to connect wirelessly to music stored on network devices (like a shared folder on your PC, or a NAS) and to stream from Spotify or Tidal. [ JESSE  Sep 29, 2017 ]
    Currently my TV has optical digital (out) for audio as well as my AppleTV 3rd Gen. I have connected these outputs to the optical digital 1 and 2 on on the back of NAD 368C. My Bluray player has a coaxial digital out for audio which is connected to one of the 2 available coaxial digital inputs on the NAD 368C. Bottom line is that if your computer has a sound card with a digital out either coaxial or optical, you can send that audio directly to the NAD 368 C for processing and output through the connected speakers. If you are thinking that you need the freestanding DAC to receive digital input from your computers sound card, process it and send it to analog outputs in order to connect to the NAD 368, that is not necessary. However, it sounds like maybe you are using usb audio from a laptop computer. In this case, yes, you would need the DAC for the usb input and either coaxial or optical digital outputs. As I have mentioned already those outputs connect to the NAD's coaxial or optical digital inputs. Hope this answers your question. [ Benard  Sep 29, 2017 ]
    Yes you can do it two ways. 1 Bluetooth and 2 if you add the blueOS module you can do it with the bluesound app. [ JOHN  Jul 21, 2017 ]
    Yes, whether you purchase the BluOs Module or not. BluOs is NADs version of Sonos. I added the BluOs module later, sometimes I use it, most of the time I just connect to the device directly. I use Spottily or Tidal, but any streaming service will work. I use android and your phone will see your device which comes with two wi-fi antennas [ Michael  Jul 18, 2017 ]
    The receiver has Bluetooth, so you can play pandora and send to the receiver [ KARISHMA  Jul 18, 2017 ]
    Yes. I use my iPhone with my NAD integrated amp paired to Spotify. The process would be the same. Just pair your device to the NAD via Bluetooth. [ Timothy  Jul 18, 2017 ]
    Yes. I stream Spotify and Pandora from my iPod all the time. You pair your device to the NAD as bluetooth device much like pairing your phone to your car. I have connected an android phone to the NAD device also. [ Benard  Jul 17, 2017 ]
    Not sure if this helps, but I have used the pandora app on an iPhone and played through the NAD Bluetooth [ MARK E  Jul 17, 2017 ]
    Yes, via Bluetooth [ JESSE  Jul 17, 2017 ]
    The NAD C368 has Bluetooth connectivity. It should allow you to stream audio from an Android app. I have an iPhone and have not tried to connect an Android device, but it should work. I have become a big fan of this product. [ MATTHEW A.  Jul 17, 2017 ]
    Thanks for your question. I'm sorry, no. The unit available at Crutchfield is only available in black. [ Kenny  Apr 07, 2017 ]  Staff
    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. [ Kenny  Nov 19, 2016 ]  Staff
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