Published On: May 7, 2024

NAD C 379 Amplifier: A Versatile and Future-Proof Addition to the Classic Series

Published On: May 7, 2024
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NAD C 379 Amplifier: A Versatile and Future-Proof Addition to the Classic Series

Set to debut at the highly anticipated High End Munich show, NAD unveils its latest innovation, the versatile and future-proofed NAD C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier.

NAD C 379 Amplifier: A Versatile and Future-Proof Addition to the Classic Series

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NAD Electronics, the renowned Canadian brand, has unveiled its latest offering, the NAD C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier. Set to debut at the prestigious High End Munich show, this amplifier promises a blend of innovation, flexibility, and accessibility, catering to both audiophiles and casual listeners alike.

The C 379 is aptly named a ‘HybridDigital DAC’ amplifier, as it combines NAD’s established Class D amplifier design with the cutting-edge ESS SABRE digital-to-analogue converter. This fusion promises to deliver high-fidelity audio performance, ensuring an immersive listening experience for users.

“The NAD C 379 stands in a class of its own, integrating of every essential component of a high-performance music system and accommodating all music sources from vinyl to digital streaming,” said Cas Oostvogel, Product Manager of NAD Electronics. 

“With its meticulous, low-noise circuits and the ability to enhance both its features and power output, this Class D integrated is a testament to the legacy of NAD’s Classic Series and our relentless pursuit of sonic excellence at an affordable price.”

One of the main features of the C 379 is its Modular Design Construction (MDC) technology. This forward-thinking approach allows users to upgrade the amplifier with additional features such as BluOS network streaming and Dirac room correction, ensuring it remains relevant and adaptable to evolving consumer needs.

Front view of the NAD C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier.

With a power output of 80 watts per channel into both eight and four ohms, the NAD C 379 delivers robust performance suitable for a variety of audio setups. For those seeking even more power, the amplifier can be bridged with NAD’s C 268 power amplifier, reaching a staggering 300 watts of continuous output.

Energy efficiency is another highlight of the C 379, consuming less power than traditional amplifiers in its class while maintaining optimal performance. This eco-friendly design reflects NAD’s commitment to sustainability without compromising on audio quality.

In terms of connectivity, the C 379 offers a comprehensive array of options, including Bluetooth aptX HD for wireless streaming, HDMI eARC for seamless integration with TVs, and MM phono inputs for vinyl enthusiasts. Moreover, the amplifier features a built-in headphone amplifier capable of driving a wide range of headphones, enhancing the listening experience for individual users.

Rear view of the NAD C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier.

The inclusion of the critically acclaimed ESS SABRE ES9028 DAC ensures high-fidelity audio reproduction, while the second generation of NAD’s Modular Design Construction opens up possibilities for future upgrades and expansions, keeping the amplifier relevant in the fast-paced world of audio technology.

Key Features:

  • Customized HybridDigital UcD Amplifier with Stereo and Bridge Modes
  • 2 x 80 Watts per channel of Continuous Power (8 and 4 Ohms)
  • 2 x 120 Watts per channel of Dynamic Power (4 Ohms)
  • 1 x 300W, in bridge mode
  • Industry-leading ESS SABRE PRO 32-bit/384kHz DAC
  • Dual MDC 2 Ports for Future Upgrades and Expanded Features
  • MM Phono Stage with Accurate RIAA Equalization and Ultra-Low Noise
  • Built-in Separate Headphone Amplifier for Low and High Impedance
  • HDMI eARC, Optical Digital and Coax Digital Inputs
  • Dual independent Subwoofer Outputs

The NAD C 379 will officially debut at the High End Munich show, with availability slated for the end of June 2024. Priced competitively at $1,099, this amplifier positions itself as a formidable contender in its class, offering exceptional flexibility and future-proofing capabilities. 

As it enters the market, it will be interesting to see how it fares against established competitors, with its blend of performance, features, and affordability likely to appeal to discerning consumers.

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