NAD has launched a new integrated amplifier, the C 338, that includes Chromecast and Bluetooth to stream music sources wirelessly from your mobile devices, and it is a UPnP client for network streaming from a local NAS library. The new C 338 uses NAD’s HybridDigital Class D amplification to deliver 50 watts per channel of continuous power into eight or four ohms, and its connection panel includes MM phono, stereo line, optical digital, and coaxial digital inputs. It also has a dedicated headphone amplifier and a subwoofer output. The C 338 is available now for $649.
NAD Electronics announces the new C 338 HybridDigital Integrated Amplifier ($649 MSRP) is now shipping. The first hi-fi amplifier to feature Chromecast built-in for music streaming, the C 338 is a highly versatile Class D amplifier designed in NAD’s Classic Series tradition to deliver class-leading performance, connectivity and flexibility at a remarkably affordable price.
Stream Hundreds of Apps with Chromecast
With Chromecast built-in, the C 338 allows users to seamlessly stream and listen to music, podcasts, and playlists from many popular apps. Working with hundreds of Chromecast-enabled music & audio apps, users can simply tap the cast button on an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, Mac or Windows laptop, or Chromebook, to stream music directly to the C 338. The C 338 can also be voice-activated, powered by Google Assistant, to play music via Chromecast with a Google Home speaker or the Google Pixel phone.
Added Wireless Flexibility & Control
With Bluetooth also natively integrated, the C 338 can wirelessly connect to any smartphone, tablet, or Bluetooth-enabled device within range, so users can seamlessly stream their favorite music apps or libraries in high fidelity. It also serves as an UPnP Client for network streaming from a local NAS library. The C 338 works with the NAD Remote App, transforming a smartphone or tablet into a powerful control interface that allows users to easily control power, volume, and select sources. The free app is available from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
“Using music streaming apps has become the primary way for so many of us to listen to music,” said Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Director of Technology and Product Development. “The C 338 supports Chromecast and Bluetooth streaming right out of the box, drives speakers with power and precision thanks to our latest HybridDigital design, and lets users experience NAD’s legendary audio performance with the latest streaming technologies.”
Most Efficient Amplifier Design
The C 338 uses an innovative Class D amplifier, bringing greater clarity and depth to every music source. Using HybridDigital technology, the C 338 amplifier delivers 50 watts of continuous power per channel (into 8 and 4 ohms) and a remarkable 150 watts of dynamic power at 4 ohms, all with virtually no noise or distortion.
The C 338’s active power supply, controlled by NAD’s latest Asymmetrical PowerDrive, is capable of 160 watts continuously and over 300 watts instantaneously to deliver flawless performance for the most demanding tracks. Yet the C 338 consumes less than half the power of other amplifiers in its class. It can operate flawlessly with any AC mains voltage from 100 to 240 volts and provides pure DC power to all the various stages of the C 338. This highly efficient supply also provides near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions, providing a solid noise-free foundation for all amplifying stages.
The preamp stage is no less impressive, featuring a solid-state volume control, with a hi-res dynamic range of 120 dB in precise 0.5dB steps, as featured in ultra-high-end preamps. The C 338’s onboard DAC uses eight high-end DAC channels configured in a dual-differential array to also boast 120dB dynamic range.
“The C 338 dramatically improves every aspect of the music experience, reaching a new level of innovation and precision to make this one of the most versatile amplifier we have ever made,” said Greg Stiden, NAD’s Director of Technology and Product Planning. “Its carefully engineered Class D amplifier uses HybridDigital technology and the most efficient power supply to deliver incredible performance, while allowing users to easily connect and listen to all their music sources–from turntables to streaming apps.”
Built-in Phono Preamp for Turntables
With the resurgence of vinyl, the famous NAD MM Phono stage returns: wide dynamic range, with high overload margin and low noise, super accurate RIAA equalization, and a capacitor-less infrasonic filter extracts every ounce of energy from LPs. Add a turntable to the C 338 using the phono input and experience the warmth of vinyl collections coupled with NAD’s advanced amplifier technology.
Connect Everything to the C 338
The C 338 brings together all the critical elements of a top performing music system–music sources past, present, and future–in addition to providing an ample reservoir of power that allows your speakers to reveal every nuance of musical detail. The C 338 is equipped with a wide array of connections, including MM Phono, Stereo Line, Optical Digital and Coax Digital.
C 338 Key Features and Specifications:
50W x 2 continuous power into 8 or 4 ohms
• 90W / 150W / 200W IHF dynamic power into 8 / 4 / 2 ohms
• First hi-fi amplifier to feature Chromecast built-in
• Integrated Bluetooth for added music streaming flexibility
• Built-in Phono Preamp for Turntables
• Stereo Line, Optical Digital and Coax Digital inputs
• NAD Remote App support for tablet and smartphone
• Dedicated Headphone Amplifier
• Subwoofer Output
• TV Audio Input
• Bass EQ
The C 338 HybridDigital Integrated Amplifier joins NAD’s newest line of Classic Series amplifiers, including the C 368 and C 388 HybridDigital DAC Amplifiers, which are all shipping and available where NAD products are sold.