NAD Electronics, a manufacturer of audio/video components, introduces a series of new products at CEDIA EXPO '08, beginning here today. The components are members of a select category NAD thinks of as "budget reference".
NAD's new components comprise a mix of amplifiers, CD players a stereo preamp and a receiver. They include the C 375BEE Stereo Integrated Amplifier, C 326BEE Stereo Integrated Amplifier, C 275BEE Stereo Power Amplifier, C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier, C 565 Up-Sampling CD Player, C 545 CD Player, C 725BEE Stereo Receiver, and C 945BEE Power Amplifier.
Created by NAD Director of Advanced Development Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, many of NAD's new 'top tier' components also share a common lineage with Edvardsen's Masters Series M3 Integrated Amplifier interpreting and refining the Masters Series design.
Consider, for example, the heavier gauge reinforced steel used in the new chassis for the C 375BEE, C 326BEE and C 275BEE Amplifiers, C 165BEE Preamp and the C 565 Up-Sampling CD Player. Or consider the aluminum Class A gain modules, upgraded PCBs and patented Distortion Canceling Circuit present in the 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier.
The new C 375BEE Stereo Integrated Amplifier delivers 150 Watts to each of two channels at 4 or 8 Ohms continuous power, and is bridgeable to 400W with the matching C 275 Power Amplifier. The C 375BEE premiers an evolved "Building Block" design with a module bay for optional new Moving Coil/Moving Magnet (MC/MM) Phono Module. An additional module bay remains available for future feature enhancements.
The amplifier also boasts Edvardsen's PowerDrive•, BEE Clamp and Distortion Canceling Circuits, which draws less than 1 Watt in standby mode. PowerDrive circuitry automatically adjusts power supply settings to best cope with a loudspeaker's impedance characteristics. The suggested retail price is $1,299, and $200 for the optional Phono Module.
The new C 326BEE Stereo Integrated Amplifier delivers 50 Watts to each of two channels at 4 or 8 Ohms continuous power. Successor to the C 325BEE, it features Edvardsen's PowerDrive, BEE Clamp and Distortion Canceling Circuits. Eco-friendly, it draws less than 1 Watt in standby mode. The suggested retail price will be $499.
The new C 275BEE Stereo Power Amplifier delivers 150 Watts to each of two channels at 4 or 8 Ohms continuous power, is bridgeable to 400W with the matching C 375 Power Amplifier, and offers a THD and IM distortion level of 0.005 percent. Additional features include Automated Turn-On (ATO) Logic, and an eco-friendly power draw of less than 1 Watt in standby mode. The suggested retail price is $1,199.
The new C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier, which also shares a lineage with the M3 Integrated Amplifier, features an MC/MM input with three-position resistance and capacitance loading for phono cartridges, an upgraded headphone amp, a heavy gauge steel chassis. It draws less than 1 Watt in standby mode. The suggested retail price is $899.
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Read a review of the NAD C565BEE CD Player here.