Published On: September 29, 2008

NAD Launches New 'Budget Reference' Line

Published On: September 29, 2008

NAD Launches New 'Budget Reference' Line

For the CEDIA 2008 tradeshow, NAD is out with a whole new line of audiophile electronics including the C 375 BEE, C 275 BEE, C 165 BEE and many others. These designs harken back to a day when more simplistic systems ruled the world.

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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.

Read NAD reviews here.

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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The new C 565BEE Up-Sampling CD Player features a new industrial and mechanical design with a heavy gauge steel chassis, USB 2.0 and optical inputs, a sample rate converter to 192kHz, dual differential Wolfson DACs, Burr-Brown OP Amps, and a 12-volt trigger and RS232 port. It plays MP3 and WMA-format audio and draws less than less than 1 Watt in standby mode. The suggested retail price is $899.

Read NAD reviews here.

The new C 545BEE CD Player features a new industrial and mechanical design. It plays CD, CD-R/RW, MP3 and WMA-format audio and features Wolfson DACs, Burr-Brown OP Amps, a toroidal power supply, and a 12-volt trigger. It draws less than less than 1 Watt in standby mode. The suggested retail price is $499.

Read a review of the NAD C565BEE CD Player here.

The new C 725BEE Stereo Receiver features a new industrial and mechanical design, and the latest patented BEE electronic circuitry. It accepts an iPod dock, and includes a subwoofer output, an IR in/out, an RS-232 port and a 12-volt trigger. It draws less than less than 1 Watt in standby mode. The suggested retail price is $799.

The C 945BEE Power Amplifier delivers 40 Watts across four channels at 4 or 8 Ohms, and is bridgeable to 100 Watts over two channels, with less than 0.03 percent THD. The C 945BEE accepts NAD iPod docks, features Auto Sense, a 12-volt on/off trigger, an input switch, and draws less than 1 watt in standby mode. The suggested retail price is $499.

All the products will be available from authorized NAD dealers in November 2008, except the C 565BEE Up-Sampling CD Player, which will be available in December. They can be seen with other NAD products at Booth 900, Colorado Convention Center, during CEDIA.

www.nadelectronics.com

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