NAD C388 Hybrid Digital DAC Stereo Amplifier
A prime example of what we stand for here at NAD, the C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier is at the top of its class in the world of affordable amplification. An incredibly powerful amp, the C 388 employs NAD technologies to ensure that even the most demanding speakers can be driven to life-like listening levels without dynamic compression. Thanks to its advanced preamplifier circuit, the C 388 gives low noise at all volume settings, ensuring that you’ll be able to listen to your music without any distractions.
You can also instantly connect to the C 388 with Bluetooth® giving you access to various streaming services. With the ability to accommodate a variety of sources both past and present, the C 388 is a remarkably flexible product that will become a core addition to your home audio system.
Expansive Power and Unprecedented Flexibility
The C 388 ties together all the critical elements of a top performing music system; music sources past and present, while providing a deep reservoir of power that allows your speakers to reveal every nuance of musical detail. This advanced amplifier includes many cutting-edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of creating affordable ultra-high performance audio components.
Getting the Basics Right
It is surprising how many seemingly advanced products in the market today often miss many of the most basic requirements for satisfying performance. Low noise circuits, precise volume control action, accurate channel balance, proper input and output impedance characteristics, high overload margins and stability with difficult speaker loads. NAD starts by getting these things precisely right and advances from there. We include 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. Our line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue 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. We include a separate headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability – enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Low impedance line outputs that can connect to subwoofers extend the versatility of this well thought out amplifier. These are all details you can hear.
Future-Proof Modular Design
This NAD exclusive feature allows you to customize your NAD amplifier with additional capabilities and features, now or in the future. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including 4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, additional Analogue 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 connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone, tablet or desktop to manage your music collection and connect to a growing list of high-quality streaming music services.
Connected and Smart
You can connect instantly to the C 388 with Bluetooth® allowing you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device. The high performance aptX® codec is fully supported for true CD-quality sound. Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources connected to the C 388 via wireless headphones such as NAD’s own HP70. There is also a control app that allows your smartphone or tablet to control all functions of your NAD. The C 388 includes Wi-Fi and Network Streaming and supports both Google Cast and Spotify Connect. It also provides access to internet radio stations and can serve as an UPnP Client for network streaming from a local NAS library.
Offering three HDMI inputs, as well as one output with video pass through, the MDC HDM-2 HDMI Module is the ultimate key to creating one truly outstanding soundstage. The MDC HDM-2 uses the mandatory two-channel linear PCM soundtrack from Blu-ray or DVD to make a compelling two-channel high definition theatre presentation. With audio resolution up to 24/192, and UHD 4K video resolution with 4:4:4@60 Hz, the MDC HDM-2 is the perfect component for your C 390DD, C368, C388, M12, or M32. The module would be factory fitted.
- 150W x 2 Continuous power into 8 or 4 Ohms
- Bluetooth ADP4 with aptX supported
- MM Phono input
- Analogue line inputs
- USB Port for service purposes
- SPDIF coax and optical inputs
- Speaker A, Speaker B
- Preamp/Subwoofer out
- Headphone amplifier
- MDC Slots for future upgrades
- IR remote
- Smartphone Control App
- 12V Trigger in/out
- IR in/out
- RS-232 Serial port for control
- Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, Elan certified
What's In The Box?
- Remote w/ batteries
- Bluetooth antenna
- Power lead
|Continuous output Power into 4 Ω and 8 Ω (Stereo)||150W (at rated THD, 20-20kHz, both channels|
|IHF Dynamic Power||2 Ω 400W|
|4 Ω 350W|
|8 Ω 250W|
|Signal/Noise Ratio||<-94dB (IHF; A-weighted, 500mV input ref. 1W out in 8 Ω)|
|<-113dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 50W in 8 Ω, max volume)|
|Damping Factor||>200 (ref. 8 Ω, 50Hz and 1kHtz)|
|Channel Separation||1kHz 85dB|
|Inputs Digital:||Coax x2, Optical x2|
|Analogue: Line In x2, Moving Magnet Phono Preamp (0.3mV input sensitivity ref. 200mV preout)|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||435 x 71 x 302mm (17 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 16”)|
|Net Weight||11.9kg (26.2lb)|
|Shipping Weight||13.9kg (30.5lb)|