April 24, 2012 by Grant Clauser
You may love the streaming music from your Sonos, Squeezebox, PC or other digital audio streamer, but those sources only offer a shadow of what the music originally sounded like. NAD’s new C 375DAC and C 356DAC integrated amplifiers includes a built-in 24/96 DAC (digital analog converter) for asynchronous USB-connected devices.
The units also includes other features previously available on NAD’s Masters Series of components. The C 375DAC delivers 150 watts per channel while the C 356DAC is rated at 80 watts per channel based on NAD’s full-disclosure ratings) at 4-Ohm loads, both channels driven. Both units are based on NAD’s PowerDrive circuit.
Another attraction on these systems is that they’re modular and upgradable. For owners that wish to add a phono module, the C 375DAC comes with a second slot for an optional inboard PP375 Phono Module. C 356DAC owners wishing phono preamp functionality may use an optional outboard PP 2i or PP 3i for the phono functions.
The C 375DAC is $1,600. The C 356DAC is $900
• MDC DAC factory installed. Adds digital inputs Replaces DISC Input; select either OPTICAL or USB with slide switch
• Optical S/PDIF Input upgrades the sound of Disc Players or Music Streamers
• Flexible - Asynchronous USB device side input allows direct connection, PC or MAC
• USB compatible - supports 24/96 HD music playback
• High Performance - 24/192 DAC and high quality OPAmps for superior performance
• PowerDrive amplifier technology
• Modular Design Construction (MDC)
• Front panel Media Player (MP) input for attaching portable MP3 Player
• Custom compatible with RS-232 interface and 12 volt trigger output
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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