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NAD C 328

Stereo integrated amplifier with built-in DAC and Bluetooth®

Item # 745C328

The NAD C 328 integrated amplifier lets you connect digital and analog music sources.

The NAD C 328 integrated amplifier lets you connect digital and analog music sources.

Item # 745C328

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About the NAD C 328

Clean amplification for analog and digital sources

The NAD C 328 integrated amplifier lets you connect digital and analog music sources. You can also stream music from any Bluetooth enabled device, like a smartphone, tablet, or computer.Use the C 328's optical and coaxial digital inputs to take advantage of its built-in high-quality DAC. You'll hear crystal-clear stereo sound from sources like a CD player or TV.

Clean amplification for analog and digital sources

The NAD C 328 integrated amplifier lets you connect digital and analog music sources. You can also stream music from any Bluetooth enabled device, like a smartphone, tablet, or computer.Use the C 328's optical and coaxial digital inputs to take advantage of its built-in high-quality DAC. You'll hear crystal-clear stereo sound from sources like a CD player or TV.

The C 328 uses an advanced Class D amplifier design for consistent performance. Its highly efficient power supply provides a noise-free foundation, generating clean power with negligible distortion, to faithfully reproduce the energy and excitement of all your favorite music. A built-in high-performance headphone amplifier can drive even the most demanding studio monitor headphones.

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Product highlights:

  • 40 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.03% THD
  • 40 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.03% THD
  • 4-ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
  • Class D Asymmetrical PowerDrive amplifier design
  • 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter for high-performance playback of digitally connected sources such as a CD player
  • built-in Bluetooth for wireless music streaming from a compatible device
    • supports the aptX® codec for wirelessly streaming CD-quality sound
  • independent built-in high-output headphone amplifier
  • 4 digital audio inputs (2 optical/2 coaxial)
  • 3 stereo RCA audio inputs, including a phono input (for use with a moving magnet cartridge)
  • subwoofer output
  • full-size headphone jack
  • pair of binding post speaker connectors
  • detachable power cord
  • RS-232 port
  • remote control
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 95 dB line; 75 dB phono
  • 17-3/16"W x 2-13/16"H x 11-1/4"D
  • weight: 10.8 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # C328

What's in the box:

  • Stereo integrated amplifier
  • 6' AC power cord
  • Remote control (AMP 3)
  • CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
  • Bluetooth antenna
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Card

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Features & specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 40
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 40
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.03%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 100
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) Yes
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth Yes
Wi-Fi N/A
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 3
Phono Input Yes
Optical Digital Inputs 2
Coaxial Digital Inputs 2
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs Subwoofer
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 2-13/16
Depth (inches) 12-3/16
Weight (pounds) 10.8
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Hybrid Digital Amplification: NAD has moved away from the old-fashioned power-hungry linear power supplies and Class AB output stages that waste nearly half of the energy consumed and produce heat rather than sound. Instead, NAD has developed even better performing circuits based on switch mode power supplies and Class D output stages. Once thought to be inferior to traditional topologies, this new Hybrid Digital Amplifier design is very linear over a wide bandwidth and provides consistent performance into all speaker loads, providing a dramatic advancement over previous Class AB and Class D amplifier designs.

  • Customized Hypex UcD Output Stage: The NAD C 328 uses a customized version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage. This allows for massive power with nearly immeasurable distortion and noise in the audible range. Every detail of this design has been carefully crafted and perfectly executed to deliver best performance possible.
  • Efficient Power Supply: The power supply of the C 328 is able to provide over 100 watts of audio output when needed. The C 328 can operate with any AC mains voltage from 100V to 240V and provides pure DC power to all of its various stages. This extremely efficient power supply also provides near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions and provides a solid noise-free foundation for the amplifying stages.

Full Disclosure Power (FDP): NAD uses Full Disclosure Power (FDP), the most demanding criterion for performance measurement. FDP specifies distortion under the most extreme conditions of low impedance loads and frequency extremes, rather than the simple and easy 1kHz @ 8 ohms test quoted by many of other manufactures. NAD uses this stricter performance criterion because it more closely matches the demands of real music and real loudspeakers. Maintaining specified distortion at 4/8Ω and at 20-20kHz is a much more difficult achievement. The benefit of NAD's Full Disclosure Power is the total elimination of audible distortion at any listening level. This provides pinpoint imaging and realism with music and movies alike.

  • Continuous Power: 40 watts x 2-channel (@ 20-20kHz, into 4Ω or 8Ω, at 0.03% THD, with both channels driven)
  • IHF Dynamic Power: 90 watts 2-channel into 8Ω  or 166 watts x 2-channel into 4Ω

Bass EQ: The Bass EQ function boosts overall bass response by at least 6dB.

Digital Inputs: The NAD C 328 is equipped with two optical (toslink) digital inputs and two coaxial (RCA) digital inputs. These digital inputs will support 2ch PCM audio up to 24-bit/192kHz (not compatible with Dolby Digital/DTS).

Analog Inputs: The NAD C 328's stereo RCA inputs (2 Line/1 Phono) can accommodate all kinds of analog 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.

MM Phono Stage w/ RIAA Equalization: The NAD C 328 hybrid digital integrated amplifier includes 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.

Bluetooth Audio Streaming: Built-in Bluetooth allows you to wirelessly stream your music library, music apps, podcasts, audiobooks, and other audio content on your Bluetooth source device (such as your smartphone, tablet, or laptop) to the NAD C 328. You can control basic playback functions (such as Play/Pause, Previous/Next Track, and Volume Up/Down) from the included IR remote. You can only pair and connect one device at a time.

Note: The included antenna must be connected to the rear-panel of the integrated amp in order for Bluetooth to work.

Discrete Headphone Amplifier: The NAD C 328 incorporates a discrete headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability, enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Connecting a set of headphone to unit's front-panel 1/4" jack will mute the speaker outputs. Volume, tone, and balance controls are all operable during headphone listening.

Binding Post Speaker Outputs: The speaker output terminals consist of four binding posts to connect a single pair of loudspeakers. The amplifier supports 4Ω to 8Ω speakers. These binding post terminals will accept bare wire (up to 10AWG), pin-connectors, spade-lugs, and banana plugs (single only). You'll need to remove the plastic inserts within the binding-post terminals to connect banana plugs.

Sub Out: The NAD C C328 is equipped with a mono-RCA subwoofer output for connection of a powered sub. The subwoofer out features a fixed low-pass crossover set a 100Hz.

IR Remote: The included IR remote provides wireless operation of the C 328 hybrid digital integrated amplifier and basic playback control of your connected Bluetooth source device.

RS-232 Port: The RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC or external whole-house control system. NAD is a certified partner of Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, & Elan.

Auto Sense & Auto Standby: The Auto Sense feature enables the C 328 to wake up from standby mode when triggered by an active analog or digital source input with an audio signal. The C 328 can also be setup to automatically go into standby mode if there is no user interface interaction and no active source input for 20 minutes.

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Guidance from Hunter at Crutchfield and fit my budget. [ ROBERT  Oct 31, 2018 ]
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Modern connectivity. Simple design. Small footprint. Known and trusted brand. [ Andy  Oct 10, 2018 ]
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Good match for my basic requirements in terms of functionality and quality. [ Glenn  Sep 08, 2018 ]
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Product reputation. I already own a NAD CD player and it was great, so I decided to purchase this NAD product also. I will be using it to amplify my computer's audio output via TOSLINK cable due to the DAC built into this amplifier. Also, the BlueTooth will come in handy when I play music from my tablet to this amp. [ JOSE  Aug 05, 2018 ]
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NAD makes an amazing product. Have owned them for years. This amplifier is the perfect set of features for a modern, simple setup. [ JEREMY  Apr 26, 2018 ]
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quality and price [ thomas  Mar 21, 2018 ]
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Researched various CD players and the NAD C 328 got great reviews [ Jeffrey G. Voma  Dec 26, 2017 ]
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5 questions already asked

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How do I connect the USB output of my server to the C328 which doesn't have USB input? resently I connect it to the USB input of my PS Audio Sprout I want to replace this with the C328
[ Florie  Apr 17, 2019 ]
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There are a number of ways you could do this, but I don't think any of them are simple. They may all involve additional purchases. You will have to convert the signal to bluetooth, digital optical, digital coax or analog. Exactly how you would do this would depend on your server and what other equipment you have. I stream FLAC and other digital files to it, for example, by using an OPPO Blueray player which connects to a hard drive with lots of digital files via USB. The signal is then output via an optical connection to the NAD. I think I am using the DAC in the NAD, although the OPPO has a DAC as well. I could use the OPPO to connect via USB to a server, but I don't because of where I have positioned things in my house. If your server is connected to a computer with Bluetooth capabilities, you can stream from the server to the computer and then output the signal as a Bluetooth signal. (You could probably do this with a tablet as well.) I stream via Bluetooth a lot and the sound quality is good (surprisingly good in fact--it obviously does not make much difference if a digital signal is transmitted wirelessly or over a copper cable or over a glass fiber). If none of these solutions work with your current equipment, you could try other systems (e.g. USB to USB enabled DAC to C328 analog input or server-to bluetooth enabled streaming device to C328) but I am not sure they would be cost effective.
[ Berl  Apr 17, 2019 ]
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Can you find a converter for the Optical Output? Or, a converter from USB to RCA would work. Lastly, if you can convert your server's signal to Bluetooth, that would work too. But the Bluetooth connection is not as good as Optical or RCA. Not sure this helps but that's all I can think of. Good luck!
[ Benjamin  Apr 17, 2019 ]
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The short answer is yoiu CANNOT connect it to this device because there is NO USB input on this device; however, if you have RCA outputs or BlueTooth outputs you can connect it to this device....Also, Digital COAXIAL inputs or OPTICAL inputs also work. This device provides a lot of inputs, but NOT USB.
[ JOSE  Apr 17, 2019 ]
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can you stream tidal?
[ sam  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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I've not tried Tidal, however, we stream Spotify & Pandora all the time.
[ Brian  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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Tidal streams high resolution lossless FLAC or ALAC files or (not lossless) AAC files. The streams have to be decoded and converted to a digital stream or analog output. You can certainly stream Tidal to a computer or iOS device which decodes, converts to a high res digital signal which it sends via bluetooth, optical cable, digital wire cable or, I think, USB to the NAD C 328. The NAD C 328 DAC will convert the signal to analog and it is then amplified to drive the speakers. So it should work fine but you will need an iOS device or Mac or Windows computer with a bluetooth, digital or analog output as an intermediary. I use mine to play streamed music all the time using the bluetooth connection. This works very well but I don't stream hi res lossless. The NAD C 328 does not allow one to boost trebble, but it works very well with my system. It is very transparent. I play FLAC and ALAC files through it, but these are downloaded files rather than streaming files.
[ Berl  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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The NAD C328 is Bluetooth capable Only. As long as your bt capable device like a smartphone or tablet streams tidal it should work.
[ Steve  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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Absolutely. You can stream anything you want. Even YouTube. All work great with this unit.
[ Thomas  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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This unit does not support WiFi - only Bluetooth. I suppose you could use some other device connected to the internet to stream it and send a bluetooth signal to this unit. But now that I just wrote that, it makes about as much sense as buying a new Porsche and only driving it up and down your driveway. The concept of TITAL is that they stream at a higher definition than the other streaming music products, so this gain would get lost to the limitations of Bluetooth.
[ Neil  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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Can the bass / treble be adjusted via the remote?
[ Harvey  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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there's no bass/treble controls at all
[ Walter  Nov 12, 2018 ]
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The remote only has a volume control, and a button which is the same as pushing the BASS EQ button on the amplifier. It also has a DIM button which I assume is for dimming the display. There's also a mute button on the remote. It does NOT have treble and bass controls on it.
[ JOSE  Nov 12, 2018 ]
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Yes
[ martin  Nov 12, 2018 ]
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No. It's either on or off. No adjustment possible except to click it on, click it off. If you're streaming it's fine. You can use settings from your phone or computer app. I was told, after the fact, by a Crutchfield guy, that the pre amp is "inferior" to the NAD I had used for 30 years. Wish I'd looked into it more thoroughly. Really sucks for vinyl. Bad. But if you're streaming you'll be fine.
[ CATHERINE  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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Not as such, but the remote does have a button to turn on or off the "BASS EQ" which boosts the bass by +6db.
[ ANDREW  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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yes the bass eq can be turned on via remote - but it is a bass boost if you will i.e. on/off - not a dynamic adjustment from 1-10 ....
[ james  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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Bass and treble cannot be adjusted on this unit. Bass could be boosted by pressing BASS EQ button on unit or BASS button on remote. Hope this helps.
[ Pedro J.  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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No it can not
[ William  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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There is no bass/treble adjustment on the remote or amplifier just a bass boost on both. It provides an additional boost of low frequencies when using small speakers. However this amp provides a well balanced sound throughout the entire frequency spectrum. Pair it with the best speakers you can afford. That is important. I never use tone controls, instead keeping the response flat. Hope this helps.
[ DAVID E  Nov 11, 2018 ]
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what is the difference between the c238 and c338? thanks
[ eric  Dec 31, 2017 ]
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The C328 is essentially the same as the C338 minus the built-in Google Chromecast.
[ John  Jan 24, 2018 ]
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Thanks for your question. For information on comparing two or more models I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They will be able to help determine the differences and help you make the best choice for your system and your budget.
[ Krissy  Jan 05, 2018 ]  Staff
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