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NAD C 326BEE

Stereo integrated amplifier

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Item # 745C326BEE

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Overview

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The C 326BEE integrated amp packs a lot more sonic punch than you might expect from its modest price and 50-watt-per-channel power rating. That's because NAD puts the focus on careful design and premium-quality internal components — rather than bells and whistles — ensuring powerful, dynamic sound. This amp makes a perfect choice for music lovers with smaller systems who demand top-notch performance.

The C 326BEE integrated amp packs a lot more sonic punch than you might expect from its modest price and 50-watt-per-channel power rating. That's because NAD puts the focus on careful design and premium-quality internal components — rather than bells and whistles — ensuring powerful, dynamic sound. This amp makes a perfect choice for music lovers with smaller systems who demand top-notch performance.

Advanced technology for stunning sound
The C 326BEE employs many of the same high-end features found on NAD's top-of-the-line Master Series components, including NAD's exclusive PowerDrive™ technology. This unique circuit automatically senses your speaker's impedance, then optimizes the amp's power supply settings to deliver the most dynamic power possible. This allows it to easily drive low-impedance loads, including many of today's high-end speakers, which often run closer to four ohms than eight. Plus, a patented distortion-canceling circuit in the amps output stage ensures your music stays clean and pure.

Connections and convenience
This amp offers ample flexibility for hooking up your gear. You get seven audio inputs, plus a handy front-panel connection for a portable music player. Separate preamp input/line-level output jacks let you use the C 326BEE as an independent power amplifier or preamp for future system expansion. Two separate line-level outputs let you easily add a powered subwoofer. And the included remote gives you easy control of the amplifier and the other NAD audio components in your system.

Product Highlights:

  • 50 watts x 2 channels into 8 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.009% THD
  • 50 watts x 2 channels into 4 ohms (20-20,000 Hz) at 0.009% THD
  • 4-ohm stable for use with a wide range of speakers
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 100 dB
  • PowerDrive™ circuit with automatic speaker impedance sensing delivers maximum dynamic power output regardless of speaker load
  • switchable Soft Clipping™ circuit gently limits amplifier power output to reduce risk of speaker damage due to prolonged high volume operation
  • distortion-canceling circuit for high-accuracy sound
  • toroidal power transformer
  • rotary bass and treble controls with defeat switch for tone control bypass
  • 7 RCA audio inputs including 1 tape in/out
  • front-panel minijack input for connecting a portable music player
  • preamp-out/main-in loop for system expansion
  • 2 preamp-level subwoofer outputs
  • full-size headphone jack
  • one pair of speaker binding post terminals
  • RS-232 port for operation with third-party controllers
  • 12-volt trigger output
  • IR input/output
  • detachable AC power cord
  • remote control
  • 17-1/8"W x 4-9/16"H x 14-9/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Integrated amplifier
  • 6.5' Power cord
  • Wireless remote control (SR 8)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Pre-out/Main-in jumpers (installed)
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Italian/ German/ Dutch/ Swedish/ Russian)
  • Warranty information
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Features and Specs

Performance Specs
Watts RMS per Channel (8-ohms) 50
Watts RMS per Channel (6-ohms) Not given
Watts RMS per Channel (4-ohms) 50
Frequency Bandwidth 20-20k
THD 0.009%
Minimum Impedance 4 ohms
Signal to Noise Ratio 100
Digital Music Features
Built-in DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) No
High-resolution Audio Playback No
Bluetooth No
Wi-Fi N/A
Connections
Total Analog Inputs 7
Phono Input No
Optical Digital Inputs No
Coaxial Digital Inputs No
USB Input No
Preamp Outputs Stereo, Sub
Headphone Output 1/4"
Dimensions and Warranty
Width (inches) 17-1/8
Height (inches) 4-9/16
Depth (inches) 14-9/16
Weight (pounds) 15.21
Parts Warranty 2 Years
Labor Warranty 2 Years

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Features

Soft Clipping: NAD's Soft Clipping circuit gently limits the output of the C 326BEE to minimize audible distortion when the amplifier is over-driven. While Soft Clipping can be left on at all times to reduce the likelihood of audible distortion from excessive volume settings, you can also turn the circuit off for critical listening if you prefer.

Tape Monitor: If you own a 3-head tape deck, the tape monitor loop allows you to monitor recording quality as the recording is made.

Front Input: A 3.5mm mini-jack input on the front panel is labeled MP (Media Player); there is also an RCA MP input on to rear panel which is automatically disconnected when the front panel input is used.

Pre-out/Main-in Loop: Factory jumpers connect the main amplifier input to the full range preamp outputs. This offers the flexibility of inserting an equalizer, surround processor (when using multiple amps), or another type of processor between the two stages.

Remote Control: The SR 8 wireless remote will control the C 326BEE and NAD CD players and Tuners.

Controls

Front Panel:

  • Input: six individual buttons to select input (MP, CD, Tuner, Disc, Aux, and Video)
  • Tape Monitor: engage/disengage the tape monitor loop
  • Tone Defeat: bypass the bass and treble controls
  • Bass: rotary bass adjustment; +/-8dB @ 100Hz
  • Treble: rotary treble adjustment; +/-5dB @ 10kHz
  • Balance: rotary left/right balance
  • Volume: rotary volume control

Rear Panel:

  • Soft Clipping: turn the Soft Clipping circuit on/off
  • Power: master power switch

Connections

Rear Panel:

  • Speakers: the speaker binding posts will accept single banana plugs, pin connectors, spade lugs up to 0.475" wide, and bare wire up to 12 gauge; there are two speaker outputs (left and right)
  • Inputs: stereo RCA input jacks for MP (Media Player), CD, Tuner, Disc, Aux, Video, and Tape Monitor
  • Record Outputs: stereo RCA output jacks for the Tape Monitor
  • Sub Out: two mono RCA outputs; connect to powered subwoofer(s)
  • Pre Out: stereo RCA preamp outputs; jumpers to the main amplifier inputs are factory installed
  • Main In: stereo RCA preamp inputs; jumpers to the Pre Out 2 outputs are factory installed
  • IR In: 3.5mm mini-jack input, used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component
  • IR Out: 3.5mm mini-jack output, used to control another NAD component
  • 12 Volt Trigger Out: turn on/off another device along with the C 326BEE; the +12 volt trigger output is a 3.5mm mini-jack; the maximum output is 50 mA
  • AC Input: 2-pole IEC power input for use with included cord (or optional upgraded cord)

Front Panel:

  • Headphone: Standard 1/4" headphone jack
  • MP: 3.5mm mini-jack Media Player input

Specifications

Amplifier Section:

  • Continuous Power: 50 watts x 2 into an 8Ω or 4Ω load, 20 Hz - 20 kHz, no more than 0.009% THD, both channels driven simultaneously
  • Dynamic Power:
    • 8Ω: 100 watts x 2
    • 4Ω: 150 watts x 2
    • 2Ω: 200 watts x 2
  • Rated THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): <0.009% (driving both channels 20 Hz - 20k Hz simultaneously at 8Ω)
  • Signal/Noise:
    • >100 dB (A-weighted, ref 1 watt)
    • >117 dB (A-weighted, ref 50 watt)
  • Damping factor: >100 (ref 8Ω, 50 Hz and 1 kHz)
  • Frequency response:
    • +/- 0.1 dB: 20 Hz-20 kHz
    • - 3 dB: 3 Hz-70 kHz
  • Input impedance: 20 kΩ + 1 nF
  • Input sensitivity: 630 mV (ref rated power)
  • Voltage gain: 29 dB
  • Headphone output impedance: 68 Ω
  • Channel separation:
    • 1 kHz: >80 dB
    • 10 kHz: >70 dB
  • Tone control:
    • Bass: +/-8dB @ 100Hz
    • Treble: +/-5dB @ 10kHz
  • Power Requirement: AC 120V 60Hz
  • Power Consumption:
    • At Rated Power: 290W
    • Standby: <1W
    • Idle: <35W
  • Weight: 15.2 lbs (6.9kg)

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