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NAD C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amp to Launch at HIGH END Munich 2024

NAD Electronics, a manufacturer in high-performance home audio components, has announced the launch of its new Classic Series amplifier, the C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier at the HIGH END Munich International Audio Show.

The company boasts the C 379 builds on NAD’s commitment to innovation and value-driven performance with a new design featuring a carefully engineered Class D output stage, as well as ESS SABRE DACs, and NAD’s second generation of Modular Design Construction (MDC) technology for upgrades and expandability. 

“The NAD C 379 stands in a class of its own, integrating of every essential component of a high-performance music system and accommodating all music sources from vinyl to digital streaming,” says Cas Oostvogel, product manager of NAD Electronics. “With its meticulous, low-noise circuits and the ability to enhance both its features and power output, this Class D integrated is a testament to the legacy of NAD’s Classic Series and our relentless pursuit of sonic excellence at an affordable price.”

C 379 Employs Proprietary NAD Digital Technologies

The Canadian company points out the C 379 utilizes a customized UcD output stage with its HybridDigital technology to deliver 80 watts of Continuous Power (into 8 and 4 Ohms) and it is capable of producing 120 watts of Dynamic Power (4 Ohms). NAD says its latest product can also be bridged with the C 268 Stereo Power Amplifier in a fully balanced configuration for 300 watts of continuous power and over 500 watts instantaneous power to provide maximum power and performance for the most demanding listening sessions.

Through its digital technologies NAD says the C 379’s highly efficient power supply consumes less than half the power of conventional amplifiers in its class while also providing clean power to all amplification stages. This energy-saving supply and balanced design also provides high levels of regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions.

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Some of the other technologies the DAC Amplifier solution incorporates include NAD’s Modular Design Construction: MDC 2. NAD explains the ​C 379 and its two expansion slots allow integrators to upgrade the amplifier’s capabilities with emerging A/V technologies and additional features through the module, including BluOS high-resolution whole-house streaming and Dirac Live Room Correction. NAD also notes the available MDC2 BluOS-D module further enables seamless integration with BluOS, Apple AirPlay 2, and two-way aptX HD Bluetooth.

Elaborating on its BluOS whole-house audio platform, the Lenbrook brand says dealers can connect the C 379 to their clients’ home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet to allow homeowners to experience advanced multiroom wireless music management capabilities through features such as 24 bit/192kHz resolution.

The new NAD product can be controlled through the BluOS app for smartphone, tablet, or desktop. The BluOS platform allows users to manage their digital music collections, and the ability to stream over 20 streaming music services including Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, Amazon Music, Spotify, and more.

In addition, NAD emphasizes the C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier provides a choice of analog and digital connectivity options that range from aptX HD Bluetooth and HDMI eARC, to a moving magnet (MM) Phono stage, and two independent subwoofer outputs. The integrated amplifier also includes a built-in separate headphone amplifier with low-output impedance and high-output voltage capabilities to allow the new NAD product to drive a wide range of headphones. ​ ​

At the HIGH END Munich 2024 audiophile show, which runs from May 9-12, attendees can see the C 379 in rooms D107 and D108 within Atrium 3.1 at the MOC Event Center.

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