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NAD Electronics Debuts New C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier

NAD Electronics Debuts New C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier

By: CE Critic


NAD Electronics has unveiled its newest Classic Series offering: the C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier. This innovative amplifier merges NAD's acclaimed HybridDigital technologies with an ESS SABRE DAC and the flexibility of Modular Design Construction (MDC2). Let's dive into the details.

Core Specifications and Performance

  • Amplification: The C 379 harnesses a customized UcD output stage within a HybridDigital architecture. This translates to:
    • 80 watts per channel continuous power (8 or 4 ohms)
    • 120 watts per channel dynamic power (4 ohms)
    • Bridge mode capability with the C 268 Stereo Power Amplifier for 300 watts continuous, > 500 watts instantaneous
  • DAC: Premium ESS SABRE ES9028 DAC renowned for dynamic range, low noise, and low distortion.
  • Power Supply: Highly efficient design consumes less than half the power of comparable amplifiers. Regulation ensures consistent voltage under varying conditions.

Features and Connectivity

  • Modular Design Construction (MDC2): Two expansion slots enable upgrades, including:
    • MDC2 BluOS-D module: Adds high-resolution multi-room streaming (BluOS), AirPlay 2, and two-way aptX HD Bluetooth.
  • Analog Inputs:
    • Moving Magnet (MM) Phono stage with precise RIAA equalization
    • Line-level inputs
  • Digital Inputs:
    • HDMI eARC
    • Optical
    • Coaxial
  • Outputs:
    • Dual-independent subwoofer outputs
    • Dedicated headphone amplifier circuit (low impedance, high voltage output)
  • Wireless: aptX HD Bluetooth for high-quality streaming

The MDC2 Advantage: Building for the Future

The MDC2 platform signifies NAD's commitment to adaptability. With an MDC2 module, the C 379 gains:

  • BluOS Integration: Wi-Fi/Ethernet for access to 20+ streaming services (e.g., TIDAL, Spotify), 24-bit/192kHz resolution, and whole-home audio capabilities via the BluOS app.
  • Dirac Live Room Correction: (If applicable to the chosen module) Advanced software to optimize the amp's output to your specific listening space.

Pricing and Availability

The NAD C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier will be available starting in late June 2024 for a suggested retail price of $1,099 USD.

See it at HIGH END Munich

Audiophiles can experience the NAD C 379 firsthand at the HIGH END Munich International Audio Show (May 9-12, 2024), Rooms D107 and D108, Atrium 3.1, MOC Event Centre.

NAD's Vision

"The NAD C 379 integrates the core building blocks of a high-performance audio system, accommodating traditional and digital sources," states Cas Oostvogel, Product Manager at NAD Electronics. "It demonstrates our dedication to sonic excellence, flexible design, and enduring value."

In Summary

The NAD C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier presents itself as a compelling choice for audio enthusiasts desiring power, precision, and the potential to evolve alongside new technologies. Its blend of NAD's signature technologies and the future-proofing MDC2 system make it an investment worth considering. We look forward to the reviews and CE Critic score.