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NAD C 326BEE Integrated Amp

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Stereo Integrated Amp

Tracing its lineage back to the original NAD 3020, an amplifier that changed the industry, the C 326BEE is a truly extraordinary component. With more than twice the power output, as well as a pure Class A preamp circuit, the C 326BEE delivers an outstanding performance. Featuring 7 line inputs, and a pre-amplifier section that can be separated from the power amplifier for easy upgrades, the C 326BEE is a product that cannot be ignored. The C 326BEE also benefits mightily from NAD’s proprietary PowerDrive™ circuit topology, which allows the C 326BEE to deliver maximum performance to even the most powerful of speakers. With significantly low levels of both noise and distortion, the C 326BEE is a dream product for any hi-fi system, and will deliver a captivating and vivid listening experience unlike anything you’ve heard before.

Performance vs. Value

The NAD C 320 series of amplifiers have always punched far above their modest weight. Combining the highest levels of audio engineering with an extensive feature list, and more than adequate power for all but the most ambitious systems, the C 326BEE keeps the concept of affordable hi-end alive and well. With the very high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability of NAD’s proprietary PowerDrive™ circuit, the C 326BEE is able to accurately control even difficult to drive loudspeakers while sounding musical, detailed, coherent and relaxed.

The C 326BEE is the latest in NAD’s range of affordably priced, yet very high performance Stereo Integrated Amplifiers. Neatly slotted in between our most affordable C 315BEE and more powerful C 355BEE, the C 326BEE boasts many upgrades and refinements taken directly from the highly acclaimed NAD Masters Series M3 Amplifier. These include application of Bjørn Erik Edvardsen’s innovative and patented Distortion Cancelling Circuit in the output stage and BEE Clamp in the power supply. An improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout has reduced distortion and noise to unprecedented levels. Taken together, these improvements mark a sharp upturn in performance that must be heard to be fully appreciated!
  • 50W x 2 Continuous Power into 4 ohms and 8 ohms
  • 100W, 150W, 200W IHF Dynamic power into 8, 4 and 2 ohms, respectively
  • PowerDriveTM circuit
  • NAD SR 8 Full System Remote control
  • Headphone socket
  • Front panel Media Player (MP) input for attaching portable MP3 Player
  • Relay Input Switching
  • Holmgren Toroidal Power transformer
  • 7 Line inputs, including two tape in/outs
  • All discrete circuitry
  • Short signal path from input to output
  • All sockets Gold plated
  • Tone controls defeat switch
  • Main-amp input & pre-amp outputs
  • Subwoofer (mono) Out
  • Soft ClippingTM
  • IR Input/Output
  • 12 volt trigger out
  • Detachable IEC Power Cable
  • <1W Standby Power Consumption
  • Free of lead and other environmentally dangerous substances
  • Technical:
  • THD (2V in 2V out, CCIF IMD, DIM 100): >0.004% (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz)
  • Signal/Noise ratio IHF: >100dB (A-weighted, ref. 500mV), >108dB (A-weighted, ref. 2V, Volume maximum), >92dB (A-weighted, ref. 100mV in 100mV out – unity gain)
  • Channel separation 1kHz: >80dB, 10kHz: >70dB
  • Input impedance (R and C): 100kΩ+ 320pF
  • Maximum input signal: >8V rms (ref. 0.1 THD)
  • Output impedance Pre out: 75Ω
  • Tape out: Source Z + 1kHz
  • Input sensitivity: 159mV (ref. 500mV out)
  • Frequency response: ± 0.1dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat ON), ± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat OFF)
  • Maximum voltage output IHF load: >10V (ref. 0.03% THD)
  • 600 ohms load: >10V (ref. 0.03% THD)
  • Treble control: ± 5dB at 10kHz
  • Bass control: ± 8dB at 100Hz
  • Continuous output power into 8Ω and 4Ω (Stereo): >50W (ref. rated THD, 20Hz-20kHz, both channels driven)
  • Rated THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100): 0.009% (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz)
  • Clipping power: >65W (ref. 1kHz 1% THD)
  • IHF dynamic power: 8Ω: 100W, 4Ω: 150W, 2Ω: 200W
  • Peak output current: >20A (ref. 1Ω, 1ms)
  • Signal/Noise ratio: >100dB (A-weighted, ref. 1W), >117dB (A-weighted, ref. 150W)
  • Damping factor: >100 (ref. 8Ω, 50Hz and 1kHz)
  • Frequency response: ± 0.1dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz), 3Hz – 70kHz (ref. -3dB)
  • Input impedance: 20kΩ + 1nF
  • Input sensitivity: 630mV (ref. rated power)
  • Voltage gain: 29dB
  • Headphone output impedance: 68Ω
  • Channel separation 1kHz: >80dB, 10kHz: >70dB
  • Trigger out resistance: <100Ω
  • Output current: 50mA
  • Output voltage: +12V
  • THD (250mW to rated power, CCIF IMD, DIM 100): <0.009% (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz)
  • Signal/Noise ratio: 94dB (A-weighted, ref. 1W): >110dB (A-weighted, ref. 50W, volume set for 2V input)
  • Frequency response: ± 0.2dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone Defeat ON): 10Hz – 65kHz (ref. -3dB)
  • Channel separation 1kHz: >80dB, 10kHz: >70dB
  • Net: 435 x 100 x 286mm, 17 1/8” x 4” x 11 1/4”
  • Gross: 435 x 116 x 332mm, 17 1/8” x 12 1/2” x 13”
  • Net weight: 15.21 lbs (6.9 kg)
  • Shipping weight: 20 lbs (9.1 kg)
  • Ratings & Reviews

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    Great Amp


    A wonderful amp. I run my McIntosh MR 77, Rega P3, and Bottlehead phonostage through this NAD integrated, and I love what I hear. Also, this amp handles my KEF Q900 floorstanders with ease (which are moderately inefficient). Typical NAD--absolutely wonderful sound through and through, plenty of power for typical applications, and trademark bland styling with the rather unimpressive face plate. But, I really only care about sound quality and function (that's why I bought it). For real hi-fi, you can't beat the price!