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NAD D 3045 Review

By | January 30th, 2019|Categories: Audiohead|Tags: , , , , , |

NAD D 3045 Review

NAD has a history of producing some of the worlds most well regarded amplifiers. Most famously their 3020 integrated, which upended the industry by offering a do-all component that provided more muscle and audiophile finesse per dollar (or pound). Over a twenty year span, the NAD 3020 became the most successful amplifier in history. Lessons learned, NAD has done little to steer away from the formula of success, and done well over the years to build on that recipe. More recent to the trophy mantel, the NAD 316BEE V2 which I reviewed over at our sister publication Part-Time Audiophile.… Read the full article

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NAD’s C 658 houses BluOS, MQA, Dirac Live, MM phono, aptX Bluetooth

By | October 20th, 2018|Categories: DAR|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

At RMAF 2018, NAD teased their forthcoming C 658 network streamer where company Product Manager Greg Stidsen referred to it as a “[Bluesound] Node 2/i on steroids”. NAD’s press materials are calling it a ‘BluOS DAC’. Price = US$1499.

Like its more affordable, cousin the C 658 adopts the BluOS platform to offer support for up to 20 streaming services.

However, with a full-width chassis in play, the NAD eschews the Node 2i’s Burr-Brown DAC chip in favour of an ESS model to add balanced outputs, DSD/MQA support, an MM phono stage, a dedicated headphone amplifier outputting via a 6.4mm socket, two way aptX Bluetooth (send and receive), volume control plus two MDC expansion slots for ‘future formats’ or improved digital and analogue circuitry.… Read the full article

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