Update: Hands-on now posted, follow this link: NAD C 368 Stereo Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier Hands-On
NAD's C 368 integrated DAC/amplifier is a compact, affordable, connected, expandable modular audio tool. It's designed to serve as the center of a 2-channel sound system and provide clean, distortion free power to speaker systems.
Right out of the box, the C368 is ready to make music. You can connect sources, wire up a pair of speakers, hit play, and go. But, thanks to the an included BluOS expansion module, this is a connected digital device. So, before I got around to listening, the first thing I did was update the system firmware to the latest version.
I may not have an Audio Precision analyzer to test its power output, but NAD has a reputation of publishing accurate specs. With less than 0.03% THD—even at full RMS power (80 watts/channel) with either a 4 ohm or 8 ohm load—it is effectively transparent for residential audio applications. Furthermore, if you use the C 368 as a DAC/preamp THD is rated at under 0.005% for 2V output, 20 Hz to 20,000 Hz and sports a signal/noise ratio greater than 106dB. Frequency response is nice and tight at +/- 0.3dB from 20Hz to 20kHz.
I've had the C 368 for several month and have tried it out on a variety of speakers. I'm in the process of writing up a formal review, but I figured there's no reason to wait before starting a forum thread. It's the sort of device that patiently waits for folks who need exactly what it does to stop and notice what it offers. That's what this hands-on thread is all about.
The AVS Forum Hands-On Review Process
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