NAD C 389 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier Unveiled: High-End Munich 2022
High-End Munich 2022 is underway for the first time in three years, and it’s going to be one of the best consumer A/V shows in many years as we emerge from the pandemic and hundreds of brands pull back the curtains on thousands of new products. NAD Electronics today announced the C 389 HybridDigital DAC amplifier, which appears to be a less powerful version of NAD’s C 399; it chops about 25% off the price and power. Priced at $1,499, the C 389 features NAD’s proven HybridDigital UcD amplifier design and the same ESS Sabre DAC used in the brand’s up-market Masters Series amplifiers. The digital section is built around a 32-bit/384kHz ESS Technology Sabre DAC chip renowned for its near-zero levels of clock jitter, exceptionally wide dynamic range, and ultra-low noise and distortion, delivering astonishing clarity and holographic imaging on all sources. For the output stage, the C 389 uses a customized version of NAD’s HybridDigital UcD design, with multiple UcD amplifier modules in balanced bridged configuration and an innovative switch-mode power supply that can provide ample reserves of current on demand.
Delivering 130 Watts per channel of continuous power, the C 389 can produce real-life listening levels with any loudspeaker load, with virtually unmeasurable distortion and noise through the audioband, and effortless reproduction of musical transients. With a full suite of digital and analogue inputs, including an ultra-low-noise phono stage and HDMI eARC interface, the C 389 can accommodate all your source components. The C 389 incorporates the latest iteration of NAD’s Modular Design Construction technology, MDC 2, and with its two MDC2 expansion slots, the C 389 can adapt to technical advances and evolving user needs. Introduced in 2006, NAD’s Modular Design Construction future-proofing technology lets owners of MDC-capable components add new capabilities by inserting an expansion module into an MDC slot on the rear panel. Introduced in 2021, MDC2 is an all-new design that allows two-way communications between the expansion module and host component.
The MDC2 BluOS-D connects to your home network via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet. Controlled via the BluOS Controller app, available for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows, listeners can play music from over 20 streaming services including Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, Amazon Music HD, or Spotify, or from their personal music libraries. Connect the supplied microphone to the MDC BluOS-D’s USB port, and then run the free Dirac Live app on a smart device or personal computer. The NAD C 389 HybridDigital DAC amplifier will be available for retail sale in early Summer 2022 for a suggested retail price of $1,499 USD.
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