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NAD C389 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

NAD C389 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

Regular price $2,099.00 CAD
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The NAD C 389 HybridDigital DAC amplifier can serve as the cornerstone of a high-performance audio system now – and for decades to come. Employing NAD’s proven HybridDigital UcD amplifier design and the same ESS Sabre DAC used in NAD’s acclaimed M33 BluOS streaming amplifier, the C 389 will deliver thrilling dynamics and exquisite detail from all your sources.

With its 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. And it incorporates the latest generation of NAD’s Modular Designs Construction future-proofing technology, making it easy to add exciting capabilities such as BluOS high-res music streaming and Dirac Live room correction.

Technical Specifications

Amplifier - DAC



-Customized HybridDigital UcD amplifier in fully balanced bridged configuration
-Continuous Power: 130 Watts per channel into 8/4 ohms
-Instantaneous Power: 210 W into 8 Ω, 300 W into 4 Ω, 350 W into 2 Ω* Watts per channel
-Vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion
-Dual MDC2 ports for expanded functionality
-Optional MDC2 BluOS-D module adds BluOS Hi-Res multiroom music streaming and Dirac Live room correction
-Jitter-free 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre 9028 DAC
-Ultra-low-noise MM phono stage with infrasonic filtering circuitry
-Two optical, two coaxial digital inputs
-HDMI-eARC input
-Two pairs of line-level analogue inputs with ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers
-Two sets of speaker outputs
-Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
-Dual subwoofer outputs
-Dedicated headphone amplifier
-CI-Friendly – IR remote, 12V Trigger in/out, IR in/out, RS-232 Serial port
-Seamless integrations with smarthome control systems such as Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, Push, Lutron, iPort, and Elan

Amplifier Channels


Line Input, Pre-Out (Analog Bypass On) - Pre-Amplifier Section

THD (20Hz – 20kHz): <0.002 % at 2 V out
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >106dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out, unity gain)
Channel separation: >100dB (1 kHz); >90 dB (10 kHz)
Input Impedance (R and C): 56 kohms + 100 pF
Maximum input signal: >4.6 Vrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)
Output impedance: Source Z + 320 ohms
Input sensitivity: 65mV (ref. 500 mV out, Volume maximum)
Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Maximum voltage output-IHF load: >>5 V (ref. 0.1 % THD)

Phono Input, Pre-Out (Analog Bypass On)

THD (20Hz – 20kHz): <0.01% at 2 V out
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >84dB (200 ohms source; A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out)
Input sensitivity: 46 kohms/100 pF
Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Maximum input signal at 1kHz: >80 mVrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)

Line Input, Headphone Out (Analog Bypass On)

THD (20Hz – 20kHz): <0.005% at 1V out
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >107 dB (32 ohms loads; A-WTD, ref. 1V out, unity gain
Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Channel separation: >62 dB at 1kHz
Output impedance: 2.2 Ohms

Line In, Speaker Out (Analog Bypass On)

Continuous output power into 8 ohms and 4 ohms: 2 x 130W
THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.02% (250 mW to 130 W, 8 ohms and 4 ohms)
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >95 dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, ref. 1 W out in 8 ohms)
Clipping power: 150W
IHF dynamic power: 210W into 8 ohms, 300W into 4 ohms, 350W into 2 ohms
Peak output current: >26A (in 1 ohm, 1ms)
Damping factor: >150 (ref. 8 ohms, 20Hz to 6.5kHz)
Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
Channel separation: >90dB (1 kHz), >75dB (10 kHz)
Input sensitivity (for 130 W in 8 ohms): Line In: 201 mV, Digital In: 10.25% FS

General Specifications

Supports bit rate/sample rate: Up to 32 bit/384 kHz
Frequency band: 2.402GHz- 2.480GHz
Maximum transmit power (dBm): 7 dBm ± 2 dBm

Dimensions and Weight

Gross dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 100 x 390mm (17.1 x 3.9 x 15.4“)
Net Weight: 8.7kg (19.1lb)
Shipping weight: ~11kg (24.2lb)

Shipping Information

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