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NAD C326BEE

Stereo Integrated Amplifier (2009-15)

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NAD C326BEE

Specifications

Power output: 50 watts per channel into 8Ω (stereo)

Frequency response: 10Hz to 65kHz

Total harmonic distortion: 0.009%

Damping factor: 100

Input sensitivity: 159mV (line)

Signal to noise ratio: 110dB (line)

Channel separation: 70dB (line)

Dimensions: 435 x 100 x 286mm

Weight: 6.9kg

Year: 2009

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Reviewed Feb 02nd, 2020 by

Owned this NAD for around 7 years. Without getting into meaningless subjective audiophile speak, I’ll get to the point.

This amplifier is fantastic. It does it’s job without distortion and without colouring the sound in anyway way. What you fed into it is what you get out of it. It’s not a flashy looking component, but it’s well made where it counts. The internals are well designed.

The amplifier has held good control over the three different pairs of speakers I’ve used with it over the years. That includes standmount and floor standing towers from B&W and TANNOY. It’s never sounded strained, I’ve never reached it's power limits, it’s always a clean distortion free performance.

The functionality is excellent, full remote control of input selection, tone defeat, and volume as well as power on/standby is available. The main power on/off is accessed at the rear of the unit, but if you use the device regularly standby will suffice.

The headphone output is excellent and drives my 250 ohm Beyerdynamic DT770 with ease.

There are good selection of inputs and one tape/recorder loop. Also very useful are two - yes TWO! Subwoofer outputs. This has worked well for me in the past when I had a very large living room and used two subs to even out the bass response in the room. I’m currently using one sub in my system, usefully the bass tone control also has en effect on the sub output, so once your sub is set up you can still cut/boost the bass slightly to suit a wide variation of recordings for subtle tweaks. Your sub still requires correct set up in the first place, it’s just nice to have the option to cut the level a touch with very bass heavy material.

Speaking of the tone controls, they are quite subtle in their operation and can be used without spoiling the sound. The treble boosts/cuts by 5db at 10 kHz and the bass boosts/cuts by 8 dB at 100 hz. I must say that unless you feel the need to tweak every recording you listen to, the 326 lets the recording be heard as it was recorded with ‘tone defeat’ active and this is how I use the 326, 95% of the time.

Pre ins and outs are available for adding separate power amps, but I’ve never felt the need to experiment with this. Likewise I’ve never needed to try the ‘soft clipping’ feature, god only knows how loud anyone needs to listen to require this function, but it’s there anyway.

Overall I think it’s a very flexible component, only lacking in a built in phono stage or DAC. However I like to keep such components separate anyway.

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Reviewed Jan 03rd, 2016 by

To sum up with one word I would say capable. I say that because I haved owned one for 4 years without any issues apart from a blue led cd indicator light stopped working in its 3rd year of ownership. Capable if paired up with the right components dynamics, soundstage make using this amp enoyable and non fatigueing. One example I can give you is I had used a Technics SLP-555 cd player with a Yamaha A720 amp, I thought the cd player sounded far to bright and lost interest very quickly. The same cd player and the same music then was played through the Nad c326BEE, everything that lacked with the first setup became truely much more balanced. The bass from demo 1 sounded like there was no weight but was tight.2nd demo bass was big but maintained its tightness, not muddy. If your a music lover you will enjoy this amp, not audiophile but a bit of a showoff when paired up well. The cd player I used wasn't great but a decent challenge for this amp and actually made it listenable.

 

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