NAD’s New Classic Amplifiers. Intelligent. Powerful. Efficient.
Expansive Power with Unprecedented Flexibility.
The C388 ties together all the critical elements of a top performing music system; music sources past, present, and future, in addition to providing a nearly unrestricted reservoir of power that allows your speakers to reveal every nuance of musical detail. This advanced amplifier includes many cutting edge technological breakthroughs developed by NAD over decades of creating affordable ultra-high performance audio components.
Getting the Basics Right
It is surprising how many seemingly advanced products in the market today often miss many of the most basic requirements for satisfying performance. Low noise circuits, precise volume control action, accurate channel balance, proper input and output impedance characteristics, high overload margins and stability with difficult speaker loads.
NAD starts by getting these things precisely right and advances from there. They include an MM Phono stage with precisely accurate RIAA equalization, high overload margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative circuit to suppress infrasonic noise that is present on all LPs – all without affecting bass response. Our line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue source components by offering ideal input impedance characteristics with linear ultra-low-noise buffer amplifi ers to prevent any sonic degradation caused by inappropriate loading of the source device. We include a separate headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability – enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Low impedance line outputs that can connect to other amplifiers or subwoofers extend the versatility of this well thought out amplifier. These are all details you can hear.
FEATURES & DETAILS
150W x 2 Continuous power into 8 or 4 Ohms
Bluetooth ADP4 with aptX supported
MM Phono input
Analogue line inputs
24/192 Asynchronous USB input
SPDIF coax and optical inputs
Speaker A, Speaker B
MDC Slots for future upgrades
Smartphone Control App
12V Trigger in/out
RS-232 Serial port for control
Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, Elan certifi ed
Future-Proof Modular Design
This NAD exclusive feature allows you to customize your NAD amplifier with additional capabilities and features, now or in the future. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including 4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, additional Analogue and Phono Inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS™ music management system developed by Bluesound. BluOS connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone, tablet, or desktop device to manage your music collection and connect to a growing list of high-quality streaming music services.
Connected and Smart
You can connect instantly to the C 388 with Bluetooth® allowing you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device. The high performance aptX® codec is fully supported for true CD-quality sound. Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources connected to the C 388 via wireless headphones such as NAD’s own HP70. There is also a control app that allows your smartphone or tablet to control all functions of your C 388. Adding the optional BluOS Module provides access to your local area network via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection and adds Hi-Res Audio streaming. The BluOS Module also makes the C 388 a singlezone streamer in a complete multi-room wireless music system that is fully compatible with BluOS-enabled music systems and wireless speakers. These are available in a variety of sizes and shapes to fit every room and extend the performance of your primary music system to create a warm ambience of sound in your home.
NAD has moved away from the old-fashioned power-hungry linear power supplies and Class AB output stages that waste nearly half of the energy consumed and produce heat rather than sound. Instead, we have developed even better performing circuits based on switch mode power supplies and Class D output stages. Once thought to be inferior to traditional topologies, NAD’s advanced work in this area has created some of the best performing amplifiers regardless of basic design principle. These new designs are very linear over a wide bandwidth and provide consistent performance into all speaker loads, providing a dramatic advance over previous models.
The power supply is capable of 400 watts continuously and over 1,000 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical transients. It can operate with any AC mains voltage from 100 to 240 volts and provides pure DC power to all the various stages of the C 388. This highly efficient supply also provides near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions and provides a solid noise-free foundation for the amplifying stages. The C 388 uses a customized version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage operating in a fully balanced bridge configuration. This allows for massive power with nearly unmeasurable distortion and noise in the audible range. Every detail of this design has been carefully planned and perfectly executed to wring out
every last drop of performance.
Specifications C 388
Continuous output Power into 4 Ω and 8 Ω (Stereo) 150W (at rated THD, 20-20kHz, both channels
IHF Dynamic Power 2 Ω 400W: 4 Ω 350W: 8 Ω 250W
Signal/Noise Ratio <-94dB (IHF; A-weighted, 500mV input ref. 1W out in 8 Ω)<-113dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 50W in 8 Ω, max volume)
Damping Factor >200 (ref. 8 Ω, 50Hz and 1kHtz)
Frequency Response 10Hz-65kHz
Channel Separation 1kHz 85dB; 10kHz 70dB
Sample Rate 192kHz/24bit
Standby Power 0.5W
Idle Power 30W
Inputs Digital: Coax x2, Optical x2
Analogue: Line In x2, Moving Magnet Phono Preamp (0.3mV input sensitivity ref. 200mV preout)
Dimensions (D x L x H) 302 x 435 x 71mm (16 x 17 1/8 x 4 3/4)”
The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including 4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, additional Analogue and Phono Inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS™ music management system developed by Bluesound. BluOS connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone, tablet, or desktop device to manage your music collection and connect to a growing list of high-quality streaming music services.
Available MDC Upgrade Modules
Adds Wi-Fi/Ethernet Network Connectivity with decoding for all major digital music formats, including Hi-Res Audio to 24/192, and support for local libraries and streaming music services. BluOS is the operating system of a wireless multi-room ecosystem that includes speakers from Bluesound allowing Hi-Res Audio to be
distributed to every room in the home.
Adds 3 HDMI In (Stereo PCM only, no Surr. Dolby/DTS decoding) and 1 HDMI Out for video pass through. Full 3D Video support with video resolution up to 1080p/60. Supports 2 channel PCM audio with 24/192 resolution.
Adds a Balanced and Single-ended Line Input and a MC/MM Phono Input. Includes high quality 24/192 DAC audio. Adds additional Asynchronous USB and SPDIF Coax and Optical Inputs.
Adds 3 HDMI Inputs and 1 Output for mVideo Pass-Through. Supports 4K Video resolutions. Supports 2 channel PCM audio with 24/192 resolution.