It’s a well-known fact that we’re able to listen to music because the speakers’ drivers vibrate back and forth forcing the air all around them to vibrate as well. These vibrations are what stimulate our ears, permitting our brain to interpret it, and us to enjoy the music! To produce this physical movement, the loudspeaker drivers require energy in the form of amplification power, and the more power available, the more accurately the drivers are controlled by the amp to reproduce music in high fidelity sound, and with greater detail.
Of course, power isn’t everything – the complexity of design and quality of parts used in the manufacture of any component is also crucial to achieving great sound.
The stereo amplifier is the driving force of any stereo hi-fi system, and the NAD C368 is one that especially attracts me thanks to its solid and sustainable delivery of power in addition to many other features that we’ll get into in a moment. But firstly, to the power delivery; Its power supply is capable of 200 watts continuously and over 600 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical transients. It can provide pure DC power to all the various stages of the C 368. 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. This allows the C368 to deliver wide bandwidth and consistent performance into any speaker load.
This hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier is then equipped with 2 optical and 2 coaxial digital inputs, Bluetooth with aptX® support and optional Bluesound network streaming module. All this digital connectivity provides an ample range of possibilities:
– An optical input provides a connection for your TV digital out achieving a far greater quality sound performance than a Soundbar and can even learn your TV remote.
– Bluetooth with high the quality apt-X codec allows you to push music you have on your smart phone or tablet.
– A Bluesound module installed into the C368 gives you access to one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, opening the window to a world of music streaming from a variety of music online stores such as Deezer, Spotify, and Tidal. In fact, if you subscribe to Tidal or Deezer-Elite, you may not need to buy CDs ever again, as these online music stores can stream in CD quality or better.
Don’t worry – the C368 has traditional connectivity too, meaning that you can listen to your vinyl collection in all the typical and well-known NAD Hi-Fi performance we’ve come to love, as well as two analogue line inputs for legacy support of a CD player or any other analogue devices.
Looking back to the future, however; Modular Design Construction (or MDC for short) is a magnificent feature not seen in other manufacturers’ products, allowing you to customise 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 best multi-room streaming platforms available. BluOS connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone, tablet or desktop to manage your music collection and connect you to a growing list of high-quality streaming music services.
So, the C368 ticks all the boxes: traditional and future ready, digital and analogue, customisable, superb stereo sound, a stereo system just for your music room or in your living room, an excellent substitution for sound bars, and able to match the widest range of speakers even those with difficult loads.
As you can see, the C368 is an absolutely extraordinary value for money!