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NAD Launches New C 399 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier



Flagship Classic Series integrated amplifier featuring Masters Series grade HybridDigital nCore amplification, ESS Sabre DAC and MDC2 Modular Design Construction Architecture

The C 399 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier is the clearest expression yet of NADís commitment to sonic excellence and lasting value. Employing NADís HybridDigital nCoreô amplification, which until now has been available only on Masters Series amplifiers, the C 399 is the new flagship integrated amplifier in NADís Classic Series. The C 399ís digital section is built around a 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre DAC, the same chip used in NADís acclaimed M10 and M33 Masters Series amplifiers. The suggested retail price of the C 399 is US$1999 (£1799 / Ä1999 / CDN$2599) with retail availability in time for the holiday season.
The C 399 also the first amplifier to incorporate the latest generation of NADís Modular Design Construction (MDC) technology: MDC2. MDC2 lets users add optional modules that provide functions such as BluOS Hi-Res multi-room music streaming, Dirac Live room correction and more.

ďAs with every NAD amplifier, the C 399 gets the basics right: a precise volume control with accurate channel balance, low-noise circuits, and correct input and output impedances. The C 399 with its HybridDigital nCore output stage and high-resolution ESS Sabre DAC can reproduce all your digital and analogue sources to a level of excitement and refinement that is unprecedented in its classĒ, says Cas Oostvogel, NAD Electronicsí Product Manager. ďEver since the launch of the legendary 3020 integrated amplifier in 1978, the NAD brand has been synonymous with value and performance. The C 399 takes that reputation to a whole new level. Thanks to NADís innovative new MDC2 architecture, the C 399 can serve as the hub of a world-class music system today, and for many years to come.Ē
Pure Power
Trickled down from NADís Masters Series, the C 399ís HybridDigital nCore amplifier is highly efficient and remarkably powerful. It can deliver 180 Watts per channel continuous power, and 250 Watts per channel instantaneous power, allowing the C 399 to produce musical transients effortlessly. The HybridDigital nCore design is renowned for its wide bandwidth, flat frequency response, clean clipping behaviour with instant recovery, high current capability, and stability into demanding low-impedance speaker loads. Noise and distortion are vanishingly low under all operating conditions. The minute levels of harmonic distortion are dominated by sonically benign second and third harmonics. These refinements enable the C 399 to produce neutral, distortion-free sound even at very high listening levels, with thrilling dynamics, exquisite detail, and superb portrayal of space. Also trickled down from the Masters Series is the ESS Sabre ES9028 high-resolution DAC, a design noted for its wide dynamic range, ultra-low noise and distortion, and near-zero levels of clock jitter. This premium DAC enables the C 399 to reproduce all of oneís digital sources with amazing musicality, a precise soundstage, and stunning clarity.
Future Perfect
In 2006, NAD introduced Modular Design Construction (MDC), an innovative architecture for adding new functions to existing components. Many NAD products have rear-panel slots for MDC modules that perform UHD (4K) support, HDMI switching, BluOS multi-room music streaming, Dolby Atmos surround processing, and other functions. The C 399 is the first product to feature NADís new MDC2 architecture. By enabling two-way communications between the module and host component, MDC2 allows for adding desirable features.
Equipped with Wi-Fi and Ethernet, the optional MDC2 BluOS-D module lets listeners play music from their favorite streaming services through the C 399, using the acclaimed BluOS Controller app for Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows. Like all BluOS Enabled products, the MDC2 BluOS-D has integrated support for dozens of streaming services; and supports Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Tidal Connect. Two-way communications also enable the MDC2 BluOS-D to stream music from local sources connected to the C 399 to BluOS Enabled components in other rooms.
The Dirac Live function lets users to measure their roomís acoustics using a supplied microphone and intuitive app, and then upload correction curves to the MDC2 BluOS-D. By compensating for acoustic anomalies in listening environments, Dirac Live dramatically improves bass clarity, imaging, and timbral accuracy. Thanks to its two-way architecture, the MDC2 BluOS-D performs Dirac Live room correction for all sources connected to the C399

Well Connected
The C 399 has two optical and two coaxial digital inputs, plus an HDMI-eARC port for playing audio from a connected TV, while controlling amplifier output with the TVís remote control. Analogue fans are well served with two pairs of RCA line-level inputs, plus a MM phono stage with ultra-precise RIAA equalization, extremely low noise, and high overload margins. The phono preamp also features an innovative circuit that suppresses the infrasonic noise present on all LPs, without compromising bass response. The line inputs have low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent sonic degradation.
In addition to two sets of speaker outputs, the C 399 has preamp output jacks and dual subwoofer outputs. Two-way aptX HD Bluetooth allows 24-bit streaming from mobile devices, and high-quality output to Bluetooth headphones. Also built-in is a dedicated headphone amplifier with low output impedance and high output voltage capability, enabling the C 399 to drive demanding high-impedance studio monitor headphones.
Key Features of the NAD C 399 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier
Hybrid Digital nCore Amplifier
Continuous Power: 180 Watts per channel into 8/4 ohms
Instantaneous Power: 250 Watts per channel
Vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion
Dual MDC2 Slots for expanded functionality
Optional MDC2 BluOS-D module adds BluOS multi-room streaming and Dirac Live room correction
Jitter-free 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre 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 low-noise buffer amplifiers
Speaker A/Speaker B outputs
Two-way aptX HD Bluetooth
Dual subwoofer outputs
Dedicated headphone amplifier
IR remote
12V Trigger in/out
IR in/out
RS-232 Serial port for control integration with home automation systems
Seamless integration with Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, Lutron, iPort, Elan, PUSH and KNX smart home control systems

Once bitten twice shy ....

There is not a chance I will by this.


--- Quote from: Drifter on September 28, 2021, 09:27:38 AM ---Once bitten twice shy ....
There is not a chance I will by this.

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come on now, we need you to be our guinea pig  :BWAHAHAH:


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