NAD C 389

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In time for Munich High End, NAD Electronics has announced its C 389 HybridDigital DAC amplifier, built around the brand’s latest Modular Design Construction platform, MDC2.

Priced at £1,299 and with 130W on tap per side, the C 389 employs the same ESS Sabre DAC that’s used in NAD’s Masters Series amplifiers, handling data up to a 32-bit/384kHz PCM.

NAD C 389 rear panel

Other features include and an optional MDC2 BluOS-D module for hires multi-room music streaming and Dirac Live room correction, with support for over 20 streaming services including Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, Amazon Music HD, Spotify plus MQA decoding and aptX HD Bluetooth.

Physical connections include a low-noise moving-magnet phono stage with infrasonic filtering, two pairs of line-level analogue inputs with ultra-low-noise buffer amps, two optical and two coaxial digital inputs, an HDMI-eARC input, dual subwoofer outputs and a dedicated headphone amplifier.

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