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NAD C316 BEE Amplifier

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4.6 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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  • Innovative Twist on Proven Technology: Proprietary PowerDriveCircuit offers a remarkable combination of high current drive needed for complex loudspeaker loads combined with high levels of undistorted dynamic power. Bjørn Erik Edvardsen, NAD's Director of Advanced Development,developed a simplified version of PowerDrive for the C 316BEE.
  • Budget-friendly: True to our enviable reputation for creating some of the best performing budget amplifiers of all time, the C 316BEE delivers huge performance without the huge price tag.
  • Keeping it Simple: The C 316BEE has everything necessary for musical enjoyment, yet it is refreshingly limited to the essentials: six inputs, one set of speakers, a headphone jack and full function remote control.
  • Dynamic Power Reserves: Continuous power is a conservative 40 watts and dynamic power,which is more important for music listening, is remarkably more than 100 watts! Far more usable power on tap than other amps at this price point.
  • Impressive Capacity: While the C 316BEE embodies simplicity, it is far from a 'stripped down ' product. It is fully equipped to be the control centre for a high performance music system.

Product details

  • Item Weight: 6 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 7 Kg
  • Item model number: C316 BEE
  • ASIN: B003R5ZBAY
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 5 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,350 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Descended from a long-line of top-quality, yet affordable amplifiers, NAD presents the C316BEE, an integrated amplifier that sticks to its simple, hifi principles to deliver a pure and unfettered sound. It features remote control operation, 2 x 40 watts of amplification, 5 inputs, a tape loop and a front panel minijack input for iPods/MP3 players.


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I am not a what might be called a hi-fi buff. In spite of that, I have always wanted good quality, low noise with enough power to vibrate the walls occasionally and to make an orchestra sound like one. In all these respects I can say that the NAD316BEE gives me the best reproduction I have ever had from an amplifier. Along with the Warfedale 10.1's I bought recently I am perfectly happy with the sound I am getting. I can hear higher frequencies than I thought was possible due to age-related high-end drop off (in myself, that is). I value having access to balance and bass and treble controls (don't grumble, I said I wasn't a hi-fi type). Th only two things that niggle slightly and not enough to cost a star are, the remote is a bit useless in range and if you want to change input channel on startup you have to wait while the amp gets going before it will change input, which can lead to unexpected and potentially deafening blasts of sound when the volume has been turned up prematurely. But I can live with those small points as the rest of the package is so good.
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I bought this amplifier to replace my 27 year old NAD amp. The new amp is brilliant. Has the advantage of a good range of controls. As with all NAD equipment, the build quality is first class and the performance is great.
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I bought this for my daughter as a Christmas present. She is a musician and very discerning. She really appreciates its clear sounds.
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I like the NAD ethos, particularly with regards to their budget Hi-Fi kit. They restrict features to the essentials in order to better concentrate on maximum sound and build quality for the money. This philosophy shines through on the C316 BEE amplifier which is a brilliant performer at this price point. For such a compact box this amp offers very impressive clarity, presentation and separation of sound. Listen to a detailed recording and the amp organizes the soundstage in a beautifully balanced way; background sounds are crisp and the mids and lows well-defined.

Power is stated at 2 x 40w but don’t be worried if that doesn’t sound like much. I use my C316 BEE to drive Q Acoustics 3020 bookshelf speakers and they do so with great ease and authority. I can fill my living room with sound by barely getting up to 9 o’clock on the volume dial.
As mentioned, the amp itself is nicely compact at about 8cm tall which is handy if space is at a premium. The metal chassis feels very robust and it weighs in at about 6kg. If you buy through an authorised dealer you get a 5 year warranty as standard which to me says a lot about NAD’s confidence in their build quality. Even the supplied NAD AMP 2 remote control is a model of functional simplicity. It only measures about 9cmx4cm but has all of the commands you need sensibly laid out. Many other Hi-Fi manufacturers with their cluttered remotes could learn from this!

Whether the C316 BEE has enough features is of course a matter of opinion. For about an extra £100 the Marantz PM6005 gives you the ability to drive a second set of speakers and has an onboard DAC. However, if, like me, you do not need these features then why pay for them? For about £200 the C316 BEE delivers on what really matters – simply brilliant sound.
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I bought this to accompany my NAD CD player after my Sony Amp developed a fault. It arrived very quickly and the first thing I noticed was just how heavy it is. My previous amp is over twice the size, yet weighed much less. Hooking up was a doddle and in order to gauge how well it played I decided to spin Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. Well what can I say, for a so called budget amp (Not for me, I can assure you) the depth and clarity of the sound the 315 pushes out is something else. In a day and age when we appear to be taking a retrograde step towards music (What with MP3s and the like) Its nice to be able to listen to music as it should be and not missing aspects of its recording due to a low bitrate MP3 file size or even lower quality equipment. Really impressed with the remote, for once somebody has taken the time to knock up something that works a treat (Helps that it works the CD player as well)

Please don't feel I am taking a stab at other systems or even MP3 players. I am not, however the joy that you experience from listening to your favourite tracks is really something else if played over a system that includes quality equipment such as the NAD.

Now, if only I could promulgate that mindset to the younger generation.

System:
NAD C521 CD Player
NAD C316BEE
Sony DAB Tuner ST-SDB900
Wharfdale Diamond 9.1 Speakers
QED speaker Cable
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