Review: NAD C338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier

Mad for NAD (Part II) A Look Forward at the NAD C338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier MSRP: $899 (Canadian) ‘In the House’ review by David Neice   Verdict So, the question is this: can you teach an old farm dog like me any new tricks? You bet you can. This amplifier welcomed me into the vast world of audio streaming, being both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capable. It has Google Chromecast Audio built in, and this allows easy streaming from Tidal, Amazon Music HD, and Spotify as well as other music streaming services. By delivering on a hybrid Class D amplifier design, NAD has produced an amp with a very ‘neutral’ sound field capable of very loud sound reinforcement without strain. The dynamic power available is quite something to hear. Moreover, the digital inputs and the on-board DAC (Burr Brown) are of sufficient quality that there should be no concern about sound quality. In this regard, the solid reputation of NAD in producing cost effective integrated amplifiers that sound very good is rendered intact. As a bonus, NAD includes a fine moving magnet phono input in the mix, that reflects its sonic traditions. With more than a casual nod to the … Continue reading Review: NAD C338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier