As a preview to the Munich High End audio show this weekend, NAD Electronics has announced a new integrated amp, the C 389 HybridDigital DAC amplifier.
The C389 features NAD’s well-received HybridDigital UcD amplifier design and the same ESS Sabre DAC chip (32-bit/384kHz) used in their step-up Masters Series amplifiers. Conservatively rated at 130 Watts per channel into both four and eight ohms, the C 389 is designed to handle difficult loudspeaker loads with ease.
In addition, the C389 also has a full complement of inputs and outputs, including coaxial and digital inputs, two analog line inputs, dual sub outputs, a pre-out for a power amp, plus HDMI eARC for connection to televisions. It also has an ultra-low-noise MM phono input and speaker A/B outputs.
Most notably, it’s compatible with NAD’s latest Modular Design Construction platform, MDC2, which allows the use of expansion modules like their MDC2 BluOS-D, which features BluOS high-res multi-room streaming and Dirac Live room correction. This opens the door to MQA decoding and rendering capability, as well as connection to over 20 streaming services via the BluOS app.
The C 389 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier will have a list price of $1,499 USD, with a scheduled availability of early Summer 2022.
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