Employing proprietary PowerDrive™ technology, the C 372 and C 352 are the latest affordably priced integrated amplifiers from NAD
NAD, the highly regarded manufacturer of high -performance audio components, exhibits their continued commitment to two -channel audio with the C 372 and C 352 Integrated Amplifiers during CES 2004 this week in Las Vegas.
The two amplifiers benefit from NAD's proprietary PowerDrive™ circuit topology, allowing them to deliver maximum performance under virtually any circumstance, independent of the loudspeakers. The PowerDrive topology is a practical approach that enables an amplifier to easily handle musical dynamics and difficult speaker loads. The PowerDrive circuitry automatically senses a loudspeaker's impedance characteristics and adjusts its power supply settings to best cope with that specific load. This ensures remarkably dynamic and distortion -free performance, even from demanding 4 -ohm designs. The result is the highly desirable characteristics of high dynamic power and low impedance drive capability.
NAD has always been very conservative when quoting output power ratings, preferring to state the guaranteed minimum rather than the optimistic FTC power specs that is stated by most competitors. NAD chooses the far stricter and more conservative Full Disclosure Power rating, with all channels driven simultaneously, at any frequency 20Hz to 20kHz, with less than 0.08% THD at 8 and 4 ohms. Finally, in what we consider to be most representative of real world performance, we include Dynamic Power at 8 ohms, 4 ohms, and 2 ohms!
The C 372 delivers a robust 150wpc of continuous power with both channels driven at rated distortion into 4 or 8 ohms. It is also bridgeable, capable of 350 watts in the mono mode. The C 352 supplies a powerful 80wpc of continuous power with both channels driven at rated distortion into 4 or 8 ohms. Dynamic power is even more impressive, with an unprecedented 460 watts from the C372 and 240 watts from the C 352, into 2 ohms!
The power supply was carefully designed using NAD's exclusive "Holmgren" transformer, which incorporates a special core design with materials to enhance efficiency and make the transformer less sensitive to DC offsets on the AC mains voltage. An improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout has reduced distortion and noise to unprecedented levels.
Both amps features an FET Class A input and driver stage circuit, employing high speed, high current discrete output devices to promulgate superb dynamic quality. The result is musical detail, impact, and soundstage stability and depth unmatched by other integrated amps in this price range. NAD's proprietary Soft Clipping (defeatable) maintains sonic quality and offers speaker protection even under severe overdrive conditions by significantly reducing the risk of damage to loudspeakers due to prolonged high power operation.
Both the C 372 and C 352 provide seven (7) line inputs (including 2 tape in/outputs with dubbing facility) and the pre -amplifier section can be separated from the power amplifier for easy upgrades or adding ancillary equipment to meet future system needs. Each amp sports 2 pre -amp outputs for bi -amping, with one preout offering an adjustable gain allowing it to work with virtually any amplifier, or be connected to a powered subwoofer.
Both amps are fully remote controlled and come supplied with the all -new NAD SR 5 system remote control featuring an ergonomic form, with large buttons that are differentiated by shape and position, to make operation intuitive and enjoyable. The SR 5 will operate many other NAD products such as CD players, tuners, etc.
For remote on/off switching of ancillary components within the system, such as source devices or active speakers, both amps have been equipped with a 12V -trigger. Besides the 12V -trigger, they each have an AC -switched outlet for easy on/off switching of an entire system with the supplied SR 5 remote control or even from the amp's front panel.
Currently shipping, the C372 and C 352 Integrated Amplifiers will sell for $899 and $ 599 MSRP, respectively. They can be seen with NAD's other new products in their hospitality suite at Las Vegas Hilton Hotel, North Tower Suite H28110 during CES 2004.