NAD C-388 DAC Integrated Amplifier

$2,599.00

The NAD C388 is a 150 watt (continuous) Hybrid Digital integrated DAC amplifier, with a customised version of the high-end Hypex UcD output stage, this provides massive power with nearly unmeasurable distortion. The NAD C388 is modern day classic that features; Blue-tooth, phono input (MM Phono-stage) for turntables, DAC (digital to analogue converter), coax snd optical digital inputs. The C388 can be upgraded (MDC BluOS 2i) or shipped with (NAD C388 BluOS 2i) to provide optional  High-Resolution audio streaming capabilities.

NAD C388 - Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier

The NAD C388 is a powerhouse using a customised version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage that delivers high performance power with incredibly low distortion. Its efficient signal paths provide superb resolution, neutral sound and of course the sound quality that NAD has always been known for. The C388 has a clean look that hides a high-quality headphone pre-amp, high performance MM phono stage and an array of analogue and digital ins and outs.

This flexible, powerful amplifier is as sophisticated as it is compelling

Andrew Everard

HiFi Critic

NAD C388 - Hybrid Digital Advanced Amplification

Gone are the old-fashioned power-hungry linear power supplies and Class AB output stages, these designs waste nearly half of the energy consumed producing heat rather than sound. Instead, NAD have developed new circuits based on switch mode power supplies and a customised version of the high-end Hypex UcD output stage.

New Advanced Hybrid Digital Amplification

NAD's advanced work in the Hypex UcD output stage has created some of the best sounding and performing amplifiers regardless of basic design principle. These new designs are very linear over a wide bandwidth, ultra transparent with extremely low noise and distortion, and have plenty of power and performance that is consistent into all speaker loads.

MDC: Forward Thinking

Also included in the rear of the NAD C388 are 2x MDC (Modular Design Construction) slots. MDC is an exclusive feature of NAD products and gives you the ability to add MDC expansion cards to expand your C388's capabilities, this will provide new feature and performance upgrades. This NAD design philosophy will give you peace of mind in the coming years.

Find out more about MDC: Modular Design Construction options

Enjoy Headphone Performance

Include in the NAD C388 is a separate low output impedance headphone amplifier with very high output voltage capability that has plenty of drive for Studio & Head-Fi high impedance headphones.

Built In Head Phone Amplifier

Enjoy Your LP Records

The Nad C388 also includes a Moving Magnet Phono stage with RIAA equalisation, high overload margins, low noise, and an innovative circuit that suppresses the infrasonic noise that is present on all LP Records.

Built in Moving Magnet Phono-stage (Also Available MDC Moving Coil Phono Module)

Bluetooth Streaming

Connect instantly to the C 388 using apt-X Bluetooth 5.0 and stream music wirelessly from your smart devices. The C388 uses a high performance digital circuit so the C 388's Bluetooth sounds much better than a normal Bluetooth device. You can also pipe sound using Bluetooth to headphones or speakers

Built In Bluetooth 5.0 with aptX.

Also Available Hi-Res Streaming & Multi-Room Features

The Nad C388 can be shipped with (See C388 BluOS) OR fitted with an optional BluOS-2 MDC Module that Integrates Hi-Res Audio, MQA, network & music services streaming. These features are all controlled using the free BluOS App provided by Bluesound and is available for; Google Android, Apple iOS (iPhone & iPad), OSX 7-10 (Apple Mac) and Windows 7, 8 & 10. For more details see C388 BluOS

For more details see C368 BluOS

NAD C-388 Key Features

  • Built-in Digital to Analogue conversion with 24bit 192kHz support.
  • Modular Design Construction (MDC slots) for future upgrades.
  • Bluetooth to headphones or speakers.
  • Custom Control: IR in & out, 12v trigger in & out, RS-232.
  • Custom Certified: Control 4, Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, Elan.
  • Inbuilt Bass Equalisation.
  • Phono-stage input for connection of turntables.
  • IR remote control
  • Detachable IEC power cord

This flexible, powerful amplifier is as sophisticated as it is compelling

Andrew Everard

HiFi Critic

NAD C-388 Connectivity

  • 2 way bluetooth (I/O)
  • 2x MDC (Modular Design Construction) slots for future upgrades 2x line level analogue inputs
  • 1x moving magnet phono-input with precisely accurate RIAA equalisation
  • 2x coaxial digital
  • 2x optical digital
  • 1x USB-A input (24/192). 2x Speakers outputs (A+B outputs)
  • 2x Line outputs (subwoofer or pre out)
  • 1x Headphone output (6.3mm)

NAD C388 Specifications

  • Power Output: 2 x 150 w minimum continuous into 4/8 ohms
  • IHF Dynamic Power: 250w (8ohms), 350w (4ohms), 400w (2ohms)
  • Damping Factor: 200
  • Dimensions (HxWxD): 110 x 435 x 390mm
  • Weight: 9.1kg
  • Finish: Black