NAD C326BEE Stereo Integrated Amplifier


Top Rated Amplifier of the Year Award by The Absolute Sound. The BEE stands for Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, and the three Edvardsen-designed circuits contribute to the amp section’s remarkable dynamic performance. The “soft-clipping” circuit monitors the output so that as clipping approaches, the power-supply rail limits output while allowing a moderate amount of benign overdrive. The “power-drive” circuit, based on Peter Mitchell’s studies of how much power is actually needed to replay music at natural levels, optimizes the output devices for high-current delivery; a second winding on the power transformer monitors output current, output voltage, and temperature to provide enough current on a short-term basis (e.g., 40 to 50 milliseconds) to handle large transients. Finally, “while most class A/B amplifiers use the output stage as a current dumper, in the ‘distortion-cancelling’ circuit Evardsen configures the output transistors to provide a small voltage-gain to which is added a local feedback-loop that reduces distortion even lower, to around 0.005 percent.” Local Feedback gives the amplifier far better stability than Gobal Feedback. Also Top rated by What Hi-Fi, Five Stars: The NAD C326BEE is the latest in NAD’s range of affordably priced, yet very high performance Stereo Integrated Amplifiers. Neatly slotted in between our most affordable C 316BEE and more powerful C 355BEE, the C 326BEE boasts many upgrades and refinements taken directly from the highly acclaimed NAD Masters Series M3 Amplifier. These include application of Bjørn Erik Edvardsen’s innovative and patented Distortion Canceling Circuit in the output stage and BEE Clamp in the power supply. An improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout has reduced distortion and noise to unprecedented levels. Taken together, these improvements mark a sharp upturn in performance that must be heard to be fully appreciated! Dimensions HxWxD: 17.2 x 4 x 11.25″. Weight: 15.21 lbs.

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