NAD C316BEE V2 Integrated Amplifier


Cutting-edge technology with timeless design


Where Every Note Comes to Life

NAD has a distinct reputation for creating some of the best performing budget amplifiers of all time. The lineage is impressive, all the way from the 3020 of 1978 to the current C 328, with many “Best Amp” awards and five-star reviews along the way. The C 316BEE lived up to expectations, garnering multiple accolades including an EISA award for ‘Best Product 2008-2009’ and top recommendations from the world’s leading audio publications. With the resurgence of vinyl NAD decided to update the design by including NAD’s highly acclaimed RIAA phono stage. This sophisticated circuit combines low noise with high overload margins to eliminate noise and distortion. RIAA equalisation is extremely accurate (a rarity at this price) and there is even an infrasonic filter to reject airborne vibrations that can cause parasitic feedback.

Proven Technology Enhanced by Innovation

NAD’s PowerDrive Circuit has been proven to offer a remarkable combination of high current drive needed for complex loudspeaker loads, and high levels of undistorted dynamic power. By monitoring the precise operating condition of the power amplifier, PowerDrive uses this intelligence to automatically optimize the power supply settings for uniformly low distortion and maximum power in the real world of music listening. As featured in NAD’s top Masters Series models, PowerDrive uses a complex ‘analogue computer’ to determine the optimal settings. For the C 316BEE V2, NAD’s Director of Advanced Development, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, developed a clever new computation circuit requiring fewer parts at a much lower cost without any reduction in effectiveness. All the hallmarks of NAD technology are present, from the generously sized toroidal power transformer and low ESR smoothing capacitors, to the multiple regulated secondary supplies, to the heavy duty discrete output transistors, the C 316BEE V2 is every bit as refined and sophisticated as other NAD amplifiers.


While the C 316BEE V2 has everything necessary for musical enjoyment, it is refreshingly limited to the essentials: six inputs, one set of speakers, a headphone jack, and full function remote control. It has a compact size and a handsome yet understated exterior. It is essential NAD.&While its bells and whistles may not be as extensive as NAD’s more expensive offerings, the C 316V2 is far from a “stripped down” product. With five line level inputs, an MM Phono Input, full IR remote control, defeatable tone controls and a front panel input for a phone or tablet, the C 316V2 is fully equipped to be the control center for a high performance music system. Continuous power is a conservative 40 watts, and dynamic power (more important for music listening) is impressively more than 100 watts! This is far more usable power on tap than other amplifiers at this price, and this power is available across the entire audible band at a class leading 0.03%.


  • PowerDrive
  • 5 Line Level Inputs
  • MM Phono Input for Vinyl
  • Front Panel Input for Portable Media Players
  • Bass and Treble Controls
  • Tone Defeat (Bypass)
  • Headphone Output
  • IR Remote Control
  • Multi-way Speaker Binding Posts
  • Gold Plated RCA Jacks
  • Toroidal Power Transformer
  • <0.5W Standby consumption


  • Line In/Headphone Out

    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz):<0.03 % in 300 ohms at 2 V out
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio:>100 dB (A-weighted, 32 ohms, ref. 2V out, unity gain)
    • Frequency response:±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
    • Output impedance:8 ohms
  • Line In/Speaker Out

    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio:&>95 dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, ref. 1 W out in 8 ohms). >97 dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, unity gain in 32 ohms)
    • Clipping power (at 1 kHz 0.1 % THD): >45 W in 8 ohms. >60 W in 4 ohms
    • IHF dynamic power: 8 ohms: 90 W. 4 ohms: 120 W. 2 ohms: 170 W
    • Damping factor: >200 (ref. 8 ohms, 1 kHz)
    • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz, Tone Defeat ON). Treble: ± 5dB at 10 kHz. Bass: ± 8 dB at 100 Hz
  • Phono In/Speaker Out

    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.03 % (1 W to 40 W, 8 ohms and 4 ohms)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >75 dB with IHF MM cartridge (A-weighted, ref. 5mV input 1 kHz and 1W output in 8 ohms)
    • Frequency response (RIAA deviation): +0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz, Tone Defeat ON)
    • Maximum input level: 71 mV (1 kHz THD 0.1%)
  • Dimensions: (WxHxD) 435 x 90 x 285mm
  • Weight: 5.5kg

Check out the brochure for more information – NAD C316BEE Brochure

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