NAD C388 Integrated Amplifier


Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

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The C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier is at the top of its class in the world of affordable amplification. An incredibly powerful amp, the C 388 employs NAD technologies like Asymmetrical PowerDrive to ensure that even the most demanding speakers can be driven to life-like listening levels without dynamic compression. Thanks to its advanced preamplifier circuit, the C 388 gives low noise at all volume settings, ensuring that you’ll be able to listen to your music without any distractions. Another technology that’s available to the C 388 is the BluOS module, a music management system that can stream your music library wirelessly across your home Wi-Fi network. Connect to the C 388 instantly with Bluetooth® to give you access to various streaming services. With the ability to accommodate a variety of sources both past and present, the C 388 is a remarkably flexible product that will become a core addition to your home audio system.

Getting the Basics Right

It is surprising how many seemingly advanced products in the market today often miss many of the most basic requirements for satisfying performance. NAD starts by getting these things precisely right and advances from there. NAD include an MM Phono stage with precisely accurate RIAA equalization, high overload margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative circuit to suppress infrasonic noise that is present on all LPs – all without affecting bass response. NAD line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue source components by offering ideal input impedance characteristics with linear ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent any sonic degradation. NAD include a separate headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability – enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Low impedance line outputs that can connect to other amplifiers or subwoofers extend the versatility of this well thought out amplifier.

Future-Proof Modular Design

This NAD exclusive feature allows you to customise your NAD amplifier with additional capabilities and features, now or in the future. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including 4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, additional Analogue and Phono Inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS®music management system developed by Bluesound. BluOS connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone, tablet, or desktop device to manage your music collection and connect to a growing list of high-quality streaming music services.

Connected and Smart

Connect instantly to the C 388 via Bluetooth®aptX®to allow you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device with true CD-quality sound. Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources connected to the C 388 via wireless headphones such as NAD’s own HP70. There is also a control app that allows your mobile devices to control all functions of your C 388. Add the optional BluOS Module to provide access to your local area network via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection and adds Hi-Res Audio streaming. The BluOS Module also makes the C 388 a single-zone streamer in a complete multi-room wireless music system that is fully compatible with BluOS Enabled music systems and wireless speakers.


  • 150W x 2 Continuous power into 8 or 4 Ohms
  • Bluetooth A2DP with aptX supported
  • MM Phono input
  • Analogue line inputs
  • USB port for service purposes
  • SPDIF coax and optical inputs
  • Speaker A, Speaker B
  • Preamp/Subwoofer out
  • Headphone amplifier
  • MDC Slots for future upgrades
  • IR remote
  • Smartphone Control App
  • 12V Trigger in/out
  • IR in/out
  • RS-232 Serial port for control
  • Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, AMX, Savant, Elan certified


  • Line Input, Pre Out

    • THD (20Hz-20kHz): <0.005% at 2V out
    • Signal/Noise Ratio: >106dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out, unity gain)
    • Channel Separation: >80dB (1kHz); >70dB (10kHz)
    • Input Impedance (R and C): 22 kilohm + 100pF
    • Maximum Input Signal: >4.5Vrms (ref. 0.1% THD)
    • Output Impedance: Source Z + 240 Ohm
    • Input Sensitivity: 93mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
    • Frequency Response: ±0.03dB (20Hz-20kHz)
    • Maximum voltage output – IHF load: >4.5V (ref. 0.1% THD)
    • Tone Controls: Treble: ±7.0dB at 20kHz. Bass: ±7.0dB at 60Hz. Balance: -10dB
  • Phono Input, Pre Out

    • THD (20Hz-20kHz): <0.01% at 2V out
    • Signal to Noise Ratio: >84dB (200 Ohm source; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out). >76dB (MM cartridge source, IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)
    • Input Sensitivity: 1.44mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
    • Frequency Response: ±0.3dB (20Hz-20kHz)
    • Maximum Input Signal at 1kHz: >80mVrms (ref. 0.1% THD)
  • Line Input, Headphone Out

    • THD (20Hz-20kHz): <0.005% at 1V out
    • Signal/Noise Ratio: >110dB (32 Ohm loads; A-weighted, ref. 2V out, unity gain)
    • Frequency Response: ±0.3: >60dB at 1kHz
    • Output Impedance: 6 Ohms
  • Dimensions: (WxHxD) 435 x 120 x 390mm
  • Weight: 13.6kg

Check out the brochure for more information – NAD C388 Brochure

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