“ Known as the bottom of the range NAD, it certainly doesn't perform in that way. High build quality and crisp, high clarity sounds even at low levels make it a very sound investment. „
NAD have an extremely proud reputation of making not only very good quality amps but also positioning them at a surprisingly budget level. The NAD C320 is certainly nothing special to look at, looking quite chunky but very rebust with it. In fact the build quality is something which has been focused on.
I have noticed that the NAD C320's power rating on here is 90 watts. This is a little misleading due to the fact that the 90 watts would represent the total wattage and not the wattage per channel i.e. per speaker. However that does not mean that the NAD is left wanting for power. Despite the fairly low wattage, this is a very conservative rating and this is apparent when used on any sensitive speaker. T
The volume can be turned up to high volumes without any audible adverse reactions. The amplifier is able to stay in control of the music without introducing any kind of distortion into the sonics. This NAD is an excellent amplifier to compliment any kind of bass heavy music as the low end frequencies have quite some kick, which allows the bass to resonate with a deep thud but is more than tuneful to break through the detail in the bass notes.
The midrange is open and expansive and very impressive. This is particularly commendable when you consider the relatively cheap prices of this amp. Vocals are produced with a genuine timbre and the highs and lows of the voice can really be felt and appreciated. Which means that while providing some bass kick to bass heavy genres, it also partners well with the more softer vocally driven genres.
It will even do a good job when paired with not just just bookshelf speakers but also floorstander speakers. Which makes it's price all the more attractive as it's not left starving for power even with an additional driver brought into the picture.
There are plenty of audio inputs allowing to connect lots of external devices to the amplifier but unfortunately for those who like listening to vinyl, there is no phono input, this will mean purchasing a phono stage separately. This is not an issue for me as I listen to music solely from cd could be to some fans.
I would highly recommend this amp
Over the years, I have owned a lot of amplifiers, and thats because I always want to try out something new, after all, that way, you know which product is the best. In general, people seem to think that amplier cost a lot of money, but this one only set me back just over £150, not much consdiering. The thing that I like about this amp, is that it makes any sized speakers seem like cinema speakers, much to the disapporval of my neighbours, and it gets to the point where I had to put this amp in the garage and sound proof it as it made so much noise. But at the end of the day, thats what it is supposed to do.
There is a lot of features included with this amp, and when I bought it, I got a cheap deal on some high class headphones. It addition to this, I find that the included remote control that you get is brilliant, and every you can do on the actual amp can be controlled from a distance, so you dont even need to touch the amp itself.
The box is quite small than the typical amp, and actually quite flat. I like that way as then you dont need to move anything around to find somewhere to put it. In conclusion, I think that this is well worth the money, especially at such a cheap price, and definitely is something that I will use for a long time.
NAD have been making great hifi kit for decades, though you'd never guess to look at them. Most of their range comes housed in highly unimaginative grey boxes, and look like military equipment from the Cold War. It's what's inside that matters though, and here this amp doesn't disappoint.
At a cost of a mere £200, this is at the very bottom end of the NAD range, but it's still a benchmark for budget amps, continually winning awards from hifi magazines and audiophiles. You may notice a 'BEE' after the product code - this stands for Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, the hifi genius who helped to engineer NAD's pioneering range. His work is justifiably legendary - and you'll hear the effects in this box!
The sound it produces is just fantastic: clear, pure and balanced. You get terrific detail, so if you listen to classical and jazz, you won't be disappointed, while the soundstage is spacious enough to cope with any air guitar classic on the rock side. The technology in the box matches the amp to your speaker load, adding dynamic headroom to the sound, while soft clipping protects your speakers and ears from distortion.
* 2 x 50W Minimum Continuous Power into 4 / 8 ohms
* 110W, 160W, 210W, IHF Dynamic power into 8, 4 and 2 ohms, respectively
* PowerDrive? amplifier technology
* Headphones socket
* High Current Holmgren Toroidal Power Transformer
* Relay Input Switching
* 6 Line inputs
* All discrete circuitry
* Short signal path from input to output
* All sockets Gold Plated
* Bass and Treble controls with Tone Defeat switch
* Main-amp Input & Pre-amp Output
* NAD Soft Clipping
* IR Input & Output
* Full System Remote control including Stand-by/Off
* 12V Trigger Output
I've been using mine for years now and never had a problem with it, reliability wise. If you want to use an MP3 player with your stereo, though, you need to latest C325BEE model.
I've been using the NAD C320 BEE, which I purchased for £160, for over a month plugged into a pair of Kef Q1 speakers as a replacement to a Rotel RA-931 amplifier.
The amp (2x50W) is powerful enough to drive any pair of budget/mid-range bookshelf speakers and works well with the Kef's producing a sound more punchy than the Rotel. It seems to work well with a variety of genres, from hip hop to jazz, and overall produces a clear and natural sound.
Apart from having excellent sound quality, the amp is also well spec'ed, featuring 7 line inputs (including a pre-out useful for subwoofers), soft clipping to prevent speaker damage and a remote control (which quite impressively can move the volume control knob). The remote itself is quite bulky and designed to control more than one NAD component, but is a useful feature to have.
The case, whilst quite stylish in titanium (colour!) and well designed, is entirely plastic on the front panel which could make it quite susceptible to damage. This is a trade-off for the high quality components within that include all gold-plated plugs and a toroidial transformer.
Overall the C320 BEE is an excellent sounding amp and whilst it's not great in terms of external build quality, it more than compensates with the quality of its sound at such a low price. Well worth purchasing.
Classed as bottom of the NAD range, but to anyone with a discerning ear, and a limited budget for their first foray into 'real hi-fi', you'd be hard pressed to find better! I have mine connected ( via profigold interconnects and gale flat speaker cable) to a NAD C521 cd deck, and a Denon TU260 Mk11. The system is played through Mission 702e floorstanding speakers, that are also used as AV fronts. Overall it sounds great, even at low volumes when playing music for ambience, there is bass where it should be and well controlled treble, (not brash, as an all in one system). At higher volumes I think it over powers the Missions, but then that is at ear compromising volumes. ;-) As M J Carrier said, understated looks, as all the money is rightly spent on the internals, which are very tidy. Looking through the top cover, all you see is a huge aluminium heatsink and the toroidal transformer, seems a shame to put a cd deck onto it ( I know I shouldn't, haven't got a proper rack yet)! NAD builds hi-fi components to sound excellent and look very understated. A much better theory than looking excellent and having an understated sound!!! I have had nothing but praise over the last 6 months of ownership for the sound now eminating from my missions, without the NAD components hiding away in the dark, it wouldn't sound half as good. ( I know this as they were connected to an all in one Aiwa ).......
Winner of the 1998 What Hi-Fi? Best Buy Amplifier Award, this truly is a Amplifier that will stand up to the competion. True its simple, typical NAD, design can leave you feeling abit like, 'what's all that money for then?' but it well worth the price tag. The Amplifier offers a respecatble 40W of power that is easily enough to power most speakers in most rooms. It is important when buying separate system you are buying quality. If you want features then you might as well get a mini-system. What the C320 offers is an amplifer that can take the rough with the smooth. A amplifier that impresses with its loud and unburstable presentation. Don't be fooled by it low wattage, in typical NAD sytle, this Amp is understated in every way shape and form. The remote is made for the C340 as well and the inability to turn it off from the remote is frustrating at times but if that's all I can moan about than its not a bad thing. The remote can also be used with other NAD components basic functions a useful little extra. It has full tonal and balance functions, a tone defeat control and soft clipping function for the real perfectionists amongst you. It has two tape-loops, pre/power amp couplers, tuner, aux, disc, video and cd output as would be expected as well a headphone socket, which requires the large connection but this sort system should be shared. I combine this amp with the NAD C520 CD player and the sound is as good as my ear can tell. It classes itself as a budget amp but like the C520 CD player it really is so much more.