I have owned NAD equipment since i started getting into home hi-fi, and NAD have always been known for quality that far surpasses the cost of the item, and this amplifier is no exception. It's been mentioned that it looks a bit lacklustre, but who buys an amplifier to look at it?
My system consists of a pair of kef q55's. And a NAD 541 cd payer (does anyone remember them?) and i run my laptop through it for mp3's, and my game computer for games and films. The system astounds me every time i use it, obviously for film and game use it lacks surround sound, whatever dolby are calling it this week, but i have no facility nor enough money for surround sound.
All in all one of the best amps i've ever listened to, only surpassed by equipment costing several times more. Let down by its looks in some people's opinion but you're buying an amplifier not art.
The NAD C340 Integrated Amplifier is great. I am only quite new to the whole hi-fi separate scene. This is the first amplifier that I have bought. I was first drawn to it through What Hi*Fi. It won their product of the year 1999 and they continue to use it when testing speakers, CD players and other equipment. I have a quite a small room in college, but even with my speakers from an old system, I never have to move the volume to more than a quarter of the maximum. I have listened it at higher volumes but it is my speakers that are the weakest link. At all levels the quality of the music is amazing. It is crisp and clear, vocals are easily discernible and each instrument can be heard with clarity. I play a huge variety of music, from William Orbit's Pieces in a modern style; Placebo, Red Hot Chilly Peppers to Hard House and Trance. The amp takes them all in its stride. The fact that it has 7 inputs make it very versatile. I've got everything plugged into it. The tone defeat is a class function. It totally bypasses the bass and treble controls. This allows the music to be heard exactly as the musician intended. However when listening with headphones, just one quick push of the button and the bass can be increased to overcome the inherent tinny effect of headphones. Some people might say that it looks a bit dull. I disagree with that. I really love the simplicity. There are no funny little buttons and knobs that do nothing except clutter up the front panel. So if you are looking at setting up a basic or middle of the road, start off system, I would definitely recommend the C340. It has plenty of power capable of driving most speakers. In a word Excellent.
This, the father of the NAD C320, is definately worth a long listen to. It certainly deserves all of the rave reviews that it has had about it from many hi-fi magazines. Now, all you people out there who are looking to buy a new hi-fi may look at nad products and think that they look boring. Yes you are right. The militant grey colour of their products is very off putting. However it has been said never trust a book by its cover. Well I say never trust a nad by its case. As, behind that boring coloured case houses some of the best electronics around for this price. The C340 shows is a great example of these statistics. You will not be blown away by the looks but you will by the sound. The quality of this little baby is amazing. The bass is very clear and well defined and sounds superb. Also the mid range and treble sound really crisp. This amplifier combines clout with a great sound presentation so if you are looking for great sound quality for a good price, this is definately the amp for you. It is great sound quality at a very good price for what you get. Team it up with a NAD CD player and perhaps some speakers from mission or kef, then you will be amazed at the sound quality of the system. Please leave a comment at the bottom to help me expand this opinion or tell me if I should add things to it.