NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier

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Distinguished amongst analogue preamplifiers, the C 165BEE is built to be the heart of any advanced home audio system. Starting with six line level inputs, including MC/MM phono input, the C 165BEE is incredibly flexible. Featuring a superbly designed tone control circuit, the C 165BEE is an exceptional example of how to implement high-fidelity tone controls by affecting only the frequency extremes and leaving the critical midrange untouched, while also offering a bypass option. With a 12V-trigger output and IR inputs and outputs on the rear panel, the C 165BEE is ready to integrate with CI control systems. With outstanding build quality and true engineering sophistication, the NAD C 165BEE is the preamp you’ve been waiting for.


  • 6 Line Level Inputs
  • Phono Input with selectable Moving Coil and Moving Magnet sensitivity settings
  • 3 position Resistance and Capacitance settings for Phono Input
  • 2 Line Level Outputs, one variable from 0dB to -12dB
  • Subwoofer Output
  • Independent Headphone Amplifier
  • Pure Class A Gain Modules
  • Sealed Reed Relays for Input Switching
  • Heavy Gauge Steel Chassis
  • Bass and Treble Controls with Defeat Switch (bypass]
  • Gold Plated Sockets
  • 12V Trigger Output
  • IR In and Out
  • Detachable Power Cord
  • SR 8 NAD 4 Device System remote Control
  • <1 watt Standby Consumption


Input Impedance (R and C) 100 kilohm+ 320 pF
Input Sensitivity 158mV (ref. 500mV out)
Maximum input signal 9V
Signal/Noise Ratio, A-weighted 108dB (ref. 500mV in 500mV out, volume set to unity gain)
Frequency response

112dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)

± 0.1dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat ON)

± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat OFF)

Frequency response (subwoofer out) 100Hz (ref. -3 dB)
Output Impedance

Pre-out - 75 Ohm

Tape out - Source Z + 440 Ohm

Sub out - 100 Ohm

Headphones - 10 Ohm

Maximum Voltage Output

Pre-out - >10V into 600 Ohm

Tape out - >10V into 10 kilohm load

Sub out - >7V into 1 kilohm load

Headphones - >5V into 600 Ohm, >2V into 32 Ohm

HD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100) >0.001% dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 2V out)
Treble Control
±5dB at 10kHz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)
Bass Control
±5dB at 100Hz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)
PHONO Input impedance

MC - 40, 100, 600 Ohm (R) 1nF (C)

MM - 47 kilohm (R) 220, 300, 400pF (C)

PHONO Input sensitivity

MC - 0.15mV (ref. 1kHz 500mV out)

MM - 2.63mV (ref. 1kHz 500mV out)

PHONO Input overload

MC - 1mV/10mV/100mV (20Hz/1kHz/20kHz)

MM - 16mV/147mV/1.4V (20Hz/1kHz/20kHz)

PHONO Gain – Tape out

MC in - 59.8dB (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)

MM in - 36.5dB (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)

PHONO THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100) 0.009% (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 5Vrms Tape out)
PHONO Signal/Noise ratio, IHF A-weighted

MC - 78dB2 (ref. 0.5mV)

MM - 86dB3 (ref. 0.5mV)

RIAA response accuracy

± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 50Hz)

± 0.3dB (ref. 50Hz – 20kHz)

Infrasonic filter

10Hz (at -3dB)

5Hz (at -14dB)

Channel Separation >60dB (ref 1kHz/10kHz)
Net Dimensions (W x H x D)

435 x 80 x 286mm

17 1/8 x 3 x 11 1/4”

Gross* Dimensions (W x H x D)

435 x 99 x 315mm

17 1/8 x 3 15/16 x 12 1/2”

Net weight 13.23lb (6kg)
Shipping weight 17.1lb (7.8kg)
*Gross dimensions include feet, extended buttons and rear panel terminals.

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