C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier - Summit Hi-Fi
C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier - Summit Hi-Fi C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier - Summit Hi-Fi

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 sensitive 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)

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

Frequency response                           ± 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                                              ±5dB at 10kHz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)

Bass                                                 ±5dB at 100Hz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)


Input impedance

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

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

Input sensitivity

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

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

Input overload

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

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

Gain – Tape out

MC in                                          59.8dB1 (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)

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

THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100)         0.009% (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 5Vrms Tape out)

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)

                                                 >60dB (ref. 1kHz/10kHz)


Dimensions (W x H x D)

Net                                           435 x 80 x 286mm

                                                17 1/8 x 3 x 11 1/4”

Gross*                                    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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