NAD C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

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  • Regular price $2,249.00


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.


  • 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



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

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)
THD (20Hz-20kHz) <0.005% at 1V out
Signal/Noise Ratio >110dB (32 Ohm loads; A-weighted, ref. 2V out, unity gain)
Frequency Response ±0.3dB (20Hz-20kHz)
Channel Separation >60dB at 1kHz
Output Impedance 6 Ohms

Continuous output Power into 4 Ohms and 8 Ohms (Stereo) >150W (at rated THD, 20-20kHz, both channels driven)
IHF Dynamic Power

8 Ohm 250W

4 Ohm 350W

2 Ohm 400W

THD (20Hz-20kHz) <0.02% (250mW to 150W, 8 Ohm and 4 Ohm)
Signal/Noise Ratio >95dB (A-weighted, 500mV input ref. 1W out in 8 Ohm)
Clipping Power >160W (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
Peak Output Current  >20A (in 1 Ohm, 1ms)
Damping Factor >150 (ref. 8 Ohm, 20Hz and 6.5kHz)
Frequency Response ±0.03 (20Hz-20kHz)
Channel Separation

>75dB (1kHz)

>70dB (10kHz)

Input Sensitivity (for 80W in 8 Ohm) Line In: 490mV; Phono In: 7.5mV; Digital In: 24% FS
Sample Rate up to 24 bit/192kHz
Standby Power <0.5W
Wireless Frequency Band 2.402G – 2.480G
Wireless Maximum Transmit Power (dBm) 7dBm ±2dBm
Power Consumption

Auto Standby ON and Network Standby OFF - 0.5W

Auto Standby ON and Network Standby ON - 1.2W

OFF mode (Power switched OFF) - 0.1W

Gross Dimensions (W x H x D) 435 x 120 x 390mm (17 1/8 x 4 3/4 x 15 3/8)”
Net Weight 11.2kg (24.7lb)
Shipping Weight 13.6kg (30lb)

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