Munich High-End 2018: NAD completes makeover of classic integrated amplifiers with C316BEE V2


Legendary NAD amplifiers now updated

Feature variety of performance features from phono inputs on all models, to integration of BluOs and Chromecast on select models.

Exciting news for vinyl lovers!
NAD has updated their enduring classic C316BEE integrated amplifier with a moving magnet phono stage, along with a redesigned front fascia. I’ve long held firm that entry level NAD integrated amplifiers can be the perfect gateway drug for those flirting with the idea of getting into Hi-Fi. Going higher into the classic integrated line-up, one quickly finds that NAD offers reference level performance without breaking the bank.


HIGH END 2018, Munich, Germany May 10, 2018 NAD Electronics, a leading manufacturer of premium home audio and video products, announced an update to one of its most popular amplifiers ever: the C 316 BEE V2. Blending simplicity with best-in-class performance, the updated NAD integrated amp now includes a MM phono input featuring the company’s acclaimed RIAA equalization circuit.

The NAD C 316BEE V2 (€399/ £349 MSRP) available now (July in North America at US$399 MSRP), can serve as a budget reference amplifier for those who demand outstanding value.


The update of the C 316 BEE V2 completes a two-year makeover of NAD’s five Classic integrated amplifiers which also include the C 328, C 338, C 368, and C 388. Recognizing that many music lovers have rediscovered vinyl, all five models feature a high quality Moving Magnet phono stage based on the company’s highly acclaimed RIAA equalization circuit. This sophisticated circuit combines low noise with high overload margins to virtually eliminate noise and distortion. There is even an infrasonic filter to help control low frequency feedback, handy to control floor and cabinet vibrations.

The rest of the line-up:
C 328 (
€549 / £499 / US$549)
C 338 (€649 / £599 / US$649)
C 368 (€899 / £799 / US$899)
C 388 (€1599£1499 / US$1599)

Staying true to the clean design lines for which NAD has become world famous, all five models have undergone an update to their industrial design. Slightly curved edges to the charcoal front panel bookend a clean ergonomic layout where simplicity and ease of use are paramount.

The flagship models of the NAD Classic amps, C 388 and C 368, feature Modular Design Construction (MDC) with card slots to accommodate changes in technology to help prevent obsolescence. A popular use of MDC is the addition of a BluOS module that instantly transforms either amplifier into a wireless, high-res, multiroom hub. For C 388 and C 368 owners who want to go beyond remote control, NAD now offers a free mobile control app for smartphones.

The C 338 is the first amplifier to feature Chromecast built in. It is WiFi enabled for network streaming of internet services internet radio and UPnP. The C 328 is a step up over the C 316 BEE V2 and offers increased power with support for Bluetooth. All three of these NAD amps provide audiophile solutions for those seeking maximum value.

Anyone who is familiar with NAD’s proud history knows that an affordable, high performance integrated amplifier is what launched the brand 45 years ago.” explained Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning for NAD. “With the C 316BEE V2, NAD has completely updated its five Classic amplifier models with new industrial design and MM phono inputs to satisfy vinyl lovers. Other models feature BluOS or WiFi enabled streaming and one even offers Chromecast. What has not changed however is the company’s design objective: to produce the best sounding amplifier in its class while retaining the simplicity that NAD is famous for.”

KeyFeatures of the NAD C 316BEE V2:

  • PowerDrive S – high current circuit design can handle complex speaker loads and deliver surprising amounts of undistorted power
  • Phono input with NAD’s acclaimed RIAA phono circuit.
  • All NAD integrated amps now feature MM Phono input
  • Five Line Level Inputs – one on front and four on the rear panel
  • Front panel input for portable media player
  • Headphone Output
  • Bass and Treble Controls with tone Defeat (Bypass)
  • Full function IR Remote Control

Bluesound is exhibiting in the Dynaudio stand, Atrium 3.1, C112, at HIGH END 2018 at the MOC in Munich from May 10 – 13.