Monday, October 25, 2021

NAD release something nifty

 Single box solutions just have more appeal to me these days as I view the clutter of cable and components scattered around my living space. This new integrated from NAD might be a great option for those who want to get into simplicity (though you will need to use apps to get everything it offers). $1500, 80w, 5"screen, simple knob and button design. Looks like fun:

A just-add-speakers compact and modern solution designed for the streaming age. New Classic Series features powerful HybridDigital UcD amplification, 80-watts per channel and integral BluOS app interface

PICKERING, ONTARIO, CANADA September 30, 2021– NAD Electronics, the highly regarded manufacturer of high-performance audio/video components, continues its expansion in the “just add speakers” category with the introduction of the C 700 BluOS Streaming Amplifier. The C 700 suggested retail price is $1499 USD and will ship globally in late October. 

Using the intuitive BluOS app, the ability to cue music from a digital library, or stream from internet radio and online services like Spotify, Amazon Music HD, Tidal, and Qobuz could not be easier. The C 700 delivers an experience similar to the award-winning Masters Series M10 BluOS Music Streaming Amplifier.

Key Features of the NAD C 700 BluOS Streaming Amplifier

  • HybridDigital UcD Amplifier

  • Continuous Power: 80 Watts per channel into 8/4 ohms

  • Instantaneous Power: 120 Watts per channel

  • 5” high-definition colour information display shows album art, track progress, and system settings

  • Solid aluminum body and glass front panel

  • Works with intuitive BluOS Controller app forAndroid, iOS, macOS, and Windows

  • BluOS multi-room streaming to 63 zones

  • High-resolution audio to 24-bit/192Hz

  • MQA decoding and rendering

  • Lossless and high-resolution streaming from Amazon Music HD, Deezer, Idagio, Qobuz, and Tidal

  • Support for Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Tidal Connect

  • Voice control via Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant

  • Optical and coaxial digital inputs

  • HDMI eARC port

  • Two-way aptX HD Bluetooth

  • 12V Trigger output

Full details:  NAD press release



Geoffrey Britain said...

The absence of dirac will be a deal breaker for more and more buyers as time passes.

Anonymous said...

Hmmmmm...If it has the initials "MQA" in it, it ain't comin' home with me.

I am a fan of so-called streaming but I also still buy vinyl and CD when it is something I really want to keep and do not yet own, or already own and want a different version, e.g., I have the CD but want the vinyl or vice versa. I also pay for my music services which are SiriusXM, Pandora Premium (Family plan!) Amazon Music Ultra HD (I can't tell the difference from before but that is what it's called now). But MQA?

NFW. No Freakin' Way. FTN. Yeah. I means just that F T N. LOL!

Now then, as for streaming I own and use a few times a week a Denon HEOS setup. I also own and use daily several Grace Digital internet radios and tuners. I have two of their Grace Links that I use exclusively for headphone listening hooked to Schiit (Valhalla 2O) and S.M.S.L. DACs or Amps They just flat work, are affordable have nice color (colour?) displays and did I mention they are affordable and work? Well they are and do. I hear nothing but music. I do NOT claim to hear equipment. If I heard equipment it would mean that the equipment is making noise instead of reproducing music.

By the way, only crap uses MQA and Schiit ain't crap. ;-) :-)

And nothing I own or will purchase will ever have that ENC BS called MQA. What is ENC BS?

Emperor's New Clothes BullShite. MQA is the fodder of the frAudiophile. I listen to music, not equipment. Bob Stuart is a moron, a charlatan and quisling quisler of a manlette.

I refuse to pay for something I neither want nor need. Besides those to reasons, that crap of Bob's doesn't do squat for music. It is a con. A farce. A ripoff. I am shocked that NAD would lose their nads and pay MQA.

MQA - The FARCE be on you.

Who am I?

I'm Batman.

Anonymous said...

Nice package but the Cambridge EVO 150 is much more powerful (tests at 275 WPC into 4 ohms), more svelte and an overall more attractive product, for a somewhat proportionately higher price, of course, though worth the slight premium in my view.

SleepDirt said...

I purchased an EVO 150 and although I liked the hardware and the form factor well enough, I returned it after only one week because the app blows.

SleepDirt said...

I too have no use for MQA, although I would hardly reject a component that supports it. We will be more often seeing some respectable brands such as Simaudio appearing n the marketplace so equipped as time goes by. Not a deal breaker by any means. Just don't use the feature if you don't like it, the same way you never use those redundant tone controls. I have a few MQA titles myself and....meh