According to a company press release, NAD is unveiling the newest components of its stalwart budget-minded Classic line.
The release continues by saying that the line was created by Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, NAD director of advanced development, who also helped create certain past NAD models that achieved a cult-like following among audiophiles. The new Classic line leverages design and technology derived from NAD’s Masters Series components. The products carry Edvardsen’s initials as a testimony to his involvement.
The line comprises three amplifiers, two CD players, a stereo preamp, and a stereo receiver.
C 375BEE stereo integrated amplifier ($1300): The amplifier is the first in the series to be upgradable. It features NAD’s Distortion Canceling Circuit and an improved tone control circuit and PCB layout. The C 375BEE delivers 150 watts of continuous power to two channels (4 or 8 Ohms).
C 725BEE stereo receiver ($800): The C 725BEE is an analog receiver based on a high-current toroidal transformer similar to those used in NAD’s high-end separate components. It delivers 50 watts per channel of continuous power and is able to deliver as much as 200 watts on a short-term basis. The receiver features an AM/FM that can have up to 30 presets.
C 326BEE stereo integrated amplifier ($500): According to the press release, “The C 326BEE’s numerous refinements enhance performance to a degree that must be heard to be fully appreciated [in comparison with its predecessor, the C 325BEE.]” The C 326, like the more expensive NAD amplifiers, features Edvardsen’s Distortion Canceling Circuit, the BEE Clamp in the power supply, and an improved tone control circuit and PCB layout. It delivers 50wpc of continuous power.
C 165BEE stereo preamplifier ($900): The C 165BEE features new semiconductors and uses surface mount devices (SMDs) to miniaturize circuits.
C 275BEE stereo power amplifier ($1200): The C 275 delivers 150wpc in stereo configuration and can deliver 400wpc in bridged mono mode (thus, two bridged C 275s can be combined for a high-powered, dual mono configuration).
C 565BEE CD player ($800): The C 565BEE, the flagship of the Classic series, features the latest in semiconductor design, refined cosmetics and, more importantly, performance levels close to NAD’s Master Series M5 CD player—for about half the cost. The player has Wolfson DACs in a dual differential configuration, Burr-Brown Op Amps, and features USB 2.0 and optical inputs.
C 545BEE CD player ($500): Replacing the C 542BEE CD player, the C 545BEE has an updated circuit layout and internal components. It supports playback of CD, CD-R, and CDRW discs, even those encoded with MP3 or WMA compression.
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