NAD launch new C 379 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier


A new but familiar looking NAD

NAD Electronics,  have announced a new product from their classic line the C 379 HybridDigital DAC and Amplifier.  Its a very familiar looking HiFi product with a familiar specification list feature an ESS Sabre DAC chip and class D amplification with a Modular Design Construction (MDC) to allow for upgrades and expandability.

In detail

The NAD C 379 utilises a customised UcD output stage with HybridDigital technology to deliver 80 watts of Continuous Power (into 8 and 4 Ohms) and 120 watts of Dynamic Power (4 Ohms), all with virtually no noise or distortion according to NAD. Interestingly the C 379 can be bridged with the C 268 Stereo Power Amplifier in a fully balanced configuration for 300 watts continuously and over 500 watts instantaneously, ideal for more demanding speakers or audiophiles.

The NAD C 379’s highly efficient power supply is said to consume less than half the power of conventional amplifiers in its class while also providing clean power which of course an advantage in the modern era.

The digital circuity is built around the ESS SABRE ES9028 DAC which is clearly not the latest and greatest, however I have heard some fantastic applications of this chip, but also some lesser ones too.

The C 379 has the the second generation of NAD’s Modular Design Construction, MDC 2, that allow users to upgrade the amplifier’s capabilities with emerging A/V technologies and additional features through the module, including BluOS and Dirac Live Room Correction, a feature I would want in a product like this.. The
available MDC2 BluOS-D module further enables seamless integration with BluOS, Apple AirPlay 2, and two-way aptX HD Bluetooth.

With BluOS, users can connect the C 379 to their home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet and experience the most advanced multi-room wireless music management system with 24 bit/192kHz resolution. Controlled through the BluOS app for smartphone, tablet, or desktop, BluOS manages your digital music collection and connects to over 20 high- quality streaming music services including Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, Amazon Music, Spotify, and more.

Additionally, the NAD C 379 is equipped with a variety of analogue and digital connectivity including aptX HD Bluetooth, HDMI eARC, MM Phono stage, and two
independent subwoofer outputs. The integrated amplifier also includes a built-in separate headphone amplifier with low output impedance and high output voltage
capability, allowing it to drive a wide range of headphones.

NAD C 379 dac amplifier website 1

Price and availability

The NAD C 379 will be available at the end of June 2024 for a suggested retail price of US $1,099 / EUR €1,199 / GBP £899.