NAD C389 Integrated Amplifier

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NAD C389 Integrated Amplifier

 For over 50 years, the NAD brand has been synonymous with performance and value. The C 389 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier solidifies this reputation even further. With its precise volume control, ultra-low-noise circuitry, and cutting-edge amplifier design, the C 389 will deliver thrilling dynamics and exquisite detail from all your musical sources. With NAD’s next-generation MDC2 future-proofing technology, C 389 owners can add exciting capabilities like multi-room music streaming and automatic room correction. The NAD C 389 can serve as the cornerstone of a high- performance audio system now, and for decades to come.

Power to Spare
From input to output, every aspect of the C 389 has been engineered to deliver thrilling dynamics and transparent, detailed sound. The digital section is built around the same 32-bit/384kHz ESS Technology Sabre DAC chip used in NAD’s award-winning Masters M33 amplifier. Renowned for its near-zero levels of clock jitter, exceptionally wide dynamic range, and ultra-low noise and distortion, the ESS Sabre 9028 DAC enables the C 389 to deliver astonishing clarity and near-holographic imaging on all sources.

Future Forward
With its two MDC2 expansion slots, the C 389 can adapt to technical advances and evolving user needs. Introduced in 2006, NAD’s Modular Design Construction future-proofing technology lets owners of MDC-capable components add new capabilities by inserting an expansion module into an MDC slot on the rear panel. Starting in 2021, MDC2 is an all-new design that allows two-way communications between the expansion module and host component. NAD’s first MDC2 module is the MDC2 BluOS-D, which features BluOS high-res multi-room streaming and Dirac Live room correction.

Plug & Play
The C 389 has all the inputs you need to accommodate your audio source components. These include two optical and two coaxial digital inputs and two sets of RCA line-level analogue inputs. The analogue inputs have ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers for greater sonic purity.

Vinyl fans will appreciate the C 389’s precise MM phono stage, which provides accurate RIAA equalization, high overload margins, and extremely low noise. The phono section incorporates an innovative circuit that suppresses the infrasonic noise that is always present during vinyl playback, without affecting bass performance.

For movies and television, the C 389 has an HDMI eARC input so that listeners can play TV audio from through their high-fidelity speakers while controlling volume with the TV’s remote. With its two subwoofer outputs, the C 389 can serve as the hub of a 2.1- or 2.2-channel system for music and movie playback. With the MDC2 BluOS-D installed, users can set crossover frequency with the BluOS app, for a seamless blend between the subwoofers and main speakers.

The C 389’s dedicated headphone amplifier has low output impedance and very high voltage output capability, so that it can be used with demanding headphones, including low- and high- impedance studio headphones. The C 389 also features two-way wireless Bluetooth, with support for Qualcomm’s aptX-HD codec, for 24-bit streaming from your smartphone or tablet, and wireless playback through Bluetooth headphones and speakers.




  • Customized HybridDigital UcD amplifier in fully balanced bridged configuration
  • Continuous Power: 130 Watts per channel into 8/4 ohms
  • Instantaneous Power: 210 W into 8 Ω, 300 W into 4 Ω, 350 W into 2 Ω* Watts per channel
  • Vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion
  • Dual MDC2 ports for expanded functionality
  • Optional MDC2 BluOS-D module adds BluOS Hi-Res multi- room music streaming and Dirac Live room correction
  • Jitter-free 32-bit/384kHz ESS Sabre 9028 DAC
  • Ultra-low-noise MM phono stage with infrasonic filtering circuitry
  • Two optical, two coaxial digital inputs
  • HDMI-eARC input
  • Two pairs of line-level analogue inputs with ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers
  • Two sets of speaker outputs
  • Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
  • Dual subwoofer outputs
  • Dedicated headphone amplifier
  • CI-Friendly - IR remote, 12V Trigger in/out, IR in/out, RS-232 Serial port
  • Seamless integrations with smarthome control systems such as Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, Push, Lutron, iPort, and Elan 

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