• NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier
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NAD C 338 Hybrid Digital Integrated Amplifier


NAD’s entry level C 338 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier provides a room-filling 2 X 50W Continuous Power into 8 ohms or 4 ohms, and Dynamic Power of 90W at 8 ohms.

NAD’s Most Versatile Amplifier Ever with Chromecast built-in and Hybrid Digital Technology

The C 338 adds big sound to your favourite music sources and brings incredible flexibility to any stereo system. With Spotify Connect®, Bluetooth®, and the first-ever hi-fi amplifier to have Chromecast built-in®, the C 338 allows you to stream and cast music directly from a mobile device or any music streaming app, letting you enjoy your music wirelessly.

Add a turntable using the phono input and experience the warmth of vinyl collections with the room-filling sound of NAD’s HybridDigital™ amp technology. Power, volume, source selection, and device settings are all controlled using the intuitive interface of the NAD Remote App for iOS and Android.

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Product Description

Introducing the NAD C338

Getting the Basics Right
Built with NAD’s renowned music-first approach to audio architecture and amp design, the C 338 is equipped with the most advanced components commonly found in NAD’s class-leading line of amplifiers. Always starting with the details you can hear and advancing from there, NAD develops low-noise circuitry with the precision and stability to deliver incredible, near-zero distortion sound for the most difficult speakers.

HybridDigital™ Amp Technology
The search for a high-performance Class D solution led NAD to HybridDigital™, an innovative amplifier technology that uses a variable modulation frequency to bring out the life-like qualities of music, while reducing distortion under every operating condition. This highly optimized design gives phenomenal performance to the C 338 amplifier, both measured and subjective.

Efficient Class D Power
NAD has worked tirelessly to create the best performing Class D amplifiers that are energy efficient and produce beautiful sound—not heat—regardless of basic design principles. Using advanced measurements and data, NAD developed the C 338’s highly efficient power supply with a customised Hypex® UCD output stage to pump out 160 watts continuously and over 300 watts instantaneously to meet the demands of the most dynamic music. This new design is very linear over a wide bandwidth and provides consistent, noise-free performance for the amplifying stages with near perfect regulation of voltage.

Always Ready for Streaming
The C 338 has Chromecast built-in so you can cast music, tunes, podcasts, and playlists from your favourite apps on your phone, tablet or laptop to your stereo system. Spotify Connect® lets you discover millions of songs and stream them directly to your C 338 using the Spotify® app for a rich, wireless music experience. With the added flexibility of Bluetooth®, your music streaming possibilities are truly limitless with the C 338.

Built-in Phono Stage for Vinyl Listening
Connect a turntable to the C 338 with its built-in phono preamp that applies the perfect amplification to your vinyl collection. Using a MM phono stage and an innovative low-noise circuit path, the C 338 can reproduce the warmth of LPs with accurate RIAA equalization and control the infrasonic noise that is in all recordings, without ever affecting the bass response.

Flexible Connectivity
With a wide array of connections, including a separate headphone amplifier that can drive high-impedance studio monitor headphones, the C 338 is ready for any type of listening. Line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue source components, offering ideal input impedance with linear ultra-low noise buffer amplifiers to preserve the musicality of recordings. Also connect a subwoofer with low impedance line outputs and extend the versatility of this budget-friendly, do-it-all amplifier.


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“NAD is famous for powerhouse amplifiers that punch way above their weight – but the C 338 brings a whole new dimension to the marque. It is the world’s first stereo integrated amp with inbuilt Chromecast compatibility, streaming most major music services from the tap of an app,”

“Despite its slim size, the amp’s Class D power stage packs 50W per channel and offers almost every input you’ll ever need – from Bluetooth, optical/coaxial digital, MM phono and line-level analogue. Factor in the headphone stage, and nothing else matches its performance at the price.”


Lots of 5-star reviews on such as “Well connected, Great Sounding, Killer value!”, “You cannot go wrong with this one”

In Hi-Fi News’ September review of the NAD C 338, writer Cliff Joseph describes the Classic Series amplifier as a combination of traditional audiophile qualities and music lover essentials. Including two optical inputs, two coaxial, and an MM phono stage, Joseph says that the C 338 is an affordable amp that will impress a wide variety of users.

Beginning with the C 338’s RCA connectors for TV input, Joseph comments on how seamlessly the unit fits into any home entertainment setup. Recognizing NAD’s longstanding audiophile roots, Joseph goes on to highlight the C 338’s numerous hi-fi features, including the amp’s analogue line-ins.

When it comes time to test the amp’s performance, Joseph uses the music of Queen and My Chemical Romance. Playing Queen’s “Somebody To Love,” Joseph comments that the C 338 allows each voice on the track to be heard. While listening to My Chemical Romance’s “Planetary (Go!),” Joseph marvels at how the C 338 helps each instrument reach its full potential.

As the first hi-fi amplifier to feature Chromecast built-in, Joseph says that the streaming technology outshines Bluetooth. Joseph concludes his review by saying “… the C 338 successfully punches above its weight, combining a precise, well-balanced sound with a range of digital input options that will satisfy audiophiles and technophiles alike.”

Read the full review in the September 2017 issue of Hi-Fi News.

Seamlessly combining traditional and modern, NAD’s C 338 looks to be more the true successor to the 3020 heritage than does the compact D 3020 design. This amplifier is versatile and powerful for its price, with a solid dose of HybridDigital power and plenty of inputs, both digital and analogue, including phono for a turntable. Indeed if your phone, tablet or laptop is your primary music source these days, you may need to add nothing but speakers.

+  A great mid-level amplifier for our time
+  Solid HybridDigital power
+  Good range of inputs, plus Chromecast ()