C 389 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier + MDC2 BluOS

C 389 HybridDigital DAC Amplifier + MDC2 BluOS


The NAD C389 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier is a cutting-edge audio solution that combines a high-performance DAC, a powerful amplifier, and advanced digital processing capabilities. Designed for audiophiles and music enthusiasts, this versatile device offers exceptional sound quality and flexibility for a truly immersive listening experience.

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Key  Features

    • 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 ohms, 300 W into 4 ohms, 350 Watts per channel
    • Vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion
    • Nearly unmeasurable noise through the entire audioband
    • Dual MDC2 ports for expanded functionality
    • 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, Lutron, and Elan

Key Features:

      1. Hybrid Digital Amplification: The C389 employs NAD’s renowned Hybrid Digital technology, which combines the best characteristics of Class D amplifiers with Class AB amplifiers. This unique combination ensures excellent efficiency, low distortion, and high dynamic power, enabling the amplifier to effortlessly drive a wide range of speakers and deliver exceptional audio performance.
      2. High-Resolution DAC: Equipped with a high-quality, 24-bit/192kHz DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter), the C389 is capable of reproducing audio with remarkable accuracy and detail. It supports a wide range of digital audio formats, including PCM and DSD, allowing you to enjoy your music collection in its purest form.
      3. Advanced Digital Processing: The C389 features advanced digital signal processing (DSP) capabilities, enabling precise control and optimization of the audio signal. This includes functions such as bass management, room correction, and tone control, allowing you to tailor the sound to your preference and optimize it for your listening environment.
      4. Flexible Connectivity Options: With a comprehensive range of inputs and outputs, the C389 offers flexible connectivity options to accommodate various audio sources. It includes multiple analog and digital inputs, such as balanced XLR, RCA, coaxial, and optical inputs, ensuring seamless integration with a wide range of audio devices, including turntables, CD players, streaming devices, and more.
      5. Modular Design: The C389 features a modular design that allows for future upgrades and expansion. It includes a dedicated MDC (Modular Design Construction) slot, which enables the addition of optional modules to enhance its functionality and keep up with evolving technologies, ensuring your investment remains future-proof.
      6. User-Friendly Interface: The amplifier is designed with user convenience in mind. It features a front-panel display and intuitive controls that provide easy access to various settings and functions. The included remote control offers additional convenience, allowing you to adjust volume, select inputs, and control playback from the comfort of your listening position.
      7. Robust Construction and Build Quality: Crafted with precision and durability in mind, the C389 boasts a robust construction using high-quality components. The rigid chassis and careful internal layout minimize vibrations and interference, preserving audio quality and ensuring a clean, accurate signal path. This attention to detail results in exceptional build quality and long-term reliability.

The NAD C389 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier is a powerful and feature-rich audio solution that combines high-performance amplification, advanced digital processing, and flexible connectivity options. Whether you’re a discerning audiophile or a dedicated music lover, this amplifier delivers an immersive and captivating listening experience, allowing you to rediscover your favorite music with exceptional clarity, precision, and detail.


  • Power Output: 150W per channel into 8 ohms (20Hz-20kHz, <0.03% THD, both channels driven)
  • Dynamic Power: 180W, 300W, 400W into 8, 4, 2 ohms respectively
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >98dB (A-weighted, ref. 1W)
  • Frequency Response: ±0.1dB (20Hz-20kHz)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion (THD): <0.03% (250mW to rated power, 8 ohms)
  • Damping Factor: >190 (ref. 8 ohms, 20Hz and 6.5kHz)
  • Input Sensitivity: 1.1V (for rated power at 8 ohms)
  • Input Impedance: 22k ohms (RCA), 100k ohms (XLR)
  • Standby Power: <0.5W
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 133 x 379 mm (17 1/8 x 5 1/4 x 14 15/16 inches)
  • Weight: 16.8 kg (37 lbs)

Digital Section:

  • Supported Digital Formats: PCM (up to 24-bit/192kHz), DSD (up to DSD128)
  • Digital Inputs: 2 x Coaxial, 2 x Optical
  • USB Input: Asynchronous USB Type B (supports USB Audio Class 2, PCM up to 24-bit/192kHz)
  • USB Compatibility: Windows 7 or higher, macOS 10.6 or higher (no driver required)
  • Bluetooth: Built-in Bluetooth with aptX support

Analog Section:

  • Analog Inputs: 2 x Balanced XLR, 3 x RCA
  • Analog Output: 1 x RCA Pre-out
  • Speaker Outputs: 2 pairs of Binding Posts (A and B)

Additional Features:

  • Modular Design Construction (MDC) for future upgrades and expansion
  • Front-panel display and intuitive controls
  • IR remote control included

Power Requirements:

  • AC Power: 120V, 60Hz (North America version), 230V, 50Hz (international version)
  • Power Consumption: 300W (max)

Please note that these specifications are based on the information available at the time of my knowledge cutoff (September 2021). It’s always a good idea to refer to the official documentation or contact the manufacturer for the most up-to-date and accurate specifications.

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