The C 165BEE boasts a new design representing a lifetime of experience from
Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, NAD’s renowned Director of Advanced Developments.
New semiconductors and improved production techniques, such as the use of
surface mount devices (SMDs), create performance capabilities far beyond
comparably priced products. For example, an improved tone control circuit and
revised PCB layout, combined with the high signal capacity of NAD’s Class
A gain modules, reduce distortion and noise to unprecedented levels.
In addition: The Class A gain modules combine the short signal path advantage
of IC-based OPAmps with the higher signal and current capacity of discrete
transistors. SMDs are used to miniaturize the circuit, while an extruded
aluminum heat sink keeps all parts at the optimal operating temperature for
ultra-low distortion. This unique NAD development endows the C 165BEE with
lightning-fast transient response, and bass extension and definition uncommon
at this price level. High frequencies are extended, silky smooth and grain-free.
The phono stage includes three position switches to select resistance and
capacitance levels to precisely match most popular Moving Coil and Moving
Magnet (MC/MM) phono cartridges. Other refinements lower noise and
improve the overload margin. Improvements to the headphone amplifying
circuit better drive studio-quality high-impedance headphones.
Unlike many high-end preamps that skimp on inputs, the C 165BEE is
exceptionally versatile and ready to integrate with custom-installed control
systems. Connections and controls include 6 line level inputs, a subwoofer
output, an MC/MM phono input, a 12-V trigger output, IR inputs and outputs
on the rear panel, discrete On/Off codes, a superbly designed tone control circuit
ideal for touching up the tonal balance of less-than-perfect recordings, a Tone
Defeat switch, and NAD’s SR 8 full-function remote which also controls other
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