NAD Announces Turntable, Amplifier and BluOS Streaming DAC

Fantastic devices? Or a kick in the NADs?

by Aaron Macarthy Beards Oct 5, 2018 at 6:51 AM

  • NAD has announced three new products that will be made available over the next few months.

    NAD’s D 3045 amplifier follows the compact design of its D Series siblings. The amps boasts 60 watts per channel as well as a range of digital and analogue connections. These include an asynchronous USB (24bit/192kHz) input for a direct connection to a laptop. Additionally, the device has coaxial, optical and legacy analogue inputs. An HDMI Audio Return Channel input allows for a TV to be hook-up. Additionally, there is a preamp, and subwoofer outputs allowing for easy upgrading.

    Turntable users will benefit from a moving magnet phono stage. Two-way aptX HD Bluetooth allows users to stream music to the amplifier as well as allowing users to stream whatever the amplifier is playing to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. The D 3045 supports MQA decoding and DSD support and will be available during October 2018, for £599.

    NAD also announced it has upgraded its C 588 turntable, which only launched in 2017.

    The new model gets a belt drive with electronic speed control and an AC motor with isolated power supply. Additionally, the new turntable gets a 9in carbon fibre tonearm that offers vertical tracking angle and azimuth adjustment. The new C 588 comes pre-fitted with an Ortofon 2M Red phono cartridge.

    The upgraded C 588 will cost £699 and will be available in November 2018.

    NAD’s high-end C 658 isn't just a DAC. That's because the new device uses the BluOS ecosystem. This means that the C 658 offers users the ability to stream hi-res music from NAS drives on their network plus almost twenty music streaming services. All of this is controllable with a Mac, Windows PC, iOS or Android device.

    BluOS is Bluesound's audio platform. It allows users to access and stream lossless music to every room in their home. Users can locate music anywhere on a home network, cloud music service or internet radio station, and share it with any BluOS enabled music system. BluOS also allows custom integrators to connect, manage and control networked music in a smart home with support for 3rd party integrations.

    If BluOS sounds interesting to you then check out our news story about Bluesound's latest OS update, as well as their new devices.

    Just like NAD’s D 3045 amp, the C 658 supports two-way aptX HD Bluetooth. The device also has phono and RCA inputs, a balanced preamp, stereo subwoofer and front-panel headphone jack outputs. What's more, it comes with Dirac Live Room Correction Lite software. This offers users an audio calibration based on their specific system and room.

    Module Design Construction was used in the building process for the C 658. MDC means that the DAC’s digital audio and video circuits are printed on replaceable modules. This allows them to be upgraded in the future when new formats come around. NAD have also given users two MDC slots for future expansion.

    No word on price or availability at the moment.

    Does the integration of BluOS entice you, or put you off the C 658? Are these upgrades a leap forward or just NAD treading water?

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