NAD ANNOUNCES UK PRICING FOR C 658 BLUOS MQA STREAMING DAC

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23rd October, 2018

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NAD ANNOUNCES UK PRICING FOR C 658 BLUOS MQA STREAMING DAC

StereoNET reveals UK pricing on NAD's highly capable C 658 streaming DAC which was unveilled at Rocky Mountain Audio Fest this month.

The NAD C 658 is set to launch in December. As we mentioned in the brand's show preview, the new component combines preamplifier, DAC and BluOS streamer all in one. Additionally, the unit boasts Bluetooth aptX HD, Dirac Live Room Correction as well as a handy modular design.

With Modular Design Construction (MDC), as the name suggests, all the primary digital circuits can be upgraded and replaced to keep the unit forever young and capable (I wish I could say the same). The C 658 comes with two MDC slots for future upgrades.

NAD C 658 DAC Preamp Streamer

Naturally, the C 658 is compatible with High-Res digital audio formats, including MQA. That, combined with BluOS means that you have access to around 20 streaming music services as well as having the grunt to index over 250,000 tracks from local network sources.

The C 658 possesses a high-quality phono stage, analogue inputs, balanced preamp output and stereo subwoofer outputs. Also, around the front, there is a 6.4mm jack linked to a high current headphone amplifier.

NAD C 658 BLUOS Streaming DAC

Thanks to two-way wireless Bluetooth you are not only able to stream from mobile devices, but the C 658 also supports playback on Bluetooth enabled headphones.

Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Chief Technology Officer, told StereoNET:

The C 658 combines the best of all worlds in that it is a high-performance preamplifier and streaming DAC with the most compelling digital technologies such as BluOS, MQA, Bluetooth aptX HD and Dirac Live. MDC then helps protect their investment for years to come.

The new NAD is also a boon for custom system installers as it can be used as a node in a sizeable BluOS ecosystem enabling hi-res streaming to 64 zones. Furthermore, the C 658 has an RS-232 serial port with certification and forthcoming chassis drivers from Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, and ELAN.

To further aid installation, the C 658 sports a Lite version of Dirac Live Room Correction software (you do have the option to upgrade to the full version), which measures the acoustic performance of the system within the listening room and optimise playback accordingly.

Available from December, the NAD C 658 will cost £1,499.

For more information, go to NAD.

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