NAD C 658 BluOS streaming DAC is optimised for custom install

posted on Tuesday, 23rd October 2018 by Steve May

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NAD has announced a new BluOS compatible streaming DAC. Due to launch in December, the C 658 combines preamplifier, DAC and BluOS streamer all in one, and features Bluetooth aptX HD, Dirac Live Room Correction and a modular design construction.

The system is compatible with High Res digital audio formats, including MQA. BluOS natively supports nearly 20 streaming music services, and has the horsepower to index of over 250,000 tracks from local network sources.

The C 658 boasts a high-quality phono stage, analogue inputs, balanced preamp output and stereo subwoofer outputs, plus high current headphone amplifier with a 6.4mm jack. The C 658 has an RS-232 serial port with certification and chassis drivers incoming from Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, and ELAN.

Integrators can use the C 658 as a node in a larger whole home BluOS ecosystem, allowing hi-res network streaming to 64 zones. BluOS also supports all major smart home controllers.

Two-way wireless Bluetooth capability not only allows music to be streamed from smartphones, tablets and laptops, but also supports playback on Bluetooth enabled headphones.

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

There’s also the promise of future upgrades. The C 658’s modular architecture allows users to have their unit updated by dealers with additional MDC modules.

“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.” says Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Chief Technology Officer. “MDC then helps protect their investment for years to come.”

The C 658 will retail for £1,499.

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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