This year, NAD Electronics is celebrating its 50th anniversary. Traditionally, audio brands celebrate memorable dates in their history with the release of special anniversary models of equipment. NAD was no exception, which plans to present an anniversary model of the NAD C 3050LE integrated amplifier , made in vintage design, at the High End Show 2023 in Munich in the spring. The progenitor of the amplifier was the legendary model NAD C 3020 – the most popular budget integrated amplifier.
The jubilee model is housed in a satin-finish walnut wood-paneled cabinet and features soft LED signal level meters. The appearance of the amp seemed to come to us from the golden era of audio – 1972, when NAD Electronics appeared.
The NAD C 3050LE anniversary model combines stylish vintage design with cutting-edge functionality. The amplifier has a high-resolution DAC based on TI PCM5242 chips, capable of working with digital streams with parameters up to 32 bit / 384 kHz. The device can receive a digital signal either through optical or coaxial digital inputs, or via HDMI with ARC support.
For vinyl lovers, there’s a moving magnet (MM) phono stage, while streaming enthusiasts will appreciate the aptX HD-enabled Bluetooth adapter that can either receive a signal from a smartphone or tablet or stream music to wireless headphones or speakers. Also included in the NAD C 3050LE is the MDC2 BluOS-D streaming expansion module, which runs on the BluOS operating system and supports MQA. In addition to streaming functions, it has a Dirac Live sound adaptation system for specific acoustic conditions. The amplifier uses proprietary NAD HybridDigital modules, which provide 100 watts of power for each channel.
The limited edition NAD C 3050 LE integrated amplifier (1972 units planned) will be available for $1972 and will be available from mid-November 2022. And in March 2023, a more affordable version of the model without the LE suffix (Limited Edition) and without the MDC2 BluOS-D module will be presented. The NAD C 3050 amplifier will be available for $1,299. The MDC2 BluOS-D module will be offered as an option for $549.
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