NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier

Brand: NAD
Model Number: C 165BEE
UPC: 5703120210094
Model Number: C 165BEE
UPC: 5703120210094

NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier

  • 6 Line Level Inputs
  • Independent Headphone Amplifier
  • Subwoofer Output
  • Phono Input with selectable Moving Coil & Moving Magnet sensitivity settings
  • Bass & Treble Controls with Defeat Switch


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NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier



NAD C 165BEE is an all new design with new semiconductors, an improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout which has reduced distortion and noise to unprecedented levels when combined with the high signal capacity of the NAD Class A Gain Modules.
Class A gain modules combine the short signal path advantage of IC based OPAmps with the higher signal and current capacity of discrete transistors.  This unique NAD development endows the NAD C 165BEE with lightening fast transient response and bass extension and definition that is uncommon at this price level. High frequencies are extended, silky smooth and grain-free.

In the phono stage 3 position switches have been added to individually select the resistance and capacitance of the phono stage to allow precise matching of most popular Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono cartridges. Other refinements have lowered noise and improved the overload margin.
The headphone amplifying circuit drives to give studio quality high impedance headphones.


The NAD C 165BEE has all the flexibility you will ever need, unlike other preamps that lack inputs and features. Starting with 6 line level inputs and the previously mentioned MC/MM phono input, the C165BEE also includes a superbly designed tone control circuit. While tone control circuits in general tend to hurt performance by adding noise and distortion, the NAD C 165BEE is an excellent example of how to correctly implement high fidelity tone controls. Their moderate action is perfect for touching up the tonal balance of all the less than perfect recordings in your collection. A Tone Defeat switch quickly selects fl at response and bypasses all the tone control circuitry.

Custom Installation Ready

With a 12V trigger output and IR inputs and outputs on the rear panel, the NAD C 165BEE is ready to integrate with CI control systems. Discrete On/Off codes and direct access to inputs make programming easy.

Brand NAD   Model NAD C 165BEE
Product: NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier
Line Level Input

– Input Impedance (R and C) : 100 kilohm+ 320 pF
– Input Sensitivity : 158mV (ref. 500mV out)
– Maximum input signal : 9V
– Signal/Noise Ratio, A-weighted : 108dB (ref. 500mV in 500mV out, volume set to unity gain)112dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)
– Frequency response : ± 0.1dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat ON)± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat OFF)
– Frequency response (subwoofer out) : 100Hz (ref. -3 dB)

Accessories Included

– Remote
– US Power Cord

Output Impedance

– Pre-out : 75 Ohm
– Tape out : Source Z + 440 Ohm
– Sub out : 100 Ohm
– Headphones : 10 Ohm

Maximum Voltage Output

– Pre-out : >10V into 600 Ohm
– Tape out : >10V into 10 kilohm load
– Sub out : >7V into 1 kilohm load
– Headphones : >5V into 600 Ohm>2V into 32 Ohm
– HD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100) : >0.001% dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 2V out)

Tone Control

– Treble : ±5dB at 10kHz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)
– Bass : ±5dB at 100Hz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)

Phono Input

– MC : 40, 100, 600 Ohm (R) 1nF (C)
– MM : 47 kilohm (R) 220, 300, 400pF (C)
– MC : 0.15mV (ref. 1kHz 500mV out)
– MM : 2.63mV (ref. 1kHz 500mV out)
– MC : 1mV/10mV/100mV (20Hz/1kHz/20kHz)
– MM : 16mV/147mV/1.4V (20Hz/1kHz/20kHz)

Gain – Tape out

– MC : in59.8dB1 (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)
– MM : in36.5dB (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)
– THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100) : 0.009% (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 5Vrms Tape out)

Signal/Noise ratio, IHF A-weighted

– MC : 78dB2 (ref. 0.5mV)
– MM : 86dB3 (ref. 0.5mV)
– RIAA response accuracy : ± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 50Hz)± 0.3dB (ref. 50Hz – 20kHz)
– Infrasonic filter : 10Hz (at -3dB)5Hz (at -14dB)
– Channel Separation : >60dB (ref 1kHz/10kHz)>60dB (ref. 1kHz/10kHz)


– Width : 435 mm ( 17 1/8" )
– Height : 80 mm ( 3" )
– Depth : 286 mm ( 11 1/4" )


– 6 kg ( 13.23 lb )


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