NAD C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

Brand: NAD
Model Number: C 388
UPC: 5703120230498
Model Number: C 388
UPC: 5703120230498

NAD C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier


  • Headphone Amplifier
  • MM Phono Input
  • Stereo Power Amplifier
  • 2 Modular Design Construction slots for Additional Capabilities & Features
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NAD C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier

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The NAD C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier is at the top of its class in the world of affordable amplification. An incredibly powerful amp, the C 388 employs NAD technologies like Asymmetrical PowerDrive™ to ensure that even the most demanding speakers can be driven to life-like listening levels without dynamic compression. With its advanced preamplifier circuit, the NAD C 388 gives low noise at all volume settings, ensuring that you’ll be able to listen to your music without any distractions.

The C 388 uses a customized version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage operating in a fully balanced bridge configuration. This allows for massive power with nearly immeasurable distortion and noise in the audible range. Every detail of this design has been carefully planned and perfectly executed to produce out every last drop of performance.

Getting the Basics Right

NAD C 388 includes an MM Phono stage with precisely accurate RIAA equalization, high overload margins, extremely low noise, and an innovative circuit to suppress infrasonic noise that is present on all LPs – all without affecting bass response. Line inputs can accommodate all kinds of analogue source components by offering ideal input impedance characteristics with linear ultra-low-noise buffer amplifiers to prevent any sonic degradation. A separate headphone amplifier with low output impedance and very high output voltage capability – enough to drive even high impedance studio monitor headphones. Low impedance line outputs that can connect to other amplifiers or subwoofers extend the versatility of this well thought out amplifier.

Future-Proof Modular Design

This NAD exclusive feature allows you to customize your NAD C388 amplifier with additional capabilities and features, now or in the future. The two available MDC slots can accommodate a variety of upgrade modules including 4K video capable HDMI switching, additional Digital Inputs, additional Analogue and Phono Inputs, and one of the most advanced Hi-Res Audio multi-room wireless systems available, the BluOS® music management system developed by Bluesound. BluOS connects to your network and is controlled via smartphone, tablet, or desktop device to manage your music collection and connect to a growing list of high-quality streaming music services.

Connected and Smart

Connect instantly to the NAD C 388 via Bluetooth® aptX® to allow you to stream music wirelessly from any Bluetooth-enabled device with true CD-quality sound. Bluetooth can also be used to listen to other sources connected to the C 388 via wireless headphones. There is also a control app that allows your mobile devices to control all functions of your C 388. Add the optional BluOS Module to provide access to your local area network via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet connection and adds Hi-Res Audio streaming. The optional BluOS Module also makes the C 388 a single-zone streamer in a complete multi-room wireless music system that is fully compatible with BluOS Enabled music systems and wireless speakers.

Sophisticated Power

This new designs is very linear over a wide bandwidth and provides consistent performance into all speaker loads, providing a dramatic advance over previous models.

The power supply is capable of 150 watts continuously and over 250 watts instantaneously to allow for short-term musical transients. It can operate with any AC mains voltage from 100 to 240 volts and provides pure DC power to all the various stages of the C 388. This highly efficient supply also provides near perfect regulation of voltage across a wide range of conditions and provides a solid noise-free foundation for the amplifying stages.




Brand NAD   Model NAD C 388
Model: NAD C 388
Product: NAD C 388 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier
Watts Per Channel

Amplifier Channels


Line Input, Pre Out
– THD (20Hz-20kHz) : <0.005% at 2V out
– Signal/Noise Ratio : >106dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out, unity gain)
– Channel Separation : >80dB (1kHz); >70dB (10kHz)
– Input Impedance (R and C) : 22 kilohm + 100pF
– Maximum Input Signal : >4.5Vrms (ref. 0.1% THD)
– Output Impedance : Source Z + 240 Ohm
– Input Sensitivity – 93mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
– Frequency Response : ±0.03dB (20Hz-20kHz)
– Maximum voltage output – IHF load : >4.5V (ref. 0.1% THD)
– Tone Controls : Treble: ±7.0dB at 20kHz / Bass: ±7.0dB at 60Hz / Balance: -10dB

Phono Input, Pre Out

– THD (20Hz-20kHz) : <0.01% at 2V out
– Signal to Noise Ratio : >84dB (200 Ohm source; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out) / >76dB (MM cartridge source, IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)
– Input Sensitivity : 1.44mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)
– Frequency Response : ±0.3dB (20Hz-20kHz)
– Maximum Input Signal at 1kHz : >80mVrms (ref. 0.1% THD)

Line Input, Headphone Out

– THD (20Hz-20kHz) : <0.005% at 1V out
– Signal/Noise Ratio : >110dB (32 Ohm loads; A-weighted, ref. 2V out, unity gain)
– Frequency Response : ±0.3dB (20Hz-20kHz)
– Channel Separation : >60dB at 1kHz
– Output Impedance : 6 Ohms
– Continuous output Power into 4 Ohms and 8 Ohms (Stereo) : >150W (at rated THD, 20-20kHz, both channels driven)
– IHF Dynamic Power : 8 Ohm 250W / 4 Ohm 350W / 2 Ohm 400W
– THD (20Hz-20kHz) : <0.02% (250mW to 150W, 8 Ohm and 4 Ohm)
– Signal/Noise Ratio : >95dB (A-weighted, 500mV input ref. 1W out in 8 Ohm)
– Clipping Power : >160W (at 1kHz 0.1% THD)
– Peak Output Current : >20A (in 1 Ohm, 1ms)
– Damping Factor : >150 (ref. 8 Ohm, 20Hz and 6.5kHz)
– Frequency Response : ±0.03 (20Hz-20kHz)
– Channel Separation : >75dB (1kHz) / >70dB (10kHz)
– Input Sensitivity (for 80W in 8 Ohm) : Line In: 490mV; Phono In: 7.5mV; Digital In: 24% FS
– Sample Rate : up to 24 bit/192kHz
– Frequency Band : 2.402G – 2.480G
– Maximum Transmit Power : (dBm)7dBm ±2dBm

Power Consumption

– Auto Standby ON and Network Standby OFF : 0.5 Watts
– Auto Standby ON and Network Standby ON : 1.2 Watts
– OFF mode (Power switched OFF) : 0.1 Watts


– Width : 435 mm ( 17 1/8" )
– Height : 120mm ( 4 3/4" )
– Depth : 390 mm ( 15 3/8" )


-11.2 kg ( 24.7 lb )

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