It’s a slim, two-channel box with support for analog components, moving magnet phono cartridges, four digital sources, and Bluetooth streaming. While it may seem like a veritable Swiss Army Knife of amplifiers, it is actually super-easy to set up and enjoy.
As the successor to the venerable C 326BEE, it brings digital audio and Bluetooth support to the party in the form of an advanced eight-channel DAC section. This cost-effective part sums its inputs to provide a dual-differential signal path. Along with an Active Power Supply and a Load Invariant output stage, the C 328 pumps out clean sound and delivers high volume without distortion, and it handles difficult speaker loads without generating excess heat.
The Class D amp section is a custom version of the much-heralded Hypex UcD self-oscillating analog amplifier. You’ll find a similar part in NAD’s 3020 desktop amp which I reviewed in 2013, and which earned a Secrets Best Of Award in the process.
Convenience is solidly in evidence here with a slim design and a chassis shallow enough to work on most bookcases, just over 11” deep. Even when blasting Metallica at ear-splitting levels, there is so little heat generated that you won’t need to worry about ventilation. Just connect a source, or pair with a Bluetooth device, hook up two speakers, and enjoy. It’s truly that easy. I set up my sample in about 10 minutes.
I’ll be spending a few afternoons listening to the C 328 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier before writing my full review. You can expect to read that here very soon.
See the complete review of the NAD C 328 Hybrid Digital DAC Integrated Amplifier