NAD prepares Purifi Eigenakt’d C 298 energy amplifier
Even more news from NAD (New Acoustic Dimension). This week the Canadian company announced the C 298 power amplifier, which is likely to pique the interest of those looking for a Purifi self-clock based amplifier without the bells and whistles of the Master M33.
From the press release: “With our recent introduction of the award-winning Master M33 and shortly thereafter the M28, we knew that there would be great enthusiasm for a purely two-channel amplifier with Purifi self-clock technology.”
The C 298 promises 185 Wpc at 8 ohms and a whopping 620 watts (at 8 ohms) when bridged in mono. The class D self-clocking modules are manufactured by Denmark’s Purifi with NAD adding the required power supply and input stage. The latter offers a manually adjustable input signal sensitivity via a rotary knob on the back and an automatic sensitivity via a toggle switch.
Back to the press release: “NAD has moved away from the old-fashioned and very power hungry class AB linear power supplies and amplifiers, which waste almost half of the energy consumed and generate more heat than sound. Instead, the company has developed even more powerful circuits based on switched-mode power supplies and class D power amplifiers. After NAD was inferior to traditional topologies, NAD’s advanced work in this area has resulted in some of the most powerful amplifiers, regardless of the underlying design principle. These new designs are very linear over a wide range and provide consistent performance for all speaker loads, a dramatic improvement over previous models. “
NAD has also made adding subwoofers easier by adding line out RCA and a grounding clamp to the back of the C 298, where we can find both single ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs.
The C 298 will be shipped from October with an MSRP of US $ 1999.
That’s the news, but what’s the story?
If we add NAD’s C 658 streaming preamplifier (to the C 298) for $ 1650, we get a self-clock-based amplifier system with BluOS streaming, MM phono staging, and Dirac Live Lite for $ 3650. When you add Dirac Live at full frequency for an additional $ 99, you get a total of $ 3750 – a full $ 1250 less than the Masters M33 at $ 5000. This is interesting for those who can do without its touchscreen, balanced inputs and MC phono staging.
Further information: NAD
Streaming preamplifier NAD C 658.