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An Amp with Uncommon Talent
The NAD C 245BEE is an amplifier with uncommon talent. With its four-channel architecture it can provide several system building options. Used with NAD's C 165BEE preamp, it offers more than enough power to drive the loudspeaker of your choice with the interesting option to bi-amplify. Connected to the Zone Output of NAD's AV Receiver, the C 245BEE can send different music programs to remote speakers.
And while the C 245BEE has been designed to excel in a system of NAD components, it will offer exceptional performance when used in combination with any high quality components.
NAD's 'Music First' Philosophy
NAD's 'Music First' philosophy dictates that the company endows its AV products with the same warm, involving sound quality that makes music listening so rewarding with its stereo components. This stands in stark contrast to some of NAD's competitors who view AV components primarily from a 'content' point-of-view, with sound quality far down the list of priorities. Yet the C 245BEE is second to none in terms of flexibility and up-to-the-minute digital technology.Designed by NAD's Engineer Emeritus
Like many generations of award-winning NAD amplifiers, the C 245BEE is designed by NAD's Engineer Emeritus, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen. Utilizing multiple discrete high power output devices, the C 245BEE can easily provide the instantaneous peak current required for good bass response. The power supply features a custom toroidal transformer that maintains very low impedance for lowest noise and good damping factor.
Vanishingly low distortion and near absence of noise allow the music to emerge from 'black' background that enhances stereo perspective and allows the subtle details of the music to be clearly heard. Generous dynamic power gives music a relaxed yet lively quality.
Flexibility and 'Green' Design
The C 245BEE has three options for power up: front panel switch, 12V trigger control (supported by many companion NAD products), or signal sensing 'auto' turn on. In Standby mode, it draws <1W thanks to a separate high efficiency power supply thus reducing carbon emissions and saving power. This is a truly a 'green' design. A rear panel power switch completely disconnects the power.
Each input has a 'loop out' feature allowing multiple C 245BEEs to share the same signal, which is ideal for elaborate custom installations. Pairs of channels can be switched on and off with the front panel Channel A and B switches.
Low Distortion and Noise
The C 245BEE has the lowest levels of distortion and noise available in its price class and is easily capable of embarrassing far more expensive products. To prove it, NAD uses Full Disclosure Power (FDP) - the most demanding criteria for performance measurement.
FDP specifies distortion under the most extreme conditions of low impedance loads and frequency extremes rather than the simple and easy 1 kHz at 8 Ohms test quoted by many of NAD's competitors. NAD uses this stricter performance criterion, because it more closely matches the demands of real music and real loudspeakers.
Maintaining specified distortion at 4 Ohms and at 20 Hz and 20 kHz is several orders of magnitude more difficult to achieve than the simple 8 Ohms and 1kHz test.
Less Distortion = More Music
Noise and distortion mask the fine details of a musical recording robbing musical texture and dimension and replacing them with non-musical artifacts.
NAD has spent the last 35 years perfecting its designs to have the lowest distortion and highest power in its price class. NAD's noise spec is often 10 dB (100 times!) less than that of competing amplifiers. This is far from a trivial difference as fine detail and nuance (micro dynamics) are often obscured by noise in lesser amplifiers, robbing a performance of that illusive sense of 'realism'.
Whether you want to bi-amp stereo speakers, add surround channels to your Home Theatre or power music zones to your whole house audio system, the C 245BEE has what you need for great performance.
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Dear NAD enthousiasts! Its time to review this fella the C245BEE. In use since september 2011. I connect it on a NAD C350 with a long state of duty in my livingroom etc. I use to connect both a Monster Cable reference 2 short length high quality interlink. On the C350 i connect a pair of 3 way JBL bookshelf speakers 8 ohms and on the C245BEE a pair of 2 way floorstand Rogers of 6 ohms. As source i use mostly a macmini with a quality interlink from profigold and the other sources are a NAD tuner, NAD dvd player and a HTC smartphone connected only to my C350. I tested a direct connection from the macmini to the C245BEE, but it was a bit to bumpy with the on/off funtion and it is better to let my C350 do the job of system center. The reason to buy the C245BEE is my purchase of beautiful sounding Rogers 2 way floorstand speaker of 6 ohms. My C350 have only 1 pair of speaker inputs and that is not enough if i want to connect 4 speakers for some extra sound power. The C245BEE is a fine amp. For the 599 bucks and in Europe 599 euros it delivers tons of music satisfaction. I use a normal mode for 2 speakers and i connect it on channel A. On paper it delivers 45 watts on 8 ohms in normal mode. In bridged mode it delivers a double but it can only be done with 8 ohm speakers. A mounth ago i connect an extra pair of JBL speakers to it and i listen to 6 speakers. It was an amazing sound that came from everywere. The C245BEE have the ATO logic function for zone listening. This automatic on/off system is not a great deal with the C350 together. As the volume is soft the ATO logic puts the C245BEE in standby. ? Is the C245BEE made only for pre amps like the C162? How does the C245BEE do on other integrated NAD amps or amps from other brands? Its not a big problem for me becouse i can set the ATO logic off. The knobs - A new design soft touch knobs. 3 on the front and serveral at the back panel. The leds - Blue with a bright light flow. Finish - grey typical to the NAD classic line. There is no remote control and i operate it manualy. The ATO logic can work as a remote system. My wiring setup: C245BEE, - and + left / - and + right at channel A. not biwired or bi amped. C350, - and + left / - and + right at the main channel. not biwired or bi amped. End story: I am happy with this amp. It delivers a nice sound and i think this amp wil survive my high volume listening sesions with verve. But when you want a C245BEE and you wil use the ATO logic frequently than it can be usefull to test some pre amps to the C24BEE or integrated amps. My C350 is very good but i think the NAD developers made the C245BEE for the C162. Test it. Dont be disapointed when your older NAD integrated amp flips with ATO logic becouse it can be set off. I give the C245BEE a 4 star rating. The two complains i have are the ATO logic error with my good old C350 and when i only connect speakers on channel A the B channel goes on with the channel A both. There is no memory in wich channel is active. I must set channel B to off each time. Are these modern soft touch knobs a bit to hard to program? and whats wrong with good old click/clack knobs? The developers must look at older components and take the good stuf from it and put it on new components. What can you do with hightech knobs who dont work fine? Hightech development is not always steps beyond good working antiques.
|- Sven D, INT|