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"Outstanding Product" Award Winner - Hi-Fi News Magazine
Performance Far Beyond Expectation
The NAD C165BEE stereo preamplifier is an all-new design representing a lifetime of design experience from NAD's renowned Director of Advanced Developments, Bjorn Erik Edvardsen. New semiconductors and improved production techniques such as surface mount devices (SMDs) have created opportunities for performance far beyond expectation when compared to previous products in this price range.
The NAD C165BEE preamp and C275BEE power amp together won an "Outstanding Product" award in the September 2009 issue of England's Hi-Fi News magazine. "Given its price, it clearly represents classic 'budget esoterica': first class high fidelity for only a second class budget price."
"The sound nicely balances the attack and 'bite' of each note with its sustain and decay and there's no sense of panic as more instruments join in and chords get thicker," reports Richard Black in his July 20, 2010 joint review of the NAD C165BEE preamp and the C275BEE power amp for TechRadar.com. "There's also a great dynamic flow to the sound…"
Improved All Around
Compared to its predecessor, the C162, the improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout 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 op-amps with the higher signal and current capacity of discrete transistors. Here surface mount devices are used to miniaturize the circuit, while the extruded aluminum heat sink keeps all parts at the optimal operating temperature for ultra low distortion.
Lightning-fast Transient Response
This unique NAD development endows the C165BEE with lightning-fast transient response and bass extension, along with deﬁnition seldom encountered in this price range. High frequencies are extended, silky smooth and grain-free.
In the phono stage NAD has added three-position switches to individually select the resistance and capacitance for precise matching of most Moving Magnet and Moving Coil phono cartridges. Other reﬁnements deliver lower noise and improve the overload margin. Precision close-tolerance parts are used to achieve nearly perfect
NAD has also improved the headphone amplifying circuit to better drive studio quality high impedance headphones. Taken together, these improvements mark a sharp upturn in performance that simply must be heard, to be fully appreciated!
Six Inputs Plus a Phono Stage
Unlike many high-end preamps that skimp on inputs and features, the C165BEE provides all the ﬂexibility that you will ever need. Starting with six line level inputs and the MC/MM phono input, the C165BEE also includes a superbly designed tone control circuit.
High-Fidelity Tone Controls
While tone control circuits in general tend to hurt performance by adding noise and distortion, the C165BEE is a textbook example of how to correctly implement high ﬁdelity tone controls. Affecting only the frequency extremes, they leave the critical midrange untouched. 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 ﬂat response and bypasses all the tone control circuitry.
A full function remote control also includes controls for other NAD components allowing a 'one remote' solution for your NAD system.
Custom Installation Ready
With a 12V trigger output and IR inputs and outputs on the rear panel, the C165BEE is ready to integrate with custom installation control systems. Discrete On/Off codes and direct access to inputs makes programming easy.
The 'Greening' of NAD Electronics
NAD takes its responsibilities to the planet very seriously by pursuing forward-thinking, environmentally aware manufacturing. The company imposes strict measures in all its product designs to eliminate environmentally hazardous materials and minimize power consumption. It uses lead free solder throughout manufacturing, and has re-designed its circuit board production to eliminate environmentally dangerous chemical compounds.
Many of NAD's newer designs use less than 1 watt of power in standby mode, and NAD's unique PowerDrive™ technology improves amplifier efficiency during playback.