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NAD C 3050 Integrated Amplifier - With BluOS

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Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NAD’s founding in 1972, the C 3050 stereo amplifier has a gorgeous retro design featuring a satin vinyl walnut sleeve, dual VU meters, and push-button controls.

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    Gorgeous Retro-Look Amplifier with Thoroughly Modern Capabilities

    Created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of NAD’s founding in 1972, the C 3050 stereo amplifier has a gorgeous retro design featuring a satin vinyl walnut sleeve, dual VU meters, and push-button controls.

    Employing NAD’s acclaimed HybridDigital UcD amplifier technology, the C 3050 integrated amplifier can deliver 100 WPC of continuous power and 135 WPC of instantaneous power for effortless delivery of musical transients with virtually unmeasurable noise and distortion. The result is neutral, distortion-free sound, even at high listening levels, with exquisite detail, superb portrayal of space, and thrilling dynamics.

    The digital section is built around Texas Instruments’ PCM5242 high-resolution differential DAC, a design noted for high tolerance to clock jitter and excellent dynamic performance. This high-performance DAC enables the C 3050 to reproduce all your digital sources with amazing musicality, stunning clarity, and pinpoint imaging.

    Clad in a satin vinyl walnut sleeve, the C 3050 integrated amplifier has a dark grey front panel with the original New Acoustic Dimension logo in its 1970s cursive typeface, dual VU meters, and push-button controls for source selection.

    Optional MDC2 BluOS Module

    The C 3050 incorporates the latest generation of NAD’s Modular Design Construction future-proofing technology. With MDC2, owners can add new features and functions by inserting an MDC2 module into a slot at the back of the component. MDC2 features a all-new architecture that enables two-way communications between the module and host component.

    Pre-installed on the C 3050 as an option, the MDC2 BluOS-D adds two leading-edge capabilities: Dirac Live room correction and BluOS high-resolution multi-room music streaming.

    Tuning the Room

    Dirac Live enables the C 3050 to overcome the weakest link in most sound systems: the listening room itself. Using a calibrated microphone and an app running on a smart device or personal computer, Dirac Live plays test tones through your speakers, then analyzes the results and creates filters that correct problems like standing waves and unwanted reflections.

    With Dirac Live enabled, you’ll enjoy vastly improved bass definition, greater clarity and tonal accuracy, and more precise imaging. Thanks to MDC2’s two-way communications, Dirac Live works on all sources that are connected to the C 3050.

    A World of Music

    Connecting to your home network via Wi-Fi or wired Ethernet, the optional MDC2 BluOS-D in the C 3050 gives you access to nearly all the music ever recorded through the award-winning BluOS multi-room music management system.

    Using the intuitive BluOS app, you can cue up music from more than 20 popular streaming services, including several that offer lossless and high-res audio, such as Amazon Music Ultra HD, Deezer, Qobuz and Tidal. Like all BluOS-enabled products, the C 3050 supports high-res audio to 24-bit/192kHz. It also features MQA decoding and rendering capability, for studio-quality playback from Tidal. In addition, BluOS provides access to thousands of internet radio stations, and lets you play music from your own digital library.

    The MDC2 BluOS-D supports Apple AirPlay 2, so you can stream audio to the C 3050 from an iPhone, iPad, or Mac. Also supported are Spotify Connect and Tidal Connect. You can select music in the apps for those services, then easily transfer playback to the C 3050. You can even control playback by voice using Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri (via AirPlay 2). An IR remote control is also included.

    Music Everywhere

    With the optional MDC2 BluOS-D installed, the C 3050 integrated amplifier can be part of a whole-home music system with as many as 64 zones, all with independent source and volume control. You can have different music playing in different zones, or group zones together and play the same music simultaneously. MDC2's bidirectional architecture enables the BluOS-D to stream music from any source connected to the C 3050 to BluOS-enabled components in other rooms.

    Connect It All

    With its full suite of digital and analog inputs, the C 3050 can accommodate all your source components. Vinyl fans will appreciate the C 3050's ultra-low-noise MM phono stage. For movie and TV viewing, there's an HDMI eARC interface, enabling the C 3050 to serve as the hub or a two- or 2.1-channel home-theatre setup. The C 3050 also has line-level analog, coaxial digital, and optical digital inputs.

    In addition to two sets of speaker terminals, the C 3050 has a subwoofer output and a dedicated headphone amplifier. It also features two-way Bluetooth aptX HD, so you can stream music to the amplifier from a mobile device or stream music from the amplifier to a pair of wireless headphones. Pre-out/main-in connections let you use the C 3050 as a preamp only and add a separate power amplifier. For custom integrators, there's a 12V trigger and IR input.

    BluOS Adds Pandora and Presto Music Services

    Bluesound is excited to announce the integration of the popular Pandora and Presto Music services into the BluOS platform.

    Pandora offers exceptional music discovery features and curated radio stations. Its integration offers BluOS music lovers access to another seamless and intuitive way to enjoy their favorite tracks and discover new music based on listeners' tastes.

    Presto Music specializes in classical and jazz recordings with high-quality content. In select markets, users can now savor Presto Music's vast collection of classical and jazz recordings. With a library boasting 200,000 albums in CD-quality and 34,000 albums in stunning 24-bit/192kHz, subscribers will revel in a focused, extensive, and continuously expanding catalog. The service is tailored with a powerful search engine designed explicitly for classical and jazz music, offering rich composers, artists, and genre profiles, recommendations, and featured releases.

    To access these new services, simply update to the latest firmware and download the BluOS Controller App (version 4.2.0) from the Apple App Store, Google Play, or

    Product Features

    • Retro design elements include a satin vinyl walnut sleeve, front-panel VU meters, push-button input controls, 1970s cursive branding, and dark grey finish
    • HybridDigital UcD Amplifier
    • Continuous Power: 100 Watts per channel into 8/4 ohms
    • Instantaneous Power: 135 Watts per channel
    • Vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion
    • MDC2 port for expanded functionality
    • Order with or without pre-installed MDC2 BluOS-D module
    • Optional MDC2 BluOS-D module adds BluOS Hi-Res multiroom music streaming and Dirac Live room correction; it also provides access to more than 20 streaming services, including several that offer lossless and high-resolution audio
    • Support for Apple AirPlay 2, Spotify Connect, and Tidal Connect
    • Voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri
    • High-performance 32-bit/384kHz TI PCM5242 differential DAC
    • Ultra-low-noise MM phono stage infrasonic filter
    • One optical, one coaxial digital input
    • HDMI eARC input
    • One set of line-level analog inputs with low-noise buffer stages
    • Speaker A / Speaker B outputs
    • Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
    • Subwoofer output
    • Dedicated headphone amplifier
    • Supplied accessories include an IR remote control and a calibrated microphone for Dirac Live setup
    • CI-Friendly - IR remote, 12V Trigger out, IR in
    • Seamless integrations with smart home control systems such as Control4, Crestron, RTI, URC, Lutron, and Elan

    Product Specs

    Line Input, Pre-Out (Analog bypass on)

    • THD+N (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.005 % at 2V out
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >95 dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out, unity gain)
    • Channel separation: >86W (at 1KHz 0.1% THD 8Rx2CH) >102W (at 1KHz 0.1% THD)
    • IHF dynamic power: >100 dB (1 kHz), >90 dB (10 kHz)
    • Input impedance (R and C): 28 kohms + 360 pF
    • Maximum input signal: >4.5 Vrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)
    • Output impedance: 440 ohms
    • Input sensitivity: 270 mV (ref. 500 mV out, Volume maximum)
    • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
    • Maximum voltage output -IHF load: >2 V (ref. 0.1 % THD)

    Phono Input, Pre-Out (Analog Bypass On)

    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.03% at 2 V out
    • Signal-to-Noise ratio: >79 dB (200 ohms source; A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out)
    • Input Impedance (R and C): 46 kohms/100 pF
    • Input sensitivity: 5.5 mV (ref. 500 mV out, Volume maximum)
    • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
    • Maximum input signal at 1kHz: >80 mVrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)

    Line Input, Headphone Out (Analog Bypass On)

    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.005% at 1V out
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >96 dB (32 ohms loads; A-WTD, ref. 2 V out, unity gain
    • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz - 20 kHz)
    • Channel separation: >60 dB at 1kHz
    • Output impedance: 2.2 ohms

    BluOS Section (with Optional MDC2 BluOS-D Module

    • Supported audio file format: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS
    • Supported high- resolution audio file format: FLAC, MQA, WAV, AIFF
    • Sampling rate: up to 192 kHz
    • Bit depths: 16-24
    • Streaming cloud services: Amazon Music, Bugs, CustomChannels, Deezer, IDAGIO, KKBOX, Napster, Neil Young Archives,, Qobuz, Qsic, Spotify, SOUNDMACHINE, TIDAL, Tunify
    • Internet radio: CALM Radio, iHeartRadio, LiveXLive, RADIO.COM, Radio Paradise, SiriusXM, TuneIn
    • Integration partners: Control4, Crestron, ELAN, Lutron, Push, Roon, RTI, URC
    • Voice Control Integration: Skills and support for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple's Siri with corresponding enabled devices and App

    General Specifications

    • Continuous output power into 8 ohms and 4 ohms: 100W (ref. 20 Hz-20 kHz at rated THD, both channels driven)
    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.03% (250 mW to 100 W, 8 ohms and 4 ohms)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio>: 95dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, ref. 1 W out in 8 ohms)
    • Clipping power: >115W (at 1kHz0.1%THD)
    • IHF dynamic power: 8ohms: 180W, 4 ohms: 250W, 2 ohms: 300W
    • Peak output current: >20A (in 1 ohm, 1 ms)
    • Frequency response: ±0.3dB(20Hz-20kHz)
    • Channel separation: >75dB (1 kHz), >70dB (10 kHz)
    • Input sensitivity (for 100 W in 8 ohms): 540 mV, Digital: -6dBFS
    • Power consumption: at Auto Standby ON and Network Standby OFF: 0.5 W, at Auto Standby ON and Network Standby ON: 2.0 W, OFF mode (Power switched OFF): 0.1 W
    • Dimensions: 17-1/4" x 4-3/8" x 14"
    • Weight: 22 lb.

    Product Warranty

    2 Years Parts & Labor NAD Electronics Warranty Information

    EISA Award - Best Product 2023-2024 - Integrated Amplifier

    "From the outside the C 3050 pays homage to NAD’s earliest designs with its faithfully executed vintage styling, but in all other respects this is thoroughly modern integrated amp with a do-it-all ethos. Power, rated at 2x100W, comes via Class D amplification, and connectivity includes HDMI eARC, a dedicated MM phono input and more. Plug in NAD’s optional BluOS-D card and the functionality grows to include superior streaming options (including app control and multiroom compatibility), plus Dirac room calibration. And while the forward-thinking technology delivers impressive sound quality, you can feast your eyes on the C 3050’s large VU meters. What’s that about having your cake and eating it?"

    - EISA (Expert Imaging and Sound Association)


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