NAD Previews Compact BluOS Streaming Amplifier

NAD has announced plans to ship a new, moderately priced streaming amplifier by the end of the month.

The latest addition to its “just add speakers” category, the C 700 ($1,499) aims to honor NAD’s founding mission of delivering excellent sound quality at affordable prices through an integrated amp built around the company’s app-based BluOS multiroom music-management platform. BluOS provides ready access hi-res music (up to 24-bit/92kHz) from a personal library or through streaming services including Tidal, Qobuz, Amazon Music HD, Spotify, and Deezer, to name a few.

Power is provided by a “highly efficient” HybridDigital UcD amplifier, rated to deliver 2 x 80 watts of continuous power into 4 or 8 ohms with less than 0.04% noise and distortion across its frequency range. The C 700 supports streaming via aptX HD Bluetooth and AirPlay 2 in addition to MQA decoding, and is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri, and Google Assistant voice control.

Everything is housed in a compact, 8.6-inch-wide aluminum chassis featuring a minimalist front panel with a 5-inch color display that shows album artwork, track status, and system settings. Connections include two sets of RCA analog inputs, coaxial and optical digital inputs, a USB Type A port, and an eARC (enhanced Audio Return Channel)-enabled HDMI port for use with a compatible TV, which allows volume to be adjusted from the TV’s remote.

The streamer also boasts “audiophile-grade” speaker outputs, an RCA pre-out, and a subwoofer output with low- and high-pass crossover settings, accessible through the BluOS app.

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Bosshog7_2000's picture

I'm a big fan of the all-in-one streaming/integrated amp. I bought a used (mint) NAD M33 around 6 months ago and I love it. Granted, it's a lot higher end product than this C700 but still, conceptually I love it.

BluOS as a streaming platform is fantastic...super easy to use and I can stream pretty much whatever I want. A simple, 128GB USB stick stays plugged into the back of the unit holding my personal music clutter or CD's.

funambulistic's picture

I have a Bluesound Node 2i and, though I do like BluOS, I find that Roon is just that much better. The only drawback is that it is not free...

Bosshog7_2000's picture

No, I haven't used Roon but BluOs works great and comes 'free' with the purchase of my $6000 M33 lol.