NAD expanded this and also experimented with other shapes, including vertical ones, and thus appealed to new customers, such as for example design freaks or PC gamers. The "Modular Design Construction" was first developed in the AV-sector due to its need for constant adaptation, which kept the amplifiers up to date via exchangeable MDC plug-in modules. The C390 DD broke down the M2 concept into the more affordable range of the Classic series, now it is available in the second generation. Nevertheless, the traditionally analog Classic series was retained and such a device was offered in every "affordable" class. Until now.
The "Classic" series has now been equipped with a hybrid technology base ("HybridDigital") that combines proven and innovative approaches in a congenial and modern way. Around the year 2000, Björn Erik Edvardsen (BEE) discovered Hypex's UcD technology and refined it, combining an optimized analog switching amplifier with high phase fidelity and adding a 20 dB feedback loop to obtain a high-current amp with excellent sound characteristics independent of the load.
With the C368 we now have the medium of three amps of the brand new Classic generation in front of us. With a standard phono input, but also digital connection options that an integrated amplifier can hardly do without today, it appeals to the typical NAD clientele. They naturally want a practical AND good-sounding amp and peace of mind for the upcoming years. The motorization is perfect for most applications and users with 2 x about 80 Watt sinusoidal power.
It also bridges the gap to modernity with its modular expandability. Optional expansions are possible in form of HDMI or BluOS streaming module. We consider the latter to be the most interesting and ordered it together with our test device.
The amplifier's base price of around 1000 euros is thus increased by almost 500 euros. However, the buyer also gets a full-fledged streamer with access to the usual music providers such as Spotify, Deezer, Tidal and last but not least Qobuz.