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NAD preps Purifi Eigentakt’d C 298 power amplifier

  • Yet more news from NAD (New Acoustic Dimension). This week the Canadian-owned company has announced the C 298 power amplifier that will likely spark the interest of those wanting a Purifi Eigentakt-based amplifier without the Masters M33‘s bells and whistles.

    From the press release: โ€œWith our recent introductions of the award-winning Masters M33 and shortly afterwards the M28, we knew there would be great enthusiasm for a pure two-channel amplifier using Purifi Eigentakt technologyโ€.

    The C 298 promises 185wpc into 8 Ohms and a whopping 620 Watts (into 8 Ohms) when bridged into mono. The Class D Eigentakt modules are manufactured by Denmark’s Purifi with NAD adding the requisite power supply and input stage, the latter offering manually-adjustable input signal sensitivity via a back panel rotary and auto-sensitivity via a toggle switch.

    Back to the press release: “NAD has moved away from the old fashioned and very power-hungry linear power supplies and Class AB output stages that waste nearly half of the energy consumed, producing heat rather than sound. Instead, the company has developed even better-performing circuits based on switch mode power supplies and Class D output stages. Once thought to be inferior to traditional topologies, NADโ€™s advanced work in this area has created some of the best performing amplifiers regardless of basic design principle. These new designs are very linear over a wide bandwidth and provide consistent performance into all speaker loads, providing a dramatic advance over previous models.”

    NAD has also made subwoofer addition easier by adding line-out RCAs and a Ground Lug to the C 298’s back panel where we find both single-ended RCA and balanced XLR inputs.

    The C 298 will start shipping in October with an RRP of US$1999.

    That’s the news but what’s the story?

    If we add NAD’s C 658 streaming pre-amplifier (to the C 298) for US$1650, we get an Eigentakt-based amplifier system with BluOS streaming, MM phono staging and Dirac Live Lite for US$3650. Add the full-frequency Dirac Live for an extra US$99 and we arrive at a total of US$3750 — a full US$1250 less than the US$5000 Masters M33. That’s interesting for those who can do without the latter’s touchscreen, balanced inputs and MC phono staging.

    Further information: NAD

    NAD C 658 streaming pre-amplifier.

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