NAD C275BEE review

If you're looking for a powerful but subtle amplifier, then the NAD C275BEE power amp, paired with the matching C165BEE preamp does the trick Tested at £820.00

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Our Verdict

A likeable brute of an amplifier. For those who want plenty of sonic muscle without having to sacrifice subtlety too much

For

  • Sonic muscle, authority and scale
  • feature list
  • well-judged presentation

Against

  • Not the last word in transparency at this price
  • unimpressive feel and finish for the money

If sonic muscularity and outright scale are important to you, buy this NAD pairing, consisting of the C165BEE preamp and C275BEE power amp. We can't think of another amplifier at this price level that delivers so much authority with such ease.

It doesn't matter what kind of torture track you try – we used Like a Dog Chasing Cars from The Dark Knight OST – this pre/power takes it all in its stride.

With such music this NAD combo sounds big and brawny, and plays at high volume levels with little sign of stress. A power rating of 150 Watts per channel is good at this price level, but it sounds like the C275BEE power amplifier is capable of far more.

Pleasing dynamics and bass
You can add strong dynamics and seismic bass to the list of positives, and other qualities such as tonal balance and stereo imaging are good enough to avoid serious criticism.

The very best of the opposition deliver more agility and transparency, but thankfully this combo avoids the heavy-handed, muscle-bound nature of some rivals.

Look past the sound and you'll find the feature list is good. The C165BEE is a fully-specced preamp. It has a reasonably capable moving magnet/moving coil phono stage, a good headphone output and plenty of line level connections.

The power amplifier is about as complex as these things get. There are two pairs of speaker outputs, NAD's traditional 'soft clipping' control to smooth the sound close to the limit and a switch to turn the stereo unit into a bridged monobloc, raising output to a whopping 330W.

This combi is decently made but best described as functional when it comes to feel and finish.

Overall this pre/power is a fine performer. Those who value force, but still want more than a hint of finesse, should listen in.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.lenbrook.com
Brand NameNAD
Product TypeAmplifier
ManufacturerLenbrook Industries Limited
Manufacturer Part NumberC275BEE
Product NameNAD C275BEE
Product ModelC 275BEE

Interfaces-Ports

HDMINo
Number of Analog Audio Inputs1
USBNo

Audio

RMS Output Power1200 W
Audio Channels2

Physical Characteristics

Width435 mm
Depth352 mm
Weight Approximate14.61 kg
Height150 mm
Dimensions133 mm (H): 435 mm (W): 352 mm (D)

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption1 W

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedNo
Environmentally FriendlyYes
Environmental CertificationRoHS