NAD joins the network party with its C 446 digital media player

NAD C 446

NAD is the latest to join the growing band of hi-fi companies offering a network media player with the arrival of its £695 C 446.

Compatible with Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) and Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standards, the C 446 can stream music from computers, Android phones, Apple iOS devices and network hard drives.

UPnP Digital Audio Renderer (DAR) technology allows the user to browse music, create playlists and change songs anywhere in the home using a range of network devices.

The C 446 plays MP3, FLAC, WMA, WAV and AAC music files, and is also equipped with AM, FM, DAB, DAB+ tuners, as well as being able to receive internet radio.

NAD says it has paid particular attention to audio quality, fitting 24-bit/192kHz DACs (digital-to-analogue converters) and high-performance analogue audio cricuitry.

Additional features include USB playback, wi-fi, internet radio portal and RS-232 serial port for weasy integration with home automation systems.

You can control or charge your iPod or iPhone by adding the optional IPD 2 dock.

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Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.