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NEWS: NAD returns to its hi-fi roots with £180 budget amplifier

NAD has a long tradition of making fine budget amplifiers, and its latest model - the £180 C315BEE - aims to build on the success first enjoyed by the legendary 3020 back in 1978.

With only slightly less power than its C325BEE sibling (40W per channel as opposed to 50W), NAD claims the C315 is not just a 'stripped down' version of the £250 C325. The new, cheaper model still has six line-level inputs, remote control, defeatable tone controls and a front panel input for a portable MP3 player.

Technical highlights include NAD's PowerDrive circuit designed to offer the high current drive needed to handle complex loudspeaker loads, combined with high levels of undistorted power, plus a generously-sized toroidal transformer and low ESR smoothing capacitors.

The NAD C315BEE is available now in traditional NAD grey or a new titanium finish.

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Andy Clough

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 whathifi.com 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.