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NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier

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C 165BEE
Stereo Preamplifier

Distinguished amongst analogue preamplifiers, the C 165BEE is built to be the heart of any advanced home audio system. Starting with six line level inputs, including MC/MM phono input, the C 165BEE is incredibly flexible. Featuring a superbly designed tone control circuit, the C 165BEE is an exceptional example of how to implement high-fidelity tone controls by affecting only the frequency extremes and leaving the critical midrange untouched, while also offering a bypass option. With a 12V-trigger output and IR inputs and outputs on the rear panel, the C 165BEE is ready to integrate with CI control systems. With outstanding build quality and true engineering sophistication, the NAD C 165BEE is the preamp you’ve been waiting for.

Performance Far Beyond Expectation
The C 165BEE is an all-new design representing a lifetime of design experience from NAD’s renowned Director of Advanced Developments, Bjørn Erik Edvardsen. New semi-conductors and improved production techniques such as surface mount devices (SMDs) have created opportunities for performance far beyond expectation when compared to previous products in this price range. Compared to its predecessor the C 162, an improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout has reduced distortion and noise to unprecedented levels when combined with the high signal capacity of the NAD Class A Gain Modules.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Key Features

6 Line Level Inputs
Phono Input with selectable Moving Coil and Moving Magnet sensitivity settings
3 position Resistance and Capacitance settings for Phono Input
2 Line Level Outputs, one variable from 0dB to -12dB
Subwoofer Output
Independent Headphone Amplifier
Pure Class A Gain Modules
Sealed Reed Relays for Input Switching
Heavy Gauge Steel Chassis
Bass and Treble Controls with Defeat Switch (bypass]
Gold Plated Sockets
12V Trigger Output
IR In and Out
Detachable Power Cord
SR 8 NAD 4 Device System remote Control
<1 watt Standby Consumption

Line Level Input

Input Impedance (R and C)
100 kilohm+ 320 pF
Input Sensitivity
158mV (ref. 500mV out)
Maximum input signal
9V
Signal/Noise Ratio, A-weighted
108dB (ref. 500mV in 500mV out, volume set to unity gain)
112dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)
Frequency response
± 0.1dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat ON)
± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat OFF)
Frequency response (subwoofer out)
100Hz (ref. -3 dB)

Output

Output Impedance

Pre-out
75 Ohm
Tape out
Source Z + 440 Ohm
Sub out
100 Ohm
Headphones
10 Ohm

Maximum Voltage Output

Pre-out
>10V into 600 Ohm
Tape out
>10V into 10 kilohm load
Sub out
>7V into 1 kilohm load
Headphones
>5V into 600 Ohm
>2V into 32 Ohm
HD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100)
>0.001% dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 2V out)

Tone Controls

Treble
±5dB at 10kHz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)
Bass
±5dB at 100Hz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)

Phono Input

Input impedance
MC
40, 100, 600 Ohm (R)
1nF (C)
MM
47 kilohm (R)
220, 300, 400pF (C)
Input sensitivity
MC
0.15mV (ref. 1kHz 500mV out)
MM
2.63mV (ref. 1kHz 500mV out)
Input overload
MC
1mV/10mV/100mV (20Hz/1kHz/20kHz)
MM
16mV/147mV/1.4V (20Hz/1kHz/20kHz)
Gain – Tape out
MC in
59.8dB1 (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)
MM in
36.5dB (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)
THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100)
0.009% (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 5Vrms Tape out)
Signal/Noise ratio, IHF A-weighted
MC
78dB2 (ref. 0.5mV)
MM
86dB3 (ref. 0.5mV)
RIAA response accuracy
± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 50Hz)
± 0.3dB (ref. 50Hz – 20kHz)
Infrasonic filter
10Hz (at -3dB)
5Hz (at -14dB)
Channel Separation
>60dB (ref 1kHz/10kHz)
>60dB (ref. 1kHz/10kHz)

Physical Specs

Dimensions (W x H x D)

Net
435 x 80 x 286mm
17 1/8 x 3 x 11 1/4”
Gross*
435 x 99 x 315mm
17 1/8 x 3 15/16 x 12 1/2”
Net weight
13.23lb (6kg)
Shipping weight
17.1lb (7.8kg)

*Gross dimensions include feet, extended buttons and rear panel terminals.

RESOURCES:
Data Sheet
Manual