NAD C165BEE Pre amplifier

Model: C 165BEE
  • Description
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • 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, further demonstrating its versatility. With outstanding build quality and true engineering sophistication, the NAD C 165BEE is the preamp you’ve been waiting for.

    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.
    1. 6 Line Level Inputs
    2. Phono Input with selectable Moving Coil and Moving Magnet sensitivity settings
    3. 3 position Resistance and Capacitance settings for Phono Input
    4. 2 Line Level Outputs, one variable from 0dB to -12dB
    5. Subwoofer Output
    6. Independent Headphone Amplifier
    7. Pure Class A Gain Modules
    8. Sealed Reed Relays for Input Switching
    9. Heavy Gauge Steel Chassis
    10. Bass and Treble Controls with Defeat Switch (bypass]
    11. Gold Plated Sockets
    12. 12V Trigger Output
    13. IR In and Out
    14. Detachable Power Cord
    15. SR 8 NAD 4 Device System remote Control
    16. <1 watt Standby Consumption
  • THD (Total Harmonic Distortion): <0.001% (20 Hz - 20k Hz, 2 volt output) 


    >108 dB (ref 500 mV in/500 mV out)

    >106 dB (ref 2 volt out, maximum volume)

    Frequency response:

    +/- 0.1 dB: 20 Hz-20 kHz (tone defeat on)

    +/- 0.5 dB: 20 Hz-20 kHz (tone defeat off)

    Preamp output impedance: 75 Ω

    Line input impedance: 100 kΩ + 320 pF

    Line input sensitivity: 158 mV (ref 500 mV output)

    Headphone output impedance: 10 Ω

    Maximum input signal: >9 volts

    Maximum output level:

    Preamp: >10 volts into 600 Ω

    Tape out: >10 volts into 10 kΩ

    Sub out: >7 volts into 1 kΩ

    Headphones: >5 volts into 600 Ω/>2 volts into 32 Ω

    Channel separation: >80 dB (ref 1 kHz and 10 kHz)

    Phono input:


    MC: 40,100.6 kΩ + 1 nF

    MM: 47 kΩ + 220 kF

    Input sensitivity:

    MC: 0.15 mV (1 kHz, 500 mV output)

    MM: 2.63 mV (1 kHz, 500 mV output)


    MC: >78 dB

    MM: >86 dB

    Infrasonic filter: -3 dB at 10 Hz, -14 dB at 5 Hz

    Channel Separation: >60 dB (1 kHz, 10 kHz)

    Tone control:

    Bass: +/-5dB @ 100Hz

    Treble: +/-5dB @ 10kHz

    Power Requirement: AC 120V 60Hz

    Power Consumption:

    Normal Operation: 21W

    Standby: <0.8W

    Weight: 13.23 lbs (6 kg)


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