Summary: Been on the fence on a new amp for awhile. Pulled the trigger on the NAD c 326 bee, and am I glad I did. There is so much hype and talk on so many different amps at all different price levels I was torn. Cant say enough good about this little unit. Worth every penny and then some. Dead quiet and crystal clear. Bass is solid. Get one and Im sure youll love it to. I have it paired with a NAD 345 CD player and KEF speakers.
Summary: I wanted top quality workmanship; with high quality sound for the small amount of money I had available to invest. I made the right choice. I am not an audiophile; however, I know the difference between high sound quality and good sound quality when I hear it. The NAD C 316 BEE Amp delivers high quality sound.
Summary: I've had this amplifier for quite awhile now and it has never let me down. Very good bang for your buck. I use it primarily for music, but also for watching movies sometimes. This amp has loads of volume on tap - see the picture above, the one with the volume turned up to about 1 o'clock.. I've never had the volume up that loud. Not even once. I've gotten up to about 12 o'clock and it's mind blowingly loud, yet crisp, musical and undistorted.
Pros: Solid/dependable, tone defeat button, 6 inputs (plus 3.5mm input on front), nice remote, very loud/powerful, good value. Not a lot of bells and whistles - just very well built musical muscle for those of us who enjoy high quality stereo sound.
Summary: In a "former life" I was a so called "audiophile" owning products from esteemed sources such as Beveridge, Audio Note, CEC, First Sound, Transcendent Sound, SOTA, Graham, Koetsu, Von Schweikert, Audio Research, Maggies etc, etc. I purchased the NAD C 316BEE to mate with a NAD C 515BEE CD player for my office (driving an old Von Schweikert VR-1 pair). The bordering on rave reviews for the 316 (and the 316/515 combo) in the audio press are dead on.
Pros: See above - also, a very well though out control set up. Top notch construction - and details such as the extra thick face plate and ergonomically friendly speaker wire connections. And, oh yes, --the price.
Summary: Crisp and clean. A streamlined, some would say minimalist design. It is what you need (if you are after 2-channel) and nothing more. That is no unnecessary bells and whistles. The sound is what counts--if you have signal, it is accurate and uncolored. If there is no signal, there is absolute silence...and, in this case, silence is golden!
Summary: The NAD C 316BEE Rocks! I procured this amp to supplement my home audio system and to slave it to a preamp. I read one review somewhere that stated the bass control was useless - not at all! (I think that reviewer did not understand how to use the Tone Defeat button). I have recommended this amp highly to my friends - at 40 continuous watts it has plenty of power. It is worth every peeny and more that I paid for it.
Summary: For the price and quality this cannot be beat for an entry level hi fi 2.0 or 2.1 desktop or bookshelf setup. Amazingly clear and defined. No bells and whistles, all quality usable technology.
Pros: Clean and clear Attractive
Cons: Lacks line out or LFE for subwoofer, but that can be mitigated by wiring sub in parallel so this is a minor issue