Summary: I needed to replace a stereo receiver in my bedroom system and decided on the NAD C326BEE after acquiring a used NAD C372 and being quite happy with the performance. The NAD BEE series is even better. When the C326 came in, I wanted to compare it to the C372 right off and see what differences, if any, there were between the two in sound quality. The C372 at 150 wpc is quite dynamic and has a well defined soundstage, being on the warm side.
Summary: After using for sometime now I find this amp excellent value no problems with the functioning of this amp, if fact I find it really reliable. Build quality typical NAD, focus more on music rather than the look, but to be fair it really does'nt look that bad at all. I listen to a variety of types of music but love listening to jazz on vinyl and feel satisfied with the 326BEE delivering a solid preformance.
Summary: Maybe I was expecting too much? After getting the C326BEE, I did a comparison with a 10 year old, bottom of the line, 50 watt Onkyo receiver, that cost $120 new <I had it set up so I could switch back and forth, and could tell no difference between the cheap receiver and this amp, at any volume. After reading complaints online about these C326BEE amps running hot and going into protection mode, with no one being able to fix it, it was a no-brainer, I returned it.
Pros: Preamp in and outputs and sub woofer outs. Crutchfield's excellent return policy.
Summary: I bought this for my bedroom using an old set of B&O Beovox S75 speakers (4 ohm) and a sub-woofer. I am more than pleased. I wanted to have stereo and not home theater and being an NAD user for years this was an easy decision. Playing jazz, blues, classic rock, and classical is awesome. Back in the mid 80's I matched my B&O's with both a Rotel receiver against the NAD 7175PE, the NAD was night and day superior, its 4 ohm circuitry was excellent.
Pros: Sound quality, simplicity, quality construction, and superior components. Very well engineered.
Cons: Nice if NAD would produce a smart-phone app for remote control.
Summary: Nice little amp! I was a little worried that the 50 watts wouldn't drive my 901s adequately, but it seems totally fine. I previously tried the Harmon Kardon 3490 which I didn't like at all with my speakers. Very impressed overall with the sound NAD produces. Bass is pretty tight and mids are lovely. I've heard other people say this thing runs really hot. Mine does not. Amps in general generate some heat and this one seems totally normal in that regard.
Pros: Great sound! No obnoxious digital display. Looks nice with my other equipment. Fairly compact unit.
Summary: I read a few message board reviews where people said their amp over heated and had few vents. Mine seems to have lots of vent holes and does not seem to be running hot. I am guessing they changed the design. Moreover mine is in the open with lots of ventilation. Previously I was running a tube amp I bought over seas. It sounded amazing but had developed a hum due to the step down transformer.
Pros: Clean, simple
Cons: A little to bright for my taste but I think I am just used to using a tube amp.
Summary: Got this amp paired with some psb t5 towers. The sound is rich with the mids and high end a standout. Wish bass was more prominant, so might exchange for the t6 psb. Super dynamic detail, tons of reserve power. 50 watts never sounded so strong. Buy this piece!
Pros: Build quality, warm sound
Cons: Runs a bit warm, doesnt add much bass but mids are a beauty
Summary: Very nice amp. I purchased the C 316BEE and returned it for the C 326BEE; thank you Crutchfield for the 60 day return policy, I'm very happy with the upgrade. A big step up from the C 316BEE. It has the SR 8 remote, the C316BEE has a basic and tiny remote, while this model's remote is the same as the higher priced models. The remote is compatable with other NAD components. I see alot of other people like this paired with bookshelf speakers.
Pros: Soft clipping switch, two sub outputs, tone defeat, 2 ohm stable, 1pre output, 1pre input, 1 tape loop, good heat dissipation on power down-cools quickly after long and loud play
Cons: No phono inputs or dac. But if your serious about vinyl your more than likely looking at higher priced amps. I really can't complain about the phono or dac for what NAD gives you for the price. Heck, no other company can give you the price or performance and include those two cons.
Summary: I have owned NAD equipment for over 25 years and recently gave my system to my son to take to college. He went to college with a pair of Energy ESM-4 speakers a 50 watt per channel system and a great big smile on his face. I in turn purchased without shopping other equipment the 326BEE to support my Energy 22 Pro speakers. I have not been disappointed with the product or the decision.
Pros: Simplistic sleek design with all the options need to listen to quality music with unmatched sound. Great response with clean crisp tone. I worked for many years in the electronics manufacturing industry and can say NAD builds and designs equipment made with exceptional quality standards. They design their equipment to meet true Watt ratings - if they say its 50 watts per channel it is a true representation of the specification.
Summary: I had an NAD unit from the mid 80's which was amazing and I'm glad they are still making quality 2 channel amps. This unit shows they are still doing the right thing with music quality 30 years later. It's all about the sound quality, not the latest consumer cravings. I have been concerned for years that not enough people still appreciate quality 2 channel music for companies like NAD to still be making this kind of unit.
Pros: Simple, pure, quality build, clean sound. No extra useless features or buttons. 2 channel instead of multi-channel.