C 658 BluOS Streaming DAC

C 658 BluOS Streaming DAC

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The NAD C 658 is a new kind of stereo component, one that at once changes preconceptions and opens new possibilities for audio reproduction.

Redefining the Architecture of Hi-Fi Playback

As we move deeper into the 21st Century the way music is distributed and enjoyed continues to evolve away from physical media to streaming. It also has moved away from analog to digital. The C 658 has incorporated these fundamental truths to create an entirely new type of component that combines a network streamer, a state-of-the-art DAC, and many aspects of the traditional preamplifier into a single highly cost-effective package. And thanks to NAD’s exclusive Modular Design Construction, it will keep pace with the latest technology, not yet introduced, but inevitably coming in the future. In fact, an optional HDMI 4K switcher module is available now allowing the best sound from any of the many HDMI sources available (like game consoles and video STBs). While the C 658 immediately replaces (or adds) your streamer, DAC, and preamp, it also adds many new features you may not be aware of, like a Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth transmitter to use with your wireless headphones. The highly flexible outputs allow for a true balanced connection to powered speakers or amplifiers. Single-ended connections for amplifiers and subwoofers are also provided and include an adjustable subwoofer crossover executed perfectly in the digital domain. A highly sophisticated MM phono input is also included along with line inputs for legacy analog components.

BluOS Enabled

Also on board is BluOS, the most sophisticated High Res streaming system available. BluOS natively supports over 15 streaming music services and indexing of over 250,000 tracks from local network sources. The C 658 becomes a node in the BluOS ecosystem allowing high res network streaming to 64 zones and control options for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS phones, tablets, and desktop devices. BluOS also supports all major smart home controllers and is available in a wide range of products making it easy to create a whole-house audio system with the C 658 at its heart.

High Resolution in Every Detail

Most NAD components have been High Res for 45 years with very wide bandwidth, low distortion, and ultra-low noise. We just never had High Res source material to play. With High Res digital recording and streaming, combined with advanced technology like MQA, record companies are opening their vaults and releasing Studio Master Quality recordings. MQA decoding is available through BluOS Streaming content. The C 658 is pure High Res from input to output and features the ESS Sabre 32bit DAC, one of the best performing DACs on the market today with its 118dB Dynamic Range and incredibly low jitter spec. All preamp functions are executed in the digital domain including the same wide range non-truncating digital volume control used in NAD's Masters Series components. This offers an incredibly short analog signal path that, rather uniquely, is identical for all volume settings. Sophisticated active power supplies provide super clean voltages to all circuits to keep noise and distortion at the edge of measurability.

Make the Speakers Disappear (It's not Magic!)

The C 658 is also the first NAD stereo component to feature Dirac Live room correction, the most sophisticated and effective room correction available. Dirac corrects the impulse response of your speakers, in addition to the frequency response of your room, for a truly transparent window into the musical performance. When the room resonances are tamed and the transient response is corrected, the result is magical. You have never heard your speakers sound this invisible or this good!

Traditional NAD Performance & Value

The C 658 is part of NAD's Classic Series of components which have an enviable reputation for giving Music Lovers more enjoyment for less money. If you want a solid block of hand–crafted aluminum with gold plated accents you’ll need to look elsewhere. If you want state-of-the-art performance and features in a sturdy no-nonsense package then you have the right address.

NAD C 658 BluOS Streaming DAC User's Manual



Line Input, Pre-Out

THD (20Hz - 20kHz) - <0.005% at 2V out

Signal-to-Noise Ratio - >106dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out, unity gain)

Channel Separation 

>80dB (1kHz)

>70dB (10kHz)

Input Impedance (R and C) - 22 kohms + 100pF

Maximum Input Signal - >4.5Vrms (ref. 0.1% THD)

Output Impedance - Source Z + 240 Ohm

Input Sensitivity - 93mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)

Frequency Response - ±0.3dB (20Hz - 20kHz)

Maximum Voltage Output -IHF load - >4.5V (ref. 0.1% THD)

Tone Controls 

Treble: ±7.0dB at 20kHz

Bass: ±7.0dB at 60Hz

Balance: -10dB

Phono Input, Audio Pre-Out

THD (20Hz - 20kHz) - <0.01% at 2V out

Signal-to-Noise Ratio 

>84dB (200 Ohm source; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)

>76dB (MM cartridge source, IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500mV out)

Input Sensitivity - 1.44mV (ref. 500mV out, Volume maximum)

Frequency Response - ±0.3dB (20Hz - 20kHz)

Maximum input signal at 1kHz - >80mVrms (ref. 0.1% THD)

Line Input, Headphone Out

THD - (20Hz - 20kHz) <0.005% at 1V out

Signal-to-Noise Ratio - >110dB (32 Ohms loads; A-WTD, ref. 2V out, unity gain)

Frequency Response - ±0.3dB (20Hz - 20kHz)

Channel Separation - >60dB at 1kHz

Output Impedance - 6 Ohms


Supported audio file formats - MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS

High-resolution audio formats - MQA, FLAC, WAV, AIFF

Native sampling rates - up to 32bit/384kHz

Bit depths - 16 – 24


Supported operating systems - Plays music from network shares on the following desktop operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8 to current Windows Operating Systems and Mac OS X versions

User interface mobile operating system - BluOS – Free Android and iOS App available online at Google Play and Apple App store

Supported cloud services - Spotify, Amazon Music, TIDAL, Deezer, Qobuz, HDTracks, HighResAudio, Murfie, JUKE, Napster, Slacker Radio, KKBox, Bugs

Free internet radio - TuneIn Radio, iHeartRadio, Calm Radio, Radio Paradise

Bluetooth quality - Bluetooth aptX HD wireless built-in

Bluetooth connectivity - Two-Way (Transmit and Receive)

Network connectivity - Gigabit Ethernet RJ45 WiFi 5 (802.11ac)

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (W x H x D) - 435 x 100 x 405mm (17 1/8 x 3 15/16 x 16)”

Shipping Weight: 22.3ls

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