Looking every bit a classic NAD, the C 379 is the latest addition to the company’s amplifier range. Essentially an integrated amplifier with digital inputs, its functionality can be extended with the addition of second-generation MDC modules. Currently available is the BluOS 2i MDC, which bestows the C 379 with full blown BluOS streaming capabilities. A Dirac room-correction module is also mooted. The C 379 has two MDC slots allowing you to (presumably) run both together. 

Rated at 80 watts continuous power, ‘HybridDigital’ refers to the amplifier technology that’s used, which is based on Hypex Electronics’ UcD concept; for an explanation see here. Particular attention has been paid to the internal switching-power-supply to ensure noise is minimised.  Should you need more grunt there’s also the option of bridging the C 379 with a C 268 power amplifier, giving 2 x 300 watts of continuous power. 

The C 379’s DAC is based on an ESS ES9028 chip that can handle up to 32-bit/384kHz PCM files. Digital inputs comprise 2 x optical and 2 x coax and 1 x eARC HDMI. The latter allows better integration with TVs and the like. The C 379 can also handle aptX Bluetooth.

On the analogue side there are two line inputs, one MM phono input, as well as a pre-out and dual subwoofer outputs. Plus a headphone amplifier with low output impedance and high output voltage to enable it to handle a wide range of headphones. 

Should you opt for the BluOS 2i module you’ll then have access to over 20 streaming music services including Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz, Amazon Music and Spotify. Airplay 2 is provided, and aptX Bluetooth is extended to 2-way capability (meaning you could play the C 379 through wireless headphones for example). 

UPNP allows you to play files stored on your network, and BluOS also has 24-bit/192kHz multi-room capability. All controlled from phone, tablet or desktop apps. Having used BluOS when reviewing the Bluesound Node (here) we’re fans. 

The BluOS 2i module is already available, costing £400-500 in the UK. The NAD C 379 itself should be on the shelves by the end of June 2024 and will cost US$1,099 / €1,199 / £899. 

We’ve requested a BluOS-enabled C 379 for review. As/when it arrives we look forward to assessing its overall capabilities as well as comparing the BluOS module to an external streamer (one of WiiM’s models springs to mind). 

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