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NAD C 165BEE Stereo Preamplifier


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    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.

    Performance Far Beyond Expectation
    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.


    • 6 Line Level Inputs
    • Phono Input with selectable Moving Coil and Moving Magnet sensitivity settings
    • 3 position Resistance and Capacitance settings for Phono Input
    • 2 Line Level Outputs, one variable from 0dB to -12dB
    • Subwoofer Output
    • Independent Headphone Amplifier
    • Pure Class A Gain Modules
    • Sealed Reed Relays for Input Switching
    • Heavy Gauge Steel Chassis
    • Bass and Treble Controls with Defeat Switch (bypass]
    • Gold Plated Sockets
    • 12V Trigger Output
    • IR In and Out
    • Detachable Power Cord
    • SR 8 NAD 4 Device System remote Control
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    Line Level Input

    Input impedance (R and C) 100 kΩ+ 320 pF
    Input sensitivity 159 mV (ref. 500 mV out)
    Maximum input signal 9 V
    Signal/Noise ratio, A-weighted 108 dB (ref. 500 mV in 500 mV out, volume set to unity gain)
    112 dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)
    Frequency response ± 0.1 dB (ref. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, Tone defeat ON)
    ± 0.5 dB (ref. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, Tone defeat OFF)
    Frequency response (subwoofer out) 100 Hz (ref. -3 dB)


    Pre-out 75 Ω
    Tape out Source Z + 1 kHz
    Sub out 100 Ω
    Headphones 10 Ω
    Pre-out 10 V into 600 Ω
    Tape out 10 V into 10 kΩ load
    Sub out 7 V into 1 kΩ load
    Headphones 7 V into 600 Ω
    2 V into 32 Ω
    HD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100) 0.005 % dB (ref. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 2 Vout)

    Phono Input

    Input impedance MC 40,100,600 Ω (R)
    1 nF (C)
    MM 47 kΩ (R)
    220,300,400 pF (C)
    Input sensitivity MC 0.15 mV (ref. 1 kHz 500 mV out)
    MM 2.6 mV (ref. 1 kHz 500 mV out)
    Input overload MC 0.8 mV/7 mV/65 mV (20 Hz/1 kHz/20 kHz)
    MM 14 mV/140 mV/1.2 (20 Hz/1 kHz/20 kHz)
    Gain MC in – Tape out 62.4 dB1 (ref. 1 kHz, 10 kΩ load)
    MM in – Tape out 36.7 dB (ref. 1 kHz, 10 kΩ load)
    THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100) 0.009 % (ref. 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 5 Vrms Tape out)
    Signal/Noise ratio, IHF A-weighted MC 78 dB2 (ref. 0.5 mV)
    MM 78 dB3 (ref. 0.5 mV)
    RIAA response accuracy ± 0.5 dB (ref. 20 Hz – 50 Hz)
    ± 0.3 dB (ref. 50 Hz – 20 kHz)
    Infrasonic filter 10 Hz (at -3 dB)
    5 Hz (at -14 dB)
    Dimensions 17 1/8” x 3” x 11 1/4”
    Weight 13.23 lb