C 165BEE

Stereo Preamplifier

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.

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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.

Features:

  • 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
  • <1 watt Standby Consumption

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Key Features

  • 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
  • <1 watt Standby Consumption

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)

Output

Output Impedance

  • Pre-out
  • 75 Ω
  • Tape out
  • Source Z + 1 kHz
  • Sub out
  • 100 Ω
  • Headphones
  • 10 Ω

Maximum Voltage Output

  • 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)

Tone Controls

  • Treble
  • ± 5 dB at 10 kHz (ref. 2V in 500 mV out)
  • Bass
  • ± 5 dB at 100 Hz (ref. 2V in 500 mV out)

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)

Physical Specs

Dimensions (W x H x D)

  • Net
  • 435 x 80 x 286 mm
  • 17 1/8” x 3” x 11 1/4”
  • Gross
  • 435 x 99 x 315 mm
  • 17 1/8” x 3 15/16” x 12 1/2”
  • Net weight
  • 13.23 lb (6 kg)
  • Shipping weight
  • 17.1 lb (7.8 kg)

Accessories

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