CI 16-60 DSP

16 Channel Amplifier

$ 2999
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Like every NAD product, legendary high performance is at the heart of this 16 channel/8 zone amplifier. Promising reliability, stability and a variety of installer-friendly features, the CI16-60 is a versatile and economical smart distribution amplifier with Audiophile Performance for high performance audio. NAD CI amplifiers will redefine the way you view distributed audio systems.


NAD CI 16-60 DSP Multi channel network amplifier

The CI 16-60 is a versatile and economical option for a distributed audio system, that doesn’t compromise on quality. Offering 8 zones of the same Class D, Hybrid Digital amplification found in our Class Series NAD stereo products, and with parametric EQ for fine tuning each zone, the CI i16-60 is a great starting place for centralized multi-room audio.

Full Disclosure Power

The CI 16-60 DSP offers NAD’s world-renowned sonic performance at an unrivalled price per zone. As per NAD’s Full Disclosure Power (FDP) ratings, it’s capable of delivering a conservative 60 watts per channel at 8 ohms into all channels simultaneously, so no need to worry about a lack of power, or the amplifier becoming strained, when all zones are active in a multi-room system. The CI 16-60 DSP is also bridgeable to 140 watts per channel, and offers the necessary flexibility to handle most scenarios while remaining on budget.

Hybrid Digital Amplification

The CI 16-60 DSP uses a customized version of the proven Hypex UcD output stage to deliver great load invariant power with extremely low distortion and noise floor. Every detail of this design has been carefully executed to bring out the best possible performance. Meticulously designed and built to deal with the demands of the custom installation market, the robust nature of Hybrid Digital amplification makes it ideal for installations, having a high current output and being load invariant, it handles 4ohm loads as easily as it does 8ohm and can effortlessly handle long cable runs and difficult speaker loads.

Whether listening to background music at lower volumes or turning it up, NAD delivers a consistent, linear sound, which is clear, detailed and dynamic at all volume levels.

Rack Space Efficiency and Reliability

NAD is keenly aware that reliability is paramount for a professional installer so all models will be based on tried and true amplification platforms delivering stable and reliable performance, and since rack real estate is always at a premium NAD CI amps have been designed to take up as little as possible. Thermostatic fans draw in cool air from the front of the unit and out through the rear vents, meaning you don’t need to leave ventilation gaps between each unit for it to stay cool.


The CI 16-60 is network ready for simple set up, via the custom WebUI. This allows fast set up, of inputs & outputs, setting gain, stereo/mono and bridging of channels, creation of DSP profiles using the 5 band Parametric EQ, plus high and low pass filters to allow the dialing in of the audio in each zone and optimize performance. A variety of power on methods are available as well as an Eco mode setting for minimal power consumption. I/O switching and routing can also be managed via compatible control systems with drivers available for Crestron, Control4, Elan, RTI and URC.



System Suggestion

Combine the CI 16-60 DSP with the CI 580 V2 4 zone BluOS rack mount streamer or the Bluesound NODE to create a complete hi res multi-room package of incredible value and quality.

“Once again, NAD has pulled off a clever balancing act regarding price, performance and features with the new CI 16-60 DSP. Perhaps even more impressively, it satisfies the needs and desires of the seasoned installer and critical listener. The former will appreciate the robustness that allows superior performance in all rooms regardless of cable length, and the IP access to key setup parameters and remote troubleshooting to save time and money.” – Stereonet

Key Features

  • 16 Channels x 60 Watts @ 8 Ohms, Hybrid Digital with Hypex UcD
  • Bridgeable to 4 channels X 120 Watts @ 8 Ohms
  • Effectively handles long cable runs and difficult speaker loads
  • Ethernet port for IP control, custom web UI with virtual I/O panel and performance diagnostics
  • DSP with 5 band parametric EQ, plus high and low pass filters
  • 8 stereo RCA inputs with loop though
  • Dual global Inputs/Outputs
  • 2U Rack height
  • 5W Standby Mode, 3W Network Standby
  • 12V Trigger In; IR In/Out
  • Thermostatic fan cooling with front vents
  • Universal AC Power Supply
  • Multiple Power-up options including Auto Sense turn on, as well as Eco Mode
  • Control drivers for Crestron, Control4, Elan, RTI, URC.


CI 16-60 CAD Drawing


  • Continuous output power into 8 ohms
  • 60 W (all channels driven, 1kHz 0.05% THD
  • 65 W (two channels driven, 1kHz 0.05% THD
  • into 4 ohms
  • 65 W (all channels driven, 1kHz 0.05% THD
  • 105 W (two channels driven, 1kHz 0.05% THD
  • Continuous output power into 8 ohms at Bridged mode
  • 140 W (all channels driven, 1kHz 0.05% THD
  • 240 W (two channels driven, 1kHz 0.05% THD
  • THD (1 W to 50 W, 8 ohms and 4 ohms)
  • 0.05 % (20 Hz – 3 kHz)
  • 0.2 % (3kHz – 20 kHz)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio
  • 80 dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, ref. 1 W out in 8 ohms)
  • Clipping power (all channels driven)
  • 60 W (1 kHz 8 ohms 1 % THD)
  • 80 W (1 kHz 4 ohms 1 % THD)
  • Clipping power into 8 ohms at Bridged mode
  • 150 W (1 kHz 1 % THD – all channels driven)
  • 250 W (1 kHz 1 % THD – two channels driven)
  • IHF Dynamic Power (all channels driven)
  • 8 ohms: 65 W
  • 4 ohms: 125 W
  • IHF Dynamic Power (two channels driven)
  • 8 ohms: 70 W
  • 4 ohms: 125 W
  • IHF dynamic power (Bridged mode, all channels driven)
  • 8 ohms: 270 W
  • IHF Dynamic Power (two channels driven)
  • 8 ohms: 280 W
  • Peak output current
  • 15 A (1 ohm, 1 ms)
  • Damping factor
  • 110 (20 Hz to 1 kHz 8 ohms)
  • Frequency response
  • ±1dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
  • Channel separation
  • 60 dB (1 kHz)
  • 55 dB (10 kHz)
  • Maximum undistorted input level
  • 2900 mV
  • Input sensitivity (for 50 W in 8 ohms, maximum volume)
  • 760 mV
  • Input impedance
  • 20 kohms//220pF
  • Analog input audio sense threshold (one channel with signal)
  • 3 ± 0.5 mVrms (ref. 100 Hz – 10 kHz)
  • Trigger IN level
  • 3 – 30 Vdc
  • Standby power
  • 0.5W


  • Gross dimensions (W x H x D)*
  • 483x100x435mm
  • 19 1/16 x 3 15/16 x 17 3/16 inches
  • Net Weight
  • 10.3 kg (22.7 lbs)
  • Shipping Weight
  • 12.8 kg (28.2 lbs)


* Gross dimension includes extended rear panel terminals and excludes installed feet

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