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NAD Electronics C 3050 HybridDigital Stereophonic Amplifier

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Model: C3050 | UPC: 786357002231


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Product Information

Model: C3050 | UPC: 786357002231

In the C 3050 Stereophonic Amplifier, NAD’s 50-year history of innovation meets the future of hi-fi. With its dual VU meters, push-button input selectors, walnut-finished vinyl-clad cabinet, and 1970s cursive-style branding, the C 3050 recalls the components that helped a generation of music-lovers discover the joys of great audio. With its 100-watt-per-channel HybridDigital UcD amplifier and Texas Instruments high-resolution differential DAC, the C 3050 delivers sound that will thrill today’s discerning listeners. And thanks to NAD’s MDC2 future-proofing technology, C 3050 owners can add leading-edge capabilities like BluOS high-resolution multi-room streaming and Dirac Live room correction.


  • Retro design elements include front-panel VU meters, push-button input controls, 1970s cursive branding, walnut-finished vinyl-clad cabinet, and dark grey front panel
  • HybridDigital UcD Amplifier
  • Full Disclosure Power: 100 watts continuous per channel into 8/4 ohms
  • Instantaneous Power: 135 watts per channel
  • Vanishingly low harmonic and intermodulation distortion
  • MDC2 port for expanded functionality
  • Optional MDC2 BluOS-D module adds BluOS high-resolution multi-room music streaming and Dirac Live* room correction
  • High-performance 32-bit/384kHz TI PCM5242 differential DAC
  • Ultra-low-noise MM phono stage with infrasonic filtering circuitry
  • One optical, one coaxial digital input
  • HDMI-eARC input
  • One set of line-level analogue inputs with low-noise buffer amplifiers
  • Speaker A/Speaker B outputs
  • Subwoofer output
  • Dedicated headphone amplifier
  • Bidirectional Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth
  • IR remote control
  • CI-Friendly – 12V Trigger out, IR in

Vintage Inspired

The C 3050’s industrial design was inspired by the NAD 3030 Stereophonic Amplifier, a 1970s classic. Vintage styling elements include dual illuminated VU meters, push-button controls for source selection, a walnut-finished vinyl-clad cabinet, and a dark grey front panel with the original New Acoustic Dimension logo in its 1970s cursive typeface.

Thoroughly Modern

Employing NAD’s renowned HybridDigital UcD amplifier technology, the C 3050 has a Full Disclosure Power rating of 100 watts per channel continuous and 135wpc instantaneous, for effortless reproduction of musical transients. Noise and distortion are virtually unmeasurable through the entire audioband. The result is neutral, inviting sound through any loudspeaker load—even at high listening levels. The

C 3050 will reproduce the music you love with wonderful detail, immersive three-dimensionality, and thrilling dynamics.

The digital section employs Texas Instruments’ PCM5242 high-resolution differential DAC, a design known for its excellent dynamic performance and immunity to clock jitter. This enables the C 3050 to deliver amazing musicality, stunning clarity, and pinpoint soundstaging from all your digital sources.

Future Friendly

The C 3050 features the latest generation of NAD’s Modular Design Construction future-proofing technology, MDC2, which lets users add new functions and features by inserting an add-on module into the MDC2 slot on the back panel. MDC2 is an all-new design that enables two-way communications between the expansion module and host component. The optional MDC2 BluOS-D module delivers two highly desirable capabilities: BluOS high-resolution music streaming and Dirac Live room correction.

Well Connected

With its full suite of digital and analogue inputs, the C 3050 can accommodate all your source components. Vinyl fans will appreciate the C 3050’s ultra-low-noise MM phono stage. For movie and TV viewing, the C 3050 has an HDMI eARC port for connecting an HDTV, enabling the C 3050 to serve as the hub of a high-performance two- or 2.1-channel home-theatre setup. The C 3050 also has line-level analogue coaxial digital, and optical digital inputs.

Listeners can connect two pairs of speakers with Speaker A/B switching, as well as a subwoofer. Bidirectional aptX HD Bluetooth connectivity lets you stream audio to the C 3050 from a smart device and stream audio from the C 3050 to a pair of wireless headphones. The C 3050 also has a dedicated headphone amplifier, and pre-out/main-in jacks that let you connect a more powerful amplifier and use the C 3050 as a preamp only. The C 3050 includes an IR remote control and has installer-friendly features like 12V trigger and IR input.

Truly Timeless

The C 3050 is a fitting tribute to NAD’s 50-year history of amplifier innovation. With its vintage-inspired design, the NAD C 3050 Stereophonic Amplifier is a feast for the eyes. With its innovative technology, the C 3050 is a feast for the ears. The C 3050’s MDC2 port makes it easy to add compelling features like BluOS multi-room streaming and Dirac Live room correction—not to mention new capabilities that have yet to be developed.


  • Line Input, Pre-Out (Analog bypass on)
    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.005 % at 2V out
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >95 dB (IHF; A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out, unity gain)
    • Channel separation
    • >100 dB (1 kHz)
    • >90 dB (10 kHz)
    • Input impedance (R and C): 28 kohms + 360 pF
    • Maximum input signal: >4.5 Vrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)
    • Output impedance: 440 ohms
    • Input sensitivity: 270 mV (ref. 500 mV out, Volume maximum)
    • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
    • Maximum voltage output -IHF load: >2 V (ref. 0.1 % THD)
  • Phono Input, Pre-Out (Analog bypass on)
    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.03% at 2 V out
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >79 dB (200 ohms source; A-weighted, ref. 500 mV out)
    • Input Impedance (R and C): 46 kohms/100 pF
    • Input sensitivity: 5.5 mV (ref. 500 mV out, Volume maximum)
    • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
    • Maximum input signal at 1kHz: >80 mVrms (ref. 0.1 % THD)
  • Line Input, Headphone Out (Analog bypass on)
    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.005% at 1V out
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >96 dB (32 ohms loads; A-WTD, ref. 2 V out, unity gain
    • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
    • Channel separation: >60 dB at 1kHz
  • User Interface
    • Supported operating system: Music playback from network shares on the following desktop operating systems: Microsoft Windows XP, 2000, Vista, 7, 8 to current Windows Operating Systems and macOS versions
    • Mobile Application: Free BluOS Controller App available for download from the respective App stores of Apple iOS devices (iPad, iPhone and iPod), Android devices, Kindle Fire and Windows or macOS desktops
  • Main In, Speaker Out
    • Continuous output power into 8 ohms and 4 ohms: 100W (ref. 20 Hz-20 kHz at rated THD, both channels driven)
    • THD (20 Hz – 20 kHz): <0.03% (250 mW to 100 W, 8 ohms and 4 ohms)
    • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >95dB (A-weighted, 500 mV input, ref. 1 W out in 8 ohms)
    • Clipping power: >115 W (at 1 kHz 0.1 % THD)
    • IHF dynamic power
      • 8 ohms: 180 W
      • 4 ohms: 250W
      • 2 ohms: 300 W
    • Peak output current: >20A (in 1 ohm, 1 ms)
    • Frequency response: ±0.3 dB (20 Hz – 20 kHz)
    • Channel separation
      •  >75dB (1 kHz)
      • >70dB (10 kHz)
    • Input sensitivity (for 100 W in 8 ohms): 540 mV (Digital: -6dBFS)
    • Power consumption – at Auto Standby ON and Network Standby OFF: 0.5 W*
    • Power consumption – at Auto Standby ON and Network Standby ON: 2.0 W**
    • Power consumption – OFF mode (Power switched OFF): 0.1 W
    • Frequency band: 2.402G- 2.480G
  • Dimension And Weight
    • Gross dimensions (W x H x D): 17-1/4” x 4-3/8” x 14”****
    • Net weight: 22 lbs

*- After 20 minutes of no user interface interaction and no active source input

**- With established wired or wireless network connection, wireless Bluetooth connectivity and no user interface interaction and no active source input for 20 minutes

****- Includes feet, volume knob and extended front and rear panel terminals)

What's In The Box

  • C 3050 HybridDigital Stereophonic Amplifier
  • Room Calibration Microphone for Dirac Live setup
  • IR Remote
  • Power Cord
  • Manual 
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