NAD C 165BEE Preamplifier


The NAD C 165BEE preamplifier is built to be the heart of any advanced home audio system with six line level inputs, including MC/MM phono input. It’s also ready to integrate with CI control systems for ease of use.

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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.

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. With outstanding build quality and true engineering sophistication, the NAD C 165BEE is the preamp you’ve been waiting for.

  • 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 kilohm+ 320 pF

Input Sensitivity 158mV (ref. 500mV out)

Maximum input signal 9V

Signal/Noise Ratio, A-weighted 108dB (ref. 500mV in 500mV out, volume set to unity gain) / 112dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)

Frequency response ± 0.1dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat ON) / ± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat OFF)

Frequency response (subwoofer out) 100Hz (ref. -3 dB)

Output Impedance

Pre-out 75 Ohm

Tape out Source Z + 440 Ohm

Sub out 100 Ohm

Headphones 10 Ohm

Maximum Voltage Output

Pre-out >10V into 600 Ohm

Tape out >10V into 10 kilohm load

Sub out >7V into 1 kilohm load

Headphones >5V into 600 Ohm / >2V into 32 Ohm

HD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100) >0.001% dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 2V out)

Phono Input impedance

MC 40, 100, 600 Ohm (R) 1nF (C)

MM 47 kilohm (R) 220, 300, 400pF (C)

Net weight 13.23lb (6kg)

Shipping weight 17.1lb (7.8kg)