NAD C 3050 Stereophonic Amplifier – 2 Channel Integrated Amplifier 2x100W


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With its 100-watt-per-channel HybridDigital UcD amplifier and Texas Instruments high-resolution differential DAC, the NAD C 3050 delivers sound that will thrill today’s discerning listeners. And thanks to NAD’s MDC2 future-proofing technology, NAD C 3050 owners can add leading-edge capabilities like BluOS high-resolution multi-room streaming and Dirac Live room correction.

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.

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.

A World of Music

Featuring dual-band Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet, the MDC2 BluOS-D connects you to almost all the music ever recorded through BluOS, the award-winning wireless music-management system. Using the intuitive BluOS Controller app, listeners can access more than 20 popular streaming services, including several that offer lossless and high-resolution audio, such as Amazon Music Ultra HD, Deezer, Qobuz, and Tidal. BluOS supports high-resolution audio to 24-bit/192kHz, and has MQA decoding and rendering capability, for studio-quality streaming. The MDC2 BluOS-D also lets you play music from your personal library and thousands of internet radio stations through the C 3050 Stereophonic Amplifier.

Work the Room

The MDC2 BluOS-D lets C 3050 owners address the weakest link in most music systems—the listening environment. Connect the supplied microphone to the MDC2 BluOS-D’s USB port, and then follow instructions in the easy-to-use Dirac Live app. Dirac will play test tones through your speakers, analyze the results, and then create correction filters that counteract common acoustic problems like standing waves and unwanted reflections.

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.

Features & Details

  • Dedicated headphone amplifier
  • 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


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)

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)

Supported audio file format

Supported high- resolution audio file format

Sampling rate
up to 192 kHz

Bit depths
16 – 24

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

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