can anybody tell me the prices on a new NAD c315bee,c320bee and c325bee? thanks. also, is there any store that sells them online, or are they only through dealers?
The C325BEE sells for $399. As far as I know, you can't buy a C320BEE new, which makes me wonder why NAD still list it on their website. You might be able to find one on clearance, certainly at considerable savings versus a new 325. I was not even aware of the C315BEE's existence until now! It looks like an exciting product, and will probably list around the $300 mark in order to compete with the Cambridge Audio Azur 340A. NAD products are sold through the dealer network, so if you find one online, don't expect NAD to honor the warranty. Caveat emptor.
Spearit Sound does sell factory refurbished NAD products with warranty on-line. Also open box, damaged box units. You may wish to check their site.
any opinions on the c325? looks like a great amp for the money
The 325 is a wonderful thing. In fact, I had a difficult time deciding if I preferred it or the Rega Brio ($645 - which I ultimately purchased). I've listened to the C325BEE a lot, and I always have a great time. It also has features that many competitors at that level lack.
any ever bought from audio advisor? would this void the manufacturer warranty? http://www.audioadvisor.com/prodinfo.asp?number=NAC325BEE
Perhaps I was mistaken regarding NAD's strict dealer-only policy. That sure looks legit, and it's listed at MSRP. I think the best course of action would be to call NAD and ask if Audio Advisor is an authorized distributor. Although, at list price, it is probably more advisable to just buy from a brick-and-mortar store, anyway. That's my two cents.
While Erik's passion and energy usually keep him on top of such issues, he's wrong this time. He's also a bit spoiled relative to many of us in that he has easy access to a trustworthy brick and morter shop. Audio Advisor is absolutely legit, and I say that having done business with them often over several years. No worry regarding warranty support or any other customer service issue with this Grand Rapids, Michigan dealer (established 1981). They still rank with MusicDirect and Acoustic Sounds among my three favorite on-line dealers despite the fact that, in recent years, they've had to move their focus pretty far in the direction of home theater. Their catalog is full of interesting NAD stuff and other goodies as well.
I've got an NAD C325BEE amp paired with an NAD C525BEE CD player and Epos ELS-3 speakers. It's a very nice system for the price (total outlay was something like $1100), and anybody trying to put together a starter system on a budget should take a serious look.
While shopping I listened to a number of budget hi-fi integrated amps (Cambridge Audio, Musical Fidelity, Onyko, Rega, Denon, Harman Kardon), including a few that were out of my price range, and the NAD sounded better than everything I heard *except* for the Rega Brio. I can't say that the Rega was better, but it was different and very musical. For me the decision came down to the fact that the NAD was a little bit cheaper, and I didn't need the Rega's phono pre-amp. If I listened to records then I probably would have gone with the Rega.
For what it's worth, as I think about an upgrade path for my system, the C325BEE is the last component that I plan on replacing.
I second Cheapskate's recommendations for good mail-order sources. Very legit dealers these three.
Thanks for the kind correction, Clay. I need to study up on my NAD!
yea i wish i had a nad dealer around me, the closest one is about 2 hours away. so i might be stuck with paying msrp.