NAD C 3050 LE BluOS streaming integrated amplifier Specifications

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Description: Remote-controlled, network-connected, class-D D/A integrated amplifier with Dirac Live LE Room Correction, tone controls, and front-panel meters. Analog inputs: 3 pair RCA (line, MM phono, power amplifier direct). Digital inputs: 1 TosLink, 1 coaxial S/PDIF, 1 HDMI, USB Type A, Wi-Fi, Ethernet, Two-way Qualcomm aptX HD Bluetooth. Supported formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, OGG, WMA-L, ALAC, OPUS, MQA, DSD, FLAC, WAV, AIFF. Supported sample rates: up to 192kHz, bit depths 16–24. Supported cloud services: Amazon Music, Deezer, IDAGIO, Napster, Neil Young Archives,, Qobuz, Spotify, Tidal, others, internet radio. Support for Apple AirPlay 2, SpotifyConnect, and Tidal Connect. Voice control via Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple Siri. Analog outputs: 1 pair unbalanced preamplifier (RCA), 1 unbalanced subwoofer (RCA), ¼" headphone jack, 2 pairs speaker binding posts. Maximum continuous output power: 100Wpc into 8 ohms (20dBW). Clipping power: >115Wpc into 8 ohms (>20.6dBW) at 0.1% THD. IHF dynamic power: 180W into 8 ohms (22.55dBW), 250W into 4 ohms (21dBW), 300W into 2 ohms (18.75dBW). Frequency response: 20Hz–20kHz, ±0.3dB. Channel separation: >75dB at 1kHz, >70dB at 10kHz. Signal/noise: >95dB (A-weighted, ref. 1W into 8 ohms). THD: <0.03% (250mW–100W into 8 and 4 ohms). Input sensitivity for 100W into 8 ohms: 540mV (line), –6dBFS (digital). Input impedance: 28k ohms + 360pF (line), 46k ohms + 100pF (phono). Output impedance: 2.2 ohms (headphone), 440 ohms (Pre), not specified (loudspeaker). Power consumption: 0.5W standby with network connection off, 2W standby with network connection on. Supplied accessories: AC cord, remote control, microphone, USB microphone adapter.
Dimensions: 17.25" (435mm) W × 4.38" (110mm) H × 14" (355mm) D. Weight: 27.8lb (12.6kg) shipping.
Finish: Black front panel and walnut open-grain vinyl wrap.
Serial number of unit reviewed: H229C3050P01012; "Designed and engineered in Canada, made in China." BluOS version 3.20.31.
Price: $1972. Approximate number of North American dealers: 100. Warranty: two years, parts & labor.
Manufacturer: NAD Electronics International, 633 Granite Ct., Pickering, Ontario L1W 3K1, Canada. Tel: (905) 831-6555. Web:

georgehifi's picture

Na! shame, it could have been, they missed out on DAB/+ and Internet Radio tuners.

Cheers George

John Atkinson's picture
georgehifi wrote:
Na! shame, it could have been, they missed out on DAB/+ and Internet Radio tuners.

As you can see from the BluOS control window image, BluOS can stream Internet radio stations. (WNYC in this case.)

John Atkinson
Technical Editor, Stereophile

ednazarko's picture

I blame NAD, and the 3020 that I bought as a young lad, for a lifelong, impossible to shake addiction to great sounding audio at reasonable prices.

Chick Korean's picture

I have owned numerous of them over the years, both new and pre-loved. At present I have an M33 powering my main system, a C388 with a BluOS module in my bedroom and a C316BEE with a NODE next to me on my desktop. During the pandemic I tried out a Cambridge EVO150, returned it, then a Hifi Rose RS520 and I returned that as well, and finally settled on the M33, returning to the BluOS ecosystem where I belong.

georgehifi's picture

More saying wifi by it's self to your home internet, for costless music 24hrs a day. Stations like Radio Paradise and Mother Earth's HD stream.

Cheers George

Chick Korean's picture

TuneIn--literally thousands of free music and talk stations to choose from and save as faves...for free

georgehifi's picture

But looks like it doesn't do Mother Earth's Radio 3 different HD genres "FLAC 2800kbps/96kHz" which is what I want.

Cheers George

Long-time listener's picture

Those bile-yellow VU meters don't match or complement the black front panel, and neither the black front panel nor the yellow VU meters complement that oddly-colored, artificial-looking wood grain on the top. This thing is impossibly ugly.

Nirodha352's picture

True. But that is one of the reasons it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg: no money was spent its looks. Given its price it is forgivable. I have seen hideously expensive gear looking like it was made in a shed. Far more objectable.

Long-time listener's picture

Certainly if it performed well, I could get used to its looks. But I'm inherently suspicious of anything Class D from NAD after my experience with their M32, which sounded awful.

JHL's picture

Hat's off to NAD for styling this component. The parchment gauge rectangles and needles are the perfect nod to classic Japanese electronics and compliment the wood-look case. The smart NAD black recalls decades of all-go, no-show brand identity.

The overall effect is aimed straight at the heart of functional, minimalist, classic, table-top audio, a place NAD will be especially at home. Nice work, boys. More.

Jeffreylee's picture

Must be easy to review gear at Stereophile these days. This is the second time Atkinson has just skipped reviewing the phono stage of an expensive item despite having a turntable -- and if there's something wrong with his turntable he certainly has access to others.

Trevor_Bartram's picture

Why is everything so expensive now? In 2001, I got a bonus check, I treated my wife to some jewelery and treated myself to a NAD C340 int. amp & matching CD player ($300 each). I still use the C340, the CD player lasted 10 years of heavy use before it started skipping, no complaints. Last Black Friday I purchased an Echo Link ($160), Schiit Modi DAC ($130), Fire tablet ($40) for control & stream uncompressed from Amazon Music Unlimited ($90/year). I'm having a ball catching up on music I don't have on CD. These multi kilobuck integrateds are an expensive solution to a simple problem!

jellyfish's picture

can someone please verify if there are multiple models of this unit. there are different power output meters (or VU meters per john). one variation shows wattage up to 60 watts, and another show meters up to 150 watts. what gives?

msl2023's picture

The Dirac looks very interesting. That's something you won't find elsewhere in one box without having to mess without a cluster of add ons.

The retro look is decent... but did NAD ever make an amp with vinyl wrapped wood grain like this before? Reminds me of cheap receivers from back in the day. They may have missed the mark on that one. Take a look at new Leaks in comparison.