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Im buying a nad stereoamp for my klipsch rp280f. I have narroved it down to 2 alternatives

 

1. Nad 388 with BluOS and Hdmi 2000 USD

2. Nad 368 with BluOS and Hdmi & Nad 268 Combo 3000 USD

 

Alternative one has 150w/c, while alternative 2 has 300 w/c. My local "dealer" tells me I should go for alternative 2. Shocker! :)

Will I notice any difference between the two? 

Thoughts?

 

"You can pair the C 268 with the NAD C 368 Hybrid Digital DAC Amplifier, and with both units bridged for mono, 300 watts per channel of distortion-free sound become available for your listening pleasure."

 

Your help is appreciated :) Thanks

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6 hours ago, KingOfTheNorth said:

1. Nad 388 with BluOS and Hdmi 2000 USD

2. Nad 368 with BluOS and Hdmi & Nad 268 Combo 3000 USD

 

Alternative one has 150w/c, while alternative 2 has 300 w/c.

The C 388(Alt 1) has 150w/ch at 8/4 ohms at .009%THD while the C 368(Alt 2) has 80w/ch at 8/4 ohms at 0.03%THD both measured 20Hz to 20kHz.

 

The 300w/ch is as mentioned bridged power using the C368 and C268 outboard amp.

 

Get the amp you can afford.

 

Bill

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Really, either combo would be just great.  The difference between 150 Watts and 300 Watts will hardly be detectable by ear, so I'd just go with the 150; it'll be plenty and you can put $1000 toward a lot of music to play through the system.

 

I'm using their little brother, the 338.  You'd be satisfied with either setup, and if not, you probably can't be satisfied.

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2 hours ago, KingOfTheNorth said:

Thank you guys. Ill go for the 388. Hopefully I will have plenty of headroom 👌

On a whim with some time to kill one Saturday, I moved my Yamaha A-S1000 integrated with it's 90w/ch@8ohms, 140w/ch@4ohms  into the family room to see/hear how well it would drive my RF-63s and was very pleased how the Yamaha handled them.  Plenty of fast and punchy bass drive with what seemed like unlimited dynamics/headroom.

 

I think you will really enjoy that NAD/Klipsch combo.

 

Bill

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It depends on how loud you play music, how large and live or dead your room is, how far away you sit, etc.

 

With the 150 watt one, in a 4,000 cu ft room, of typical acoustical characteristics, at 13 feet way. you should be able to reach 105 dB continuous (although I wouldn't), conservatively (that takes about 128 watts).   With lots of boundary gain (near a wall or corner, but not blocking the port), you might squeeze another 3 dB out of it.  Instantaneous peaks will be higher.

 

I've used NADs with Klipschorns, Belle Klipsch and Heresy IIs for the last 15 years, and I love the combos!  NAD doesn't fudge their power ratings like some amp makers, and virtually all AVR manufacturers do.

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@garyrc 

Thank you guys, Now I just wait for a good used c388 or c368/c268 for sale... Im NOT buying this stuff new :D

I think having bluOS, Hdmi, and dac in one unit is the future. 

 

 

 

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I got a great offer on a parasound hint 6.

Ive had it for a week now and im very happy with the Hint 6/rp280f combination so far.

Thank you guys for all the help

 

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1 hour ago, KingOfTheNorth said:

I got a great offer on a parasound hint 6.

Ive had it for a week now and im very happy with the Hint 6/rp280f combination so far.

Thank you guys for all the help

 

Enjoy.

 

Bill

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