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May 2006

NAD C372 Integrated Amplifier: Measurements

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Additional Data
  • Measurements were made at 120V AC line voltage with both channels being driven; measurements made on left channel unless otherwise noted. The volume control was set to the reference position to produce 5W into 8 ohms with 500mV input unless otherwise noted.
  • This integrated amplifier does not invert polarity with or without tone controls engaged.
  • AC line current draw:
    • at idle: 0.59A
    • in standby: 0.04A
  • Input sensitivity for 1W output into 8 ohms, volume at maximum: 35.0mV
  • Output impedance at 50Hz: 0.035 ohms
  • Gain, output voltage divided by input voltage, volume at maximum: 80.8X, 38.2dB
  • Output noise, 8-ohm load, 1k-ohm input termination, Lch/Rch
    • Volume control at reference position
      • wideband: 0.40mV, -77.0dBW / 0.37mV, -77.7dBW
      • A weighted: 0.11mV, -88.2dBW / 0.078mV, -91.2dBW
    • Volume control full clockwise
      • wideband: 0.62mV, -73.2dBW / 0.54mV, -74.4dBW
      • A weighted: 0.14mV, -86.1dBW / 0.095mV, -89.5dBW
    • Volume control full counterclockwise
      • wideband: 0.38mV, -77.4dBW / 0.34mV, -78.4dBW
      • A weighted: 0.058mV, -93.8dBW / 0.089mV, -90.0dBW
Measurements Summary

Power output with 1kHz test signal

  • 8-ohm load at 1% THD: 189W
  • 8-ohm load at 10% THD: 228W

  • 4-ohm load at 1% THD: 185.5W
  • 4-ohm load at 10% THD: 228.7W

General

The NAD C372 is a medium-power solid-state integrated amplifier. Overall gain of the unit is about normal for an integrated amplifier. Of interest, and not always the case, is that the overall input/output polarity is maintained as non-inverting when the tone controls are engaged.

Chart 1 shows the frequency response of the amp with varying loads. The high-frequency response is quite wide. with an approximate 3dB down point of 200kHz. Output impedance, as judged by the closeness of spacing between the curves of open-circuit, 8-ohm, and 4-ohm loading, is quite low in the audio band. The usual NHT dummy-load curve is not shown as the variations in the response would not show. The variation with the NHT dummy load in the audio range is of the order of +/-0.05dB -- a negligible amount. The frequency response was quite independent of volume-control setting.

Chart 2 illustrates how total harmonic distortion plus noise vs. power varies for 1kHz and SMPTE IM test signals and amplifier output load. Unusual for a solid-state power amplifier, the attainable power is about the same for 4- and 8-ohm loads. Amount of distortion is low right up to clipping -– the behavior of most solid-state power amplifiers.

Total harmonic distortion plus noise as a function of frequency at several different power levels is plotted in Chart 3. Amount of rise in distortion at low and high frequencies is low except at the low-frequency extremes at the 150W level where the power supply just can’t supply the steady-state power in the 4-ohm loads. This didn’t happen with the 8-ohm loads.

Damping factor vs. frequency is shown in Chart 4 and is of a value and nature typical of many solid-state amplifiers being high up to about 1kHz and then rolling off with frequency.

A spectrum of the harmonic distortion and noise residue of a 10W 1kHz test signal is plotted in Chart 5. The magnitude of the AC-line harmonics are low and simple, and intermodulation components of line harmonics with signal harmonics are also low. Signal harmonics consist of a tapering off spectrum of even and odd harmonics.

Chart 1 - Frequency Response of Output Voltage as a Function of Output Loading


Red line: open circuit
Magenta line: 8-ohm load
Blue line: 4-ohm load

Chart 2 - Distortion as a Function of Power Output and Output Loading


(line up at 10W to determine lines)
Top line: 4-ohm SMPTE IM
Second line: 8-ohm SMPTE IM
Third line: 4-ohm THD+N
Bottom line: 8-ohm THD+N

Chart 3 - Distortion as a Function of Power Output and Frequency


4-ohm output loading
Cyan line: 150W
Blue line: 70W
Magenta line: 10W
Red line: 1W

Chart 4 - Damping Factor as a Function of Frequency


Damping factor = output impedance divided into 8

Chart 5 - Distortion and Noise Spectrum


1kHz signal at 10W into a 4-ohm load

 

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