NAD Stereo Preamplifier - C 165BEE

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Distinguished amongst analogue preamplifiers, the C 165BEE is built to be the heart of any advanced home audio system. Starting with six line level inputs, including MC/MM phono input, the C 165BEE is incredibly flexible. Featuring a superbly designed tone control circuit, the C 165BEE is an exceptional example of how to implement high-fidelity tone controls by affecting only the frequency extremes and leaving the critical midrange untouched, while also offering a bypass option. With a 12V-trigger output and IR inputs and outputs on the rear panel, the C 165BEE is ready to integrate with CI control systems. With outstanding build quality and true engineering sophistication, the NAD C 165BEE is the preamp you’ve been waiting for.


The C 165BEE is an all-new design representing a lifetime of design experience from NAD’s renowned Director of Advanced Developments, Bjørn Erik Edvardsen. New semi-conductors and improved production techniques such as surface mount devices (SMDs) have created opportunities for performance far beyond expectation when compared to previous products in this price range. Compared to its predecessor the C 162, an improved tone control circuit and revised PCB layout has reduced distortion and noise to unprecedented levels when combined with the high signal capacity of the NAD Class A Gain Modules.


  • 6 Line Level Inputs
  • Phono Input with selectable Moving Coil and Moving Magnet sensitivity settings
  • 3 position Resistance and Capacitance settings for Phono Input
  • 2 Line Level Outputs, one variable from 0dB to -12dB
  • Subwoofer Output
  • Independent Headphone Amplifier
  • Pure Class A Gain Modules
  • Sealed Reed Relays for Input Switching
  • Heavy Gauge Steel Chassis
  • Bass and Treble Controls with Defeat Switch (bypass]
  • Gold Plated Sockets
  • 12V Trigger Output
  • IR In and Out
  • Detachable Power Cord
  • SR 8 NAD 4 Device System remote Control
  • <1 watt Standby Consumption
Input Impedance (R and C)100 kilohm+ 320 pF
Input Sensitivity158mV (ref. 500mV out)
Maximum input signal9V
Signal/Noise Ratio, A-weighted108dB (ref. 500mV in 500mV out, volume set to unity gain), 112dB (ref. 2V out, Volume maximum)
Frequency response± 0.1dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat ON), ± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, Tone defeat OFF)
Frequency response (subwoofer out)100Hz (ref. -3 dB)
Pre-out75 Ohm
Tape outSource Z + 440 Ohm
Sub out100 Ohm
Headphones10 Ohm
Maximum Voltage Output
Pre-out>10V into 600 Ohm
Tape out>10V into 10 kilohm load
Sub out>7V into 1 kilohm load
Headphones>5V into 600 Ohm, >2V into 32 Ohm
HD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100)>0.001% dB (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 2V out)
Tone Controls
Treble±5dB at 10kHz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)
Bass±5dB at 100Hz (ref. 2V in 500mV out)
PHONO INPUT - Input impedance
MC40, 100, 600 Ohm (R) 1nF (C)
MM47 kilohm (R) 220, 300, 400pF (C)
PHONO INPUT - Input sensitivity
MC0.15mV (ref. 1kHz 500mV out)
MM2.63mV (ref. 1kHz 500mV out)
PHONO INPUT - Input overload
MC1mV/10mV/100mV (20Hz/1kHz/20kHz)
MM16mV/147mV/1.4V (20Hz/1kHz/20kHz)
PHONO INPUT - Gain – Tape out
MC in59.8dB1 (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)
MM in36.5dB (ref. 1kHz, 10 kilohm load)
THD (CCIF IMD, DIM 100)0.009% (ref. 20Hz – 20kHz, 5Vrms Tape out)
PHONO INPUT - Signal/Noise ratio, IHF A-weighted
MC78dB2 (ref. 0.5mV)
MM86dB3 (ref. 0.5mV)
RIAA response accuracy± 0.5dB (ref. 20Hz – 50Hz), ± 0.3dB (ref. 50Hz – 20kHz)
Infrasonic filter10Hz (at -3dB), 5Hz (at -14dB)
Channel Separation>60dB (ref 1kHz/10kHz), >60dB (ref. 1kHz/10kHz)
Dimensions (W x H x D) - Net435 x 80 x 286mm, 17 1/8 x 3 x 11 1/4”
Dimensions (W x H x D) - Gross*435 x 99 x 315mm, 17 1/8 x 3 15/16 x 12 1/2”
Net weight13.23lb (6kg)
Shipping weight17.1lb (7.8kg)