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NAD – C 658 BluOS Streaming DAC

$1,999.00

Jeff JohnsonJeff Johnson
15:12 03 May 24
I wanted to purchase a new NAD C 588 turntable they got it ordered right away very easy to deal with. Great place for HIFI! Can’t wait to get it!
Jose GutierrezJose Gutierrez
21:16 17 Apr 24
friendly service, great selection
juan chiangjuan chiang
01:13 16 Apr 24
I just want to let everyone know, how much I appreciate the staff at the Grid HIFI for their professionalism and for sharing their extensive knowledge to the audio and video community in the Houston area. Thanks to Chris and Ryan my home theater and two channel audio system have reached to another level. I strongly recommend the Grid HiFi store!!!I have purchased several pieces of electronics over the years from them; and recently a pair of Focal Sopra 3. Chris and Ryan never hesitated to assist me even going above and beyond to take care of me. Best high-end audio/video store in Houston.
David LaffermanDavid Lafferman
22:06 15 Apr 24
I have been doing business with these guys for years. Always great product, service and knowledge. The Focal Powered by.Naim store is State of the Art. Best store in Houston.
Martin BenitezMartin Benitez
19:10 15 Apr 24
Don SmithDon Smith
01:40 03 Apr 24
I've worked with owner Jeff Pate in another venue for a good number of years and from my own decades of experience in dealing with consumers I appreciate his commitment to quality and excellence. Whenever I've seen a need for improvement that I've brought to his attention his is favorite line is, "just do it." Lately I've been doing a bit of work with Chris and Ryan in the store, but mostly deliveries as far as St Louis and even a trip to Salt Lake City for customer service. I like working road trips and that folks, is your insider scoop!- Dono
Heath OliverHeath Oliver
15:05 01 Apr 24
Very impressed with the amount of knowledge and comfort when dealing with Chris and Ryan. Both are very well versed in all of the details in both audio and theatre. By far one of the best audio and Cinema displays I’ve ever seen.
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00:37 01 Apr 24
Great Local Business. Thanks guys
Sajeev MehtaSajeev Mehta
00:03 01 Apr 24
Wow, this showroom is amazing! Grid has an amazing selection of HiFi equipment, and their staff is knowledgeable and approachable. I bought a cheap-ish sound bar from them and they treated me like royalty! The unit had a problem but they took it back and ordered me a new one immediately with no drama! It's been over a year and I still love my purchase and visiting Grid to see the latest audio equipment!
Ed ParraEd Parra
16:00 30 Mar 24
Great place! amazing show room and very knowledgeable people!The sow rooms are amazing, the employees very polite, they welcome you to try their rooms and equipment to help you decide what’s the best for your needs and budget.Definitely great experience!
7838 Gaming7838 Gaming
14:03 30 Mar 24
2009manofsteele2009manofsteele
13:57 30 Mar 24
Top of the line products, and a very professional staff. My experience with the Grid was excellent! I will definitely be a return customer!
Rick NergerRick Nerger
03:22 19 Mar 24
Was a fantastic experience for this audioholic.Learned a bit about the newer equipment and the sound was,, incredible.Great guys to talk with, wealth of knowledge and personable ,not a single bit audio snobbery.
GoogleLGoogleL
03:55 14 Mar 24
Tj WatsonTj Watson
12:41 09 Mar 24
DeejeDeeje
20:24 25 Feb 24
Thank you guys for the deal on our center speaker. The difference is mind-blowing. We'll be back :)
TCT ServicesTCT Services
20:47 21 Feb 24
I had to opportunity to come by this Amazing showroom and listen to some of the best hifi speakers in the market!I was completely blown away by how welcoming Ryan was and the amount of knowledge that these guys have!I’m a local AV integrator in the area and I can honestly say from first hand experience, you normally can’t visit another Av Integrations companies show room and get shown this amount of hospitality and professionalism!I’ll definitely be back and also recommending clients who are looking for a particular experience to these guys!
Amf AmfAmf Amf
18:29 06 Dec 23
I came from far away during business hours, and the store was closed! Although they have working hours and a weekday. There are no warnings or announcements. Wasted time and gas. I don’t recommend it, as you might just waste your time.
Nisarg shahNisarg shah
16:52 20 Nov 23
Good to see and hear the products they sell before purchasing. Although missed certain items that I would have liked to listen too.
RizwanRizwan
13:56 17 Aug 23
Glad i found chris, Excellent, my home theater is perfect, exactly they way i want it. A+++++
BrianV PortugalBrianV Portugal
01:37 11 Jul 23
Nicholas GarciaNicholas Garcia
00:26 26 May 23
Mauricio VillegasMauricio Villegas
20:38 17 Mar 23
Chris took great care of me and helped me design my audio system and extremely satisfied with results. Top quality service and best in class gear.
Jonathan OliverJonathan Oliver
23:11 23 Feb 23
Fantastic HIFI store great gear with a very knowledgeable group of people working their. Chris went beyond his duties staying late after closing to get me squared away. If you love Hifi check them out you won't regret!
Kenneth McCulloughKenneth McCullough
20:59 19 Feb 23
I can’t recommend this company enough. The customer service and assistance they provide is second to none. Truly above and beyond. I can give no greater example than what they did for me and my family today. We live in the DFW area and we were in Houston for a Marine Corps reunion. I’ve always wanted to see the show room and needed to demo some speakers for my home theater. They called in a technician ON A SUNDAY when they were actually closed just to accommodate me and my family. I was blown away with the level of customer service Ryan and Chris provided. The knowledge and hospitality was next level. If this doesn’t tell you what they are as a company I don’t know what will. They have earned a customer for life. I didn’t even mention the amount of options and level of equipment they have to offer and on display. Nothing like it. If you need anything home electronics give them your business. They deserve it.
Lexi BLexi B
23:27 23 Sep 22
This place is absolutely amazing! Ryan who works there is really knowledgeable on recievers and went out of his way to help me solve some problems with my older denon that I couldn't get to connect to my new TV. Ryan took the time to explain the process of what was needed to be done and even checked on me when I got home to see if I was able to get it working. Really kind person and you don't get that often nowadays. Their speaker selection is top of the line and out of this world. Highly recommended!!! 🥰
Eli MoraisEli Morais
22:20 28 Dec 21
It's the best audio store in the country. I have bought a few amplifier from Eddie when I was in Houston. Nicest guy. It's always there when I have questions.
Rommel SalazarRommel Salazar
14:18 08 Jun 21
Bought my first Mcintosh amplifier here. Jeff was very helpful and down to earth. Check out this store, the best I've seen and service is excellent. 6 stars!!
Noel RuizNoel Ruiz
16:00 07 Mar 21
I bought a pair of Cornwall iv excellent service from Jeff great person guide me through the purchase and help all the way with shipping even know I live in PRThks
Kyle CKyle C
22:11 03 Dec 20
Awesome team here, super knowledgeable! Provided a superb price on a projector that no big box store could come close to. The shop itself is super cool too. Jeff’s got a ton of awesome movie and music memorabilia.
Salman BakhraibaSalman Bakhraiba
21:01 27 Sep 20
Had the luxury to visit the store this weekend, we were welcomed by Jeff. Really nice and knowledgeable person in the field of Audio. The amazing setup with high end Mcintosh Amps, Preamp and their speakers changed our perspective on sound even though I am use to Parasound, Marantz, Emotiva, Klipsch & Martin logan products.Now time to start finalizing and narrow down my wish list to build a nice System for myself.Will definitely give them the business for all my future purchases.It’s a blessing to have a store like this in your local community - Treat yourself, go and check them out even if you’re not an audiophile - cos I can guarantee you will get into this hobby for sure.
Kenneth CoakleyKenneth Coakley
20:54 10 Aug 20
Great selection of audio gear. Ask for Eddie. Very knowledgeable and accommodating.
Mike CMike C
03:16 18 Jul 20
Loved this place! Jeff spent so much time with me helping me pick the right speakers for my setup. He was very patient with all my questions and he was extremely knowledgeable in all the equipment. While this is an appointment only high end audio store, they didn't act elitist when it came to my setup, and they were very down to earth. This is my new go to place for high end audio.
ParkerParker
13:23 03 May 19
Hand down the best HiFi audio shop in the entire state! These guys have really spent the time and energy to do it right. If you are in the market for a high end system, or just want to listen to some of the best equipment the industry has to offer, then do yourself a favor and make an appointment.
Taylor FoxTaylor Fox
22:38 03 Mar 19
Houston Audio is wife approved. 😄 The speakers are everything your man has been begging you for, yet they are so sleek and aesthetically pleasing, you will barely see them (but definitely hear them!) The speakers can enhance any room in your house. After spending time around the speakers I have grown to an understanding of how the speakers work and how they can truly change the way your favorite song or movie sounds-in the best way. Jeff & Eddie have staged beautiful demo rooms at H.A. that provide a unique experience in each room. It truly adds to the entire listening experience! I definitely recommend stopping by and listening in each room.
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Description

The NAD C 658 is a new kind of stereo component, one that at once changes preconceptions and opens new possibilities for audio reproduction. You see, there has never before been a component offering such a rich palette of both new and proven technology.

 

Redefining the Architecture of Hi-Fi Playback

As we move deeper into the 21st Century the way music is distributed and enjoyed continues to evolve away from physical media to streaming. It also has moved away from analog to digital. The C 658 has incorporated these fundamental truths to create an entirely new type of component that combines a Network Streamer, a state-of-the art DAC, and many aspects of the traditional Preamplifier into a single highly cost effective package. And thanks to NAD’s exclusive Modular Design Construction, it will keep pace with the latest technology, not yet introduced, but inevitably coming in the future. In fact, an optional HDMI 4k switcher module is available now allowing the best sound from any of the many HDMI sources available (like game consoles and video STBs). While the C 658 immediately replaces (or adds) your Streamer, DAC, and Preamp, it also adds many new features you may not be aware of, like a Bluetooth aptX HD transmitter to use with your wireless headphones. The highly flexible outputs allow for a true balanced connection to powered speakers or amplifiers. Single-ended connections for amplifiers and subwoofers are also provided and include an adjustable subwoofer crossover executed perfectly in the digital domain. A highly sophisticated MM Phono input is also included along with line inputs for legacy analog components.

BluOS™ Enabled

Also on board is BluOS, the most sophisticated High Res streaming system available. BluOS natively supports over 15 streaming music services and indexing of over 250,000 tracks from local network sources. The C 658 becomes a node in the BluOS ecosystem allowing high res network streaming to 64 zones and control options for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac OS phones, tablets, and desk top devices. BluOS also supports all major smart home controllers and is available in a wide range of products making it easy to create a whole house audio system with the C 658 at its heart.

Traditional NAD Performance and Value

The C 658 is part of our Classic Series of components which have an enviable reputation for giving Music Lovers more enjoyment for less money. If you want a solid block of hand–crafted aluminum with gold plated accents you’ll need to look elsewhere. If you want state-of-the-art performance and features in a sturdy no-nonsense package then you have the right address.

High Resolution in Every Detail

Most NAD components have been High Res for 45 years with very wide bandwidth, low distortion, and ultra-low noise. We just never had High Res source material to play. With High Res digital recording and streaming, combined with advanced technology like MQA, record companies are opening their vaults and releasing Studio Master Quality recordings. MQA decoding is available through BluOS Streaming content. The C 658 is pure High Res from input to output and features the ESS Sabre 32bit DAC , one of the best performing DACs on the market today with its 118dB Dynamic Range and incredibly low jitter spec. All preamp functions are executed in the digital domain including the same wide range non-truncating digital volume control used in our Masters Series components. This offers an incredibly short analog signal path that, rather uniquely, is identical for all volume settings. Sophisticated active power supplies provide super clean voltages to all circuits to keep noise and distortion at the edge of measurability.

Make the Speakers Disappear (It’s Not Magic)

The C 658 is also the first NAD stereo component to feature Dirac Live room correction*, the most sophisticated and effective room correction available. Dirac corrects the impulse response of your speakers, in addition to the frequency response of your room, for a truly transparent window into the musical performance. When the room resonances are tamed and the transient response is corrected, the result is magical. You have never heard your speakers sound this invisible or this good!

*Note: The C 658 includes a license for Dirac Live with the option for advanced users to upgrade to a Dirac Live Full Frequency version.

Master Quality Authenticated

Master Quality Authenticated (MQA) is a revolutionary end-to-end technology built into every BluOS Enabled amplifier to capture and deliver MQA music to your speakers in the purest quality. All BluOS Enabled players and systems include a powerful decoder and audio renderer for the millions of the MQA encoded songs, The MQA logo shown in the BluOS app indicates that the unit is decoding and playing an MQA stream or file, and lets you know that you are hearing exactly what the artist recorded and approved in the studio.

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