EISA, the European Imaging and Sound Association, is an independent body of 50 specialist interest magazines initially based only in Europe, but the organization has recently expanded to include the editorial leaders of premier publications in North America and Asia-Pacific. The award winners are chosen as the best of the best in their category from the thousands of products tested and reviewed by EISA member magazines over the year.
The NAD C 338 and its highly versatile Class D amplifier design led its class in performance, connectivity and flexibility at an unrivalled price.“NAD is famous for powerhouse amplifiers that punch way above their weight – but the C 338 brings a whole new dimension to the marque. It is the world’s first stereo integrated amp with inbuilt Chromecast compatibility, streaming most major music services from the tap of an app,” said the 2017-2018 EISA Awards Board in an official statement.
“Despite its slim size, the amp’s Class D power stage packs 50W per channel and offers almost every input you’ll ever need – from Bluetooth, optical/coaxial digital, MM phono and line-level analogue. Factor in the headphone stage, and nothing else matches its performance at the price.” Greg Stidsen, Director of Technology and Product Planning at NAD commented that at NAD they strive to lead on audio innovation and are continually finding new ways to enhance the music listening experience at home,”
He went on to say “To receive such a prestigious honour from an illustrious panel of judges reaffirms that we are creating market leading products with advanced digital technologies that are truly enriching consumers’ lives.”
With the EISA Awards now in their 30th year, the results are widely regarded as the highest European honour in the hi-fi industry, and the honour now extends worldwide.
To win an EISA award, products undergo a robust, rigorous and exhaustive judging process in two stages.
Stage 1: Following intensive testing and audition at the facilities of EISA member magazines, each journal submits a shortlist of the best products in each category.
Stage 2: This stage takes place at EISA’s annual General Meeting, where a democratic voting process establishes a consensus of excellence and determines the winning products.
The C 338 HybridDigital Integrated Amplifier is part of NAD’s newest line of Classic Series amplifiers, including the C 368 and C 388 HybridDigital DAC Amplifiers, which are all available where NAD products are sold in Australia.
Go to the ‘Find a Store’ section of the new NAD Australia website: www.nadelectronics.com.au to find your nearest stockist.