NAD C510 Direct Digital Preamp

NAD C510 Direct Digital Preamp

35-bit Direct Digital Preamp DAC

The C 510 Direct Digital™ Preamp/DAC promises to redefine hi-fi separates. For decades, audiophiles have organized their systems with a source component, such as a CD player, along with a preamplifier and a power amplifier driving a pair of speakers. This has recently changed and today, the CD player might be replaced by a computer or dedicated music streamer connected to the Internet or local Network Attached Storage. The best of these are capable of streaming high-res 24-bit studio master recordings, which are now readily available.

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NAD C510

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Product Description

Thanks to the incredible convenience and stunning sound quality of computer audio, many music lovers have completely replaced all physical media with digital music files. It is for this purpose that the C 510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC was created.

No Noise, No Distortion
Unlike a traditional analogue preamplifier, the C 510 Direct Digital Preamp/DAC does not produce any noise or distortion that can obscure detail and limit the performance of many systems. By performing preamp functions like volume and source selection in the digital domain, the C 510 shortens the signal path and opens up new system possibilities. Whether driving your favourite power amplifier or feeding active loudspeakers, the C 510 has the requisite drive and finesse to get the best possible performance.

NAD Direct Digital™ Innovation
Built using the incredible processing power and precision of our own Direct Digital™ architecture, the C 510 ushers in a new era of affordability for state-of-the-art performance. The C 510’s dynamic range, the accurate portrayal of music’s subtle nuances from soft to loud, betters other DACs and preamplifiers by about 20dB! That is a thousand times more accurate. And you can hear it in both the precision micro-dynamics and the dead silence of this remarkable device. Because the volume level is controlled by mathematics in the digital domain, there is no mechanical or electrical imprecision—all volume levels have exactly the same circuit conditions. Of course, this requires very high resolution, which is provided by the 35-bit architecture of the C 510; even 24-bit files are not truncated until well below the threshold of audibility.

Well Connected
The C 510 includes connectivity for a wide variety of digital sources including a USB Type B port for direct connection to your PC or Mac. This port operates in asynchronous mode, meaning that the C 510 provides the precision clock for the USB data rather than the often imprecise clock in the computer, plus it supports sampling rates of up to 192kHz and 24-bit depth. Two HDMI inputs with a video pass through provide a secure encrypted path for High Res Audio, and allow the C 510 to perform a limited role as a video switcher. The 2-channel PCM audio track that is present on all video programming is stripped from the HDMI input with the video passing untouched to a connected video display—there is no surround decoding. We have also included 3 SPDIF inputs— all 24/192 capable—in Optical, Coaxial and AES/EBU formats.

Thoughtful, Simple Design
The analogue output operates in true balanced mode driven by a Class A biased operational amplifier. Both Balanced XLR and single-ended outputs are provided to get the best performance with any amplifier. As with all NAD products, we have taken special care designing the power supply and critical circuit layout to optimize the performance of the premium parts used extensively throughout the C 510. A 12V trigger and RS-232 port allow for system automation interface. The control interface couldn’t be simpler with Power, Input Selection and Volume Control on both the front panel and the supplied IR remote. Selected input and incoming sample rate are displayed on the front panel display.

All Digital, All Day Long
As a pure digital device, analogue inputs have not been included. This purity of design and singleness of purpose is in the very best tradition of high-end audio. Like all NAD products, the C 510 Direct Digital™ Preamp/DAC offers exceptional value and a remarkable level of performance. The C 510 is the perfect centrepiece to a cutting edge high-resolution digital audio system.


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  • “The NAD C 510 is as profoundly stunning an audio component as I’ve heard. Its technology is up to the minute. Its flexibility is as good as it gets. But its sound.. The C 510's reproduction of recorded sound was as nearly perfect as I’ve heard in 50 years of serious listening. And the higher the resolution of the signal fed to it, the better it sounded -- as you’d expect, of course, but even better than you might expect! Bottom line: If you’ve moved to an all-digital system or are contemplating doing so, you owe it to yourself to listen to a C 510. It’s an exceptional achievement, especially considering its reasonable price.” - Thom Moon

    Source/Read full review: SoundStage Access, Jul 2015, NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamplifier-DAC


    “The NAD C 510 sounds like a very refined DAC. It also sounds uncolored, precise, and in control. I used the NAD's volume control for the duration of this review and found it be, for all intents and purposes, transparent. All told, I dare say the C 510 also sounds like more than its $1299 asking price… Listening to and living with the NAD proved to be musically satisfying and the few shortcomings I heard mainly dissolved over time. Of greater importance than what the C 510 does not do is what it does so well namely delivering a very clear and precise presentation of the music captured in the recording while doing double duty as a very capable digital preamp. For many listeners, you really can't ask for much more.” - Michael Lavorgna

    Source/Read full review: Audiostream, Jun 2015, NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamp DAC


    “It simply gave me exactly what was there, all of it… I think you will find its pristine sound quality very addictive. I highly recommend it!” - Carlo Lo Raso

    Source/Read full review: Secrets of Home Theater and High-Fidelity, Apr 2015, NAD C 510 Direct Digital Preamp DAC Review


    “It simply gave me exactly what was there, all of it… I think you will find its pristine sound quality very addictive. I highly recommend it!” - Ed Selley

    Source/Read full review: Hi-Fi Choice, Mar 2015, Binary finery

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    NAD C510 Direct Digital Preamp

    NAD C510 Direct Digital Preamp

    35-bit Direct Digital Preamp DAC

    The C 510 Direct Digital™ Preamp/DAC promises to redefine hi-fi separates. For decades, audiophiles have organized their systems with a source component, such as a CD player, along with a preamplifier and a power amplifier driving a pair of speakers. This has recently changed and today, the CD player might be replaced by a computer or dedicated music streamer connected to the Internet or local Network Attached Storage. The best of these are capable of streaming high-res 24-bit studio master recordings, which are now readily available.

    Local Warranty: 2 Years

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