NAD describe the C446 latest offering as “a gateway to your digital music sources and to the world’s best radio”. They’re not claiming that the C446 is the world’s best radio, good as it is, but through it you can access thousands of internet radio stations and get the sort of music programs you want to hear. What’s on offer that way now is amazing – so many different style and sub-genres are there now - everyone is catered for. It also has the usual FM/AM and also DAB+.
More importantly for some, it can stream your music collection from its hard drive storage on your network via either wireless or wired network connection. It is compliant with the modern standards for digital networking like DLNA and UPnP. You can even play from a USB input.
The processing onboard is audiophile quality 24bit/192kHz DAC feeding into high performance analogue circuits, to give you maximum realism in playback. The radio circuits are of a standard above broadcast quality, ensuring the best from the AM & FM sections as well. AM/FM can even be output as a digital signal.
You can browse and select music on the C446 via iPhone, iPad, Android devices or PCs using Windows 7. It supports all the popular digital formats: MP3, FLAC, WMA, WAV, and AAC.On the back panel you’ll find connections for AM& FM antennas, Wifi, Ethernet, analogue audio out, digital out, RS232 and 12v trigger for custom controls.
The appearance of this device at this price is very competitive, markedly under the nearest similar product at the time of writing. It is a type of tuner that we expect to see more of in the coming years.