The One I’ve Been Waiting For: NAD’s C 658 BluOS Streaming DAC

December 2019

Reviewers' ChoiceMy discovery of NAD’s C 658 BluOS streaming DAC ($1649 USD) marks the end of a very long search.

It began in high school, when I succumbed to addictions to music and audio gear. Ever since, I’ve looked for a device that would allow me to dispense with the ever-growing rack of audio components I’ve set up in — so far — 16 different homes. Early on, I had a turntable, tonearm, and cartridge, a phono preamp, a preamp, reel-to-reel and cassette tape decks, a tuner, two power amps, huge speakers, interconnects from each source to the preamp, interconnects from preamp to power amps, and speaker cables — oh, and a record cleaner. Added to those, following the birth of what Sony was pleased to call perfect sound forever, were a CD player and DAC.

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