The Emotiva from the front facia controls on the other hand proved to be confusing at first for Vivian, and the text display menus accessible by the remote didn’t exactly help the situation without a guided run through or explanation of how to use the four-way toggle controls. On/off and input selector buttons are provided, as well as controls for NAD CD players. It’s dark gray with a plastic faceplate. My source devices were a Music Hall Ikura turntable with an Ortofon Blue MM cartridge, a Musical Fidelity V90-DAC digital-to-analog converter, an Audioengine B2 Bluetooth receiver, and a Samsung BD-C6500 BD player. For example, when I played “Words We Never Use,” from singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith’s Ron Sexsmith (16-bit/44.1kHz WAV, Interscope), there was just a trace of difference in the sound -- a little bit more edge and detail in Sexsmith’s voice through the NAD -- but no difference in the sounds of any of the instruments. No digital inputs to go unused with upgrading down the road. Read Full Review. It is of the two conductor 18 gauge variant. I actually liked the sound slightly better with the C 316BEE V2. The VPI does most things as well or better, more leaning towards the better. Think of the new NAD 316BEE V2 as a well-refined budget amplifier, but also gateway product that does well to give its owners a hearty helping of the audiophile pie. Only evolving in the way of features by adding a phono stage to it’s stable of abilities. It’s still a powerful Class AB amplifier with PowerDrive technology, Bjørn Erik Edvardsen‘s initials still flank the model number, and all of the classic NAD design cues that made the brand famous remain intact. Exposed as that may be, the updated NAD now has more than one good side to look at. NAD has a distinct reputation for creating some of the best performing budget amplifiers of all time. The cost and space savings incurred by not including an additional set of speaker outputs is obvious, but the philosophical statement it makes is that a) we as consumers are seldom running a more than a single set of speakers from one amplifier, and b) that consumers do not typically understand the minimum speaker impedance requirements of the amplifier in question. A basic integrated amplifier or stereo receiver hooked up to a good pair of bookshelf speakers can deliver realistic and satisfying reproduction of music, which is most -- perhaps even all -- of what most people want from an audio system. NAD's latest D/A integrated also smartly combines trend with functionality, lifestyle convenience with technological advancement. I experimented with digital of the highest order and on down to its worst examples. The C 316BEE V2 is equipped with nicely made, five-way, speaker-cable binding posts. The C 316BEE promises improved power efficiency, a healthy dose of &lsquo The new phono stage is of great convenience for those who are just getting into vinyl. She remarked, “The neighbors can’t complain if it sounds that good.”. Using the NAD 316BEE V2 with a pair KEF Q100s I felt the pairing imbued the music with more life than other integrated amplifiers that I’ve owned in this price range, and also did well to communicate the detail inherent in the speaker design. Most reviews are processed and published within 5 business days. However, in the immediate state of newness, the labeling looks clean and leaves the remote free from that all too common airplane-wreckage-smattering of screenprint and buttons that you’ll never use. I’ve always been a subscriber to the school of thought “spend the bulk of your budget on the speakers.” Obviously, that comes within a few limits, but when I’m referring to the Vandersteen 2CE Signature MkII’s, it comes with all sorts of freedoms. The bar set by the 316BEE’s overreaching power and no-frills approach to design have made it the go-to example of what an entry-level integrated is and should be. Thank you! In theory, this tightening up of the chassis could help eliminate micro-vibrations from affecting the performance of the amplifier during listening.