NAD has an enviable reputation for creating great sounding products at very affordable prices and nowhere is this more evident than in NAD CD players.
NAD's veteran engineers know exactly where to spend a little extra money for a better quality part to get the best sound out of the Compact Disc. CD players use mechanical, digital, and analog technology to produce sound, and all three forms of engineering greatly affect the final result and require careful design and engineering.
A solid mechanical foundation is essential to reduce external vibration and provide accurate location of the CD drive mechanism. This allows for smooth operation and minimal tracking errors.
Heavy gauge steel and non-resonant plastic moldings are carefully designed to provide optimal results. The transport is mounted on reinforced steel rails and more than 30 fasteners are used to lock the assembly and maintain precise dimensional integrity.
Precise clocking of the digital data stream allows the Wolfson 24-bit DAC to provide precise linearity for conversion of PCM data to analog waveform. Audio OP Amps dampen the output without adding noise or distortion to the music. Multi-layer PCBs using surface mount components allow for improved circuit design with very short signal paths.
Powering these elements is a custom designed active power supply that provides multiple regulated voltages to the transport, digital circuits, analog circuits, and control and display circuits.
The result of this careful engineering is a sound that is both detailed and natural, with dramatic dynamic contrasts.
The NAD C 538 includes many desirable features that enhance listening pleasure. The front panel controls are duplicated on the handheld remote, enabling Play, Pause, Skip and Scan functions.
Additionally, there are many more functions available from the remote phone, such as RANDOM: tracks/files are played in random mode, PROGRAM: enters or exits program mode, REPEAT: entire track, file, folder or disk is repeated, RPT AB: The playback sequence is repeated.
Adjustable dot matrix display shows tracks, total playing time. Track time, disc time and remaining time are available. The C 538 can also play CD-R/CD-RW discs, allowing you to record songs from your computer for playback on your CD player system.
Because these songs are encoded in MP3 or WMA format, you can fit up to 10 hours of music on a single disc, which is ideal for party mixes and ambient listening.
There are also optical and coaxial digital outputs that allow connection to an external DAC or digital component (such as an AVR) to provide the best and most efficient sound system setups.
Although music downloads and streaming continue to grow in popularity, CDs remain the primary listening source for millions of people around the world. NAD continues to innovate and improve its CD players for better performance while keeping prices low.
Whether you're building your first home system or upgrading your current CD player, you should consider NAD's 45-year record of excellence and its commitment to music lovers everywhere when selecting a new player.