Don't be fooled by its unassuming looks and modest price tag. NAD designed the C 515BEE with the same principles behind their higher-end CD players — performance, value, and simplicity. It features meticulously laid out circuits comprised of carefully chosen components, plus isolated power supplies for the analog and digital circuit boards. This ensures that the delicate digital circuitry is protected from noise and interference, for a new level of warmth, detail, and musicality from your CD collection.

The C 515BEE's front panel looks very clean, and gives you easy access to basic functions without a lot of extra stuff getting in the way. And with the included full-function remote control, you'll have command of popular features like repeat play and direct track access without getting off the couch.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • repeat and program play with direct access from the remote control
  • forward and reverse skip and search functions
  • full-function remote
  • display dimmer
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • signal-to-noise ratio 110 dB
  • dynamic range 95 dB
  • Sigma/Delta 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • carefully chosen internal components ensure accurate, musical sound
  • 17-1/8"W x 2-3/4"H x 10-13/16"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Another great NAD product

Written By ChrisS, Crofton, MD on Friday, February 08, 2013

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The positive reviews on Crutchfield's site tempted me to try this player out. I am very satisfied that I did. The NAD C 515BEE CD player is matched with the NAD C 326BEE integrated amplifier, a pair of Polk Audio floor standing speakers and subwoofer. The sound quality is quite clear and very natural sounding.

Pros: Great value!

Sounds Awesome!!!

Written By MikeG, Waikoloa, HI on Friday, January 18, 2013

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Excellent replacement for my Sony CDP-X202ES, which stopped working. I didn't think I would find another CD player the equal of it anywhere near the same price, but my new NAD C 515BEE has really made a believer out of me. The sound is absolutely stunning, I think even better than my old Sony. This is my second NAD product, the first was an NAD 304 amp that I also love. If you're looking for a great CD player in the $300 price range, I don't think you can go wrong with this one. Shipped same day of order, and arrived in perfect condition in two days. Thanks Crutchfield

Pros: Tremendous soundstage, solid bass response. Vocals sound absolutely stunning. Highs are vivid, but not stressed. In every respect, a joy to listen to.

Cons: None.


Written By VICTOR K, Lake Worth,FL on Wednesday, January 02, 2013

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Quality of sound is awesome........

Pros: Sounds great worth the $$$$$

Cons: None

A Great Product

Written By JonL, Oakland, CA on Saturday, December 15, 2012

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If you haven't bought a new CD player in the last decade, you're in for a surprise. This machine outperforms the last player I bought for twice the price. The increase in performance of quality CD players across the board suggests that they have been underrated in the past, the presumption being that digital players varied little in quality: a good CD player with a high quality DAC like this one is a critical component in overall system performance. I also have an outboard DAC for my macbook pro whose performance is theoretically just as good, but which suffers in comparison because of jitter problems, so I only use the computer now for convenience. The sound from the NAD is very "natural" and beautifully detailed at a budget price.


Written By Bernie, Kansas City MO on Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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WOW! I had to replace my Pioneer 6-disc CD player that I have had for 26 years and I was not thrilled when I found out that there are very few manufacturers left in the home audio business. Pioneer, Technics and Kenwood were the brands that had the best products at a reasonable price, without spending 1000's on each componant, so when I saw none of those brands were available anymore I didnt know what to expect with whats available now, I have to say that I am quite pleased with this CD player. The sound quality is very good. It works great with my multi-componant stereo system, and was very simple to connect. I dont like the fact that now all one can get is the carousel players which dont allow direct access, and are very cheaply built, or the 100 or 300 disc players of which I am not interested in. I would have to say that NAD did a good job with this product, and I would definately by NAD products again.

Pros: Good sound, Good price, very easy to use, comes with a remote.

Cons: Single disc player, No headphone jack. The multi disc player is a carousel (not this product).

Holy Cow!

Written By Mike, Las Cruces, NM on Monday, October 15, 2012

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I suspected my 15 year old Arcam was was getting long in the tooth, so I took a chance. I know that technology has come a long way, but I really had no idea. This puppy is giving me a level of music quality I had forgotten existed and I hate to admit it, at about a third of the price I paid for the Arcam. Don't get me wrong, I'd but another Arcam in a heartbeat, but if you (as I am now) are on a budget you can't go wrong with this CD player. Everything about it projects quality.

Pros: Great sound. Controls are solid and function are top notch.

Cons: None

solid state sound

Written By chillville19, hayward CA on Thursday, October 11, 2012

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this NAD produces a warm sound and gels well with my existing set up. I used ot have a sony and the difference in the quality is significant, NAD the real deal.

Excellent Player

Written By Jon S, Ormond Beach, FL on Tuesday, September 04, 2012

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Very satisfied with this NAD CD Player. I owned an excellent 3020 amplifier by this company when I was in college 20 years ago and it is nice to see that they are continuing to build simple, high quality items that focus on the audio properties, rather than all the bells and whistles that some other manufacturers pursue. This player exudes quality manaufacturing and the sound reproduction is excellent with a warmth to the music that is often missing when playing CD's.

Pros: High quality constuction. Simple no nonsense controls on face plate. More options via remote.

Cons: Haven't found any yet !!

Sleek and Classy Looking

Written By SteveP, Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, August 23, 2012

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I purchased the Nad C515BEE to replace my sixteen year old Nad 512. Although it doesn't seem to deliver the "punch" of the older unit, it certainly makes up in sound quality. Nad has replaced the traditional battle ship gray with a sleek black cabinet that compliments my other components well. I would highly recommend considering this unit especially at the price. Crutchfield processed and ship free the product the day ordered and it was at my door step in two days.

Pros: Nice simple sleek look Spacious sound

Cons: None so far


Written By PaulS, Joliet, IL on Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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I'm using the NAD C 515BEE only a s a CD transport. I have an external PS Audio DAC connected to the NAD so I can't really judge the sound quality of the internal DAC/DACs. I just wanted an inexpensive CD transport and this NAD model fit the bill. It does the job for me. This is my third piece of NAD equipment. I also have a NAD amp and NAD tuner. I am fully satisfied with all three pieces.

Pros: The price is right, the unit is well built and it looks good.

Lives up to the name and reviews

Written By Jay M, Ashburn, VA on Sunday, July 08, 2012

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I researched thoroughly prior to purchase. Looking for entry level hifi CD player and NAD fits the bill.

Pros: Simple design, spectacular sound, drawer is solid, reads disc quickly.

Cons: Remote looks cheap, no headphone jack.

I will definitely be looking for a subwoofer to handle the dynamic ran

Written By karmaspapa, Greenwood, SC on Tuesday, May 08, 2012

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It only took about 6 CDs to break in this player.. It continues to amaze. Highly recommended.

Pros: Great product, great price, fast shipping, thanks Crutchfield!

Cons: None!

C515BEE CD player

Written By mkwstone, columbus ohio on Thursday, May 03, 2012

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Music Sound;s Great, Detail of Music Accurate and clear and smooth. Display Easy to read. A very nice CD Player

Pros: Great Sounding Music

Cons: none

It's all about Quality, Quality and Quality.

Written By Anonymous, Mt Pleasant, SC on Monday, April 23, 2012

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I read as many CD-player customer reviews as I could find. Even the higher cost units had horror stories, mostly in mechanics. I chose the NAD C 515BEE for reliability. All the reviews hailed its merits. I was shocked!!! My old Realistic amp and Infinity RS speakers sound like I bought an entire new system. I did not believe that I could hear any difference in CD players. I really love the sound. I have separate systems in four rooms. Except for the NAD, this is the oldest set up. It now sounds like the best!!! What a great surprise. I am waiting for the others to fail so I can replace them with NAD players!

Pros: It is a simple player with no bells and whistles- just quality sound and an easy remote format.

Cons: I have had the player for a two week period- not long enough to find any cons


Written By Jeff from Cutler, Cutler, IN on Saturday, March 31, 2012

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I was looking for a decent, but affordable single CD player and had looked at the NAD C 515BEE, the Marantz CD 5004 and the Onkyo C-7030. All had similar specifications and good reviews. Oddly enough the Onkyo was heavy (built like a tank), had slightly better specifications and still had a significantly lower price. But at the time I wanted to purchase, nobody had the Onkyo in stock. I just didn't want to pay $350 for the Marantz which was also on back-order at several sites. So, I decided that the NAD was the next best thing to the Onkyo.

Pros: But I'm glad I got the NAD. The midrange is very clear and the highs are not over-emphasized. The controls are nice and simple, and Crutchfield did a great job of packaging the shipment safely. So far it has sounded great.

Cons: The only complaint I have of the NAD is that the drawer mechanism seems a bit flimsy for its price.


Written By Ron, San Antonio, TX on Thursday, March 22, 2012

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I matched the CD player to my NAD C326BEE amp and it is great fit. The sound performance is great on all ends. I am still not to lazy to get of the couch to change the CD but the remote is great to skip tracks that are not your favorite or answer the phone. As usual I find what I need with this equipment at an affordable price.

Pros: Simple sleek design with great performance. Priced correctly.


Written By Zfrosh, New York, NY on Saturday, March 17, 2012

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I listened to and reviewed three top of the line, "entry level" audiophile compact disc players and I am very happy to have selected the NAD. I purchased a receiver 25 years ago that still works well today. The unit plays very rich, detailed, and bright sound through my Anthony Gallo Reference series louspeakers. This was a great find and buy to add to my system. The jazz and classical music sounds richer, more alive, and soothing to the ear. I do not know why I waited so long to purchase this player. It is worth every dollar of the asking price.

Pros: Just having this player makes my sound system complete.

Cons: That I didn't go for the higher end only because I was worried that the difference would not be discernable by a novice listener like myself.


Written By KC, Green Bay on Monday, March 12, 2012

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NAD has been synonymous with quality audio components for many years. This unit exudes quality right out of the Box. Very musical, with better natural sounding vocals, and tighter bass, surely a step above those mass market names we're all familiar with that cost nearly as much. I can only imagine how good NAD's higher end units sound? Remember though, your sound system is only as good as its weakest link, and this player merits being connected to quality speakers, via good amps, and cables. Crutchfield's reputation is well known throughout the electronics industry for quality products, and service.. Don't mess with cut rate stores when buying a/v electronics. I feel secure when using Crutchfield. The unit was packed very well, and it arrived quickly. I am very satisfied with this purchase. Thanks!

Pros: Attractive, simple, great sound value.

Cons: Don,t use the cheap interconnect cable that comes in the box. Buy a good one.

NAD C 515BEE CD Player

Written By MarkF, Delaware on Sunday, March 11, 2012

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No bells and whistles, just high quality, straightforward, smooth sound reproduction. I never thought there would be such an audible improvement over my former CD player.

Pros: Simple, reliable, terrific sound

Cons: None

NAD C 515BEE CD player

Written By I.K.Pang, Grand Prairie, TX on Friday, February 03, 2012

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Good product, inexpensive, quick delivery.

Pros: Nice quality, good sound, simple & elegant looking.

Cons: slight slow in response for reading CD while it's just inserted the CD in the player.


Written By Gary, Waukesha, WI on Wednesday, November 02, 2011

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Very pleased with the sound and quality of this CD player. Replaced my existing CD player (Sony) because a CD would occasionally get stuck inside. I thought it still sounded good until hearing my new NAD.

Excellent Bargain

Written By DrewP, Michigan on Friday, September 16, 2011

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$299 for a CD player may seem expensive to the many people, but in the world of Hi-Fi, it is just scratching the 'entry level' realm. NAD got it right with this player, though. I sold my previous Onkyo SACD player because it sounded too dry and analytical in my system. This player will be staying in my system for a long time. It has the warm midrange and dynamics that the (more expensive) Onkyo was missing. Listening to female vocals and acoustic music on this player is an absolute delight. I decided to take a chance on this product based on the reviews (there aren't any NAD dealers near me), and I'm so glad I did. Other CD players technically beat this player on the spec sheets, but for sheer musicality and listening enjoyment, this player is quite the bargain!


Written By Schaffrick, Jim Thorpe, PA on Sunday, July 10, 2011

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Works as good if not better than said in reviews I read. Have three grandchildren 2-7 old range that loved to dance or call it that. Pass CD players skipped constantly this player holds up well for the conditions it operates under. Again thankyou for your help and reviews.

makes a huge difference

Written By rady, dallas tx on Sunday, June 19, 2011

this cd player made a huge difference - the sound is smooth and integrated in a way I did not know was possible. what had I been waiting this Gem plays MP3's

Built Like A Tank!

Written By DaveL, Kennett Square, PA on Saturday, May 14, 2011

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This purchase was an upgrade to a ten year old (maybe older) Denon CD
player. I'm totally impressed by the quality of this player and the sound it puts
forth. Well worth the price! Again, kudos to Crutchfield for the fastest delivery of
any internet retailer!


Written By Paul A., Seattle, Wa on Monday, May 09, 2011

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Just received the NAD 515BEE CD player. Purchased the NAD 316BEE intergrated amplifier here as well a few months back. After reading all the great reviews for this CD player I had to give it a try. Wow. I don't know any of the high tech jargon that others may use but I know what I like and this is really nice. The difference from my other CD player is that the instruments and vocals are clearer and more defined in the song. The other player was somewhat muddy and this is like a breath of fresh air. Clean and bright. NAD came through with what they are known flash and great technology on the inside where it counts. Crutchfield was a star as always. Fast shipping and service was terrific.

Thank you.

Great CD Player

Written By Moiz, Portland OR on Monday, September 27, 2010

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I was impressed with this CD player right out of the box. The unit is very good looking with Apple-like understated looks, and it feels solid. The buttons, tray, and display all look and feel expensive.The sound quality is the best I've heard in a long time. I am not an audiophile, so I will not get into the attendant details of the technology NAD has put into this unit, and how the sound stage competes with other players costing hundreds more. All I will say is that the CDs that sounded suffocated on my three year old DVD player have come alive unabashedly on my '70s stereo system with JBL speakers. The only complaint I will register, if I must, is that the remote is small and poor quality. Crutchfield buying experience is world-class, and they make themselves available to answer any tech or setup questions.


Written By Harry R, Las Piedras, PR on Saturday, August 28, 2010

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Great piece of equipment. Even if not fancy in appearance the quality of sound delivered is fantastic. Great investment for the price. Will recommended it to friends.

Excellent quality for an affordable price

Written By Ray, Orange County CA on Thursday, July 22, 2010

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Having now used this product, the NAD C515BEE, I was amazed at how well I can hear all the detail in the Music. A very well made, no frills, all you really need CD player. This was my first purchase from Crutchfield, and I have to say there service is second to none. They said it would be at my door in 3 days, and it was.......Enough said!

Practical Quality

Written By Jeff, Kansas City on Wednesday, July 07, 2010

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After searching every big box retailer and specialty audio store in my area for a good quality (but also affordable) single CD player (something that is becoming
very hard to find), I came back to Crutchfield and went through the various models -- eventually narrowing to the NAD and Marantz players. I selected the NAD after reading multiple reviews and knowing the NAD reputation for good quality. It arrived as promised, well-packed. Nothing flimsy about it's construction or operation - everything is solid and you can't beat the straight-forward simplicity of the player. Audio performance is as-promised and detailed in other reviews -- terrific overall range and sound quality.

Quality CD player

Written By Anonymous, Boston, MA on Friday, June 25, 2010

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This was an excellent purchase. I forgot how well my CD collection can sound. Typically I use my Ipod; this CD player is hooked up to a 14W Roth tube amplifier with Polk booksheif speakers and it performs well in my den. Buying my products thru Crutchfield online was easy.

Unbelievable CD Player

Written By Jeff, USA on Thursday, April 29, 2010

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I just received this today and after listening for a few hours I have to say this is an unbelievable cd player. I agree with the other customer's review. I also enjoy listening to music but I do not have an unlimited budget to buy the more expensive players. The bass, treble and spatial presentation of the music is really something. If you consider yourself a critical music listener on a budget, buy this player. You won't be disappointed.

champagne taste/beer budget

Written By scroller13, St. Paul, MN on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

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I'm a pretty even-tempered person, but music is one of the few things that really moves me. Despite this passion, my life doesn't lend itself to spending piles of time or money on assembling a truly spectacular system and listening to it, so my plan is to try to maximize performance with minimum expense; here's how I decided that the C515BEE fit into my plan. I knew that I didn't want a player that played more than 1 CD; most times I'd want to play a long mix of music are social situations and, for as much as anyone would really be paying attention to the music, my mp3 player would sound just fine. It seems to me that a single-CD player devotes fewer resources to transport-machinery and randomization algorithms and more to sound reproduction than a multi-CD player at a given price. From my research of the single-CD players on the market at a price I could justify paying, I was most confident in the C515BEE and the Marantz CD5003, both available from Crutchfield. I described my listening habits and stereo setup to Chuck, the friendly Crutchfield Advisor, who recommended the NAD based on his experience with the two players I was considering. Chuck's advice tipped the scales for me and I bought the C515BEE. And I'm perfectly satisfied. It's a simply-designed unit with all of the functionality I need, and it's an apt addition to my system. I've been without a working CD player for a while and I'm having a blast listening to my collection. I had no idea how good some of them were!

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What's in the box?

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  • Single-Disc CD player
  • Wireless remote (CD7)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 57" RCA stereo patch cord
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Italian/ German/ Dutch/ Swedish/ Russian)
  • Warranty information

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Input and Output Notes


Disc Compatibility: The NAD C 515BEE Single Disc CD Player can play CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

CD-TEXT: The NAD C 515BEE supports CD-Text information such as artist name and track titles. The CDs used must contain CD-Text information for this feature to work.

MP3/WMA Playback: The C 515BEE supports MP3 and WMA files that have been recorded onto CD-R or CD-RW discs.

DAC: The 192 kHz/24-bit Sigma/Delta DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) chip was chosen for its low noise and excellent linearity.

Display Dimmer: The Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) has three brightness settings, or it can be turned off.

Wireless Remote Control: In addition the unit's from panel controls, the player includes a dedicated full-feature IR wireless remote control for easy operation.

Input and Output Notes

Digital Outputs: Two digital outputs, one optical (Toslink) and one coaxial (RCA), are provided for sending signal to the digital input terminals of a receiver, outboard D/A converter, or CD recorder.

Analog Output: The CD player also features stereo RCA outputs for analog connection, utilizing the high quality DACs.

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