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NAD C 516BEE

Single-disc CD player

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Our take on the NAD C 516BEE

by Dave Bar
NAD

A wolf in sheep's clothing

Don't be fooled by its unassuming looks and modest price tag. NAD designed the C 516BEE 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.

Simple versatility

The C 516BEE's front panel looks very clean, and gives you easy access to basic functions without a lot of extra stuff getting in the way. You'll enjoy playback from a variety of discs, ranging from regular CDs to home-burned CD-Rs filled with MP3 and WMA files. 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.

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Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • carefully chosen internal components ensure accurate, musical sound
  • 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
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 (±0.5 dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 118 dB
  • Cirrus Logic 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • 17-3/16"W x 2-11/16"H x 11-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
General
Disc Capacity
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1
Disc Exchange
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N/A
Track Programming
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40
Random Play
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Single Disc
Disc Naming
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No
Direct Track Access
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Remote
Direct Disc Access
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N/A
Remote
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Included
Display Color
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Blue
Multiple CD Player Control
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Parts Warranty
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2 Years
Labor Warranty
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2 Years
Compatibility
CD-R Playback
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Yes
CD-RW Playback
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Yes
MP3 Playback
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Yes
SACD Playback
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No
Specifications
CD Frequency Response
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20-20k Hz
Signal to Noise Ratio
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118 dB
SACD Frequency Response
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Not Compatible
SACD Dynamic Range
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SACD THD
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Outputs
Digital Optical Output
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1
Digital Coaxial Output
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1
Headphone
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None
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What's in the box?

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  • Single-Disc CD player
  • Wireless remote (CD7)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 5' Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Warranty information

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Features

Disc Compatibility: The NAD C 516BEE Single Disc CD Player can play CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

CD-TEXT: The NAD C 516BEE 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 516BEE 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.

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.

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.

 
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5 out of 5

Could not ask for anything more!

Written By Dave M, Newport, RI on Sunday, August 24, 2014
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I was going to replace my old, broken Sony 5-disc changer with an essentially identical unit. However, after reading reviews, I ultimately switched to this single-disc changer and paid 2x as much. Player arrived and had an obvious defect. Making a very audible, rapid clicking sound. Called Crutchfield and a new player was sent out RIGHT THEN. There was not even a SINGLE bit of resistance from the customer rep. Extremely professional. New one was in place only 2 days later. Could NOT be happier with the service; the defective player was not their fault. Zero problems with the second. Heavy weight and seemingly very sturdy construction. As for the sound - pretty unbelievable! I've always had inexpensive Sony's and can't believe the difference in sound. Truly - you do hear things on CDs that you swear were never there. As for the relatively few features - I could care less. The Sony only had one advantage over this unit - and that was the immediate response whenever you changed tracks; there is definitely a short wait with the NAD. Not a major complaint, whatsoever - it just takes a little getting use to.
Pros:
Unbelievable sound. Sturdy construction. Simplistic look.
Cons:
Relatively slow when it comes to changing tracks.
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5 out of 5

Fantastic cd player

Written By RobertA, Denver, NC on Monday, August 11, 2014
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This cd player is a dream come true for budget minded people looking for no frills fantastic sound. I could not be happier with my selection of this cd player.
Pros:
Quality construction, fantastic sound, no frills functionality.
Cons:
None that I can find.
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE CD Player

Written By Gary, Troy, NY on Friday, August 01, 2014
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Crystal clear highs, smooth and silky midrange, impressively bold lows- what can I say? I love this player!

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4 out of 5

NAD CD 516 - Good CD Player for Sound Quality

Written By Tom M, Seattle, WA on Friday, August 01, 2014
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I debated for a bit before purchasing this one or one of the many others CD players, both price and brand. I already have another NAD and Nakamichi CD player in other parts of the house and this one was for my music room. That said, when I sampled the Nakamichi I could hear the difference in the sound so I know good players are worth it. This NAD, although a little feature less on the machine does haves the remote to do most functions, has a really really good sound. I run this one through a Marantz amp, and PSB speakers with a pioneer subwoofer. I use it for listening to certain music pieces and specific instruments in those pieces, as well as general music. So far I think it is well worth it.
Pros:
Sound quality simple front face Thin does not produce a lot of heat Blue light very quick response with remote moving between songs
Cons:
No VU meters like my 1978 Tape Player (really, I love the VU meters still and prefer them over LED meters) Simple front in dashboard (although covered by remote)
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5 out of 5

Great CD Player

Written By MAF, NC on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
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I needed to replace a 20-year-old CD player. I reviewed numerous CD players, and the NAD seemed to always come out on top. I now know why. I have been using it about four hours/day, and I could not be happier. I would recommend this CD player without reservation.
Pros:
Perfect size; easy setup; very good remote; great price; superb quality.
Cons:
I have not found any thus far.
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5 out of 5

Like the NAD

Written By Old Guy, Montgomery AL on Sunday, July 13, 2014
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I just purchased a NAD C516BEE dedicted CD player and could not be more pleased with the unit considering the price point. This is replacing a 12 year old KLH changer and the difference was instantly noticeable. I played Aja by Steely Dan and Becker's guitar licks were close to a live performance. A huge upgrade from the KLH.
Pros:
Crisp clear sound and very simple to operate.
Cons:
None at this price point. I would have liked an HDMI output but you get what you pay for.
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5 out of 5

Budget oriented high-end

Written By AG, Allentown,PA on Saturday, July 12, 2014
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Paired with NAD C316BBE and NHT Super Zero/ Super 8 SUB, sounded fantastic!!! VERY musical and engaging! You can't go worn with this player at this price point!
Pros:
Reliable Sony laser drive, small size, quiet and fast operation, brightness display adjustment , remote control with direct tracks access, PRICE!!!!, 2 years NAD warranty, great companion for the C316BBE amplifier - this combination can be easily operated with single remote.
Cons:
NOTHING at this price!!!!
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5 out of 5

Excellent product

Written By Michael R, Metter, GA on Friday, July 11, 2014
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My first NAD CD player - but not my last.
Pros:
What a CD player should be; simple to use with optical, co-ax and analog outputs.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

Second time is the charmer!

Written By Mikmak, Southern Wisconsin on Wednesday, July 09, 2014
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I had to send the first NAD C516Bee back because of a thumping noise that neither NAD nor Crutchfield could solve. But with that excellent customer service exchange plan of Crutchfield I promptly returned it and in a few quick days received the new and improved version. It was worth the wait. Sound is crisp, clear and true, just as the critics had promised. I think I will be set for another 20 years!
Pros:
Excellent sound reproduction. Much better than streaming music. Remote allows multiple ways of enjoying music.
Cons:
Remote is very limited, but it is the sound quality I wanted and it delivers!
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5 out of 5

NAD CD player

Written By Anonymous, Henderson, NV on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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First time buyer of NAD product. I have been using my blu-ray dvd player for my music and I was totally ignorant about a dedicated player for CD. After reading a number of audiophile magazines, I became better informed about CD players and selected this NAD 516 player. I like the player's simple and efficient design. The clean sound exceeded my expectation. I heard background instruments I have not heard before. I even borrowed my friends' CD players for comparison and I am glad that I purchased my NAD. I am not knocking the other manufacturers ' product but some have too many bells and whistles to do the same thing. Others were too expensive for my budget. The only gripe I have is that sometimes the player makes a notable spinning noise at the beginning and while playing the CD. I stopped the player, reload and the noise will go away. This issue might be just this player's flaw and I hope it will go away. I am saving my pennies for a NAD integrated amplifier in the near future. I love listening to music and the NAD CD player makes me love my music even more.
Pros:
Great sound quality. Simple, easy to use. Modest price for a quality product.
Cons:
Periodic notable motor sound
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5 out of 5

Easy to use

Written By William R. Townsend, Sarasota, Fla. on Sunday, July 06, 2014
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A simple, easy to use, great sounding CD player. It did everything it was advertised to and I really like its small size. Out of the box and playing in 5 minutes. The owners manual was a disk however and to go over some of the other functions I had to stop and use my computer. I prefer a paper copy.
Pros:
Good signal to noise ratio. Quality look and feel. Simple and easy to use remote. Low profile. Power on off on the remote..
Cons:
None so far other than the maual.
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By William, Simi Valley, CA 93065 on Wednesday, July 02, 2014
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Works as advertised. Great sound improvement.
Pros:
Looks good with my other NAD equipment.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Solid component

Written By Dave, Rochester, NY on Sunday, June 29, 2014
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I really like the quality build of this unit and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a reasonably priced entry level high end component
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5 out of 5

Sound of simple elegance

Written By larycham, Pensacola, FL on Tuesday, June 10, 2014
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I did a great deal of research before selecting the NAD CD player and that research has paid off. The player is a solid, simple and elegant player that immediately made my CDs sound at their best. I guess I was one of those people who believe that a CD player just performs a mechanical function and has little to do with sound quality. This player has proven to me that this is not so. A CD player is an important part of the total system and does indeed contribute to sound quality.
Pros:
Simplicity of operation, quality of construction and output.
Cons:
I am not aware of any.
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5 out of 5

NAD 516B

Written By Dave, Preston CT on Wednesday, April 30, 2014
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I purchased the NAD C 516BEE CD player after my original CD player purchased in 1983 passed on. I already have a 200 CD carousel and was just looking for a replacement single. This CD player is very nice and is noticeably better than my 200 CD player. Even more noticeable was the improvement over the ancient one that died.
Pros:
Excellent reproduction of sound. Very nice mechanism, smooth as silk and so far problem free. Simple controls, just a nice player!
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Top shelf simplicity

Written By Robert, El Segundo, CA on Monday, April 21, 2014
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This is my first NAD product, I'm not a big audiophile yet i feel like one after my first play on this deck! Simple and too the point to delivery music, that's all I wanted and this player delivered. Great features on remote so as to keep the button clutter down to a minimum on the chassis.
Pros:
Super clean finish, smart looking, low profile fit.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By Steve B, Estacada, OR on Sunday, April 20, 2014
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The reviews on this CD player nailed it! I will recommend this product and Crutchfield to all my friends
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4 out of 5

An affordable NAD

Written By JP, Cincinnati on Sunday, March 30, 2014
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I will be frank. I got this particular CD player for two reasons: 1) it's a NAD and will probably fetch a higher price on the used market should I ever decide to sell it and 2) its signal-to-noise ratio is considerably less than the competitors in the price range.

I have it running through an old Rotel receiver from the 70's and it sounds great. No noticeable improvement or diminishment in perceived sound quality from the Sony professional CD player it replaced.

It does everything I want it do and is simple to use.

If you listen to music for any great deal of time, a dedicated CD player with a simple screen and dedicated buttons to cover the major functions makes the experience ever the more enjoyable. I know that sounds silly in this age of touch screens and features-galore but there really still is a place for single-purpose devices.

I only wish it came in silver/stainless steel (to match that old Rotel).
Pros:
Elegant look and probably higher resale value than its competitors. Excellent S/N ratio (if you're into that kind of thing). ZERO bells and whistles
Cons:
Sluggish initial disc loading; once it's loaded, though, it's a fast as any other CD player Chassis is too light. The force required to push any of the buttons on the front panel and to close the CD tray (sans button, ie the wrong way) is nearly the same amount of force required to move the whole thing. You can get used to it but it's a strange experience when you mean to move to the next track but the whole CD player slides. ZERO bells and whistles
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5 out of 5

NAD CD Player

Written By AlbertM, Philadelphia,Pa on Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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Great product. awesome sound quality. very clean sound
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5 out of 5

Fantastic CD Player

Written By WR, Shamong, NJ on Saturday, March 01, 2014
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I love this CD player. This was a replacement for an old Marantz dvd/cd player and the sound quality is outstanding. Very clear and distinct audio quality as I can hear other instruments in my music I have never noticed before.
Pros:
Crystal clear sound at a reasonable price.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Nice gear

Written By ObetMac, Lake county, FL on Friday, February 28, 2014
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Does what i expected it to do.
Pros:
Nice player, simple n clean looks. Sounds great !
Cons:
Non so far
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By Anonymous, Shady Cove, OR on Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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Excellent CD player.
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4 out of 5

Satisfied

Written By Lewis, East Greenbush, NY on Monday, February 24, 2014
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Good crisp sound. Excellent value for the price. For me a '5' has a special wow factor which this unit does not provide. But it does fall into the next category. Unless you are a pro, I would recommend this product.
Pros:
Very good sound, easy to connect, remote has all required functions.
Cons:
No wow factor
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By fvd, roseburg, oregon on Tuesday, February 04, 2014
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5 stars for quality of sound. A significant improvement over the multidisc changer previously used. Compact and able to fit in my homemade stereo cabinet.....a not insignificant plus.
Pros:
great sound
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE - Clear, clean sound!

Written By Kev, Dallas, TX on Wednesday, January 22, 2014
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This single play NAD unit replaced an Onkyo changer that was several years old and displaying signs of its imminent demise. While the Onkyo sounded good, the NAD is so much clearer. It has a very natural sound. It also has a very simple, modern design that looks terrific. Would certainly recommend it!
Pros:
Great sound, simple to operate. Two year warranty;of course, I hope to never have to use it!
Cons:
None so far.
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5 out of 5

WOW !!!???

Written By Steve C, Florida on Wednesday, December 18, 2013
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After many a night of reading reviews on several cd players at Crutchfield I chose the NAD based on the reviews and the specs most notably the signal to noise ratio of 118. I have a very discerning ear when it comes to music so with that in mind I connected the NAD to a Yamaha RXA 720 using analog to use what I believed to be a superior DAC(192 kHz/24-bit Sigma/Delta) in the NAD vs the Yamaha (Burr Brown DAC). I copied a cd of outstanding sound quality to play simultaneously in the NAD and a DVD player that came out of a home theater in a box from another reputable brand name, Pioneer. The Pioneer DVD player is 10 years old and by simply selecting either player and waiting enough time to enjoy the song and for my ears to pick out each instrument clearly I could not tell any difference at all. So the WOW!!!??? factor is because I already had a great multi-player in the DVD player and disappointed that I can't write as good a review as others have. I am keeping the NAD because I have wanted a dedicated CD player and I believe I purchased a good one and I love the simplicity of this player. I am not experienced in this thing called the(burn in period) but who knows maybe it will work even if it is the placebo affect. If I believe it sounds better maybe it will. For right now I am taking a wait and see approach then I'll perform the same sound test again as before and update this review if I am able to.

Update 1/05/2014: After further review of various cds and more time to listen and compare, listening to the NAD I can hear background instruments that I have not heard before and the lead instruments are cleaner, clearer and more to real life. Is this the placebo effect I described in my earlier review? I don't think so. Slide in your favorite cd, get in your sweet spot and prepare to smile and say, that sounds good, REALLY, REALLY GOOD! I am changing my 4 star rating to a 5 star rating only because I can't give it a 6 star rating.
Pros:
Well made, simple, very quick response, remote is just right.
Cons:
Don't expect to hear as much of a difference as what you might think you'll hear.
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4 out of 5

Very nice source

Written By Reynolds531, St. Louis on Friday, December 13, 2013
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The NAD 516 BEE cd player is a step change improvement over playing CDs using a Phillips DVD player like I had been. I have it connected to a NAD 316BEE amp and old JBL L100T speakers.

There are way too many 5's in these reviews. For me a 5 means it is in the top 10% of similar products. I do recommend buying one.

CDs on a good cd player sound a lot better than mp3s you can get a lot of great used CDs in perfect condition for $5 or less and build up a great library of music
Pros:
Clean, crystal clear sound without noticeable coloration. Nice price
Cons:
Wish it had an optical input. The loading mechanism is not very refined
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5 out of 5

Great CD player for a reasonable price

Written By Russ, Cumberland, RI on Friday, December 13, 2013
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The NAD 516 BEE is all it is hyped up to be. I have it with an old NAD 7200 and new Paradigm SE3 speakers and the sound is great. I listen primarily to classical music and this combination gives a good approximation of a concert hall, especially on good CDs.
Pros:
Reasonable price, great sound
Cons:
None noted yet
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5 out of 5

Excellent high end CD player

Written By JoeDX, Middletown NY on Thursday, November 28, 2013
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Fist off, as we all must understand, an audio system is only as good as its weakest link. Also in audio, you reach a point of "diminishing returns" at one point or another.

Having said that.......... I have a older, great sounding NAD C350 amp and great speakers. However my CD player (from a well known brand that cost 1/3 the C516BEE ) was a weak link in my system . My mp3s tended to sound better, etc.

So, I ordered a NAD C516BEE. hoping it was as good as my NAD amp

Well, the difference/improvement was/is well worth the money. Everything is clearer and and more natural sounding. All "muddiness" an distortion caused by the former CD player is gone. Of course, no CD player can perform miracles with poorly recorded CDs but, at least it will not add distortion. Should you get one? Do you get returns for you money? A definite yes, if the rest of your system is good enough to reveal the improvements of the C516BEE.
Pros:
Great sound!
Cons:
If I were to fault one thing, it is you do not have the ability to tun the unit completely off. It's always on standby with an amber LED but that only draws1/3 watt .
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5 out of 5

Quality CD player

Written By camelbak, Seattle, WA on Wednesday, October 09, 2013
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The NAD C 516BEE delivers excellent performance for a reasonable price point. This replaces my old NAD player purchased in 1986 and the upgrade has to be heard to be believed. An aesthetically pleasing piece of equipment that will undoubtedly live up to past NAD standards and performance. I am so glad I purchased this player.
Pros:
Quality audio reproduction at an affordable price.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By tcg1122, Tierra Verde, Fl on Tuesday, September 03, 2013
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If your on a budget and are looking or the best sounding CD player for the price, give the NAD C 516BEE a listen. Typical NAD build quality.
Pros:
Sound. give it a listen.
Cons:
Can't think of any.
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By Rick, N.C. on Saturday, August 24, 2013
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Somebody stole all my CD's, that's right...stole them , cleaned the muddiness off of them & replaced them in the exact same place in my CD library. That's exactly what you'll be saying when you listen to your CD's when played by the NAD C 516BEE. If your in the market for a new CD player loosen up the wallet & spend a little more for this one, you won't be sorry. You will find yourself spending too much time listening to your CD's all over again because you'll hear them in a way you never did before you owned this machine. The sound is open & very clean & exciting. The Nad C 516BEE operates & plays flawlessly, I own "Older" NAD stereo equipment & the new is that much better, so don't be afraid to step up to this player if your looking for a not real expensive machine but one with excellecent qualities & you won't believe how the old stereo & speakers sound now. The only problem is you'll be wanting to upgrade everything else in your system, but that could be a good thing.
Pros:
It's an NAD what more do I need to say!
Cons:
NONE
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5 out of 5

great CD player

Written By Chris, asheville nc on Friday, August 23, 2013
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I bought the NAD Cd player to replace a 17 year old Sony "discman" that I have been using.. I figured that if I got a higher quality Cd player that it would produce a better signal which would give me better sound.. Boy, oh Boy, is the NAD a BIG improvement in sound quality..I have only listened to 2 cds at the time of my writing the review and am amazed at the sound quality difference from a Live cd... I see no reason to list what type of equipment i use, technical specs, or what kind of music I like because we are all different and likely have different equipment and different tastes in music.. some reviews suggest that cd players need up to a week of break in to sound their best, but mine is great right out of the box, so if the sound does get better after break in, ok by me.. I was a little put off after finding out the [player is made in china , but it seems that they were able to accurately translate and meet NAD's specs... I was also a little put of by a mediocre review by another purchaser, but hey, maybe he did get a dud unit and he's entitled to his opinion... i just don't agree with him or his mediocre rating..
Pros:
very nice unit, easy to operate, no unnecessary frills, great sound without having to pay $1000 or more
Cons:
made in China, owner's "manual is on a Cd rom,, not paper... one more thing I gotta mess with , update my "reader" software that I never use, and figure out instead of just opening up and reading...
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3 out of 5

Is it me or does this unit sound so-so?

Written By Capt. Sticky, Joisy on Monday, August 19, 2013
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After all of the glowing reviews, I couldn't wait to receive my brandy new NAD Cd player. I had been listening to a Sony 5 cd player i had picked up about 3 months earlier for 1/3 the price of the NAD unit. I hadn't expected the NAD to sound 3 times as good, But I had hoped I could discern some difference in the sound. Talk about anti-climatic. To my ears sounds pretty much exactly like the Sony. Even though I doubt it makes any difference , I let it burn in for a few days. Still pretty much the same. I have it hooked up to a vintage Marantz 3600 preamp, Marantz Model 240 Amp Putting out a conservative 125 watts per channel, feeding a brand new pair of Polk audio TSI-4 floor standing speakers. It may be my 59 year old ears, but I suspect not. Maybe it's a defective unit? Where's all of the warmth and clarity I had read of.
Pros:
Small size and cute spartan design.
Cons:
Sounds as good as players costing 1/3 the price.
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5 out of 5

Money well spent, NAD. C 516BEE

Written By Mark_D, South Elgin, IL on Monday, August 12, 2013
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Reasonably priced. Looks good. Very smooth drawer operation. No frills (this is a plus). Most important is the sound quality...could not be better! If you buy it you will be pleased with your decision.

Crutchfield had it to my door in two days, great customer service.
Pros:
Solid build. Looks good. Sounds great.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great cd player; excellent price

Written By JohnD, Oakland, CA on Saturday, July 20, 2013
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My old (NAD) cd player died after many years of excellent service. I wanted to stay with NAD because I am a little bit picky about sound but I am also a cheapskate. So I focused on the most economical cd player from NAD. The player plays all my computer generated discs without any problem and they sound very good indeed. My only quibble is that this model does not display the full set of track numbers on the front panel, so when I play tracks randomly I cannot keep track of what I have heard and what is still to be played. If I had really wanted this feature I could have read the specs more carefully and paid a little more. But no regrets.
Pros:
Excellent sound; has played everything I have thrown at it; good price.
Cons:
Does not display tracks played on front panel.
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5 out of 5

Great value CD player

Written By TR, Tempe AZ on Thursday, July 18, 2013
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I purchased this NAD CD player to complement my NAD receiver. It arrived in perfect shape and has performed flawlessly. Best of all, my NAD receiver remote will operate the much newer NAD CD player.
Pros:
Attractive case, quiet drawer mechanism
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By wallace, Charlottesville,VA on Monday, July 15, 2013
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I was looking for a great cd player for a decent price. This bad boy has a clean sound to my ears.I think you would have to pay a lot more money to get the sound this unit produces.
Pros:
very impressive sound plays what the cd has to offer pure sound.
Cons:
none
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4 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By richo, Santa Cruz, CA on Sunday, June 30, 2013
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I'm very pleased with the sound quality of this unit. It goes to prove that a lot of the negative rap that cd sound quality has gotten over the years is due in great part to cheap and inferior DA converters. CDs sound open and smooth with good definition. I do wish that the features for programming that are only accessible via the remote were also accessible via the front panel of the unit itself. The error correction seems rather fussy too as I've had cds with relatively small scratches experience skipping. The unit plays burned mp3 discs just fine. Tray seems a little flimsy and resistant when closing by hand. A good unit for the price point but not perfect. Always a pleasure doing business with Crutchfield.
Pros:
Sound quality
Cons:
Lack of programming via the front panel
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5 out of 5

great cd player

Written By Anonymous, san mateo on Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Great CD player .nice clean sound.
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5 out of 5

CD Player meets expectations

Written By Kopfschlaeger, Clayton. MO 63105 on Tuesday, June 18, 2013
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The player met all expectations. Given the price, the product is excellent. Of course, sound, etc. depend on more than the CD player! It depends on good electronics, good speakers and good location of speakers in a good space. My space is an ordinary bourgeois living room, stuffed furniture and an area rug. The speakers are of good quality (moderate price) and the amp/preamp is of very good quality. CDs vary in quality and never reach the clarity of LPs except perhaps in solo or small group performances. My criticism refers to string quartets and large orchestras.
Pros:
Ease of use and clarity/balance of sound
Cons:
nothing to speak of
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5 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By Bill C, Bozeman, MT on Monday, June 10, 2013
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Great single CD player, works perfectly, good value for the price. Coupled with DiMarzio interconnect cables it sounds top notch.Timely shipping and very well packed.
Pros:
Exactly as advertised. It plays all my old scratched CD's without a stutter.
Cons:
None.
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5 out of 5

NAD CD player

Written By Alexandra, Glendale, CA on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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I bought this as a birthday present fro my husband, and he cannot stop raving about it. The sound is outstanding, it plays CDs recorded from MP3 without an issue, and it is user friendly in every way. This CD player is in evry way the best you can buy.
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5 out of 5

Expensive Sound - Reasonable Price

Written By JT Mann, King Of Prussia, PA on Saturday, May 25, 2013
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Just received this yesterday as a replacement for a Sony CD recorder that I can't.use anymore. I paired this with a set of Audioquest Golden Gate RCA cables and this combination impresses through my Onkyo TX-NR1010. Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, a staple of any stereo demo room in the 70s, sounds exquisite. All in all an impressive sounding bargain.
Pros:
audiophile performance at an extremely reasonable price
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great and Reliable CD player

Written By Anonymous, San Diego, CA on Friday, May 03, 2013
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This little puppy is awesome! CD player this good for less then $300. Can't beat that! Quality sound, great all-in-all features!
Pros:
Great sound! Easy to use. Perfect size.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

NAD C-516BEE

Written By J S, Pelahatchie MS on Monday, April 29, 2013
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Excellent CD player, never knew what a high end CD player sounded like till I got this in and hooked it up! The details and sounds you hear are amazing, it's like revisiting your CD collection all over again.
Pros:
Price, sound quality, ease of use
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Great buy - NAD C 516BEE

Written By Lee S., New York, NY on Monday, April 29, 2013
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Replaced similar single disk NAD that was 20 years old and what a difference.. Great but for the price. You get a great performing player.
Pros:
Great sound and looks great. Simple operation. Great sound - clear and crisp through the entire spectrum.
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Love everything about it

Written By DaveG, Baltimore, MD on Sunday, April 28, 2013
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I had a Sony ES-series CD player that bit the dust at the very moment the C-516BEE's predecessor went out of stock. Terrible timing -- I was stuck playing CDs on a mediocre DVD player until this was available! But it was worth the wait. Even compared with the higher-end Sony, guitars sound crunchier on David Bowie's The Next Day, the rhythm section sounds tighter on Jean-Luc Ponty's Imaginary Voyage, Gwyneth Jones' voice sounds more luminous on Bernstein's recording of Der Rosenkavalier. (Alas the distortion and artifacts are magnified on the horrendous Collectors Choice remasters of Dionne Warwick's early Bacharach/David collaborations. Oh well.) All in all, a terrific "budget audiophile" choice.
Pros:
Outstanding sound, solid construction
Cons:
No downsides!
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4 out of 5

NAD C 516BEE

Written By GStubbs, Marietta, SC on Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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Great CD Player! Very smooth and warm sounding! No digital harshness here! Vocals/cymbals are lush and sparkly sounding without excessive "sizzle" that can come with cd players. Great looking player without unecessary bells and whistles. Would love to hear some of NAD's upper end stuff...
Pros:
Warm and lush sounding, especially on the high end.
Cons:
Not crazy about the remote, but it works. Seems a little cheap for a $300 CD player.
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5 out of 5

Great CD Player for the Money

Written By Brian B., Chicago, IL on Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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I needed a reasonably priced CD player but am very picky about sound quality - especially with CDs. I don't always like the sound of digital media and still love listening to quality analog records and tapes, but I have to say this player sounds excellent and better than some friends' players some of which I know cost quite a bit more.
Pros:
Sounds great for the price and better more than more expensive players I've listened to, with a very wide dynamic range and natural, open balance. Transport is smooth, quiet and responsive, and seems very solid. Simple and attractive appearance.
Cons:
None that I have discovered.
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5 out of 5

Five Star Rating.....

Written By John T, Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, March 26, 2013
 
I was shopping for a single cd player in this price range and came across the NAD 516BEE. What impressed me the most was the looks of the player, the price and the technical specifications. None of the other brand cd players in this price range have 118db signal to noise ratio or a 2 year warranty. It has to be noted that NAD products are of outstanding quality, I continue to use the first amp NAD produced, it is the NAD 3020
Pros:
Pros: Sound quality is excellent. Crisp sound throughout the sound spectrum. I heard sounds in the higher spectrum that I did not hear on my previous player. The slide tray is solid. Opens and closes very smoothly. The remote control is well made and functional. The owner's manual is on a CD. This is a very impressive product and I am a very satisfied customer. NAD good job on this quality product. Great job JC of Crutchfield. Sales person like you is what makes me come back to
Cons:
None.
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1 question already asked

can this player repeat play a CD with the tracks played randomly like my NAD 522? [ Bob  Jan 02, 2014 ]
6 answers
  • yes [ MIKE   Jan 05, 2014 ]
  • As far s I know, yes. Press random once then press repeat twice for player to play in random mode and repeat all tracks. [ STEVE   Jan 04, 2014 ]
  • I bought this as a gift. He really liked it for it's usability, and while I don't know the answer to Bob's question, I thought I'd at least reply and state that this ck player got excellent reviews.We will have to turn to the Crutcfield team for a specific answer. , [ KAREN   Jan 04, 2014 ]
  • No, it doesn't have this function [ DADI   Jan 03, 2014 ]
  • Hi Bob , sorry I returned this unite while back and I can't really remember , but I'm gonna go with yes . [ AMR   Jan 03, 2014 ]
  • yes it can--press the Random button on the remote control. [ JOHN   Jan 03, 2014 ]

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