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NAD C 545BEE

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    • CD player
      • plays audio CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
      • USB input supports external memory and audio rates up to 320kbps
      • toroidal power supply with separate power regulators for analog and digital sections delivers lively playback
    • $499.99
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Our take on the NAD C 545BEE

by Loren Barstow
NAD

The NAD C 545BEE will put a smile on your face and get your toes tapping. This CD player delivers exceptionally clear, spacious sound with excellent low-frequency response, thanks to its carefully optimized circuit layout and high-quality internal components. A beefy toroidal transformer supplies a steady stream of power for lively performance and musicality. The power supply features separate regulators for the analog and digital circuits, isolating them electronically to minimize interference. And a high-resolution Wolfson digital-to-analog converter helps this player deliver refined musical sound that'll make you want to explore your CD collection all over again.

You'll enjoy playback from a variety of discs, ranging from regular CDs to home-burned CD-Rs filled with MP3 and WMA files. If your CD library includes albums with CD Text, the C 545BEE can show information such as song titles directly on its front-panel display. The full-function remote gives you command of the basics like "play" and "stop," plus access to repeat, random, and program modes from the comfort of your favorite chair.

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Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • CD Text
  • repeat, random, and program play
  • forward and reverse skip and search functions
  • full-function remote
  • display dimmer
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • IR input for remote repeater systems
  • 12-volt trigger input
  • detachable power cord
  • signal-to-noise ratio 118 dB
  • dynamic range >95 dB
  • toroidal power supply with separate power regulators for analog and digital sections
  • low output impedance
  • Wolfson Microelectronics 8740 24bit/192KHz digital-to-analog converter
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-7/16"H x 11-3/4"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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5-20,000 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
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Wireless remote (CD8)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 3' RCA stereo patch cord
  • Owner's manual CD-ROM
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty information
  • Safety notes

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Features
Input and Output Notes

Features

Disc Compatibility: The NAD C 545BEE Single Disc CD Player can play CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

CD-TEXT: The NAD C 545BEE 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 545BEE supports MP3 and WMA files that have been recorded onto CD-R or CD-RW discs.

Wolfson DAC: The 24-bit/192 kHz Wolfson WM8740 DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) chip was chosen for its excellent low-level linearity and detail retrieving capabilities.

Digital Filter: There are two digital filters to choose from, offering the ability to tune the player by ear. The digital filter is applied only to the analog outputs.

Display Dimmer: The Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) has two 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 RCA stereo outputs for analog connection, utilizing the high quality Wolfson DAC.

12 Volt Trigger In: This unit can be turned on/off by another device; the +12 volt trigger input is a 3.5mm mini-jack. When a cable is plugged into this jack the front panel and remote power commands are disabled.

IR In: This 3.5mm mini-jack input is used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component.

 
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5 out of 5

Great Audiophile CD Player

Written By Kirigiri, Palo Alto, CA on Friday, September 21, 2012
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Compared to an older Yamaha CDX-480 and a new Yamaha CD-S700, the NAD C545BEE produces cleaner hi tones and more distinguishable bass.
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4 out of 5

Satisfied

Written By TomS, Santa Barbara, CA on Saturday, July 21, 2012
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My hearing is not good enough for me to assert that this CD player is dramatically better than the less expensive one that it replaced. If pressed, I would say that perhaps the sound is a bit rounder and less harsh at the top end. The player makes no mechanical noise when playing, unlike the one it replaced. The player matches my NAD 355 BEE amplifier, and I am happy that I can use the amplifier's remote to also control the CD player. My only complaint is that the display is too small. I can't read it from 10 feet away. Hence 4 stars.
Pros:
Good match for NAD amplifier.
Cons:
Display too small.
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5 out of 5

Totally worth it.

Written By Paul R., San Francisco, CA on Saturday, July 07, 2012
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After having gone through two Denon 5-disc changers, the time had come to return to a single disc player. There were just too many mechanical issues with multi-disc players, even though the Denons did sound great. This NAD was a great choice, both mechanically and sonically. I actually had my eye on the model below this one, the C515BEE, But when Crutchfield was out of stock, I decided to spring for a little more and get this. It is a great player, quite possibly the best i've owned since CDs were first introduced. And the fact that this can play MP3 discs rather negates the need for a multi-disc changer. Since I have a NAD integrated amp (my trusty C360), I was very familiar with their design aesthetic and attention to quality. You will not be disappointed by the C545BEE. Kudos to NAD once again, and to Crutchfield for a smooth transaction.
Pros:
Great sounding, very simple to use, great remote control unit.
Cons:
None that I have found.
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5 out of 5

Outstanding performance and value

Written By JustinZ, Denville, NJ on Thursday, May 17, 2012
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I wanted to replace an older Cambridge Audio Azur and was between this model and the Marantz CD6004. I did tons of reading, and as typical today, couldn't find a place to demo either of them so I had to rely on the reading. Reviews on both models were stellar for the intro/mid-range point. I was leaning towards the Marantz when this one went on sale. I jumped on it and am more than impressed. If you pair this player with a good system you will be highly impressed. NAD knows music and it shows here. My CD's have never sounded so good. I don't think that you could get better performance in the sub $500 price point.
Pros:
Simple, clean, high end look. Top notch music reproduction. Great value.
Cons:
None, buy it.
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