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A classic gets even better

Just when you thought CD sound couldn't get any better, NAD pushes the sonic boundaries again. They took the excitement and toe-tapping performance of their much-loved C 545BEE player and raised the bar even further to create the C 546BEE. This new CD player sports a freshened, more refined look than its predecessor. But even more importantly, its new circuit layout and updated components, including metal film resistors and polypropylene capacitors in key areas, help squeeze even more goodness from your CD library. You'll experience even greater bass extension and slam, while enjoying enhanced image depth and scale. NAD even gave it a front-panel USB port so you can play MP3s from a portable thumb drive through your home audio system with ease.

A versatile performer

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.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • supports CD Text with compatible discs
  • USB input supports external memory and audio rates up to 320kbps
  • repeat, random, and program play
  • forward and reverse skip and search functions
  • display dimmer
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • IR input for remote repeater systems
  • 12-volt trigger input
  • wireless remote
  • detachable power cord
  • frequency response: 5 - 20,000 Hz (±0.5 dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 118 dB
  • dynamic range: 95 dB
  • toroidal power supply with separate power regulators for analog and digital sections
  • Wolfson Microelectronics 24bit/192KHz digital-to-analog converter
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-3/8"H x 13-5/8"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Worthy replacement

Written By Procrustes, New Jersey on Monday, October 19, 2015

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My 80s vintage Kyocera 710 CD player went to its reward recently and I needed a quality replacement. NADs had always interested me because of their conservative approach to unit styling and intent to place the value in the machinery. I searched online and admit I never auditioned any of the decks I considered.

The NAD c546 bee is a competent, slick deck that punches above its weight. The rest of my system is equally vintage: a Luxman R 1070 85 wpc receiver powers two AR 9 speakers (120 lbs. per, each with two side firing twelves for bass). The sound was initially too bright for me and I attenuated the high range and upper mid-range by 3db using selector switches on the ARs. That smoothed things out nicely and the system sounds as before, though with some enhancements.

The NAD reveals a depth of detail in the music, (mostly jazz and classical) that wasn't available before. The deck's functionality is excellent. Controls are intuitive and response to commands almost immediate.

Pros: Depth and clarity. Simple, responsive switch gear.

Cons: A bit bright, though easily controlled.

Great CD player!

Written By RickL, North Carolina on Friday, September 25, 2015

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I've had this CD Player since the Spring of 2015, while trying to replace a great old Nakamichi CDPlayer2. I tried a Marantz 6005 that gets great reviews but sounded bright to me: just a little overbearing in the treble range. The Onkyo C7030, while a great budget machine, didn't sound as musical to me as my old Nak or the Marantz. I tried a Cambridge that was on special elsewhere: OK, OK, I finally took the advice of a Crutchfield staffer and tried the NAD. "Ding: Winner!" This player has greater clarity and weight than I have found elsewhere. It never sounds veiled, or lacking in detail, but the notes also sound real: resonant instruments have the proper timbre and there is a natural quality to the overall sound that you will just have to hear. It might not decode FLAC files or have a built in iPod dock, but it does the most important thing incredibly well: music sounds real. The interface is also very simple and the control "knob", although a bit different, is really well thought out an intuitive. Anyway, NAD usually has home runs with products that eschew extra features but give "next price level" sound. In that sense this player is typical of the best of NAD.

Pros: Sounds the best of anything I could find at or near it's price (and IMHO, it wasn't close).

Cons: None, really. The USB is well designed for use with thumb drives, and the deck can be optimized with a choice of wide (better for Hi Fi) or narrow (generally better for MP3 digital filters, but doesn't work with FLAC files, which could matter to some.

Better than the Marantz cd6005

Written By DavidW, South Carolina on Saturday, September 19, 2015

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This player produces a much more natural sound as compared to the Marantz cd6005. The Marantz was overly bright, which gives a false impression of detail but is fatiguing. This NAD player is tonally neutral and forgiving of old recordings, but is more detailed than the Marantz player. I can easily hear microphonic detail through my speakers, something I'm only using to hearing through headphones. But the sound is musical, not analytical. I can notice problems with older recordings, and recordings with poor microphone replacement but they are not irritating or unlistenable. The cd player turns on and loads cds fast. Far faster than the Onkyo player (C-7030) that is my backup. Cd text is present but not intrusive. The remote is intuitively laid out. Programming tracks is not as fast as with the Onkyo (you have to take the extra step of hitting enter after selecting each track to confirm your decision) but leads to less mistakes. Something the Marantz player was missing was an eject button on the controller, this controller has an eject button. Playback of mp3 files from a usb device works very well. It is quick and easy to navigate through folders (the buttons to do so are even clearly marked on the remote). In contrast the Marantz player had such counterintuitive controls and such a useless manual that it took me close to 10 minutes to figure out how to change folders. Unfortunately, this NAD player does not support FLAC playback, which for the price it should.

Pros: Intuitive controls Fast loading Exceptional sound quality Tonally accurate Remarkable detail retrieval

Cons: Does not support FLAC

Great NAD cd player!

Written By Bryan, Washington on Thursday, September 03, 2015

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I really wanted a great sounding CD player but I am a "kiss" kind of guy and have no use for bells, whistles, lights and curb appeal. The NAD 546BEE hits the sweet spot! Incredibly easy to set up and use and blows away my old Sony 400 disc changer. Been collecting CD's since my teens and now that I am much older I finally have time and an excuse to enjoy them all over again and hear what I've been missing-which was a lot actually. This NAD player brings out all kinds of clarity and warmth and finesse. And it does this with all kinds of music genres. I have great Energy CONNOISSEUR towers and now they finally have a great compliment of my new NAD 546BEE cd player. I am no audiophile expert but I really do have some cd's that I hear such a huge difference in or I hear details that make the cd play with depth and beauty that I never heard on the Sony player. And did I mention how simple the NAD 546BEE is to set up and use? I am totally content with a product that puts their money in the sound quality rather than in spending money on buttons and gadgetry or lights and glitter! This is my first NAD product and I am highly satisfied with this cd play and have no regrets or reservations about making this purchase/upgrade. Anyone looking for what I have described really shouldn't hesitate to give the NAD546BEE a try. It seems spot on for the money but even more so for the way it brings new life to a 40 year cd collection. Five stars to NAD!

Pros: Super easy to use, bargain price for the way it sounds, makes all my cd's alive and well again.

Cons: The remote is very simple to use as well, but maybe if it was backlit it might be better since i listen late at night in the dark, so not really a con but more of me nitpicking but the nad546bee is still worthy of the five stars.

Great sound but:

Written By Marty, Michigan on Monday, August 10, 2015

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I love that NAD sound, however, why a nonfunctional USB port? Marantz and Yamaha have USB port that iPod and iPhone can use for connection so the DAC is used. I had a Yamaha CD player and loved that function. (the Yamaha sounded too bright)

Pros: Great sounding!

Cons: Worthless USB port

Natural clear sound!

Written By Phil M., California on Friday, July 24, 2015

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I tried the Marantz 5005 first. It sounded very exciting, up front and in your face. Great dynamics and clean. It wasn't long before I became very uncomfortable when I realized that it was artificially bright and analytical. It's drama was at the expense of naturalness. Enter the NAD c546bee: Smooth, yet detailed, rich and natural sound that did not produce listener's fatigue. It sounds the way music sounds in a concert hall! I returned the Marantz. Long live NAD!

Pros: Natural sound, smooth, warm and detailed.

Cons: Nothing I can think of.

NAD C546 BEE CD Player

Written By Gary B, Tucson, AZ on Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Great replacement for my 20 year old Rotel. Picked it over the C516 which had good ratings but higher ratings for sound with this and boy was I glad I did.....This unit shines in pure sound, ease of operation and great features. haven't tried the remote yet.

Pros: Great Value for us die-hard CD collection fans

Cons: Non that I can find

Nad CD Player

Written By K C, Nevada on Thursday, June 18, 2015

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This is a solidly built and attractively designed unit. It absolutely reproduces accurately whats on the cd. It is a real joy listening to the music coming from it. I would definitely reccommend this player to anyone that may ask.

Pros: Simple,easy to operate. Plays multiple media types.

Cons: None.

Significant improvement over basic players

Written By Kelly, Mississippi on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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I wanted to know if cd could sound better than the 5 disc Sony I have used the last 16 years. Over the last 29 years I have gone through several low to medium level players that included a SACD player. The NAD is superior in construction, thoughtful simplistic controls and has of most desired features. The sound is more musical, and closer to an analogue presence at all volume levels. Most important to me is it is less "brittle" and less 'harsh" on the upper middle and high frequencies. Certain cds including a "U2", most "Oasis" and others I have simply not played because the sound was so harsh. I believe the problem was primarily engineering and unavoidable but this NAD player allows me to play and enjoy them for the first time ever. Still harsh in sections but much less so, and I can at least listen to some music that I like again. The depth, clarity and warmth is there again in some quiet piano passages sounding more like the vinyl version. Maynard Ferguson's "Hollywood" and "Carnival" cd's have the punch from the bass to the crisp, precise trumpet parts as they were intended to sound. I recommend this player as a bargain at this price, sounding equal to players priced at 60% to 100% more. I have an NAD cassette deck from the 1990's which is the best I've owned so I know NAD is quality equipment. I've dealt with Crutchfield since the early 1980's with 100% satisfaction. This is an easy choice.

Pros: Sound, solid construction, features on remote construction, NAD quality.

Cons: The only thing lacking is that it is not a multi disc player.

NAD C 546BEE - CD Player

Written By BT-SC, South Carolina on Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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I needed to replace an older Macintosh CD player. Rather than spend over $6000 for a new Mac, I tried this NAD player and was floored at the quality of sound. Simple to use, flawless in its performance.I use it with a Macintosh receiver that really mates well with it. This is an exceptional value.

Pros: Small and compact, solidly built, simple to use

Cons: None that I can find.


Written By Anonymous, San Mateo , ca on Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Great sound

NAD CDplayer

Written By FZ, New Jersey on Wednesday, April 08, 2015

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By far the best sounding CD player I have ever owned.

Pros: Great sound.Great control ergonomics.

Cons: none

NAD quality!

Written By Giogee, West Coast US on Monday, April 06, 2015

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Happy purchase of NAD 546BEE CD player & 316BEE amp for a relatively compact 12'x12' office just to play my extensive CD collection. Resurrected my M&K S80 speakers, certainly not the 'best' but not worst either & acoustically acceptable for this particular space. My 'main' setup is Arcam CD / amp & ProAc speakers in a larger area. By no means a fair comparison but trained my ears to superb sound dynamic & quality product design. In this regard NAD product easily compares for sound, product detail / design & price. My volume levels in this area are usually 'noticeable background' to 'almost irritating mid' (it's an office!) & not, unfortunately, 'very loud'. Musically it spans from Brian Eno to Sinatra to Soundgarden & lots in between. The NAD product is delivering exceptionally well on my diverse musical range. Have no doubt it'll be even more improved if / when I upgrade speakers. NAD was an easy product choice for my current requirements. Crutchfield service, delivery & communication was simply excellent (I'm a 1st time customer).

Pros: NAD reputation for consistent / superb product excellence at these price points. Understated, clean visual NAD product design. Positive Crutchfield consumer reviews.

Cons: Only that I should have purchased these earlier.

Excellent quality and sound

Written By Bill L., Peoria, IL on Friday, March 20, 2015

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I have been a fan of NAD products for many years. They are typically high quality, reasonable cost and very functional. This CD player is no different. The build quality, ease of operation, features and sound are excellent. I replaced an older Sony high end CD player after many years and can't believe how much better this one is. I highly recommend.

Pros: Ease of installation, ease of operation, sound quality

Cons: Front panel USB works well, however there are some compatibility issues with iPhone and iPod.


Written By Stove, Bel Air, Maryland on Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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I considered a slightly more expensive deck, but decided to look over the customer reviews again and decided this would suit my needs and tastes. This deck sounds wonderful! I had no idea CDs could sound like this good. The sound is warm and clear, never sounding cluttered or shrill. If you're upgrading from an old dept store deck like I was, you will be amazed! There may better sounding decks but I doubt you can beat the price. I also like the simplicity of the deck as well.

Pros: Sounds great! Worth every penny!

Cons: None.


Written By chi fan, New York on Friday, January 30, 2015

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everything about this machine is solid. cant really find any fault at the moment. but then again ive only had it for a couple of months. it played cds that have minor scratches that my older teac could no longer manage... so thats a plus. sound wise i cant really tell if it is that great. perhaps i need to consider a better receiver?

Pros: build quality. simplicity and clarity of controls.

Cons: none yet.

Very Impressive Sound

Written By Pete K, Charlottesville, VA on Friday, January 30, 2015

I'm happy to find myself in the club of "middle aged men who still listen to CDs" when I have great equipment like the NAD C 546BEE to play them on. Yes, MP3s, streaming and vinyl have their place too, but for my timeless collection of classical, jazz and classic rock the CD player seems so much more satisfying. And when my old Sony ES CD player gave up, it was time to find a new friend. And I knew Crutchfield was the place to do it. Thanks to all you other 5 star reviewers for recommending the NAD. Many times over the last two weeks I've set down my bourbon and sat up straight in the leather armchair to appreciate a musical passage because it sounded so good. Once I had to double check which CD was playing because the mix sounded so fresh and alive. It can be truly head turning. I'm really pleased with the clear accurate sound and convenient but straight forward features of this well engineered player. It makes relaxing in the evenings after work that much more enjoyable.

Pros: Clean, very accurate sound and design. Great audio.

Cons: Can reveal limitations of the source. (now I finally know what that means)


Written By BobbyD, Dallas, TX on Thursday, January 15, 2015

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This is an awesome CD player. I listen only to classical music and the difference in the clarity and presence of strings and woodwinds is astounding. Piano CDs sound as if the instrument is sitting in the room with you and the sonic impact of organ and orchestral CDs is visceral. Worth every penny and more. I hear things in performances that I've never noticed before. Makes my Klipsch Heritage series speakers really sit up and bark.

Pros: Everything is positive. Easy to use, easy to set up, straightforward controls.

Cons: None

Good upgrade

Written By Howard S., Washington on Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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My old Sony ES players are still working well, but after 20 years I was sure that an upgrade would be a nice surprise. I wasn't disappointed, the NAD C 546BEE delivers a better all around bass, mid range, and treble. The differences are subtle, but noticeable. Bass is a little deeper and cleaner, mid-range is more pronounced, and the treble is a bit more defined without being harsh. Happy overall.

Pros: Nice basic player, simple, clean, good specs, and sounds better than my old stuff. Don't need lots of bells and whistles.

Cons: A variable output would be nice, but the remote volume on the preamp seems to work as well.

great cd player

Written By nad cd player, mt larel nj 08054 on Friday, November 07, 2014

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have a nad amp and tuner from the early and it is still great the new cd pkayer i bough is so good makes my old one i had like a nine transter radio

Pros: the sound is so mush better than my old one i here sounds that i never herd befir

Cons: none

Couldn't be more satisfied

Written By NYlumberman, West Danby NY on Saturday, October 04, 2014

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I haven't had a good experience with CD players for my component stereo. Short life, mediocre sound. After the death of a low end Sony 5 disc player, I went on line to Crutchfield, did some research, disappointed the live chat person with my glacial typing, then called to talk with an adviser. Personally I thought it was the equivalent of my old man finally puling over to ask directions. But boy am glad I did. We quickly honed in on the features I wanted and he recommended NAD C 546BEE. Not cheap, but good value. Best sound I have ever heard from a CD. The front USB slot lets me shuffle songs stored on a drive. I am well satisfied with my purchase and I would recommend Crutchfield anyone who would listen to me.

Pros: Simple set up Great sound

Cons: Unit goes to standby automatically, in USB mode when you wake it up it has to reread the drive you connected before it is ready to play. If you have big drive it takes a while.

Great Value

Written By Mike, Pensacola FL on Saturday, September 06, 2014

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Fantastic sounding player. Very detailed, balanced, energetic music is created with a nice open soundstage. This unit sounds better than a few $1000 cd players I listened to. I liked the NAD 516BEE. It had a very balanced and detailed sound, but the 546BEE has stronger fuller base, greater nuance and detail, better sound staging, and more force to the music. The 516BEE is a VERY nice cd player for the price, but if your budget permits, the 546BEE is worth every penny extra that you will pay for it (I'd suggest you save up for it if you have to). Finally, Crutchfield gave me EXTREMELY great service to allow me to upgrade from the 516BEE I had already purchased. Crutchfield always gives the very best service I have ever experienced. They have a lifetime customer, I will buy from nobody else!

Pros: Absolutely fantastic sound, great understated looks, super value for the money

Cons: NONE

NAD Quality Sound Exceeds Expectations

Written By wjs, Raleigh NC on Friday, August 15, 2014

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I upgraded my old system with Klipsch Reference Speakers and Subwoofer, then a new Yamaha Net Receiver, but when I played my old CD player it sounded really flat. I got a professional 10 band equalizer that improved things, but it was just a band aid. Time and technology marches on, so it was time to replace the old CD player, I read reviews until I was cross eyed and could not figure out what was the best way to go. I talked with Conrad at Crutchfield and he said digital has to go to analogue somewhere, so pick the best DAC you can afford. NAD C546 seemed to be the price and performance break. I hooked it up with an optical fiber and it sounded much better than my 15 year old CD player, but not as great as the net players. The receiver had a direct sound option, which lets the CD DAC do the converting and the receiver just amplifies to the speaker. So I hooked up the CD player to the analogue inputs and punched the direct sound button and WOW, it was a whole step above anything else. I hear things in music that I have been listening to for 20 years I have not heard before. Classical music really shines, but Dave Brubeck Take Five is amazing, and John Coltrane is incredible. Charlie Byrd floats you away, and when my son comes home from college I can't get him out of the room. The sax in Kingande is as amazing as George Benson's guitar riffs. It was more money that I thought I should have spent, but well worth the price given the amazing performance. Life is good.

Pros: DAC with a direct sound amp

Cons: none, except it is a heavy unit and pricey compared to other models. You get what you pay for, so if you have crappy little old speakers and an antique receiver with dried out capacitors like I did, don't bother. Once you start upgrading however, this is a great investment in good music for the rest of you listening life.

A great machine!

Written By J. I., Moline, IL on Sunday, August 03, 2014

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This is the first above average CD player I've owned in years. I am quite satisfied with its performance, and a month in, I find no real issues. I would recommend this player to anyone, and I doubt there are any better players at this price range. There are cheaper players out there, but if you want to sink a couple of hundred into a machine that will only last about five years, that is your right. The extra cost does make a difference, especially where it comes to quality of design, and the durability of its parts. This is my fifth player, and I hope it will be my last. If it lasts as long as my original player (a Yamaha Natural Sound, circa early 90's, for about ten years, problem free), I will be happy enough.

Pros: Simple to set up, no crazy bells and whistles. Plus, you can play digital music files from a flash drive, even hi def ones, if you turn on the slow filter.

Cons: None that I see.

Definite upgrade over my old CD player

Written By Fred, Baker City OR on Sunday, May 04, 2014

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I decided to upgrade my CD player and choose the NAD C 546BEE CD player. It is noticeably quieter than my Old Sony and seems to have a bit of a higher input into my Yamaha Home Receiver. I am glad I spent the money for it. The front panel looks sleek and clean.

Pros: Remote control is easy to use; the CD player has no background noise

Cons: The NAD is a bit pricey and the instuction manual is on a CD.

Outstanding CD player

Written By Davep100, North, SC on Saturday, March 22, 2014

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Never knew music could sound this good. After listening to music with older technology it was hard to get used to hearing all the details in the music. But after listening to this NAD cd player.... I find that I have a hard time listing to music played with other products. Love the ease of use. And the sound is unmatched.

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

OK but worth the money?

Written By Greg, Indiana on Sunday, March 02, 2014

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This player is simple straight forward, sounds good going through my old NAD amp and Klipsch speakers. The price is a little hefty for the unit but you get what you pay for. Seems to be built really good and solid.

Pros: sound, build quality

Cons: price

Why pay more for a CD player

Written By Steve M., Camino, CA on Friday, February 21, 2014

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I listened to a number of CD players in stereo stores in the price range of $400 to $2,000 and came to the conclusion that there was no audible improvement in sound with the CD players that cost more than the NAD C545BEE player. In fact, the NAD C545BEE sounded better to me, with a more full and natural sound, than a number of CD players costing more than $1,000. And my extended listening sessions only included very good to very high quality speakers and amplifiers. I expect that there are audiophiles reading this review that disagree strongly with what I have just said, but I seriously question if they could hear a difference in blind A/B testing. I could not, and I really tried. Spend more $$$ if you must.

Pros: Big, full, natural sound with buckets of detail. Controls are simple to use. Reasonable price.

Cons: Somewhat boring to look at. Doesn't have the prestige of the expensive audiophile equipment.


Written By Mark, Wisconsin on Monday, February 03, 2014

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Came as an open box model. No issues. Nice CD Player. When CD Drawer opens, it sounds a little cheap for a $500 CD Player. I suppose the money was put into the sound reproduction electronics. Overall, I am happy with the model I purchased.

546 BEE

Written By HARLEY S., SUN PRAIRIE, WI on Sunday, January 19, 2014

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Well it does sound good but only a notch or two above an old 2001 Sony XE270 -- although I've read somewhere suggesting that model might have been the good one so to speak. The selector knob is sensitive - small and easy movement making a track change forward or back-weak detent, too much coffee and I'm going to skip the next two tracks not just one. Mine had a minor mechanical noise -ticking when the CD is playing (not audio) -was open box so ??? Even with these things I'm ok with it, but, don't have anything in the same price range to compare. Seems sturdy -quality built other than the somewhat flimsy knob

NAD does it again

Written By Bob D., Greensburg, PA on Monday, January 13, 2014

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I purchased the NAD C 546BEE CD player to replace an aging Rotel unit that had served me well for nearly 20 years. The NAD brings such realism to even older CDs that I was truly impressed. I usually prefer the sound of vinyl over digital but the NAD has a sound that will rival most analogue set-ups. I also like the addition of the USB input which means I one can load a flash drive with their favorite songs and listen for hours (especially in the shuffle mode). Great product.

Pros: Very good sound that rivals some of the best CD and D/A converter set-ups. USB input on front panel. Digital and analogue outputs.

Cons: None

Completely Satisfied with the NAD C 546BEE

Written By AlanP, Austin TX on Saturday, August 10, 2013

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I bought this player to replace my original Magnavox CDB650 which is still operational. I auditioned no gear prior to this purchase but judged this unit to be the most-likely suitable companion to my decades-old but recently refurbished NAD Monitor Series gear based on NAD's continuing reputation for minimalistic design but superb internal engineering and transparency. The sound produced by the C 546BEE is very much more what I always wanted to hear from my speaker system and particularly from my Dynaudio D-28 tweeters. Virtually all the old harshness is gone, strings do actually sing and the imaging and isolation is much improved. That said, you'll not mistake it for vinyl. What of that is due to the player and what is due to the recording I have no way to know. What I do know is that 96 percent of my music library isn't even available in vinyl and the NAD C 546BEE makes those CDs I have compared as well as those I haven't more listenable. Is there another player at some price point that would be better for you? Undoubtably, but good luck with that!

Pros: Design & appearance, simplicity, superb sound. I particularly like to completely black-out the display similar to my other NAD equipment.

Cons: Absolutely none at this time

The Usual High Quality from NAD

Written By JohnF, New York, NY on Sunday, August 04, 2013

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I've owned NAD products for over twenty years and this CD player is a typical example of NAD's no nonsense design and high quality. I was originally going to purchase the less expensive 516, but decided to treat myself to the higher quality components of this one and its ability to play digital files from a flash drive. I've only had the machine for a couple of weeks, but so far it is all that I expected. The sound is clear and open and it was a cinch to hook up. We've just moved into a new apartment and there are still lots of boxes on the floor. So I can't fully evaluate sound stage, etc yet. But I expect it will be impressive. I still have the first NAD cd player I bought 20 years ago in service at my weekend house and it's still going strong. See me again in 20 years for a further report on this new one.

Pros: Quality, Design

Cons: A Little Expensive Compared To Competition

Sound Amazing

Written By Edson, Bayside, New York on Sunday, May 19, 2013

The NAD C 546BEE may be one of the best cd players, I have ever purchased. "Sound So Nice" I can't explain it, I took a lot of thought into writing this review and explaining my experience. I had a modest Sony CD player any high end CD player would sound better! I think the best way to explain it would be to compare it drinks, my old Sony is a whiskey and the NAD a 12 year old Scotch ! If you love music, this is is the CD player for you, your CD's will sound like a DVD-audio. The only trouble I having so far is picking the cd i want to hear next! Amazing sound it is nice and gentle! You get what you pay for this one, it's an excellent product 5 stars

Pros: Everything

Cons: none

outstanding product

Written By jon, Hurley, NY on Monday, April 29, 2013

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This player replaced a 25-year-old JVC that was starting to have problems. The improvement was startling and pronounced. I am a professional musician whose interest is mainly classical. A recording of Mahler's Second Symphony revealed a tremendous sound field with pinpoint location of instruments. The depth of sound was enormous with huge, accurate bass, "you are there" midrange and smooth highs. My 45-year-old Altec-Lansing 604E speakers (played via a Marantz amp) have never sounded so good (and I have never heard speakers that I prefer). I opted for AudioQuest cables and they seem to sound fine, although I didn't compare them with the cables that came in the box. I would not hesitate to recommend this player to anyone interested in upgrading.

Pros: Smooth, accurate sound coupled with an almost holographic instrument imaging. No detectable distortion even in complex orchestral music. Piano reproduction sounds as if the piano is in the room. Controls mounted on the chassis are very user friendly and quite intuitive.

Cons: The only way to program tracks is via the remote control. A printed manual is not supplied; users must print it themselves from the included CD-ROM.

excellent cd player

Written By spp, nyc on Saturday, March 16, 2013

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excellent player-very clear-reads damaged discs !!!

Cons: none

A brilliant Successor to the 542

Written By MAR, Putnam Valley, NY on Sunday, February 17, 2013

This a fine piece of NAD's next generation of affordable audiophile electronics . I owned thr 542 and thought i very , very good. The c546 is better in every way. the highs, mids and lows are better, much better. And when teamed up with NHT' classic 3's that I recently purchased here at Crutchfield, they cast a large and deep soundfiield. athe difference over the very good 542 is almost astounding. This is an excellent product in all ways .

Pros: all of the segments of the sound spectrum are covered and once gets sense of the depth and power of all types of music. As I mentioned th sound fiel was excellent.

Cons: i see none and thought some professional reviews too harsh and off the mark. It is sophisticated piece of tecnology , but easy to take advantage by one less conversant with some aspects of its features and applications. .

NAD C 546 BEE Is the real deal

Written By SC, Sterling VA on Thursday, January 03, 2013

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At first I was skeptical that a CD player could really make that much of a difference in sound quality. A DAC is a DAC right? WRONG!!! The sound difference between my 11 year old Pioneer CD player and the NAD is crazy. The first CD I played was Zepplin's How the West Was Won, and man I was blown away. The highs are crisp and the bass is warm and smooth. The NAD is definitely the best CD player I've ever owned.

Pros: Outstanding sound. Digital/Optical outputs (I use for recording)

Cons: I have to wait a little longer to by a new outboard for my boat.


Written By DKeary, Jackson, MS on Monday, December 10, 2012

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Perhaps one of the best CD players I've owned - I've owned/used the Adcom 5 disc player and a few sony's. This is a single disc player with a very solid sound and the construction on this and the NAD amp indicates that this is great equipment. There are other aspects I have not used yet, such as running my iPhone/ipod/ipad/macbook pro through it, not sure that's going to be a major need. The main feature that I like is that, to me, this being a single disc adds to the overall excellence of it. That, along with the filters, make this a great product. I listen to a lot of classical, jazz and acoustic music. I also run a ballet school and make recordings for our productions. Hands down the sound is THE best I've had.

Pros: Great sound, construction and options. The filters are really nice.

Cons: None that I have yet discovered...

Superb CD player

Written By Drummer, Maineville, Oh on Sunday, August 12, 2012

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I have owned NAD gear for the last 30 years and have never been disappointed. The C546BEE is another example of their outstanding products. NAD spends their money inside the product and not outside with fancy bells, whistles, or extravagant advertising. The result is clearly products that rival the competition costing twice or more as much. This CD player sounds just great. Perfect highs and lows without any compromise. I couldn't happier. Try it, I'm sure you'll like it !. And with Crutchfield as your vendor, you get lightning fast shipping and a support network second to none. They're much more than just a vendor, they're family !

Pros: Overall superb sound. Like the USB and filters for added refinement. Bass is nice but not boomy, and highs are nicely placed. Easily worth twice the price. Display options are just what you need and cleanly displayed.

Cons: None I can think of..Only I would switch the free included cables to an upgrade as most customers would.


Written By EdgarLB, Orchard Park, NY on Friday, June 29, 2012

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Overall Excellent Quality CD Player Unit. I am able to use both CD's and MP3 thru USB complimenting my NAD Stereo Receiver 7140. Thanks to Crutchfield.They offer quality choices of a fine product line.

Pros: 5 STARS. Easy to use.

Cons: Nothing to complain about.

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What's in the box?

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  • Single-Disc CD player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Wireless remote (CD9)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 3' RCA stereo patch cord
  • Owner's manual CD-ROM
  • Warranty information
  • Safety Instructions

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Disc Compatibility: The NAD 546BEE supports a wide range of program material; including CD, CD-R, CD-RW. Unlike older CD players, it will easily play discs encoded with MP3 & WMA audio files. The NAD C 546BEE also supports CD-Text information such as artist name and track titles. The CDs used must contain CD-Text information for this feature to work.

USB Device Playback: The C 546BEE can play back MP3/WMA files stored on external USB mass storage class device. The following are the C 546BEE's capabilities with respect to USB device playability.

USB version supported 1.1
File Format FAT 16/32
Music File Type MP3, WMA
Maximum bit rate supported VBR, 320 kHz
Maximum number of folders supported 128
Maximum files in one folder 511
Maximum files in device 65,408
Maximum number of sub-directories 8
Maximum number of bytes supported for Folder/File name 64
Maximum number of bytes supported for ID3 Title/Artist/Album 60

Wolfson DAC: The C 546BEE uses carefully selected components, including a high-quality 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution Wolfson digital-to-analog converter chip for excellent low-level linearity and detail retrieving capabilities.

High Quality Construction: NAD isolated the analog and digital audio sections electrically by using separate power regulators to reduce interaction. NAD also carefully laid out the PCB tracks around the digital-to-analog converter to help optimize the audio performance. Metal film resistors and polypropylene capacitors are used in key areas to ensure a highly accurate frequency response. High quality 5532 op-amps are used instead of the much lower grade and type used in lesser players. Apart from the single film type output capacitor, no other capacitors are used in the signal path. The output impedance is very low at 300 ohms, making the C 546BEE less sensitive to cables or the ancillary equipment it is partnered with.

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.


Playback Controls: NAD has included a number of additional playback features to make your listening more enjoyable.

  • "Random" gives the listener a random selection of all tracks on the disc in play.
  • "Repeat" allows repeat playing of either the entire disc or individual tracks.
  • "Skip" (previous/next) lets you access individual tracks quickly.
  • "Scan" (previous/next) lets your reach specific sections of an individual track.
  • "Program" lets you store up to 40 tracks in a preferred order.

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.

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


USB Port: The C 546BEE features a USB (type-A) input that supports external USB mass storage class devices with MP3/WMA audio files (audio rates up to 320 kbps).

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. The coaxial output is buffered and isolated by a 75 ohm matching transformer thus isolating the converter to ensure perfect matching. This reduces jitter that could otherwise distort the digital data stream.

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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