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NAD C 565BEE

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Item #: 745C565BEE
 

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Our take on the NAD C 565BEE

by Loren Barstow
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You can really savor your CD collection with the NAD C 565BEE. It "upsamples" CD data to create a more accurate representation of the original analog waveform, resulting in sound that's truer to how the artist recorded it. The meticulously laid out circuits consist of short signal paths and components carefully chosen for their sonic performance. This includes two state-of-the-art digital-to-analog converters from Wolfson Microelectronics, which offer 24-bit resolution and a 192kHz sampling rate that perfectly complements this player's upsampling capability. Pop in your favorite disc and treat yourself to warm, open sound with crisp highs and decisive bass.

Listen to more than just CDs
The C 565BEE includes a couple features you don't often find on a CD player — a USB port and an optical digital input. The USB port lets you plug in a thumb drive or MP3 portable to take advantage of this player's superior performance with your digital music library. And the optical digital input lets you do the same with a different source like a digital tape deck, MiniDisc player, or video game console.

Intuitive controls
A rotary knob on the front panel makes it easy to control basic functions. Simply turn the knob clockwise to skip forward, and counterclockwise to go back. Push the knob to play, and push it again to pause. The front panel also includes buttons for more advanced functions like random and repeat modes, but still maintains a clean, uncluttered look. CD Text and song information from MP3 files are shown on the front panel's two-line display, along with time, track, and other program data simultaneously.

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Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • displays CD Text and song/artist info for MP3s
  • front-panel rotary knob for skip, play, and pause functions
  • sample rate converter upsamples 44.1kHz and 48kHz recordings to 96kHz or 192kHz (selectable)
  • selectable digital filter options for fine-tuning sound
  • full-function remote
  • display dimmer
  • USB input for playing music from a thumb drive, MP3 player, or hard drive
  • optical digital audio input
  • optical and coaxial digital audio outputs
  • gold-plated stereo RCA outputs
  • IR input and output
  • 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
  • two Wolfson 196kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converters in dual differential configuration for optimum sound quality
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-1/2"H x 14"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 (CD9)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 3' RCA stereo patch cord
  • Owner's manual (English/ French/ Spanish/ Italian/ German/ Dutch/ Swedish/ Russian)
  • Warranty information
  • Safety notes

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Features
Input and Output Notes

Features

Disc Compatibility: The NAD C 565BEE Single Disc CD Player can play CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

CD-TEXT: The NAD C 565BEE 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 565BEE supports MP3 and WMA files that have been recorded onto CD-R or CD-RW discs, or stored on a USB device.

Wolfson DAC: Two 24-bit Wolfson digital to analog converters (DACs) are used for the CD transport, the optical digital input, and the USB port. The DACs are capable of sampling rates up to 192 kHz.

USB Input: The USB port on the front panel allows connection of a flash or disc drive (HDD may require an outboard power supply). MP3 or WMA files saved on the drive are then routed to the C 565BEE's DAC. Up to 128 folders, each with up to 511 files and bit rates up to 320 kbps are supported.

Optical Input: You can utilize the C 565BEE's Wolfson DAC for another digital source using the rear panel optical digital input. The input will accept sampling frequencies up to 192 kHz.

SRC: A Sample Rate Conversion (SRC) circuit is built into the C 565BEE that changes from the 44.1 kHz CD sampling rate to 96 kHz or 192 kHz, enabling a smoother conversion from digital to analog.

Digital Filter: There are five 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 DACs.

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.

RS 232: The RS-232 port allows connection to a compatible PC or external whole-house control system from companies such as AMX or Crestron.

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

nad c 565bee

Written By robert m, Memphis Michigan on Tuesday, May 14, 2013
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Excellent piece! Unexpected system enhancement. Clean and concise response , really tightened up the base. Old songs sound like they're being played on a turntable. Nice job NAD
Pros:
Simple design. Simple is good. Load tray preforms smoothly. Fast load time. Old school turn knob for track selection, that's very cool. Light display is clear and is easy to understand. Sounds fantastic.
Cons:
Can't say a bad thing about this unit. Yet.
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great features

Written By Chatte, Birmingham AL on Sunday, March 17, 2013
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Great CD player. I love the USB feature which allows me to play tracks off flash drives.
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5 out of 5

If you want high quality CD playback, look no further

Written By Tom, Rochester NY on Saturday, August 27, 2011
 
For years I had a Sony jukebox for CDs, basically because I'm lazy and tend to not play thru a full CD, ran via optical thru Denon 3311 receiver, sound was pretty good -- streaming (either DLNA or Airplay) is convenient and works OK for casual listening, especially with Apple Lossless (get metadata, not the case for WMA lossless with some devices, or WAV) -- but I've always wanted a really high quality source, for serious listening and to get the most out of my speakers (DefTech 7004s).

First I tried the Marantz 5004 -- reviews are accurate, it's really good for the price, but a bit too bright for me. Next up was the NAD 545, sound was warmer, but was missing something, not a huge wow factor. Then I tried the 565, and was blown away -- amazing combination of clarity and warmth. Also, I use it as a DAC for the CD Jukebox (for when I'm lazy, see a trend? lol) and the sound is significantly better than having the Denon do the D-A processing -- Wolfson DACs are great. This is a keeper, fantastic product, well worth the couple hundred more than the entry level stuff.
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5 out of 5

The Best CD Player I have Ever Heard !

Written By Marc M, Lakewood NJ on Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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I just wanted to let everyone in here know that have auditioned a few TOP DOLLAR CD players and the NAD 565bee is by a wide margin one of the best ! Very smooth and accurate of almost any CD you can throw into it.

Very quiet transport and zero background noise while CD is playing.

When playing a CD it sounds just about as good as it will get. The internal Wolfson DAC they include is does an amazing job of helping re-create every nuance of the music, without being harsh as other top dollar CD players i have heard. I think the very high (higher is better) signal to noise ratio of 128db really makes this thing sing and with very low THD.

The front USB does not allow an IPOD or IPHONE to be connected. But there is a way around that using a Onkyo ND-S1 with optical into back of the nad unit. This ability makes the price of entry worth every penny and of course it sounds amazing and adds more value to this player.

All knobs feel expensive and the digital blue display has a nice warm feel to it. Remote works well.

I would invest in good RCA cables to run between CD player and Pre or integrated. It makes a big difference. I like the Audioquest best for this.

You will be blown away.
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5 out of 5

Yes, you can hear the difference!

Written By Mike, Texarkana, TX on Monday, May 10, 2010
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I have this player and I have listened to most of my collection of CD's. It sounds so good you can't stop listening. Song after song they sound better than ever before. I am using the analog outputs and running the 96k upsampling. The 5 selectable audio filters didn't affect the sound enough for me to tell any major difference. They all sounded good. The mp3 songs you put on your flash drive also sound great. I have 391 songs on a 2 gig drive and when you select random play you can listen all day. They all sound better than I have ever heard them. You will not be disappointed in the quality of the audio. It is very, very easy to listen to it. It never caused me to want to turn it down. Worth every dollar. I love mine!
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