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NAD C 538

Single-disc CD player

Item # 745C538

I've always admired the solid, no-nonsense feel I get from NAD components.

I've always admired the solid, no-nonsense feel I get from NAD components.

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Item # 745C538

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About the NAD C 538

No-nonsense musical fidelity

I've always admired the solid, no-nonsense feel I get from NAD components. For instance, the NAD C 538 CD player offers a clean, easy-to-operate front panel with raised buttons, and a vacuum fluorescent display that provides important title, track, and time information.

No-nonsense musical fidelity

I've always admired the solid, no-nonsense feel I get from NAD components. For instance, the NAD C 538 CD player offers a clean, easy-to-operate front panel with raised buttons, and a vacuum fluorescent display that provides important title, track, and time information.

Inside the vibration-resistant chassis, there's a custom-designed power supply, and a 24-bit/192kHz Wolfson digital-to-analog converter that ensures precise, accurate playback of your favorite discs.

A versatile performer

The C 538 is compatible with a variety of discs, ranging from regular CDs to home-burned CD-Rs filled with MP3 and WMA files. The included 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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Product highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs, CD-RWs, and discs with MP3s and WMA files
  • vacuum fluorescent display (VFD) shows settings and disc playback information
  • repeat, random, and program play
  • forward and reverse skip and search functions
  • display dimmer
  • wireless remote
  • detachable power cord
  • regulated active power supply
  • Wolfson 24-bit/192KHz digital-to-analog converter
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 Hz (±0.5 dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 110 dB
Connections:
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • stereo RCA outputs
Dimensions and Warranty:

What's in the box:

  • Single-disc CD player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CD 8)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 5' RCA stereo cable
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Warranty Information

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Features

Disc Compatibility: The NAD C 538 single-disc CD player can play both CD-Audio and finalized CD-R/RW discs, as well as decodes MP3/WMA music files copied onto a CD-R or CD-RW disc.

Wolfson 24-Bit DAC: The 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution Wolfson DAC of the C 538 was chosen for its excellent low-level linearity and detail retrieving capabilities

Stereo RCA Output: The CD player also features a stereo RCA output for analog connection, utilizing the high quality Wolfson 24-bit/192kHz DAC.

Coaxial & Optical Digital Outputs: The coaxial output is buffered and isolated by a transformer from the converter itself, and the output impedance has been carefully tailored to produce a precise 75-ohms impedance to ensure perfect matching. This attention to detail reduces the timing errors (jitter) that could otherwise distort the digital data stream. An optical Toslink output is also provided allowing connection to devices that only provide this option.

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

Playback & Search Functions: The NAD C 538 single-disc CD player offers a variety of convenient playback & search functions - like Random, Repeat, Program, Direct, Skip, and Scan.

  • Random: Random playback gives the listener a random selection of all tracks on the disc.
  • Repeat: The Repeat feature allows repeat playing of either the entire disc or individual tracks.
  • Program: Up to 20 tracks can be programmed with the ability to delete tracks.
  • Direct: The remote's keypad can be used for direct track access, so you can immediately go to a music track.
  • Skip: Individual tracks can also be quickly accessed using the Skip function (Forward and Back).
  • Scan: The Scan function (Forward and Back) gives listeners the opportunity to reach specific sections of the track. 

VFL Display w/ CD-Text: The C 538's Vacuum Fluorescent (VFL) display provides clear and comprehensive information to the listener. The track number is displayed, along with current time elapsed or remaining time for complete CDs or individual tracks. The CD player will also display CD-Text for song/artist information.

AC Power: The CD player has a C7 non-polarized connection for the included power cord. The unit has a power rating of 120-240V; 50/60Hz (15W).

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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Good reviews, have been happy with other NAD products [ kevin  Oct 07, 2019 ]
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good brand and we had one before... [ John  Jul 17, 2019 ]
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Reviews. [ Jon  Jul 16, 2019 ]
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Brand reputation and customer reviews [ C  Jun 06, 2019 ]
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Name brand [ M  May 22, 2019 ]
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review from THE "AUDIOPHILIAC"!! PLUS I HAVE A FEW CD'S AND THE ONLY WAY I CAN PLAY THEM AT THIS POINT IS IN MY TRUCK. [ ROBERT  May 18, 2019 ]
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One of your top sellers and came highly recommended by an audio expert. [ Arthur  May 14, 2019 ]
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Excellent personal experience with NAD and positive reviews of this model. [ Herbert M  May 11, 2019 ]
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Marshall recommended it as having the best decoder [ C  Mar 23, 2019 ]
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Good price. [ Anthony  Mar 11, 2019 ]
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Reviews and aesthetics! [ Michael  Mar 10, 2019 ]
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Have NAD products now that are GREAT and wanted to bring music into the kitchen. This seems to be a perfect fit for our needs. [ Russell  Mar 03, 2019 ]
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reviews [ DAVID  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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Reading reviews, articles on audio websites, speaking with Cosmo in your tech support. It seems to be a nice unit at a good price. I hope it lives up to all I have read. [ Kurt  Feb 05, 2019 ]
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spoke with Crutchfield's and this was recommended over the Yamaha S300 [ Gilda  Feb 02, 2019 ]
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I love NAD products. [ David  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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Great reviews [ Mr  Jan 27, 2019 ]
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Already own one. Solid, if not spectacular, unit. Simple. Does its job. [ JESSE  Jan 26, 2019 ]
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Thanks for the chat. Athena was a good help. NAD had a good reputation, and I have been a Crutchfield customer for decades. [ William  Jan 26, 2019 ]
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I trust NAD and this was a highly reviewed unit at a decent price. [ Alan  Jan 20, 2019 ]
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Single purpose machine. I am hoping that means that they put the money that they saved on garbage like an Apple interface into the audio quality. I've seen some positive reviews of this also. I'm looking forward to getting it and hearing it. [ Peter  Jan 19, 2019 ]
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reviews, price, company reputation [ Alexander  Jan 16, 2019 ]
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My 18 yr old cd changer was ready for replacement. I was very familiar with NAD equipment. This unit filled the bill for what I was looking for and the reviews of it sealed the deal for me. Also Crutchfield being a well known provider of a variety of stereo equipment made this an easy decision. [ Hugh  Jan 15, 2019 ]
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The reviews were positive and the price was appropriate [ Armando  Jan 13, 2019 ]
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Great reviews and decent price. Looking to upgrade my components one at a time over time. This seemed to be a good start. [ Sean  Jan 01, 2019 ]
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I have always wanted to try the NAD product. [ Stephen K.  Dec 23, 2018 ]
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NAD quality and crutchfield's reputation! [ EDWARD  Dec 21, 2018 ]
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I've had nad cd player and amp for decades. Cd player finally wore out. Great brand. [ Clark  Dec 13, 2018 ]
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Quality [ Robert  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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after reading reviews I decided to go with this product [ Tim  Nov 30, 2018 ]
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After doing some serious buying/testing/returning of a various CD players over the last month, played with the same reference CD over the same system, it is easily noticeable that CD players absolutely do sound different. Some I've bought sound too muddy. Some are too sterile and thin. This one claims to be clear but not over-crispy on the highs. That's what I'm looking for. Natural, yet still open and clear. [ Stephen  Nov 29, 2018 ]
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I wanted a CD player for a compact location where I already have several good quality smaller components including a TV, DVD player, Video Tape player, AM/FM radio, Bose Ipod player with stereo speakers. I have accumulated a significant CD library many of which are on my Ipod. But I still like to select and play individual CD's which this CD player will do. [ David  Nov 28, 2018 ]
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5 star rating main reason, will have to see how that works out! [ Bret  Nov 19, 2018 ]
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Love NAD products and sound [ Henrik  Nov 19, 2018 ]
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NAD equipment user since 1989 [ Zijo  Nov 16, 2018 ]
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Well rated and have liked past NAD products. [ Michael  Nov 05, 2018 ]
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husband researched best one.... we still use cd's [ virginia  Oct 20, 2018 ]
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favourable reviews; low price [ Angela E.  Oct 06, 2018 ]
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safety [ Thomas  Oct 06, 2018 ]
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NAD quality by personal experience and company reputation. The reviews on Crutchfield. The modest price. [ Herbert M  Oct 05, 2018 ]
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Ordered one before. Excellent quality. [ R. J.  Sep 30, 2018 ]
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Good reviews at good price. Replacing NAD 512 CD player in an all NAD system with Rogers original LS3/5A speakers. [ Michael  Sep 28, 2018 ]
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Price and performance per reviews. [ SCOTT C  Sep 12, 2018 ]
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I wanted an affordable CD player with an optical output. The six year warranty was the deciding factor for my final choice.. [ Wyatt  Sep 01, 2018 ]
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I needed a entry-level audiophile CD player for a new apartment at a good price and I've always loved the simple design and high value of NAD equipment. [ Mitch  Aug 20, 2018 ]
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I have heard nothing but good things about it. [ StevieG  Aug 04, 2018 ]
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I like NAD products and my old Sony CD died [ Homer  Aug 04, 2018 ]
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From the review of your site. [ Timothy  Aug 03, 2018 ]
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Looking for a second player for another room and the NAD has no negative reviews so far! [ Phillip  Jul 26, 2018 ]
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Designed in Canada, assembled in China, 2 year warranty parts and labor. I am previous owner of many NAD components and they are generally reliable and understated. Although I listen mostly to MP3 these days, I still need a dedicated CD player for the big Tannoys and my last player (assembled in Malaysia) started skipping after only 3 months. [ kermit  Jul 14, 2018 ]
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Recommendation for Trevor [ Ratnesh  Jul 05, 2018 ]
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I chose this product based on it's price, feature set, and my complete satisfaction with prior NAD products I've purchased. I chose Crutchfield for their unparalleled quality of service. [ Alan  Jun 06, 2018 ]
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recommended [ john  May 17, 2018 ]
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crutchfield review [ Thomas  Apr 17, 2018 ]
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7 questions already asked

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Does this CD player hook to a wireless sound system?
[ Carolyn  Jun 09, 2019 ]
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It does not have built in Wi Fi if that answers your question
[ Larry  Jun 09, 2019 ]
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I have not attempted to hook up to a wireless sound system, so, I'm not prepared to answer your question. SORRY!
[ Charles  Jun 09, 2019 ]
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What color is NAD C 538?
[ Rajkumar  May 29, 2019 ]
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Greyish Black All NAD components I own have the same color
[ R Stephen  May 30, 2019 ]
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Dark gray. Very typical of all NAD products.
[ David  May 29, 2019 ]
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does this player support gapless playback?
[ Don  Feb 18, 2019 ]
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Sorry, but I have no idea what gapless playback means.
[ ALLEN  Feb 21, 2019 ]
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I don't know because I don't use it for that.
[ Cheryl  Feb 21, 2019 ]
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I'm confused: I thought a CD (or CD-R or CD-RW) disc (which are the formats supported by this player) could only hold 44,100/16 bit data. (If that's true - and apologies if I'm wrong - I'm new to this) how does having a 24/96 DAC help? Or, put differently, will (and how) does this player play hi-res files? And, if it doesn't what advantage does the 24/192 DAC provided on playing standard 16/44 audio CDs?
[ Damion  Feb 17, 2019 ]
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You are right, the 24/192 DAC does not make CD higher resolution, and it is still process CD format at 16/44. Some DAC upscale the resolution to the highest resolution possible but I'm not sure if this is the case. The reason why this player has 24/192 is because it can play mp3, which technically can go up to such resolution. But regardless, it is not about the resolution of the DAC, but rather the quality of the digital to analog conversion. From my experience, this CD player does a fine job of that thanks to the advancement in the digital processing technology as of late. You can pay higher for more features, but you'll have to pay significantly more for improved sound quality.
[ Tammy  Feb 19, 2019 ]
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Why do CD players need to be "burned in?"
[ Keith  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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I don't know what that means.
[ John  Dec 22, 2018 ]
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There is nothing special that you need to do. Typically a burn in period is described in hours, after which many people find a change in the sound quality. Some people may put some music on and leave on repeat to hasten the burn in. It is a very subjective thing.
[ Peter  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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Sorry. I never heard of burning in a CD player.
[ john  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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I don't know I bought this on recommendation of great quality and sound.It has not disappointed.
[ DONALD D  Dec 07, 2018 ]
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what does burned in mean?
[ PETER  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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A drift in response time is an undesirable drawback in high end audio gear, easiest way is to use a cd with a wide dynamic range and put it on repeat, let it run day and night at low volume for 2-5 days
[ ROGER  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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Greetings Keith: This is a lower priced machine. The electronics are all surface mount and the only mechanical part is the transport. I play a wide variety of music from classical to black metal including many CD'Rs. It has seemed to improve on playback as it has been used, slightly. I would say that use effects the transport the most as the parts wear in. This is my personal opinion. Speakers in a system are a different matter and do require break in. Hope this helps Larry
[ Larry  Dec 06, 2018 ]
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Will this CD player be able to shuffle or randomly play all files for a CD-R MP3 disc with files arranged in folders by artist and album and if so, how is this done?
[ Adam  Oct 05, 2018 ]
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It will play CD-Rs fine and according to the instruction sheet it will play random, track,, files. I haven't used the random play or other features but it sounds like it will do what you want. It's a great sounding player, and works great.
[ Larry  Oct 05, 2018 ]
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My best answer is that the writer needs to ask this question of the manufacturer. I am not the person to ask, given I have little knowledge of the request. The tray has one slot; beyond that, I see no way for the player to accept multiple discs.
[ C  Oct 05, 2018 ]
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Adam Good Friday Morning: I am afraid you are asking me about an option I am not presently using. Sorry! I can tell you that this NAD CD Player is OUTSTANDING! it has exceeded my expectations as far as sound and performance.... I hope this helps.
[ Thomas J Mc  Oct 05, 2018 ]
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I do not know
[ john  Oct 05, 2018 ]
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Which carrier did Crutchfield use to ship it?
[ StevieG  Aug 02, 2018 ]
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UPS 3-Day delivery
[ Nancy  Aug 10, 2018 ]
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Sorry, don't remember but it arrived safe and sound.
[ mike  Aug 09, 2018 ]
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I believe it was shipped via UPS Ground, Promptly and without damage. Works great too!
[ William  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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UPS 2nd day air !!
[ Silvio  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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UPS ground. Arrived safely.
[ John  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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Mine came UPS.
[ Craig  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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UPS
[ jisung  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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Ups very fast n free!
[ Noel  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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UPS
[ JEFFREY  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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Ups
[ Tim  Aug 08, 2018 ]
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