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NAD C 568

Single-disc CD player

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Treat your music right

NAD's C 568 CD player has all the features you need to enjoy your CDs, CD-Rs, and CD-RWs to the fullest. It even has a front-panel USB port so you can take advantage of its outstanding performance with your digital music library. A toroidal power supply with separate power regulators for analog and digital sections delivers plenty of clean current for smooth, dynamic playback. And a 24-bit high-resolution Wolfson digital-to-analog converter brings out the best in every track. A rotary knob on the front panel makes it easy to control basic playback functions, and you can use the included remote to program up to 20 tracks.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • Wolfson 24-bit/192kHz digital-to-analog converter
  • toroidal power supply with separate power regulators for analog and digital sections
  • vacuum fluorescent display with CD text
  • front-panel rotary knob for play, pause and skip functions
  • front-panel USB input for playing music from a thumb drive, MP3 player, or hard drive
  • optical and coaxial digital audio outputs
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • IR input
  • 12-volt trigger input
  • detachable power cord
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 118 dB
  • dynamic range: 95 dB
  • full-function remote
  • 17-1/8"W x 3-1/2"H x 14"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • CD player
  • 6.5' AC power cord
  • Remote control (CD 9)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 3' RCA stereo cable
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Warranty Information

My amp and speakers never sounded so good. I will not miss the H-K CD player it replaced.

David, Manchester, CT

Reviews

NAD C 568 Reviews

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(22 Reviews)

Wow!

David from Manchester, CT on 12/13/2018

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My amp and speakers never sounded so good. I will not miss the H-K CD player it replaced.

Pros: Sound and stereo imaging are fantastic.

Cons: None so far

Incredible!!!

jay from San Antonio, TX on 11/27/2018

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Bought this to pair with the NAD C 388 Integrated Amplifier heard via Klipsch RF-7II's and Klipsch Synergy F3's. Think I just died and went to music heaven. WHAT A SOUND!!!! No distortion at 50% output and the speakers scream for more!! The combination of cd player, amp and speakers is AWESOME. I have a lot of cd's - which are played for hours on end. This tends to burn out cd player lasers. With the 2 year parts and labor warrantees this unit should last a long time. Thank you Crutchfield.

Pros: Great using either Optical or Analog connections.

Cons: None.

I Never Knew

Roger from Galena, IL on 9/17/2018

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I didn't know what a good CD player sounds like. Now I do.! I've been using low-cost 5-disc changer-style players since the days when CDs were new technology! Yeah, that long. And we all thought those things were great. But now I know. Just buy this CD player. I promise you will never regret it. Clean, clear sound. I have it paired with a 35-year-old Yamaha R-8 receiver and a pair of JBL speakers of the same vintage. What a combination! Excellent ergonomics. Virtually NO set-up time. Front panel controls make perfect sense. I love this thing.

Pros: See my review.

Cons: The remote designer could take a lesson from the company whose name rhymes with "Rose". But if you're buying a CD player for its remote, you're in the wrong department here.

Beautiful CD Unit

Cindy from Centennial, CO on 8/26/2018

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Had an old CD unit to replace - and have been upgrading the system as components are replaced. This CD player is much improved over my old "big box" CD player. It is getting me closer to a beautiful analog sound from my CDs.

Pros: Sound quality approaching analog. Unit is clearly much heavier - higher quality components than my old "big box" unit. Style of unit is a good match to my other components - traditional black.

Cons: Price is reflective of the quality of the unit - much more than a replacement from "big box" store - but worth every penny.

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Crutchfield customer from Tulsa, OK on 8/26/2018

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Everything I expected, and more. I highly recommend!

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Breathtaking

ERIC from Highland Lakes, NJ on 5/17/2018

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I've owned several NAD CD players over the past 20 years including one that played the now defunct HDCD discs (loved it). Few bells and whistles is my kind of hi fi. So this purchase was an experiment, and my expectations were not high, I believed there would be an improvement but maybe not worth hundreds of dollars more than my existing NAD (also purchased through Crutchfield). I had their excellent return policy in mind so I went for it. Well, maybe the saying "The universe rewards courage" applies to hi fi too because I'm here to tell you the C 568 sounds startlingly beautiful and I am so happy I took the leap to this player. Instruments have an engaging presence, the soundstage is open and airy, the bass is deeper warmer and focused. Detailed without being harsh. (My speakers, Kef Ls50, power - old 40 wpc C 516 BEE NAD integrated amp) Breathtaking really. Music is so important, you deserve this player.

Pros: Beautiful sound, Upgradeable power cord

Cons: the remote is goofy plastic affair that is not appropriately equal to the quality of the player - this is not a dealbreaker because you'll buy this for the sound

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jose from Ewa Beach, HI on 5/9/2018

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Excellent sound quality from the unit. I am very pleased on how it compliments my Focal Chorus speakers

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Ben from Lincoln, NE on 4/17/2018

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I bought this player at the very end of 2017 from Crutchfield. I tried like 5 other players trying to find the one. This has been it. Packaging, to build, and music quality are all here on this NAD. First NAD component, always wanted one. Expensive, yes. Worth it if you can. I really don't have many cd's I admit. I gave lots of them away and stream a lot via My Denon receiver bought through.... you guessed it Crutchfield. And Klipsch 2.0 stereo all times via R-f7IIs from .. Crutchfield. The Filter settings are cool on this. The remote is nice. The readout is a cool blue and matches the Dennon. I will listen to music anyway I can at all times via Alexa, car stereo, computer headphone, Vinyl or thin air Sirius XM. But, CD is still more technically accurate I feel. And this player can bring serious sound stage. I am using the cd's RCA out for internal D/A conversion with AudioQuest Golden Gate cable. Speaker wires are Audio Quest as well. I bought it to play all the new Metallica remasters that are coming out now and later. So, it likes old Metal I can attest. Great player all around. Thanks Crutchfield as always!

Pros: It Sounds as cool as it looks.

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Try it, you'll like it!

Steve from Boise, ID on 2/18/2018

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Easy to install, easy to operate, great sound, excellent price, and Crutchfield was as responsive as one could ask for. Payment was a snap, and the player was in my house in no time. I'm impressed. Thanks. SST.

Pros: Quality, sound, and price.

Cons: None

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Jill from Playa Del Rey, CA on 1/23/2018

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Simple and elegant CD player. Matches the other NAD components I purchased.

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AMAZING CLARITY / SEPARATION

Andrew from South Hadley, MA on 11/29/2017

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Somewhat skeptical of the raving reviews I nevertheless took the plunge and replaced my more than 10 year old, entrance level, NAD CD player and plugged it into my equally aged but trusted NAD C740 receiver that feeds my 27 year old monster B&W living room speakers. I was blown away!!! Remarkable, how tender and warm yet crisp, as if every sound had gained dimension and, yes, with nuances and instrumentation I had not noticed before. BRAVO! I like the build and the master control knob. Works with my old remote. The new one appears silly.

Pros: an amazing instrument, solid build

Cons: A bit pricey

Wonderful CD player

Thomas B from Hagerstown, MD on 11/6/2017

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Wonderful CD player

Pros: Wonderful CD player

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NAD-C 568 GREAT ALL ARUOND HI-END SUOND...

AL from New York, NY on 8/18/2017

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EASY TO SET UP NEAT LOOKS SOUNDS HI-END....

Pros: GREAT BUY AT THIS PRICE FOR THIS HI-END UNIT.. I OWN MARANTZ SYSTEM AND AN EMOTIVA SYSTEM.. AND NOW I OWN A NAD SYSTEM THE NAD -C568 THE NAD C 165BEE THE NAD-C275BEE..AND I MUST SAY NAD IS THE BETTER SYSTEM OF THE THREE..THANK YOU NAD..

Cons: NONE..

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Crutchfield customer from Tulare, CA on 6/17/2017

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It's very straight forward and easy to set up. Music sounds great with it hooked up to my Yamaha Receiver.

Pros: Easy set up and sounds great.

Cons: Can only load and play one CD at a time, but you know that when you purchase single players.

Step-up to the C 568!

Brian from Okemos, MI on 6/5/2017

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At this price point I am getting more soundstage and imaging that I could have hoped for! This model was just updated last fall, so you have the latest, greatest version. I found it to be too harsh with my current speakers that had metal tweeters but I was so impressed with this CD player that rather than return those speakers I bought an additional set without metal tweeters and I could not be more satisfied! As speaker manufacturers seek to reach the limits of what a speaker can produce as do CD manufacturers, sometimes you need to accommodate the component you love and for me that was the C 568.

Pros: Model updated less than a year ago - has all the stuff you love about NAD and at this price point I am getting more sound stage and imaging than I could have hoped for!

Cons: Can be too harsh sounding with speakers that have metal tweeters.

Nice sounding unit but had major flaw

Guy from Waukesha, WI on 5/30/2017

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This is a great sounding product and it seems to be solidly build. However, I had a problem with it. After about a month of service, it developing a groaning sound when the drawer was closed and the unit was shut off. That does not sound like normal behavior. I sent the unit back to Crutchfield and they are send me a replacement unit. I love Crutchfield customer service. No questions asked, they just agreed to replace the unit to make sure I was satisfied. I trust this was a sample defect of some sort. Hope the new unit performs without flaw, especially considering it is a fairly expensive unit. I'd give this four stars because of this flaw. Otherwise it's five stars. Crutchfield Customer Service gets five stars. In my view, fixing a problem is often more important than having a flawless product.

Pros: Sound quality and build quality. This unit is solid

Cons: Mechanical flaw in the CD drive

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John from Missouri on 4/24/2017

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I purchased this unit to replace a 12 year old Magnavox DVD player that I used primarily as a CD player. Needless to say the NAD is clearly superior. It is very accurate and musical. Other CD/DVD players I've had always sounded a little sterile to me. The 568 is alive and engaging with very dynamic and detailed imaging. Stan Getz' sax on "The Girl From Ipanema" is so rich and textured, it's as if he is standing in my living room playing. Santana, Tool, Miles Davis, Metallica and on and on. It all sounds great.

Pros: Sound. Build quality.

Cons: None yet.

Fantastic sound, superb quality product.

AHe from San Jose, CA on 4/12/2017

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The NAD C 568 runs with my NAD C 338 digital amplifier and Monitor Audio Radius 90 and Subwoofer 360 speakers. Crystal clear sound, wonderful room filling and dynamic.

Pros: Sound Quality, Quality, Design

Cons: USB not supporting iPod

Smooth and balanced.

Bob from Las Vegas, NV on 3/13/2017

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I replaced a 16 year old NAD C 521 that was starting to have issues. What is really nice is that my 16 year old NAD integrated amp remote will operate the new CD player. The new one does sounds a little better (the old one sounded really good). What's nice about NAD is that a piano sounds like a piano, a horn sounds like a horn and are balanced when they reproduce the vocals. I tried to save a couple hundred and buy another brand that had some better specs. Not all, but the ones that should make a difference. YUK. The music was muddled the vocals blared. I never listened to a single song all the way through. It was that bad. BUT, thanks to Crutchfield's generous return policy, I returned it and bought the NAD. Well worth the extra money.

Pros: Sounds great. MP3s sound good. Old NAD remote operates it.

Cons: Now I need new speakers. :(

Great product, high quality...

Robert from Houston, TX on 3/8/2017

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It is great product!!! I just wander how it will sound with NAD amplifier... ;-)

Pros: Very good noise/music ratio Big sound Fine build and finish Simple to use True Hi-Fi with single CD loader

Cons: Price True Hi-Fi with single CD loader (sometimes I wish it had more than one...)

I finally found what I've Been Looking For!

Steve C. from Alford, FL on 12/17/2016

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This is an amazing sounding player but first what I don't like: the remote control has a blue light that blinks when you depress a button on the remote. I don't need a light dumbing me down that I just depressed a button on the remote. Second the VFD display has no memory to hold the brightness setting; this happens while in standby mode. Crutchfield tech didn't know why nor did NAD Electronics. It is poor engineering oversight that's why! Back to the sound, I currently owned the NAD 516BEE cd player and totally loved the playback but my insatiable quest for that particular sound I have been looking for was still illusive. I was looking at NAD 546 but I knew if I bought that player I would not be satisfied wondering how the 568 would sound. For me 700.00 for a cd player was absolutely crazy then I went for it and the difference in the 516 to the 568 is nothing less than incredible. A Crutchfield advisor told me the detail retrieving capability of this machine is far better than the 516 and he was right! The sound is extremely realistic. It brings the players right into your living room. I work too much so I don't have a lot of time to listen but when I do I can't get enough. While listening to a cd I can't wait to play another to hear what it will sound like. This player pulls instruments out of the cd that you will hear for the first time even though you've heard that cd for years. What I don't like about this player fades into the background due to the accuracy of playba

Pros: Very accurate sound, clean looks, weighs 11 pounds,

Cons: Blinky light on remote is useless and no memory for VFD display to hold brightness setting when player is in standby mode.

Excellent CD Player for the money

john from Raleigh, NC on 11/22/2016

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Best CD player for the money. The CD holder slides out and in precisely, quickly, silently and with authority. The controls are almost intuitive and are conveniently placed and easy to use. I suppose the sound reproduction depends on your speakers and amplifier, wiring or not if WiFi, but with the same receiver and speakers this new CD player actually produces better sound than my prior one ( which had a carousel holding 6 CDs). I finally figured out, after all these years, that I can only play one CD at a time. Maybe it is my imagination, but I sense a more steady, solid sound with this single CD player.

Pros: precisely engineered and designed

Cons: none

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Features

Disc Compatibility: The NAD C 568 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.

USB-A Port: The NAD C 568 is equipped with a front-panel USB-A input that supports external USB mass storage class devices with MP3/WMA audio files (audio rates up to 320 kbps).

Wolfson 24-Bit DAC: The 24-bit high resolution Wolfson WM8741 DAC chip of the C 568 was chosen for its excellent low-level linearity and detail retrieving capabilities

Ultra-High Precision Clock Module: The CD player's  high precision Crystek Clock Module reduces digital jitter to unprecedented levels for amazing, accurate sound

Super High-Speed OPAmps: Studio-quality LM4562 op-amps are used instead of the much lower grade and types used in lesser players.  The output impedance is very low at 150 ohms, making the NAD C 568 less sensitive to cables or other equipment it is partnered with.

High Quality Resistors & Capacitors: Metal film resistors and polypropylene capacitors are also used in key areas to ensure a highly accurate frequency response. Apart from the single-film type output capacitor, no other capacitors are used in the signal path.

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.

Stereo RCA Output: The CD player also features a stereo RCA output for analog connection, utilizing the high quality Wolfson DAC.

Playback & Search Functions: The NAD C 568 single-disc CD player offers a variety of convenient playback & search functions - like Random, Repeat, Program, & Direct, Skip.

  • 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 568'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.

Remote Control: The C 568 comes supplied with an IR remote for wireless operation of the single-disc CD player. The receiver's IR input (3.5mm) is used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component. This unit can be turned on/off by another device through its 12V trigger input (3.5mm).

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Why did you buy this?

The NAD cd player I had in the past was exceptional in every way. That experience plus the positive reviews for the 568BEE (in addition to those for the 546BEE, which shares family traits) led me to what may be my final player. The overall Crutchfield experience makes it the first place to shop for electronics online. [ charles  Nov 30, 2018 ]
I am a suck for wanting the best.... The reviews were great I hope my experience will be the same. [ Alan  Nov 19, 2018 ]
QUALITY [ G  Jul 05, 2018 ]
NAD has been a favorite of mine for 20+ years - trying most high end NAD CD to see if it worth the price. I hope it is [ O  May 14, 2018 ]
I wanted an excellent CD player for my CD collection, and the NAD CD player offered the best specifications. [ JOSE  May 07, 2018 ]
Looking for quality cd player under $1000.00. [ Kevin  May 05, 2018 ]
Reputation of the company and the recommendation of a friend, plus price. [ Stephen  Feb 04, 2018 ]
NAD reputation, anticipated music quality, and ease of use. [ CRAIG W  Jan 29, 2018 ]
Audio quality and manufacturer [ CHARLES  Nov 24, 2017 ]
I've long wanted a really good CD player but didn't want to spend more than $6-700. [ Alex  Aug 06, 2017 ]
wanted to listen to some CDs [ Christoph  Jul 17, 2017 ]
Recommendation from a friend who has one [ Martin  Jun 01, 2017 ]
Have had NAD products in the past and have been satisfied. [ Guy  May 05, 2017 ]
Read the specs listened to the unit at my buddy's...totally blown away [ Robert  Apr 25, 2017 ]
Replacing a 27 year old NAD player. Decided to upgrade to current technology and wanted the NAD C 568 primarily due to DAC processor. [ Charles  Apr 04, 2017 ]
My 16 year old NAD was having issues. I tried a Marantz and hated it. Never even listened to one complete song before I returned it. The C 568 sounds great. [ bob  Mar 30, 2017 ]
Replacing a 30 year old NAD CD player that quit working. [ Lee  Mar 18, 2017 ]
Had digital to analog capacity and reputation of NAD products [ john  Nov 09, 2016 ]
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