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NAD C 538

Single-disc CD player

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Our take on the NAD C 538

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.

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
  • 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

This CD player has great sound. You can't beat this for the price.

Craig, Cooper City, FL


NAD C 538 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(3 Reviews)

Great value CD player

Craig from Cooper City, FL on 6/9/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This CD player has great sound. You can't beat this for the price.

Pros: Wolfson DAC makes it sound sweet.

Cons: Tray is a little cheap but it functions fine.

Best option for the money

Michael from St Paul, MN on 6/2/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This NAD C 538 replaced my 17 year old Denon player. I have to say it is a dramatic improvement. My old deck would skip at the slightest bump and would have frequent drop-outs in signal. There are none of those issues here. The fidelity is warm and listenable. I am very impressed with the clarity of the low end and the highs are smooth without a hint of harshness. There are no drop-outs and it plays both manufactured CDs and home burned CDRs without any issues. I can hear previously hidden details in all genres of music by a variety of artists from Erykah Badu to Judas Priest. When comparing my options, the NAD has the best specs of all the players in this price range. I also picked the NAD over the Cambridge Audio player at the same price because this one has seamless playback (no silent gap is added between tracks). You can't go wrong with this player at the price.

Pros: Price Build quality Fidelity

Cons: None

Just a great simple CD player

Peter from Humble, TX on 5/11/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Just a great simple CD player. I had the same feeling listening to CD's on this as I did returning to listening to some vinyl. Quality is just awesome. I have not spent too much time with the unit yet, as it is at as it is not at my main house. My wife said she has enjoyed listening to it when she has had the chance.




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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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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 ]
recommended [ john  May 17, 2018 ]
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