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Item # 745C516BEE

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Our take on the NAD C 516BEE

Don't be fooled by its unassuming looks and modest price tag. NAD designed the C 516BEE with the same principles behind their higher-end CD players — performance, value, and simplicity. It features meticulously laid out circuits consisting of carefully chosen components, plus isolated power supplies for the analog and digital circuit boards. This ensures that the delicate digital circuitry is protected from noise and interference, for a new level of warmth, detail, and musicality from your CD collection.

A wolf in sheep's clothing

Don't be fooled by its unassuming looks and modest price tag. NAD designed the C 516BEE with the same principles behind their higher-end CD players — performance, value, and simplicity. It features meticulously laid out circuits consisting of carefully chosen components, plus isolated power supplies for the analog and digital circuit boards. This ensures that the delicate digital circuitry is protected from noise and interference, for a new level of warmth, detail, and musicality from your CD collection.

Simple versatility

The C 516BEE's front panel looks very clean, and gives you easy access to basic functions without a lot of extra stuff getting in the way. You'll enjoy playback from a variety of discs, ranging from regular CDs to home-burned CD-Rs filled with MP3 and WMA files. And with the included full-function remote control, you'll have command of popular features like repeat play and direct track access without getting off the couch.

Product Highlights:

  • plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
  • carefully chosen internal components ensure accurate, musical sound
  • repeat and program play with direct access from the remote control
  • forward and reverse skip and search functions
  • full-function remote
  • display dimmer
  • optical and coaxial digital outputs
  • stereo RCA outputs
  • frequency response: 20-20,000 (±0.5 dB)
  • signal-to-noise ratio: 118 dB
  • Cirrus Logic 192kHz/24-bit digital-to-analog converter
  • 17-3/16"W x 2-11/16"H x 11-1/4"D
  • warranty: 2 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Single-Disc CD player
  • Wireless remote (CD7)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 5' Stereo RCA cable
  • Owner's Manual on CD-ROM
  • Warranty information

Quick and easy to set up, and easy to use. Great sound quality. This replaced an old NAD CD player which had stopped working. The NAD C 516BEE was less expensive than the old one, and the interface is more intuitive to use.

Anonymous, Los Altos, CA


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Disc Compatibility: The NAD C 516BEE Single Disc CD Player can play CD, CD-R, and CD-RW discs.

CD-TEXT: The NAD C 516BEE 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 516BEE supports MP3 and WMA files that have been recorded onto CD-R or CD-RW discs.

DAC: The Cirrus Logic Sigma/Delta 192 kHz/24-bit DAC (Digital to Analog Converter) chip was chosen for its low noise and excellent linearity.

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 stereo RCA outputs for analog connection, utilizing the high quality DACs.

Display Dimmer: The Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) has three 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.

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Q & A

Customer Q&A

Crutchfield asked  
Why did you buy this?

Hopefully it will last. [ Thien  Feb 20, 2018 ]
I ordered the NAD C 516BEE because I also ordered the NAD C588 turntable. I like my components to match, but NADs reputation for building high-quality reliable components was the deciding factor. [ Danny  Feb 06, 2018 ]
Your customer service rep recommended it. [ James  Feb 04, 2018 ]
I have an NAD receiver that I've had for over 30 years. Need I say more? [ Edward  Jan 23, 2018 ]
The reviews were good and price was right. [ Sheila  Jan 04, 2018 ]
had top rated reviews. [ lafonzo  Dec 29, 2017 ]
NAD makes great equipment [ Jeffrey G. Voma  Dec 26, 2017 ]
Latest model of CD player we have had for past 20 years. Simple, elegant, does the job, lasts long with heavy use [ Tamara  Dec 25, 2017 ]
Ratings. [ M  Dec 17, 2017 ]
Excellent review, good price [ Edward  Dec 12, 2017 ]
Cost, sound quality & components. [ Carter  Dec 12, 2017 ]
What i was looking for.. as a old time rocknroller I enjoy my music... after reading about what to look for in a CD, really appreciated all the helpful tips. Knew this one was right to go with my Pioneer receiver and Bose speakers! [ David  Dec 09, 2017 ]
happy with other NAD products; uniformly positive recent customer reviews. [ lynette  Dec 06, 2017 ]
Know the Brand, fit my budget, liked your review, trust CRUTCHFIELD [ Leon  Nov 22, 2017 ]
reputation/ positive reviews from everywhere/ size & weight [ David  Nov 21, 2017 ]
Good reviews, good price. [ Steven  Nov 16, 2017 ]
I read a wide range of third-party reviews that placed this unit at the top of its price category. [ dennis  Oct 27, 2017 ]
I was looking for a reasonably priced single disc cd player that was regarded with high quality. All of the reviews seemed to be consistent with the info on Crutchfield's site. I was looking for NAD, and Crutchfield had the most information available. [ Gavin  Oct 09, 2017 ]
Great brand and excellent player! [ CLARENCE E  Sep 11, 2017 ]
I'm replacing my NAD player, excellent simple player that provided many many years of good sound. [ Elizabeth  Aug 29, 2017 ]
Highly recommended by a top audio magazine as a well priced music source. Also, NAD's long running reputation for quality components and excellent sound. [ Henry  Aug 23, 2017 ]
Recommended and at a great price [ Trent  Aug 04, 2017 ]
It matches my current system. [ N  Jul 31, 2017 ]
It looked better than the stinker onkyo c 7030 that died on me [ Robert  Jul 26, 2017 ]
I have previous experience with NAD products ever since they hit the market. They have been first rate all along regardless of price. That is from a 40 year audio professional who no longer has space, or back, for the gigantic separate components of my youth. [ Samuel  Jul 25, 2017 ]
Best value and quality in basic system [ B  Jul 13, 2017 ]
I have been very happy with NAD products in the past. The extra cost of the C546BEE didn't seem worth it for me. [ Olaf  Jul 03, 2017 ]
The reviews on qualtiy were excellent [ Kirk A  Jun 29, 2017 ]
Price and past experience with my last NAD player ... got 20 good years out of her. [ Charles  Jun 26, 2017 ]
recommendations from Wolf & Otis [ fabio  Jun 20, 2017 ]
The number of 5 star reviews. [ Joseph  Jun 15, 2017 ]
I've had some NAD components in the past and liked them very much. [ Debra  Jun 10, 2017 ]
Good Reviews. [ Dwayne  Jun 02, 2017 ]
Professional reviews, cost and experience withNAD products [ Timothy  May 28, 2017 ]
Needed a reasonably low end Cd player and am hoping I'm making a good choice. [ Fran  Apr 23, 2017 ]
Stereophile 2016 Recommended class "C" component [ B  Apr 20, 2017 ]
I read reviews and wanted a mid price range unit and I'm very happy with my purchase. [ Joel  Apr 14, 2017 ]
NAD is top notch. I needed a high quality CD player that fit my budget needs and this fit the bill! [ Clifford  Apr 06, 2017 ]
I have the 515eee player and it has been great, it's time to retire it. Great player, many hours, many years [ Ron  Apr 01, 2017 ]
Sweet and Simple...not a lots of bells and whistles...get the value where it counts....solid internal circuit. I didn't need headphone output or iPod/usb inputs. [ Tim E.  Mar 30, 2017 ]
I have a NAD T531 that has worked well for 14 years. Plus the good reviews on your web site and the fact that this player had the specific features I wanted. Also, I have purchased previously from you and the purchase and support went well. [ Frederick  Mar 30, 2017 ]
I know NAD is a good name and I read reviews [ Robert  Mar 10, 2017 ]
Great reviews, great price. What more can one want. [ Ken  Mar 06, 2017 ]
Love NAD [ STEPHEN C  Feb 17, 2017 ]
Great reviews about your company [ Mario  Feb 16, 2017 ]
price need of basic unit [ Gregory  Feb 04, 2017 ]
i have one c516 bee already, and two onkyo c7030 s. The nad works so much better playing mp3s where the c7030 both have a hard time reading them, skipping when they do. your price was the best on the nad since there was no tax. [ JOHN  Jan 24, 2017 ]
because I have other NAD components that will go with it. [ KWASI A.  Jan 16, 2017 ]
This product, while not new to the industry, receives generally excellent reviews at the price point. Simplicity of use is big, too, as it's a single CD player, not a primary control board. [ PAUL B  Jan 13, 2017 ]
I needed a unit that was inexpensive, yet had the ability to produce good sound. I look at one lesser unit and inquired about this one and my Crutchfield advisor helped me make the final decision [ Jeffrey  Jan 11, 2017 ]
good reviews. [ Edwin Ernest  Jan 06, 2017 ]
QUALITY and PRICE [ MICHAEL  Dec 25, 2016 ]
Reviews on it were great. [ H  Dec 19, 2016 ]
just got the nad 316bee amp really like it so ......... [ jack  Dec 14, 2016 ]
My brother wanted this as a gift. [ Susan  Dec 14, 2016 ]
Consumer ratings and quality/value. [ Daniel  Dec 09, 2016 ]
Seemed like the best value for single disk players. [ David  Dec 06, 2016 ]
Showed up in an online search for quality CD players. [ James  Dec 02, 2016 ]
Because it sounds so much better than the garbage built into DVD players. If you hear instruments on CDs you've had for years for the first time when using a new CD player, you know you've made the right choice. [ Doug  Nov 30, 2016 ]
Rave reviews and user feedback. [ edward  Nov 29, 2016 ]
Have multiple products from NAD. Good quality for the price. Old CD died after 10 plus years. [ Gary  Nov 23, 2016 ]
I have always had a great experience with NAD. But after outsourcing to China, I can't expect the same reliability. The reviews by audio mags on the sound of this product were the decisive factor. Plus buying from Crutchfield :) [ Franco  Nov 16, 2016 ]
Like the simplicity and sound of NAD. [ Andreas  Nov 13, 2016 ]
Recommended by Hunter. [ BRYAN  Nov 08, 2016 ]
Great reviews [ Rick  Sep 27, 2016 ]
i own other NAD components and like them [ David  Sep 18, 2016 ]
Have had good results with NAD. It's considered the bottom part of the top end at a good price. NAD / PSB = enjoyment. [ vincent  Jul 26, 2016 ]
This stuff has been around for ever, always high quality, always heard good reviews. Decided to pull the trigger and get a quality component. [ Jim  Jul 03, 2016 ]
Good sound quality for the money [ William  Jun 29, 2016 ]
To replace an earlier model which is no longer working. [ Jennifer  Jun 24, 2016 ]
reviews [ jose  Jun 11, 2016 ]
This has the best review of all single CD players. Home theatre guy gave me the advise to buy NAD. I am going with what he says. Seems right. [ Michael  Jun 01, 2016 ]
product had the most consistent reviews from several sources [ Brian  Jun 01, 2016 ]
I choose this item to replace another NAD cd player I had for over 25 years. [ Frances  Jun 01, 2016 ]
Love this unit!!! The best for the money. [ Frank  May 23, 2016 ]
I have an NAD integrated amp and I love it and saw great reviews on this [ STEPHEN  May 16, 2016 ]
Slowly building new stereo system composed of NAD brand components. [ Perry  Apr 19, 2016 ]
This unit has received very good reviews from a number of publications, and it's priced very reasonably. I have owned NAD audio equipment in the past, and have always had good success with the brand. [ Richard  Mar 29, 2016 ]
Price range was good. No reviews indicating product failure. [ Thomas  Mar 26, 2016 ]
Brand [ Scott  Mar 23, 2016 ]
brand, price and rating [ Tom Hatem  Mar 20, 2016 ]
update old system [ james  Mar 17, 2016 ]
Seems like a good value and bang for your buck. DAC circuitry had a lot of influence on this purchase. [ Gary  Mar 06, 2016 ]
Great reputation and recommended by shopping advisor [ Steve-O  Mar 01, 2016 ]
recommendation by Daniel Daniel's Bio: [ Gary  Feb 16, 2016 ]
NAD has a history of great quality and clean styling along with very fine acoustics. [ J  Jan 24, 2016 ]
Upgrade to my stereo system--highly recommended by Absolute Sound Mag. [ HOWELL  Jan 18, 2016 ]
I like the looks and simplicity. [ Michael  Jan 18, 2016 ]
I have a NAD CD player that worked perfectly well for 23 years! Expect that this new one will perform well, too. [ Darby  Jan 17, 2016 ]
To go with my NAD C730 receiver/amp and Advent 25th Anniversary loudspeakers. [ Michael  Jan 06, 2016 ]
Friend recommended [ Larry  Dec 19, 2015 ]
Needed a basic CD player, but one with a little higher quality. Pairing it with an NAD amp. [ James  Dec 16, 2015 ]
I picked this player based on all the reviews by Crutchfield customers, and several audiophile magazines as well. [ John  Dec 09, 2015 ]
A lot of positive from user reviews. [ KHUONG  Dec 09, 2015 ]
I already own one and need another for another room. It works great! [ RICHARD  Dec 08, 2015 ]
It's got dynamic sound, matches up with my NAD receiver and it's reliable. My first NAD CD player lasted 10 years. It is sleek and has a fully comprehensive remote that controls random access and repeat function. It is also affordable. [ Helen  Dec 05, 2015 ]

10 questions already asked

No there is no volume control. [ Thomas F.  Aug 18, 2017 ]
No, it does not. [ Lon  Aug 06, 2017 ]
No, signal volume is just controlled through your amp or receiver. [ David A.  Aug 05, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. I'm sorry, no. This is a player only, it would have to be connected through another receiver with speakers to obtain sound. If you have further questions I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your questions. [ Kenny  May 22, 2017 ]  Staff
If the CD has gaps they will not be removed by the player. [ JAMES  Nov 21, 2017 ]
I think there is [ Timothy  May 12, 2017 ]
It displays track number and time lapse. Very simple. Don't think it can show time left. [ Helen  Apr 02, 2017 ]
Just track number and time. The time display can be set to show track elapsed time, or track time remaining, or CD total time, or CD time remaining. [ JEFFREY  Apr 01, 2017 ]
there are no track names,just numbers and time. but is great cd player with excellent sound [ RONALD W  Mar 31, 2017 ]
Sorry Rodrite, but only track number and time are displayed. This is a decent sounding CD player for the money, though. [ Brian  Mar 31, 2017 ]
Hi, the back label on my unit says 120V 60Hz, no mention of a wider range. [ Mike  Oct 17, 2016 ]
Back of the unit says 120V / 60Hz, which is the North American standard. As this is a home stereo component, designed for sale in a specific part of the world, I wouldn't normally expect a dual voltage power rating... [ VLADISLAV  Oct 17, 2016 ]
110v only [ JOHN  Oct 17, 2016 ]
Yes it can, what a great product. [ Darren L.  May 19, 2016 ]
Yes. The NAD C 516BEE will play CD-Rs. [ Michael  May 11, 2016 ]
I only burn CD-Rs which it plays with no problems. I can't answer about regular CDs [ Frank  May 10, 2016 ]
Yes. I've converted many lps to cd and they play wonderfully on this machine. [ Joseph  May 10, 2016 ]
Yes, it plays all my CD-Rs Best sounding CD player I have ever heard [ David  May 10, 2016 ]
Yes, it will play most cd-r discs. [ Robert Dale  May 10, 2016 ]
Thanks for your question. It varies with each model. This model is listed as: 17-3/16"W x 2-11/16"H x 11-1/4"D. You'll find this information on the product page under "Product Highlights". Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Apr 08, 2016 ]  Staff
This unit does not have inputs, so you will not be able to use the DAC for other sources. [ Jeff  Jan 25, 2016 ]  Staff
yes [ MIKE  Jan 05, 2014 ]
As far s I know, yes. Press random once then press repeat twice for player to play in random mode and repeat all tracks. [ STEVE  Jan 04, 2014 ]
I bought this as a gift. He really liked it for it's usability, and while I don't know the answer to Bob's question, I thought I'd at least reply and state that this ck player got excellent reviews.We will have to turn to the Crutcfield team for a specific answer. , [ KAREN  Jan 04, 2014 ]
No, it doesn't have this function [ DADI  Jan 03, 2014 ]
Hi Bob , sorry I returned this unite while back and I can't really remember , but I'm gonna go with yes . [ AMR  Jan 03, 2014 ]
yes it can--press the Random button on the remote control. [ JOHN  Jan 03, 2014 ]