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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

NAD C 538 Reviews

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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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Why did you buy this?

Well rated and have liked past NAD products. [ Michael  Nov 05, 2018 ]
husband researched best one.... we still use cd's [ virginia  Oct 20, 2018 ]
favourable reviews; low price [ Angela E.  Oct 06, 2018 ]
safety [ Thomas  Oct 06, 2018 ]
NAD quality by personal experience and company reputation. The reviews on Crutchfield. The modest price. [ Herbert M  Oct 05, 2018 ]
Ordered one before. Excellent quality. [ R. J.  Sep 30, 2018 ]
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 ]
Price and performance per reviews. [ SCOTT C  Sep 12, 2018 ]
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 ]
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 ]
I have heard nothing but good things about it. [ StevieG  Aug 04, 2018 ]
I like NAD products and my old Sony CD died [ Homer  Aug 04, 2018 ]
From the review of your site. [ Timothy  Aug 03, 2018 ]
Looking for a second player for another room and the NAD has no negative reviews so far! [ Phillip  Jul 26, 2018 ]
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 ]
Recommendation for Trevor [ Ratnesh  Jul 05, 2018 ]
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 ]
crutchfield review [ Thomas  Apr 17, 2018 ]

2 questions already asked

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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
I do not know [ john  Oct 05, 2018 ]
UPS 3-Day delivery [ Nancy  Aug 10, 2018 ]
Sorry, don't remember but it arrived safe and sound. [ mike  Aug 09, 2018 ]
I believe it was shipped via UPS Ground, Promptly and without damage. Works great too! [ William  Aug 08, 2018 ]
UPS 2nd day air !! [ Silvio  Aug 08, 2018 ]
UPS ground. Arrived safely. [ John  Aug 08, 2018 ]
Mine came UPS. [ Craig  Aug 08, 2018 ]
UPS [ jisung  Aug 08, 2018 ]
Ups very fast n free! [ Noel  Aug 08, 2018 ]
UPS [ JEFFREY  Aug 08, 2018 ]
Ups [ Tim  Aug 08, 2018 ]

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