Summary: My searches are over. Hooked this spinner to a NAD D3020 and added some Monitor Audio RX1. The result? Spectacular! I've compared it to the cheaper 516BEE which is itself a very detailed and natural sounding cd-player, and chose this one for the better stage and instrument separation and an overall less cluttered presentation. It even plays wma and mp3 files which you can put on a nano usb stick. And for background listening, the internal Wolfson 8740 works magic!
Summary: Really fine product, complete, reliable, powerful. Works perfectly with my C356 BEE amplifier and Cabasse Clipper 312 M2 loudspeakers. The kind of product which you forget, so much it fades behind the pleasure of the listening. Doubtless NAD spirit, made for music.
Summary: Well it does sound good but only a notch or two above an old 2001 Sony XE270 -- although I've read somewhere suggesting that model might have been the good one so to speak. The selector knob is sensitive - small and easy movement making a track change forward or back-weak detent, too much coffee and I'm going to skip the next two tracks not just one. Mine had a minor mechanical noise -ticking when the CD is playing (not audio) -was open box so ???
Summary: Loyal to NAD...love design aesthetic and price point for quality. Run CD players through NAD receiver. This is an upgrade from the 521 BEE which gave up the ghost after about 8 years. Immediately noticed the stronger presence of voice and mid-range, but especially the punch of the bass. For the latter much depends on the recording, as there is heightened sensitivity to the bass mix.
Summary: Bought CD546 after 545 broke down after 4 years. Very impressed with 546's performance. The sound stage is wider,deeper and more 3 dimensional. It gives a greater insight into the musical performance. Brings my music enjoyment to the next level. And it brings out the capabilities of my Dynaudio speakers.
Summary: I listened to a number of CD players in stereo stores in the price range of $400 to $2,000 and came to the conclusion that there was no audible improvement in sound with the CD players that cost more than the NAD C545BEE player. In fact, the NAD C545BEE sounded better to me, with a more full and natural sound, than a number of CD players costing more than $1,000. And my extended listening sessions only included very good to very high quality speakers and amplifiers.
Pros: Big, full, natural sound with buckets of detail. Controls are simple to use. Reasonable price.
Cons: Somewhat boring to look at. Doesn't have the prestige of the expensive audiophile equipment.
Summary: Came as an open box model. No issues. Nice CD Player. When CD Drawer opens, it sounds a little cheap for a $500 CD Player. I suppose the money was put into the sound reproduction electronics. Overall, I am happy with the model I purchased.
Summary: I purchased the NAD C 546BEE CD player to replace an aging Rotel unit that had served me well for nearly 20 years. The NAD brings such realism to even older CDs that I was truly impressed. I usually prefer the sound of vinyl over digital but the NAD has a sound that will rival most analogue set-ups. I also like the addition of the USB input which means I one can load a flash drive with their favorite songs and listen for hours (especially in the shuffle mode).
Pros: Very good sound that rivals some of the best CD and D/A converter set-ups. USB input on front panel. Digital and analogue outputs.
Summary: I have just purchased this CD player to replace a NAD 5425, which is still fully functional though at least 20 years old. The clarity and warmth of the sound is much improved, as I guess you would expect but to my ears at least a lovely sound. I am playing through a NAD 701 tuner amp, very happy so far.
Summary: After listening for years to the NAD 522 cd player it was time for a change (although technically still 100% okay). Used a few months a NAD T577 to listen my cd's on but from today the C546BEE. What a sound, clean, direct, precise. In my ears it sounds perfect, a 5*.