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: 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 bought this player to replace my original Magnavox CDB650 which is still operational. I auditioned no gear prior to this purchase but judged this unit to be the most-likely suitable companion to my decades-old but recently refurbished NAD Monitor Series gear based on NAD's continuing reputation for minimalistic design but superb internal engineering and transparency.
Pros: Design & appearance, simplicity, superb sound. I particularly like to completely black-out the display similar to my other NAD equipment.
Summary: I've owned NAD products for over twenty years and this CD player is a typical example of NAD's no nonsense design and high quality. I was originally going to purchase the less expensive 516, but decided to treat myself to the higher quality components of this one and its ability to play digital files from a flash drive. I've only had the machine for a couple of weeks, but so far it is all that I expected. The sound is clear and open and it was a cinch to hook up.
Summary: The NAD C 546BEE may be one of the best cd players, I have ever purchased. "Sound So Nice" I can't explain it, I took a lot of thought into writing this review and explaining my experience. I had a modest Sony CD player any high end CD player would sound better! I think the best way to explain it would be to compare it drinks, my old Sony is a whiskey and the NAD a 12 year old Scotch !
Summary: This player replaced a 25-year-old JVC that was starting to have problems. The improvement was startling and pronounced. I am a professional musician whose interest is mainly classical. A recording of Mahler's Second Symphony revealed a tremendous sound field with pinpoint location of instruments. The depth of sound was enormous with huge, accurate bass, "you are there" midrange and smooth highs.
Pros: Smooth, accurate sound coupled with an almost holographic instrument imaging. No detectable distortion even in complex orchestral music. Piano reproduction sounds as if the piano is in the room. Controls mounted on the chassis are very user friendly and quite intuitive.
Cons: The only way to program tracks is via the remote control. A printed manual is not supplied; users must print it themselves from the included CD-ROM.
Summary: This a fine piece of NAD's next generation of affordable audiophile electronics . I owned thr 542 and thought i very , very good. The c546 is better in every way. the highs, mids and lows are better, much better. And when teamed up with NHT' classic 3's that I recently purchased here at Crutchfield, they cast a large and deep soundfiield. athe difference over the very good 542 is almost astounding. This is an excellent product in all ways .
Pros: all of the segments of the sound spectrum are covered and once gets sense of the depth and power of all types of music. As I mentioned th sound fiel was excellent.
Cons: i see none and thought some professional reviews too harsh and off the mark. It is sophisticated piece of tecnology , but easy to take advantage by one less conversant with some aspects of its features and applications. .
Summary: At first I was skeptical that a CD player could really make that much of a difference in sound quality. A DAC is a DAC right? WRONG!!! The sound difference between my 11 year old Pioneer CD player and the NAD is crazy. The first CD I played was Zepplin's How the West Was Won, and man I was blown away. The highs are crisp and the bass is warm and smooth. The NAD is definitely the best CD player I've ever owned.
Pros: Outstanding sound. Digital/Optical outputs (I use for recording)
Cons: I have to wait a little longer to by a new outboard for my boat.
Summary: Fantastic sounding player. Very detailed, balanced, energetic music is created with a nice open soundstage. This unit sounds better than a few $1000 cd players I listened to. I liked the NAD 516BEE. It had a very balanced and detailed sound, but the 546BEE has stronger fuller base, greater nuance and detail, better sound staging, and more force to the music.
Pros: Absolutely fantastic sound, great understated looks, super value for the money