Summary: I upgraded my old system with Klipsch Reference Speakers and Subwoofer, then a new Yamaha Net Receiver, but when I played my old CD player it sounded really flat. I got a professional 10 band equalizer that improved things, but it was just a band aid.
Pros: DAC with a direct sound amp
Cons: none, except it is a heavy unit and pricey compared to other models. You get what you pay for, so if you have crappy little old speakers and an antique receiver with dried out capacitors like I did, don't bother. Once you start upgrading however, this is a great investment in good music for the r...
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.
Pros: Absolutely fantastic sound, great understated looks, super value for the money
Summary: This is the first above average CD player I've owned in years. I am quite satisfied with its performance, and a month in, I find no real issues. I would recommend this player to anyone, and I doubt there are any better players at this price range.
Pros: Simple to set up, no crazy bells and whistles. Plus, you can play digital music files from a flash drive, even hi def ones, if you turn on the slow filter.
Summary: I decided to upgrade my CD player and choose the NAD C 546BEE CD player. It is noticeably quieter than my Old Sony and seems to have a bit of a higher input into my Yamaha Home Receiver. I am glad I spent the money for it. The front panel looks sleek and clean.
Pros: Remote control is easy to use; the CD player has no background noise
Cons: The NAD is a bit pricey and the instuction manual is on a CD.
Summary: I haven't had a good experience with CD players for my component stereo. Short life, mediocre sound. After the death of a low end Sony 5 disc player, I went on line to Crutchfield, did some research, disappointed the live chat person with my glacial typing, then called to talk with an adviser.
Pros: Simple set up Great sound
Cons: Unit goes to standby automatically, in USB mode when you wake it up it has to reread the drive you connected before it is ready to play. If you have big drive it takes a while.
Summary: Never knew music could sound this good. After listening to music with older technology it was hard to get used to hearing all the details in the music. But after listening to this NAD cd player.... I find that I have a hard time listing to music played with other products. Love the ease of use.
Summary: My old Sony ES players are still working well, but after 20 years I was sure that an upgrade would be a nice surprise. I wasn't disappointed, the NAD C 546BEE delivers a better all around bass, mid range, and treble. The differences are subtle, but noticeable.
Pros: Nice basic player, simple, clean, good specs, and sounds better than my old stuff. Don't need lots of bells and whistles.
Cons: A variable output would be nice, but the remote volume on the preamp seems to work as well.
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.
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: This is an awesome CD player. I listen only to classical music and the difference in the clarity and presence of strings and woodwinds is astounding. Piano CDs sound as if the instrument is sitting in the room with you and the sonic impact of organ and orchestral CDs is visceral.
Pros: Everything is positive. Easy to use, easy to set up, straightforward controls.