Summary: I am not going to try to put you to sleep with this review. My history of CD/Transport includes the Marantz CD 63, the CAL Icon, The Theta Jade and the Emotiva 3, Sony DVP-S7000. All pretty nice in there own way. I found the NAD to be a very nice little player for the money.
Summary: I got this unit to replace a Sony CD player CDP 491 from the eighties that finally died after a couple of mayor repairs. Well, I think I prefered the Sony. I am not a fan of CDs sound, but I think the old sony sounded more relaxed, with better staging and a more pleasant presentation.
Summary: I'm an audiophile novice and so I spent much time on stereo websites and forums trying to narrow down my home CD player choice. I wanted something better than what I could buy locally (Walmart, Target, etc) but under $500.00.
Summary: I purchased this CD player basically as an extra, inexpensive model, and I'm going to figure out where/how to set it up later. I immediately hooked it up to my highish-end system for a head-to-head.
Summary: I've owned the C515BEE for over a year and never had a problem with it. It probably doesn't have as robust a power supply as NAD's more expensive models, but NAD allocated good parts where they mattered most. The sound is outstanding at this price point. Highly recommended.
Summary: This review is for the NAD C-542 single-disc player, a model very close in performance and appearance to the above listing. Excellent sound quality as far as I can tell, though my older - and in a few cases less expensive - players including Denon and yes Sony, had equivalent sound and far better...
I wish I had never bought the NAD C-515BEE CD player
MSom "Dissapointed", Amazon
16 June 2009
Summary: The NAD C-515BEE CD player was a big disappointment from the moment I received it. The first unit I received could not open the CD shelf at all. The second unit I got was slightly better, but the electronics appear to not be working properly.
Summary: I've had the NAD C515BEE long enough to appreciate it. The matching amp I purchased is the C315BEE...currently, I'm using MISSION 771 speakers,(but am awaiting a pair of AXIOM bookshelf speakers...they handle more bass).
Summary: I have a nice sound system in my shop with two big Klipsch speakers mounted on the wall, two smaller ones on a side wall and two 15" subs. I have three amps with an active crossover set at 100 Hz. The point of all this is that the system sounds good enough to hear differences in some equipment.