NAD C520 CD Players

4.24/5 (62 Reviews) MSRP : $299.00


Product Description

Entry level single disc cd player. Coaxial digital output included.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Brad5410 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: December 23, 2009

Bottom Line:   
Here's the thing. The old C520 broke down some years ago and so has been collecting dust in the shed for the last 3 years or so. In between time I used a few DVD players for my HI FI. OK so they are not up there but they are cheap. Fast forward to 2009. Upgraded speakers to some nice PSB Platinum series and then got a NAD 2155 amp to go with my NAD 3155. Bridged to approx 120W per ch. Bought a new NAD C545BEE player. All is good until one day I get the old C520 out and fixed it by blowing out the dust around the laser. Tried the C520 side by side with the highly acclaimed C545BEE. I reckon the C520 sounds better. I guess its all subjective, but hey at the end of the day the old C520 still holds up to the new technology.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2000



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Mingte a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 9, 2009

Bottom Line:   
still in working condition. very nice unti. for the price i have nothing against it
anyway. The only thing that bug me.. i hope this unti work with HDCD

LSeries-LS@MSN.com
Leon cheng.
Life without music will be horrible.....

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by energeezer a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: July 13, 2005

Bottom Line:   
C542
This player is replacing a Panasonic RP 62 DVD player that has been doing double duty.
Supporting Equip
-Paradigm Studio 100 V3 Loudspeakers
-Paradigm Servo 15 Subwoofer
-Rotel RMB 1055 Receiver used as a pre-pro
-Aragon 8008 ST 2 CH Amplifier (200 into 8 ohms, 400 into 2 ohms)
The physical appearance of the player is quite attractive (at least for an NAD). The drawer operates smoothly and with reasonable authority. It has some nice programming features and the remote is decent. My unit has no issues playing CDRs but I have not yet tried any CDRWs. Inside the box is a large Torrodial power supply and a single circuit board which covers the majority of the insides of the unit.
Upon initial installation of this player I have to say I was disappointed. It sounded OK but I was expecting a large upgrade over the cheap DVD player. Initially I got the impression that the RP62 actually sounded a little better. (for the record the RP62 uses a 24/192 audio Dac) After further listening and some A/B comparisons I came to the conclusion that the RP62 is in fact more detailed in the high end of the spectrum but also a little muddy and boomy in the bass. The NAD certainly is less fatiguing and OVERALL an improvement IMO. I can listen to my system at much higher volumes with the NAD than I could with the RP62 due to the laid back nature.
I would describe the sound of the C542 as laid back in the higher freq and male vocals. This makes for a non-fatiguing sound but also gives the impression of less detail. The detail is there but just pushed back some. I think this can be corrected with some interconnect changes but I have not done so yet.
I have tried a couple of HDCD disks and these are a significant improvement but I only have a couple of them so it’s a little hard to reach a solid conclusion with respect to the HDCD performance of the player.
Perhaps I’m a little spoiled, as the last stand-alone CDP player to grace my audio rack was an Arcam FMJ CD23. That player outperformed the C542 in every way but then it should considering it is over 3X the price. The NAD was close to the performance of the FMJ in bass response.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Robert Seletsky a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 9, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This is for the latest version, the C521BEE.

After extensive negative experiences with several Cambridge Audio Azurs, I got rid of them and bought an NAD C521BEE even though I wasn't impressed by the earlier NAD C521i. The BEE NAD revision, after play-in (it takes a while to reveal itself fully), extracts the genuine passion and drive of performances from CDs, creating really gripping musical experiences for the listener, not unlike good live music. It has depth, clarity, sweetness, detail, amazing speed of response, accuracy of vocal and instrumental color and placement: in all, that rare, indefinable "musicality."

Unlike the competitors in this price range--the harsh, uneven, badly designed Cambridge Audio Azurs, the NAD C521BEE is a breath of fresh air. Moreover, it is built like a tank and the remote is fast, ergonomic, and instinctive. The NAD C521BEE just sounds and behaves *right.* After so many revisions of this design, it seems that NAD has found a sweet spot. One hopes they will now leave it alone. It's even hard to imagine that the more expensive NAD C542i is a lot better.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $239.00

Purchased At:   Audio Studio



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by DiZZ a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: February 10, 2004

Bottom Line:   
This review is for a NAD C521BEE. Now in its 4th revision, the entry level player has seen some improvements to its transport and DAC to bring you an even better sounding unit.

To be fair, this is not the be-all-end-all in High Fidelity music. However, it is one of the most competent players in its price range.

It may not sound this way when you listen to it out of the box, but once it is given a chance to break in (like all proper Hi-Fi equipment), its sonic ability really excells. Expect to wait about 2 weeks before the player will perform to its best.

The player produces a well detailed sound, with an open sound stage. It does its best to give every instrament a place of its own. Like all NAD's products, it tries not to colour music.
A word about the bass, NAD have chosen detail over depth. While it goes low enough for most situations, it is NOT boom box material. Because of this, bass heavy songs may lack some of the impact they have on other players.

Something that is worthy of a mention is the way the scanning on this player works. It instantly fast forwards or rewinds the moment you tell it to.

In terms of features, NAD have included all that is needed. Theres only line level and coax digital outputs (optical would have been nice). A remote is included, with the ability to program the play order.

The transport supports CD-R and CD-RW discs. I havent had any skipping problems that some people had with their C521i's

Downsides?

In all, a good CD player for a budget system.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Casual Listener

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $380.00




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