NAD C 546BEE
Our take on the NAD C 546BEE by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
A classic gets even better
Just when you thought CD sound couldn't get any better, NAD pushes the sonic boundaries again. They took the excitement and toe-tapping performance of their much-loved C 545BEE player and raised the bar even further to create the C 546BEE. This new CD player sports a freshened, more refined look than its predecessor. But even more importantly, its new circuit layout and updated components, including metal film resistors and polypropylene capacitors in key areas, help squeeze even more goodness from your CD library. You'll experience even greater bass extension and slam, while enjoying enhanced image depth and scale. NAD even gave it a front-panel USB port so you can play MP3s from a portable thumb drive through your home audio system with ease.
A versatile performer
You'll enjoy playback from a variety of discs, ranging from regular CDs to home-burned CD-Rs filled with MP3 and WMA files. If your CD library includes albums with CD Text, the C 545BEE can show information such as song titles directly on its front-panel display. The full-function remote gives you command of the basics like "play" and "stop," plus access to repeat, random, and program modes from the comfort of your favorite chair.
- plays CDs, CD-Rs & CD-RWs, and MP3 & WMA CDs
- supports CD Text with compatible discs
- USB input supports external memory and audio rates up to 320kbps
- repeat, random, and program play
- forward and reverse skip and search functions
- display dimmer
- optical and coaxial digital outputs
- stereo RCA outputs
- IR input for remote repeater systems
- 12-volt trigger input
- wireless remote
- detachable power cord
- frequency response: 5 - 20,000 Hz (±0.5 dB)
- signal-to-noise ratio: 118 dB
- dynamic range: 95 dB
- toroidal power supply with separate power regulators for analog and digital sections
- Wolfson Microelectronics 24bit/192KHz digital-to-analog converter
- 17-1/8"W x 3-3/8"H x 13-5/8"D
- warranty: 2 years
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
What's in the Box:
- Single-Disc CD player
- 6.5' AC power cord
- Wireless remote (CD9)
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 3' RCA stereo patch cord
- Owner's manual CD-ROM
- Warranty information
- Safety Instructions
The specifications were excellent and the performance did not disappoint. It is a clean, compact design and intuitive interface. I am very pleased.
Lyle, Atlanta, GA
Features and Specs
|CD Transport Only||No|
Single Disc |
|Direct Track Access||Remote|
|Direct Disc Access||N/A|
|Multiple CD Player Control||---|
|Parts Warranty||2 Years|
|Labor Warranty||2 Years|
|CD Frequency Response||5-20,000 Hz|
|Signal to Noise Ratio||118 dB|
|SACD Frequency Response||Not Compatible|
|SACD Dynamic Range||---|
|Digital Optical Output||1|
|Digital Coaxial Output||1|
Disc Compatibility: The NAD 546BEE supports a wide range of program material; including CD, CD-R, CD-RW. Unlike older CD players, it will easily play discs encoded with MP3 & WMA audio files. The NAD C 546BEE also supports CD-Text information such as artist name and track titles. The CDs used must contain CD-Text information for this feature to work.
USB Device Playback: The C 546BEE can play back MP3/WMA files stored on external USB mass storage class device. The following are the C 546BEE's capabilities with respect to USB device playability.
|USB version supported||1.1|
|File Format||FAT 16/32|
|Music File Type||MP3, WMA|
|Maximum bit rate supported||VBR, 320 kHz|
|Maximum number of folders supported||128|
|Maximum files in one folder||511|
|Maximum files in device||65,408|
|Maximum number of sub-directories||8|
|Maximum number of bytes supported for Folder/File name||64|
|Maximum number of bytes supported for ID3 Title/Artist/Album||60|
Wolfson DAC: The C 546BEE uses carefully selected components, including a high-quality 24-bit/192kHz high-resolution Wolfson digital-to-analog converter chip for excellent low-level linearity and detail retrieving capabilities.
High Quality Construction: NAD isolated the analog and digital audio sections electrically by using separate power regulators to reduce interaction. NAD also carefully laid out the PCB tracks around the digital-to-analog converter to help optimize the audio performance. Metal film resistors and polypropylene capacitors are used in key areas to ensure a highly accurate frequency response. High quality 5532 op-amps are used instead of the much lower grade and type used in lesser players. Apart from the single film type output capacitor, no other capacitors are used in the signal path. The output impedance is very low at 300 ohms, making the C 546BEE less sensitive to cables or the ancillary equipment it is partnered with.
Digital Filter: There are two digital filters to choose from, offering the ability to tune the player by ear. The digital filter is applied only to the analog outputs.
Playback Controls: NAD has included a number of additional playback features to make your listening more enjoyable.
- "Random" gives the listener a random selection of all tracks on the disc in play.
- "Repeat" allows repeat playing of either the entire disc or individual tracks.
- "Skip" (previous/next) lets you access individual tracks quickly.
- "Scan" (previous/next) lets your reach specific sections of an individual track.
- "Program" lets you store up to 40 tracks in a preferred order.
Wireless Remote Control: In addition the unit's from panel controls, the player includes a dedicated full-feature IR wireless remote control for easy operation.
Display Dimmer: The Vacuum Fluorescent Display (VFD) has two brightness settings, or it can be turned off.
USB Port: The C 546BEE features a USB (type-A) input that supports external USB mass storage class devices with MP3/WMA audio files (audio rates up to 320 kbps).
Digital Outputs: Two digital outputs, one optical (Toslink) and one coaxial (RCA), are provided for sending signal to the digital input terminals of a receiver, outboard D/A converter, or CD recorder. The coaxial output is buffered and isolated by a 75 ohm matching transformer thus isolating the converter to ensure perfect matching. This reduces jitter that could otherwise distort the digital data stream.
Analog Output: The CD player also features RCA stereo outputs for analog connection, utilizing the high quality Wolfson DAC.
12 Volt Trigger In: This unit can be turned on/off by another device; the +12 volt trigger input is a 3.5mm mini-jack. When a cable is plugged into this jack the front panel and remote power commands are disabled.
IR In: This 3.5mm mini-jack input is used to control this unit using an optional infrared repeater or the IR output of another component.
AC Power: The CD player has a C7 non-polarized connection for the included power cord. The unit has a power rating of 120V / 60Hz.
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