Taking off from where its revered predecessor began, the C 516BEE is a true reflection of NAD’s reputation for creating outstanding products for an affordable price. With precision close-tolerance audio circuitry to maximize performance, the C 516BEE delivers phenomenal stereo imaging, tight bass, and clean, distortion-free sound. And while the C 516BEE adheres to NAD’s no-compromise audio standards, it is also extremely user-friendly thanks to its well thought out programmable features and functions. As more great albums continue to be produced each year, the C 516BEE will let you hear them in vivid detail and let you get that much closer to the music you love.
Hear the Heart and Soul
While this CD player may be light on the wallet, it certainly isn’t light on sound! The C 516BEE gets the full measure of NAD engineering experience with enhanced audio circuitry to maximize performance, resulting in better stereo imaging, tighter bass, and clean, accurate, distortion-free sound. The painstakingly engineered circuit layout extracts the best possible performance from audiophile-grade component parts for minimal noise and maximum detail retrieval. This focused effort results in a vivid, musically rewarding experience.
From major label CDs to personalized CD-Rs topped up with your favourite MP3 and WMA fi les, this NAD CD player will make your music sound better than you thought possible. The C 516BEE uses the latest and best-sounding decompression algorithms for MP3 playback, while our superb D/A conversion and analogue amplification stages ensure the greatest sound quality for compressed music files.
Beauty on the Inside
We have even paid special attention to analogue and digital audio output stages, because they are not all created equal. The analogue output has been fi e-tuned for even better audio performance. An optical Toslink output and one coaxial output are buffered and isolated to ensure perfect matching and to minimize ‘jitter’.
The C 516BEE is designed with a number of thoughtful features developed for the music lover. Disc loading is smooth, quiet, and fast, so you can sit back and enjoy your music even sooner. You can also program selected tracks on a CD for personalized listening, and the bright and clear VFD display shows complete track and time information, as well as user-programmed functions. Programming tracks for customized playback is easy with the full function remote that includes handy tools such as Repeat, Repeat A-B (for a section of a track), Random, and Dim Display. Everything is at the tips of your fingers without ever having to leave your listening chair.
NAD was never known for style, but the more recent generations of products, like the C-516BEE, are downright handsome. Nothing fancy, but the look and feel are first-rate.
The C-516BEE delivers what I expect from the brand, which is to say it’s musical and accurate. The CD player’s dynamics were livelier, with treble “air” and soundstage spaciousness improved and bass definition firmed up, compared with the computer. So if you have a bunch of CDs it might make sense to invest in a C-516BEE
CNET – April 10, 2013
A wolf in sheep’s clothing
Don’t be fooled by its unassuming looks and modest price tag. NAD designed the C 516BEE with the same principles behind their higher-end CD players — performance, value, and simplicity. It features meticulously laid out circuits consisting of carefully chosen components, plus isolated power supplies for the analog and digital circuit boards. This ensures that the delicate digital circuitry is protected from noise and interference, for a new level of warmth, detail, and musicality from your CD collection.
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