April 01, 2009 by Arlen Schweiger
Remember CDs? No, they haven’t gone the way of the 8-track quite yet, and even with all the digital downloads out there and small push from vinyl, CD’s sonics and clarity still rule for many audiophiles.
NAD Electronics has a new CD player perfect for them, or anyone who values the CD format. The company’s C 565BEE CD player is the flagship in NAD’s Classic Series components, with build quality, aesthetics and playback sure to delight two-channel music fans.
Among the treasure trove of features are sample rate conversion up to 192 kHz and Wolfson DACs in a dual differential configuration to really bump up that standard 44.1 kHz redbook CD frequency.
Clean, multiple regulated power supplies, Burr-Brown OP amps and short signal paths in the circuitry layout also enhance playback for the keen-eared, and in standby mode the unit draws less than 1 watt of power.
If you want to play more than just your CDs, you can pop in a CD-R full of MP3 and WMA compressed music files, or connect through the USB port on the front panel to play files on a USB storage device.
There’s even a rotary knob on the front panel so you can more quickly scroll through all of that music. Metadata from MP3 files and CD text is displayed as well, and there’s also the requisite remote control.
The C 565BEE is out now, with an MSRP of $799.
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