The first model in NAD's new 2008-2009 Classic Series of affordable hi-fi components is the £350 C545BEE CD player, available now

It's been a while since we've seen any new products from NAD, but the company is targeting the more affordable end of the hi-fi market with its latest 'Classic Series', starting with the £350 C545BEE CD player.

Created by NAD director of advanced development Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, the C545BEE is the first model to be unveiled in the 2008-2009 'budget reference range'. He claims the Classic Series products will have the features and sound quality of higher-priced, premium brands.

The C545BEE plays CD, CD-R/-RW, MP3 and WMA discs and features Wolfson DACs, Burr-Brown op amps, a toroidal power supply and a 12-volt trigger. It is said to use only 1W of power in standby mode.

We hope to review it in the December issue of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision, out on November 13th.

NAD products are distributed in the UK by Armour Home Electronics.