NAD launches £249 C 538 CD player

While CD players are fewer and further between than ever - with the trajectory of the disc only going one way - NAD is sticking by those who like a hard copy.

Its latest CD player is the NAD C 538, a £249 spinner that sits beneath the company’s C 568 and C546BEE models - it comes armed with both analogue and digital outputs.

Its Wolfson 24bit/192kHz DAC feeds coaxial and optical outputs for connecting the C 538 to, say, a stereo amplifier’s digital input or an external DAC.

In addition to playing CDs, it is also compatible with CD-R/CD-RW discs and supports MP3 and WMA playback. A ‘high-precision’ clock has been used to reduce digital jitter, too.

In the box is an IR remote, and some of the playback controls ­– play, pause, skip and scan, for example – are mirrored on the player’s front panel.

The NAD C 538 is available now.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.