NAD C 538


  • Output level: Analog: 2.2 ± 0.1 V
  • Frequency response: ±0.5 dB (ref. 0 dB 20 Hz-20 kHz)
  • Total harmonic distortion: ≤0.01% (ref. 1 kHz, Audio LPF)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: ≥110 dB (ref. 1 kHz, A-weighted)
  • Channel balance: ±0.5 dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz)
  • Channel separation: -4.6 ±0.8 dB (ref. 0dB 1 kHz, 5 kHz)-9.0 ±1.0 dB (ref. 0dB 1 kHz, 16 kHz)
  • Standby power: <0.5W
  • Idle power: <7.5W
  • Gross dimensions (W x H x D): 435 x 70 x 249 mm/ 17 3/16 x 2 13/16 x 9 13/16 inches
  • Net Weight: 0 kg/ 6.6 lbs
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NAD C 538.  NAD has an enviable reputation for creating great sounding products at very affordable prices. Nowhere is this more evident than in NAD’s CD Players. NAD’s veteran engineers know exactly where to spend just a little extra money for a better quality part.  As a result, this extracts the very best sound from the Compact Disc.  CD Players use mechanical, digital, and analog technology to produce sound.  All three forms of engineering greatly affect the end result and require careful design and engineering.

Solid Foundation

A solid mechanical foundation is paramount in reducing external vibration and providing precise location of the CD drive mechanism. Consequently, this allows smooth operation and a minimum of tracking errors.  Carefully engineering of heavy gauge steel and non-resonant plastic moldings provide optimum results.  The NAD C 538 mounts the transport on reinforced steel rails.  The assembly is locked together by over 30 fasteners that maintain precise dimensional integrity.

Precision Components

Precise clocking of the digital data stream allows the Wolfson 24-bit DAC to provide accurate linearity for the PCM data conversion to analog waveform. Audio OP Amps buffer the output without adding noise or distortion to the music. Multi-layer PCBs using surface mount components allow for an enhanced circuit layout with very short signal paths.  A custom designed active power supply powers these elements.  It provides multiple regulated voltages to the transport, digital circuits, analog circuits, and the control and display circuits. The result of this careful engineering is a sound that is at once both detailed and natural, with dramatic dynamic contrasts.

Features For Ease Of Use

The NAD C 538 includes many desirable features that enhance listening pleasure. The handheld remote duplicates the Front panel controls allowing Play, Pause, Skip, and Scan functions.  Such as RANDOM: Tracks/files are played at random mode, PROGRAM: Enter or exit program mode, REPEAT: Track, file, folder, or whole disc is repeated, RPT A-B: Playback sequence is repeated. The dimmable dot matrix display shows tracks, total playing time. Track time, disc time, and remaining time are all available. The C 538 also can play CD-R/CD-RW discs allowing you to burn songs from your computer for playback on your CD Playing system.

Digital Outputs

Up to 10 hours of music can fiton a single disc because these songs are encoded in MP3 or WMA format.   Which is great for party mixes and ambient listening.  The NAD C 538 has both optical and coaxial digital outputs.  That allows connection to an external DAC or digital component (like an AVR) to provide the most efficient and best sounding system setups.

Although music downloads and streaming continue to grow in popularity, CDs are still the primary listening source for millions of people around the world. NAD continues to innovate and improve its CD Players.   This improves performance while keeping prices low. Whether you are creating your first home system, or upgrading your current CD Player, you should consider NAD’s 45 year record of excellence, and its commitment to music lovers everywhere, when selecting a new player.


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