C 545BEE CD Player

C 545BEE CD Player
C 545BEE CD Player
The C 545BEE takes the superb performance of our 5-star rated C 515BEE and steps it up to the next level. Every aspect of sonic performance is
enhanced and refined making the C 545BEE the ideal companion to our C 355BEE amplifier or any system in need of a performance upgrade.
The C 545BEE replaces NAD’s venerable C 542. With the worldwide acclaim and numerous awards for outstanding performance and value, it is
fair to ask why NAD would “mess with success”. But NAD has never rested on its laurels; rather development is ongoing at the NAD Lab and new
models are launched when we feel a significant improvement has been achieved. Such is the case with the C 545BEE. Besides the new more refined
cosmetics, the circuit layout and component choices have been extensively updated. The cumulative effect of these changes is dramatic, improving
low frequency slam and extension, while maintaining the pace and timing for which the C 542 was so lavishly praised. Image depth and scale are
further enhanced while retaining the timbral accuracy and lucid harmonic structure of its predecessor.
Features and Circuitry
CD, CD-R and CD-RW Compatible
MP3 and WMA decoding
Selectable Track,
Time and Repeat
NAD CD-8 Full Function
Remote Control
Repeat Mode for Single Track or
Entire CD
Burr Brown 24 bit Digital to
Analogue Converter
Program Play up to 40 Tracks
Random Play
Coaxial Digital Output
External IR Input
Optical Digital Output
12V Trigger Input
Low Output Impedance
<1 watt Standby consumption
Toroid Power supply with
Detachable AC cord
Separate Power Regulators for
Analog and Digital Sections
VFL Display with CD text
Creating one’s own favorite compilation CD-R and CDRW’s on a CD Recorder is becoming ever more popular,
and unlike older CD players, the C545 will easily play
these discs, even those encoded with MP3 and WMA
compression. Nearly 10 hours of music can be recorded
onto one CD-R when using 128kps compression
allowing ‘all day’ background music listening. We have
included a number of additional features to make your
listening more enjoyable: RANDOM gives the listener
a random selection of all tracks on the disc in play, and
REPEAT allows repeat playing of either the entire disc,
or individual tracks. Individual tracks can be quickly
accessed using the SKIP function (Forward and Back),
and the SCAN function (Forward and Back) gives an
aural précis of individual tracks, giving the listener the
opportunity to reach specific sections of the track.
The Vacuum Fluorescent display provides clear and
understated, yet comprehensive
C 545BEE CD Player
information to the listener. The track number is
displayed, and for those who regularly record CDs,
Vacuum Fluorescent display shows the current time
elapsed or remaining for complete CDs or individual
Not all digital outputs are equal. In the case of the
NAD C 545BEE, careful attention has been paid so
that best use can be made of the ever increasing
number of products now available with digital inputs
(CD, MD recorders, computer sound cards, outboard D
to A converters, etc.). Unusually at this price point, the
coaxial output is buffered and isolated by a transformer
from the converter itself and the output impedance has
been carefully tailored to produce a precise 75 Ohms
impedance to ensure perfect matching. This attention
to detail reduces the timing errors (jitter) that could
otherwise distort the digital data stream. An optical
Toslink output is also provided allowing connection to
devices that only provide this option.
The Model C 545BEE comes supplied with the new
NAD CD-8 full function remote control, offering all
of the features described above from the comfort of
your listening chair. On top of that, the remote control
handset gives you direct track access and programming
facilities, as well, saving the user’s time when they’re
storing preferred song titles. Up to 40 tracks can be
programmed. It is possible to delete tracks without
using the program function by simply using the
CLEAR key.
Separate power regulators for the digital and
analog sections isolate the two electrically, reducing
interference effects. Furthermore, careful layout of the
PCB tracks around the Digital-to-Analogue converter
helps to contain RF radiation and interference. The
24 bit high resolution Burr Brown Digital-to-Analogue
converter chip was chosen for its excellent low-level
linearity and detail retrieving capabilities. Metal film
resistors and polypropylene capacitors are used in key
areas to ensure a highly accurate frequency response.
High quality Burr Brown OPA2134 op-amps are used
instead of the much lower grade and type used in
lesser players. Apart from the single film type output
capacitor, no other capacitors are used in the signal
path. The output impedance is very low at 300 ohms,
making the NAD C 545BEE less sensitive to cables or
the ancillary equipment it is partnered with.
We urge you to listen to the NAD C 545BEE with a
wide range of program material and with the best
ancillary equipment to fully appreciate the refinement
of this modest looking – and by High End standards
inexpensive – CD player. You can spend a lot more
money for a CD player, but we think you’ll have a
difficult task finding a more musically complete and
rewarding performance than that offered by the
NAD C 545 BEE. A new benchmark has been set.
Dimensions (W x H x D)
2.2 ± 0.1 V
-22.5 ± 3.5 dBm
650 ± 150 mV
Frequency response
± 0.3 dB (ref. 0 dB 20 Hz-1 kHz)
Total harmonic distortion
<0.01 % (ref. 1 kHz)
Signal/Noise ratio
118 dB (A-weighted, ref. 1 kHz)
Channel balance
± 0.5 dB(ref. 0 dB 1 kHz)
Dynamic range
>95 dB
Channel separation
>90 dB
-3.73 to -5.33 dB (ref.0 dB 5 kHz)
-8.04 to -10.04 dB (ref.0 dB 16 kHz)
± 0.01 dB (at -3 dB)
± 0.02 dB (at -6 dB)
± 0.05 dB (at -20dB)
± 0.15 dB (at -60dB)
435 x 86 x 293 mm
17 1/8” x 3 3/8” x 11 1/2”
± 0.5 dB (ref. 0 dB 1 kHz-20 kHz)
Linearity (ref. 0 dB 1 kHz)
435 x 70 x 285 mm
17 1/8” x 2 3/4” x 11 1/4”
Output level
Net weight
10.80 lbs (4.9 kg)
13.89 lbs (6.3 kg)
* Gross dimensions include volume knob / speaker ternimals / connectors / feet.
Note: Installers should allow a minimum clearance of 2- 4 inches for wire
C 545BEE CD Player
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