NAD C 538 Compact Disc Player Datasheet

NAD C 538 Compact Disc Player Datasheet
For over 45 years, NAD Electronics has earned a renowned reputation
for creating great sounding products at amazingly affordable prices, and
nowhere is this more evident than in NAD’s CD players. When it comes to
CD players, NAD’s veteran engineers know exactly where to spend just a
little extra money for a better-quality part, in order to extract the absolute
best sound from compact discs. CD players use mechanical, digital, and
analogue technology to produce sound, and all three forms of engineering
greatly affect the end result and require careful design and engineering.
A solid mechanical foundation is paramount in reducing external vibration
and providing precise location of the CD drive mechanism. This allows
smooth operation and a minimum of tracking errors. Heavy gauge steel
and non-resonant plastic moldings are carefully engineered to provide
optimum results. The transport is mounted on reinforced steel rails and
over 30 fasteners are used to lock the assembly together and maintain
precise dimensional integrity.
Precise clocking of the digital data stream allows the Wolfson 24bit DAC to provide accurate linearity for the PCM data conversion to
analogue waveform. Audio OPAmps 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. Powering these elements is a custom designed active power supply
that provides multiple regulated voltages to the transport, digital circuits,
analogue 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.
The NAD C 538 includes many desirable features that enhance listening
experiences. Front panel controls are duplicated on the hand held remote
allowing Play, Pause, Skip, and Scan functions. In addition, many more
features are available from the remote handset, such as Random: Tracks/
files are played at random mode, Program: Enter or exit program mode,
Repeat: Track, file or whole disc is repeated, and 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
• Plays CD/CD-R/CD-RW
• Supports MP3/WMA playback
• Wolfson High Spec 24/192 DAC
• Stereo Analog Output
• Coaxial and Optical Digital Outputs
• IR Remote
• Programmed playback
• Random Playback
• Repeat: Track, File, Folder, All, A-B
• Time Display:
CD - Elapsed/remaining playback time of current track, disc
remaining playback time
MP3/WMA - Song Title, Artist Name, Album Name, elapsed
playback time of current file
available. The C 538 can also play CD-R discs, allowing you
to play customised CD’s burned from your computer. Because
these songs are encoded in MP3 or WMA, you can fit up to 10
hours of music on a single disc which is perfect for party mixes
or ambient listening. There are also both optical and coaxial
digital outputs that allow 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 to get improved 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
Specifications 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
≥90 dB (ref. 1 kHz)
-4.6 ±0.8 dB (ref. 0dB 1 kHz, 5 kHz)
-9.0 ±1.0 dB (ref. 0dB 1 kHz, 16 kHz)
Standby power
Idle power
Gross dimensions (W x H x D)
435 x 70 x 249 mm (Gross)*
17 3/16 x 2 13/16 x 9 13/16 inches
Net Weight
3.0 kg
6.6 lbs
Shipping Weight
4.3 kg
9.5 lbs
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