Well it's the winner of the What Hi-Fi? CD Players Best Buy, 2000. I think that says it all really. A player with a sweet, involving sound, clear display and layout, with a design which speaks for itself. This is a typical NAD player when it comes to styling, it has in the past been critisied for its looks but beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder and in my personal opinion this is beuatiful piece of equipment. It claims to reduce distortion and interference while improvingthe linear phase response which effectively results in a clear and unmuffled sound thats sweet on the ear. Your not going to get any skipping and the loading mechanism is beautifully smooth. The main improvement on the last model is the coaxial digital outout, for pure digital recording a must for all new systems. The display is clearer and the lozenager shape tries to lay to rest some of those style critics. I've had opportunity to test the player with the NAD C320 Intergrated Amplifier and its a combination to die for. It manages to pick out individual voices while maintaining a grasp of rhythm and timing. It still classes itself as a budget CD player but for your budget user they're getting more than budget equipment. What can I suggest to improve it? Well CD text would be a handy extra but I really can't think of anything else this is a truly great CD Player.
Now, for those of you who are looking for a good Hi-Fi system from separates but don't want to end up spending a fortune; this is your CD Player. Costing £175 the enigmatically styled NAD C520 reproduces music beautifully when coupled with any speakers and amplifier of this or even slightly lower standard. Here is a CD player that will really pay justice to your music collection but wont ruin it by picking up every little imperfection in the recording as do some CD players of this price range. The versatile NAD sings sweetly with any genre of music; pumping out your favourite dance and drum and bass keeping it crisp and keeping the dynamics just right, whilst it will pick out each instrument in a full symphony orchestra and never overdo it. Very functional with a remote and compact display and controls. Clear and precise Delta/Sigma Digital to Analogue conversion with a coaxial output. Though there is no headphone socket (not really a drawback!) and no programming option. If you have a casual £500 burning a hole in your pocket, this CD Player will be best suited with the superb Rotel RA-931MKII (£180) and the pounding KEF Cresta II speakers (150) which will guarantee an amzing listen for anyone that'll last for many many years. An excellent all rounder. Harry