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I recently purchased a Nad C 521 for our family entertainment room. I received a pretty good deal and had read some good reviews online so thought it would be a very good quality player. The first 2 days went fine, the CD quality was fantastic and we were all very happy with the purchase. However after 3 days the CDS started skipping. Obviously at first we thought maybe it was the CD in question so we tried others and the same thing continued to happen. Including on brand new CDS. We packaged everything back up and returned it to the shop we purchased from. They were helpful and said it must of been a faulty model so gave us a brand new one. The new one seemed 100% fine for about a week.. and then it started doing the same thing again. Once again we returned to the shop and were offered a third unit.. i am not much of a believer in third time lucky so i declined.. we purchased a different unit and are very happy now. I have recently read other reviews and it seems this may be a common problem with the unit.. such a shame because it had a really stylish look too.
I recently picked up the NAD C 521 cd player for an additional tv room and feel it meets my needs pretty well. It is not a high end unit so if you have a high quality entertainment space with nice gear, then I would say this is not the unit to use. However I am quite pleased with the sound quality, the bass is nice and warm, something I always look for and need. I do find the unit to be not so reliable though. Sometimes cd's will begin skipping and then the unit doesn't read them at all. I am never sure if its the unit or the disc, but this doesn't happen on my kenwood, so I tend to believe its the unit. Appearance wise, it is not particularly attractive, but sometimes that doesn't really matter when its stacked against other gear. I would say go into the store and try it out with many different cd's before you commit to it.
This op goes with my NAD C320 amplifier one!! They get used together, so please feel free to read both to get a fuller picture!! A perfect match to the afore-mentioned amplifier in style and colour, the NAD was an almost unconcious, pre-made decision. NADs entry level cd player, now superseded and available on the net for some awesome prices!! The 521i is the replacement, looks exactly the same, slightly dearer, but possibly not worth paying almost twice the amount my excellent 521 is now avaiolable for!! The NAD certainly looks nothing special, a dark grey finish, as is common with a majority of NAD hi-fi equipment. It hides on your shelf, being all conspicuous, with no hint of its presence except for a very discreet light blue display, and the green ' power on light'. But the sound that it gives to it's partnering amplifier, well, it defies belief. As with many sceptical people, I thought 'real hi-fi' components were for the fortunate, relativey well off few. How wrong!!! Take some advice, never, never buy an all in one music system. The sound that eminates from the NAD equipment is sublime!!!! It 'will' have you listening to your whole CD collection, in search of all the musicality you may have been missing!! Praise aside, obviously NAD have upgraded this unit, so even they have found a way of making it's entry level equipment 'better'. The remote is never used, once all set up and play is pressed, the only time I return to the NAD, is to press play again. The unit is solidly built, perfectly finished facia, easy to use controls, solid 'clicking' buttons, noiseless operation, I fail to find any cause for complaint. Music is fed to the amplifier, via Profigold interconnects. Hard to tell if this made a difference to the original ones. But its good to know that the signal, has next to no known impedence on its journey to the amp. fellie.... "Jill Murphy asked me to write about one of my favourite things to help her celebrate her fourth anniversary of cancer-free living and to remind ourselves of all the nice things in the world. It takes more muscles to make a frown than a smile you know. If you'd like to join in, whether you've only just joined dooyoo, or you've been here ages, you're more than welcome. Just write about one of YOUR favourite things, make your title "A Favourite Thing: [your choice]" and include this paragraph at the foot of your opinion. And post before Friday, 9th August."