Posted on 7th June, 2018


The affordable CD player is an endangered species, so it comes as welcome news that NAD Electronics has announced its new C 538, a CD player engineered for musicality, simplicity and value. 

Though downloads and streaming continue to grow in popularity, many people still have a vast collection of CDs. Many manufacturers have stopped making CD players, so it's nice to see a new one at a sensible price from a good brand.

With claimed Best-In-Class Sound, Useful Features and Ease of Operation, the C 538 has been designed as either a music lover’s first CD player or as a quality replacement.

NAD says the C 538 employs many of the same engineering techniques found in audiophile players but at a fraction of the price. The internal Wolfson DAC is a good one and having Coaxial and Digital optical outputs allows the use of external DACs or integration into AV systems. 

With NAD's history, we expect the sound should be good too, but we will wait to pass judgement until a review sample arrives.

Greg Stidsen, NAD’s Director of Technology told StereoNET:

NAD continues to innovate and develop its CD players to get improved performance while keeping prices affordable. So, whether you are creating your first home system, or upgrading your current CD player, music lovers should choose one like the C 538 that delivers high-quality sound.


  • Plays CD, CD-R and CD-RW
  • Supports MP3 and WMA playback
  • Wolfson High Spec 24/192 DAC
  • Stereo Analogue Output
  • Coaxial Digital Output
  • Optical Digital Output
  • Repeat Mode for single track or entire CD
  • Program Play up to 20 tracks • Random Play
  • Functions: Repeat, Track, File Folder, All, A-B
  • Comes supplied with IR Remote
  • <0.5-watt Standby consumption
  • Detachable AC cord

The NAD Electronics C 538 is available now and sells for NZD $599.

For more information visit NAD Electronics.

Article first published as NAD Electronics Caters for the Humble CD on StereoNET AU

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