C 516BEE

CD Player

Taking off from where its revered predecessor began, the C 516BEE is a true reflection of NAD’s reputation for creating outstanding products for an affordable price. With precision close-tolerance audio circuitry to maximize performance, the C 516BEE delivers phenomenal stereo imaging, tight bass, and clean, distortion-free sound. And while the C 516BEE adheres to NAD’s no-compromise audio standards, it is also extremely user-friendly thanks to its well thought out programmable features and functions. As more great albums continue to be produced each year, the C 516BEE will let you hear them in vivid detail and let you get that much closer to the music you love.

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Audiophile Performance and Engineering

The C 516BEE CD Player represents an unbeatable combination of audiophile performance and cost conscious engineering, making it the ideal companion to our popular C 316BEE Integrated Amplifier. Improving on our five-star rated C 515BEE design was no small task, but the C 516BEE exceeded our expectations thanks to its latest generation 24/192 Cirrus Logic Delta/Sigma DAC for more accurate dynamics. We also fine-tuned the C 516BEE analogue stage for even lower distortion compared to its predecessor. The C 516BEE’s industrial design imparts a sleek new profile to our Classic NAD face. Standby power consumption is reduced to a tiny trickle (<0.5 watts), saving energy while still allowing full remote control. Like many NAD CD players before it, the C 516BEE is set to become the best in its class.

Hear the Heart and Soul

While this CD player may be light on the wallet, it certainly isn’t light on sound. The C 516BEE gets the full measure of NAD engineering experience with enhanced audio circuitry to maximize performance, resulting in better stereo imaging, tighter bass, and clean, accurate, distortion-free sound. The painstakingly engineered circuit layout extracts the best possible performance from audiophile-grade component parts for minimal noise and maximum detail retrieval. This focused effort results in an amazing, musically rewarding experience.

More Music

From major label CDs to personalized CD-Rs topped up with your favourite MP3 and WMA files, this NAD CD player will make your music sound better than you thought possible. The C 516BEE uses the latest and best-sounding decoding algorithms for MP3 and WMA playback, while our superb D/A conversion and analogue amplification stages ensure the greatest sound quality for any music files.

Beauty on the Inside

We have even paid special attention to analogue and digital audio output stages. The analogue output has been fine-tuned for even better audio performance. An optical Toslink output and one coaxial output are buffered and isolated to ensure perfect matching and to minimize ‘jitter.’

User-friendly Control

The C 516BEE is designed with a number of thoughtful features developed for the music lover. Disc loading is smooth, quiet, and fast, so you can sit back and enjoy your music even sooner. You can also program selected tracks on a CD for personalized listening, and the bright and clear VFD display shows complete track and time information, as well as user-programmed functions. Programming tracks for customised playback is easy with the full function remote that includes handy tools such as Repeat, Repeat A-B (for a section of a track), Random, and Dim Display. Everything is at the tips of your fingers without ever having to leave your listening chair.








General Parameters

  • Output Level
  • 2.2 ±0.1V (ANALOGUE)
  • Frequency Response
  • ±0.5dB (ref. 0dB 20Hz-20kHz)
  • Total Harmonic Distortion
  • ≤0.01% (ref. 20Hz-20kHz, LPF 20kHz)
  • Signal/Noise Ratio
  • ≥118dB (ref. 1kHz, A-weighted LPF 20kHz Stop, Pause)
  • Channel Balance
  • 0.5dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz)
  • Channel Separation
  • ≥90dB
  • De-emphasis
  • -3.73 to -5.33dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz, 5kHz)
    -8.04 to -10.04dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz, 16kHz)
  • Linearity
  • -3 ±0.01dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz at -3dB)
    -6 ±0.02dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz at -6dB)
    -10 ±0.02dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz at -10dB)
    -20 ±0.05dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz at -20dB)
    -60 ±0.15dB (ref. 0dB 1kHz at -60dB)
  • Standby Power
  • ≤0.5W
  • Idle Power
  • ≤0.8W

Weight & Dimensions

  • Gross Unit Dimensions* (WxHxD)
  • 435 x 70 x 249mm
    17 1/8 x 2 3/4 x 9 13/16″**
  • Net Weight
  • 3.5kg (7.7lb)
  • Shipping Weight
  • 4.5kg (9.9lb)

*Gross dimensions include feet, extended buttons and rear panel terminals.

**Non-metric measurements are approximate.


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