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NAD Adds Component-CD Player

Pickering, Ontario — NAD Electronics shipped its latest high-performance component CD player for the home.

Like the model it replaces, the $299-suggested C 516BEE offers 24-bit-192kHz DACs, playback of MP3/WMA data CD-R discs for up to 10 hours of continuous playback, coaxial and optical digital outputs, and audio-specific OP amps.

The DACs in the new model, however, are from Cirrus Logic and are said to provide more accurate dynamics and lower distortion than those in the CD player’s predecessor.

The component is targeted to music lovers who “still have collections of hundreds or even thousands of CDs,” said Greg Stidsen, technology and product planning director. “So there is still a need for a high-performance CD player,” especially for audiophiles who are cost-conscious, he said.