CD Player NAD C 565 BEE

NAD CD player have a long tradition. The C 565 BEE (900 euros) now offers many useful features that are in a digital future.

  1. CD player NAD C 565 BEE
  2. Data sheet

It is almost as soft of the top players from the classic series of the NAD’s corporate philosophy. It says there “Performance, Simplicity, Value”. Performance? Now, who will occupy the hearing test.

Value, price/performance is likely loose justify the equipment even if the processing mechanically not quite at the level of some other 900-euro player is. And simplicity, so simplicity? It must also show the practice, because the disc leno can play also compressed music via USB D/A converters serve as, and he offers a two-step Upsampler plus at least five different digital filters to the Areeba of all signals.

Bjorn Erik Edvardsen, whose initials the player on behalf of bears, trying to preserve the tradition of 3020 and its corporate motto. Who opens the rather simple case, sees a sea of blue boards almost on full surface, plump loaded with discrete and integrated SMD-components. A more than solid power supply with large toroidal transformer is perched in the back left corner, electromagnetically shielded by a chrome-plated CAP and mechanically reassured. Here, then, Mr Edvardsen has used its budget.

Also the front hits out of the series. Instead of play, pause and forward / back buttons there is a fine car radios, press / dial. Press start and pause playback, turn the title picks. It’s pleasantly intuitive.

Moreover, Edvardsen place made for two keys, dedicated to the additional functions. Source selects drive, USB and the optical digital input, SRC stands for the sample rate Converter. The Upsampler interpolated either not or at all on 96 or 192 kHz. On the remote control, a button to toggle the five available digital filter can be found also.

The optical digital input digested up to 192 kHz, 24-bitPCM signals. Data supplied to the USB input is amazingly easily with the keys for file (file) and directory (folder) navigate and may consist of MP3- or WMA formats.

In the hearing room was found after some first compare the Marantz SA 7001 (stereoplay 6/06) a fair opponent in the reference shelf. Surprisingly the sound characters were very similar. Only after a series of listening passages peeled out, that of a touch more fluent offered More sober Japanese music something, while all played on the NAD and offered even more fine detail. A matter of taste.

The optical digital input showed the same characteristics of fine, while pleasant, but not Beautifully. Perfectly tinted MP3 – and WMA-material from the storage bars via USB. Rarely, compressed music sounded so authentic.

The Upscaler worked at the latest at 192 kHz MP3 quite artificially; Compressed is just slightly for the treatment. Quite in contrast to CDs, which again increased on details, sharp contours, shine without sharpness and lighting. Who even wants to a fine tuning, which tried the digital filter.


Manufacturer NAD
Price €900.00
Rating 57.0 points
Test procedure 1.0




Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 43.5 x 8.6 x 29.3 cm
Weight 4.9 kg
Remote control / Adaptive
Outputs unbalanced / symm.
Digital output TosLink / ST / coaxial / XLR
Display CD / SACD text
capable of reading CD-R / CD-RW
Volume control
Headphone output / adjustable
Random track selection
HDCD playback
Measured values
Error correction information layer CD 1.60 mm
Error correction surface CD 1.90 mm
Power consumption standby / operating 1.0 / 13.8 W
Sound Absolute top class
Sound points
(maximum 70 points)
Measured values
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(max. 15 points)
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Overall rating (max. 120 points) very good-81 points
Price / performance Very good
tested in issue: 12 / 11


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