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NAD C538 vs Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10

I'm looking to replace my old Sony CDP C725 5 disc changer CD player....its old and the front display no longer works...

Both of these players (NAD C538 vs Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10) are inexpensive and serve the purpose to just play music but which do you prefer?

I see the Cambridge Audio sports the Wolfson 8761 DAC (Digital to Analogue Converter)....but I'm wondering what Wolfson DAC the NAD uses?

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I’m not too familiar with the NAD CD player, but I do own the Cambridge Audio Topaz CD10. I have had this player for about 4 years now and I can honestly say it is a great player. I do not regret buying it and it is worth every penny I paid. It retails for about $399 in Canada but I got it for $300.

I’m using it with a Marantz SR5010 AVR and Monitor Audio Bronze 6 speakers. I have it connected with high quality analog RCA cables so I let the CD players DAC do the work. Honestly this sounds better than when I play the same music off a USB drive directly through my Marantz, so it tells me that it has a better DAC then the Marantz AVR.

The player itself is very well built as its all metal with very little plastic and quite heavy. Although the remote is plastic and quite cheap. Keep in mind that this won’t play SACD’s nor does it have a USB drive, it’s a very basic CD player but it’s great at that. Hope this helps.


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that's great, thanks for the info.
I've read a number of posts where they state the Cambridge inserts a break...a couple seconds of silence between each song...this could be really annoying when the songs blend together..can you confirm this?

I think either player would fit my needs (assuming there's no issue as I just noted). The player is really just there so I can play the odd CD when not streaming or listening to my turntable

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I think it does have a break between tracks, but not very long. I’ve never really made note of it. I’ll play a CD and look for this and let you know.

I know that NAD is a good company as well, their stuff is made in Canada. I’ve just never listened to their CD players.


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If I needed one, it'd be Yamaha CD-S300. Burr-Brown DAC.

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If I needed one, it'd be Yamaha CD-S300. Burr-Brown DAC.
I looked at the CD-S300 because I wanted a CD player with a USB function. Then I read this in the owner's manual: "Playback for USB starts in order by date and time of creation." You read that right, the files on the thumb drive will not play back in alphabetical or numerical order but by date and time of creation. I confirmed that with Yamaha Customer Support. That is an incredibly lame implementation.
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I looked at the CD-S300 because I wanted a CD player with a USB function. Then I read this in the owner's manual: "Playback for USB starts in order by date and time of creation." You read that right, the files on the thumb drive will not play back in alphabetical or numerical order but by date and time of creation. I confirmed that with Yamaha Customer Support. That is an incredibly lame implementation.
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Nothing to be sorry about. Not your fault Yamaha blew it with the USB feature.

All good anyway, I bought a NAD and am happy as a clam at high water with it.
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Nothing to be sorry about. Not your fault Yamaha blew it with the USB feature.

All good anyway, I bought a NAD and am happy as a clam at high water with it.
Thanks. NAD C546BEE?

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Thanks. NAD C546BEE?
Nah, I went wild and got the C 568. Did I need to spend that much for a CD player? No I didn't. But I did it anyway. No regrets.
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Nah, I went wild and got the C 568. Did I need to spend that much for a CD player? No I didn't. But I did it anyway. No regrets.
That's a jump alright. Just curious, do you have second thoughts on taking Yamaha to task over its $300 player, when the other two the OP was considering in the same range didn't offer USB?

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That's a jump alright. Just curious, do you have second thoughts on taking Yamaha to task over its $300 player, when the other two the OP was considering in the same range didn't offer USB?
No, I don't. I have nothing against Yamaha. I've owned Yamaha gear in the past and might again in the future. If I had been looking for a CD player without a USB function, I probably would have bought the NAD C 538.

I just can't understand why Yamaha came up with such a lame USB implementation. What were they thinking?
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