Iím in the market for a CD player to play Redbook and CD-Rs exclusively. My absolute high is $450 total. Iím also not comfortable buying a used CD player. So this rules out a lot of players. Iíve narrowed my choices to two Ė The NAD C515BEE and the Onkyo DX-7555. There are no stores near me that have either one out to hear. Iíve read a huge amount of mostly positive pro and user reviews for both players and I canít decide which way to go. The list price on the NAD is $300 U.S. I can get it new for a total cost of $270. The Onkyo has a list price of $700. I can get it new for a total cost of $435, from two very reputable dealers.
Thereís a part of me thatís drawn to the Onkyo simply because it has an original list price that more than doubles the list price of the NAD. Selling at $600 The Absolute Sound felt that it was ďa great bargain.Ē And at $700 Stereophile felt that it was ďan excellent value.Ē So at $400, it seems like a steal. Iíve read that Onkyo is introducing a new CD player in June and Iím guessing that Iím seeing a price drop based on the fact that itís being replaced. Considering the huge difference between the list prices of these two units I canít help but feel that the Onkyo is in a different class. But I really donít know if thatís the case -- prices come down for various reasons. As far as the NAD is concerned, What Hi-Fi? gave the C515BEE a very good review, and The Absolute Sound gave it a Product of the Year award in 2008.
User reviews are generally good for both of them. But of course there are upsides and downsides to both of these players, as there are for all CD players. Does anyone have an opinion between these two?
My amp is an NAD C-340 integrated which I bought in 2000. I listen exclusively through my Grado SR-225 headphones through the phone input of the amp. I donít even own speakers.