NAD 5000 CD player Reference System

Sidebar 2: Reference System

All of the players were auditioned in a system which consisted of the Jeff Rowland Design Group Consonance preamp, Threshold SA/12e monoblock power amplifiers, and Apogee Stage loudspeakers (on their optional stands). The connection from preamp to all players was via 1.5m lengths of AudioQuest Lapis. Balanced Cardas Hexlink cable was used from preamp to amplifiers. The Stages were bi-wired with Symo cable.

Comparisons were performed with the CAL Aria Mk.III, Mod Squad Prism II, and the Sony CDP-77ES C Dplayers and the Meridian 203 D/A processor.

Playback levels were adjusted to compensate for the different outputs of the various players when comparison listening was done—a particularly easy (and easily repeatable) procedure with the Rowland preamp. In addition to solo listening, the player was compared with the Esoteric P-2/D-2 transport/processor combination—the latter connected via a non-exotic but characteristically correct (75 ohm) video cable. No CD "tweaks" of any sort were used in the test.—Thomas J. Norton

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Allen Fant's picture

A trip down memory lane. Those 90's NAD cd players were so good.
Even hold up today as you find them in the marketplace.

orgillian's picture

Be interesting to hear a comparison of this with the Oppo players out there. To my ears, my Oppo-93 easily bests most players in that price range.

Terry M.'s picture

I still love several old(er) players and have a couple in different systems in my home. One system has an old Adcom GCD575 in it and it sounds terrific. I experimented with adding a GDA600 DAC to it for awhile but went back to just the stand alone player. In my main system I have an OPPO 95, which I love, but I also still have an old Rotel player that gets a lot of play time.