Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted cartridge
Item #: 745C556
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Item #: 745C556
Your price: $599.99 Earn up to 600 Rewards points
You can always count on NAD to deliver the goods when it comes to no-nonsense audio gear for music enthusiasts. Their C 556 turntable is no exception. This 'table makes an excellent choice for vinyl newcomers and seasoned audiophiles alike who want outstanding sound quality without spending a fortune. NAD's minimalist design philosophy focuses strictly on the features that benefit sonic performance, without any unnecessary bells and whistles. Why not discover for yourself why audiophiles remain so enthusiastic about warm, detailed analog sound?
The C 556's sturdy chassis rests on shock-absorbing rubber feet that provide a solid, vibration-resistant foundation. Its pressure-cast resin platter is both inert and massive, ideal for suppressing non-musical resonances and acting as a flywheel to reduce speed variations. The platter spins on a special bronze and stainless steel bearing assembly for smooth, silent rotation. The motor mount and belt drive system are designed to isolate the motor's vibration from the chassis to prevent noise from being transferred to the cartridge. Finally, the table's hand-built aluminum alloy tonearm glides on precision bearings at the gimbal pivot point, and includes a cueing lever to gently raise and lower the arm — protecting both the stylus and your records.
NAD makes it easy to enjoy your vinyl right away. That's why the C 556 comes out of the box virtually ready to play. Its pre-matched, factory-mounted phono cartridge and tonearm take the guesswork out of installation, and give you optimized sound quality with minimal effort. A few simple steps to dial in key settings like tracking force and anti-skating are all it takes to get this player primed and ready to deliver spacious, detailed music.
I've heard it said that a "Hum" was emitted by this unit. If you have had experience with turntables you'd find that some tables can HUM due to feedback/resonance or close proximity to system/amplifier. This unit will do that if you don't take the time to insulate it from it's surroundings. Once you get that down you'll find it is one of the finest units you can buy especially for the price. It does not do well when dropped down a flight of stairs as I found out the hard way, so I have to buy another...and I will...
Pros: light weight, great preinstalled cartridge.,
Cons: doesn't do well when dropped from heights !
Very low quality, light in weight, felt like it was made of plastic. The minute I began using it a loud hum was apparent. Called tech services, they couldn't really help getting to the bottom of it. The obvious problem with hums in turntables is the grounding wire. No way to repair this as the hook up's i.e..,, rca's, grouding wire, ac, etc. are built internal to the turntable, thus no access. I finally gave up and returned it. Crutchfield's excellent return policy allowed me to do so. They even paid for the shipping. I then went to a Music Hall 5.1 se. Now that's a turntable. Avoid NAD for turntables, they are better at amp, preamps, cd/br players and receivers.
Pros: Crutchfield's return policy.
Cons: Cheap feel to the turntable, unrepairable hum. RCA's are built into the turntable.
The turntable sounds very good--consistently. No wobble, no rumble. It has an inconspicuous profile that fits in well with my other NAD equipment. It sets up easily--IF you have had experience in the past with turntable set-up and know where to look for packing material, tape, etc. There is very little information on set-up in the provided documentation.
Pros: Good design, good sound, quiet operation
Cons: Very limited documentation, especially so far as set-up is concerned
I have been a turntable user since 1965 and in the interim, I have had some pretty nice ones - be advised , however, that this one is a winner - easy to set up, easy to use and the factory installed cartridge will surprise you - as part of a good home theater system, this table rocks - go for it -
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Overview: The NAD C 556 Turntable will make your vinyl record collection sound lush, vibrant and spacious. The secret to a good sounding turntable is to make a rock solid mechanical connection between the platter and the pickup stylus. Any play or vibration will either add resonant coloration (making the smack of a snare drum sound like a thud) or subtract the fine detail that is the primary benefit of well-played vinyl. To achieve this goal NAD uses special materials and techniques. With its minimalist design, NAD's C 556 Turntable offers accurate reproduction of vinyl music by using performance-focused parts and components that put music first.
High Quality Mechanisms: The three mechanisms that make up a turntable are the platter that supports and spins the record; the tone arm, which allows the stylus to accurately track the record; and the cartridge, which transforms the vibrations in the record groove into the electrical signals that are sent to your preamplifier.
Tailored Speeds: To further reduce speed inconsistencies and wear on the drive belt, you can modify and change the playing speed of your vinyl records. By removing the platter, you can move the belt to either the 33 or 45 rpm wheel of the drive pulley to attain the correct pitch of a musical track.
Attached Output Cable: The NAD C 556 Turntable is fitted with an attached 41" stereo RCA cable. Connect the turntable to the Phono input of your home receiver. If your home receiver is not equipped with a Phono input, you will need to purchase an external phono-preamplifier (such as the NAD's phono-preamps, sold separately).
Dust Cover: The NAD C556 comes supplied with a dust cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Feb 04, 2014 ] Staff