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NAD C 558

Manual belt-drive turntable with pre-mounted moving magnet phono cartridge

Item #: 745C558

This turntable adds to NAD's reputation for precision engineering that makes analog music sound amazing.

This turntable adds to NAD's reputation for precision engineering that makes analog music sound amazing.

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About the NAD C 558

A sophisticated turntable for vinyl lovers

NAD has a reputation for precision engineering that makes music sound amazing, so I was excited to see the C 558 turntable show up in our warehouse. It's built on a solid MDF base with rubber feet to minimize vibration. The 9" aluminum tonearm features a pre-mounted Ortofon OM10 cartridge that brings beautiful music out of every record groove. This turntable is a beauty that will look — and sound — amazing in any vinyl lover's listening room.

A sophisticated turntable for vinyl lovers

NAD has a reputation for precision engineering that makes music sound amazing, so I was excited to see the C 558 turntable show up in our warehouse. It's built on a solid MDF base with rubber feet to minimize vibration. The 9" aluminum tonearm features a pre-mounted Ortofon OM10 cartridge that brings beautiful music out of every record groove. This turntable is a beauty that will look — and sound — amazing in any vinyl lover's listening room.

Harmonious design

While I was researching the C 558, preparing to write this page, a company rep explained the C 558's design in a way that stuck with me: "The specific combination of a glass platter, felt mat, MDF base and aluminum tonearm combined with the particular rubber in the feet all interact in a way that extracts maximal energy from the LP groove," he wrote in an email. In short, these specific materials were chosen because they work well together.

We love that kind of fanatical attention to detail, and we think your ears will love it, too.

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Product highlights:

  • heavy glass platter with felt mat provides excellent speed stability
  • high-precision stainless steel and bronze bearing assembly for smooth, quiet platter rotation
  • 9" high grade aluminum tonearm
  • includes pre-mounted Ortofon OM10 moving magnet cartridge
  • isolated DC synchronous motor for reduced vibration and superior speed stability
  • medium density fiberboard (MDF) base with adjustable vibration-damping feet
  • gold-plated RCA audio jacks with detachable phono cables
  • high-gloss black lacquer finish
  • fully manual operation
  • 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
  • speed variation: ±0.5%
  • wow and flutter: ±0.15%
  • frequency response (with included cartridge): 20-22,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier
  • 17-1/8"W x 4-11/16"H (with dust cover down) x 14-3/8"D
  • weight: 17.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # C558
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What's in the box:

  • Turntable chassis
  • Tone-Arm (installed)
  • Cartridge (installed)
  • Sub-platter (installed)
  • Platter
  • Belt
  • AC power adapter (attached 4' DC cord)
  • 3 AC plug inserts (US/UK/EU)
  • Dust cover
  • Felt pad
  • Counter-weight
  • 45RPM adapter
  • 47" Stereo RCA cable with ground lead
  • Stylus pressure gauge
  • Plastic tonearm bearings tool
  • Paper cartridge alignment tool
  • 2 Allen keys
  • Pair of white cotton gloves
  • Owner's Manual (En/Fr/Sp)

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Features & specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter Yes
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 68
Wow and Flutter 0.15
Weight 17.6 lbs.

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Features

Belt Driven w/ Precision AC Motor: The NAD C 558's motor is isolated from noise and voltage fluctuations that occur in the unfiltered AC mains that can cause instability in the motor. The motor uses a specially developed rubber belt that is flat ground for precision and drives a non-resonant sub platter that is precisely machined for smooth rotation and sits in a brass bearing with a hardened steel shaft. The belt can be moved to either the 33 or 45 rpm wheel of the drive pulley to attain the correct speed.

9" Tonearm w/ Ortofon OM10 Phono (MM) Cartridge: The NAD C 558 turntable is pre-fitted with an Ortofon OM10 phono (MM) cartridge in a 9" tonearm that offers vertical tracking angle and azimuth adjustment. At 9" long it offers low tracking distortion while maintaining rigidity and low mass required to stabilize the cartridge. By allowing VTF and Azimuth adjustment you get precise tracking with low distortion and record wear.

Non-Resonant Construction: The NAD C 558's features a non-resonant sub platter and 10mm glass platter with a felt pad. The turntable's plinth is solid MDF, not particle board or plastic, and is CNC machined for precision. The removable dust cover is made from a non-resonant Perspex with a counter-sprung hinge design that allows the cover to remain in almost any intermediate position from open to closed. Integrated rubber feet isolate any unwanted external vibration.

Isolated AC Power Supply with Universal Voltage: The NAD C 558 employs a sophisticated power supply that transforms the AC alternating voltage of your wall socket into a pure DC voltage. The DC voltage is then regenerated into a precise AC voltage that powers a precision clock motor to achieve nearly perfect speed consistency and smoothness.

Stereo RCA Outputs: The NAD C 558 is outfitted with stereo RCA output jacks and ground terminal. A 47" stereo RCA cable with ground lead is included. Make sure the turntable is connected to the Phono (MM) input of your receiver or integrated amplifier. If your receiver or integrated amp is not equipped with a Phono (MM) input, you will need to purchase an external phono-preamplifier (such as the NAD's phono-preamps, sold separately). 

Specifications

Turntable:

  • Speed: 33-1/3rpm, 45rpm
  • Speed Variance: 33-1/3rpm (< +/- 0.50%), 45rpm  (< +/- 0.45%)
  • Wow & Flutter: < +/- 0.15%
  • Signal to Noise: 68dB
  • Downforce Range: 0-30mN, 0-3.0g
  • Counterweight System: 5-12g

Tone Arm:

  • Length: 9" (230mm)
  • Effective Mass: 9.5 grams
  • Overhang: 18mm

Cartridge:

  • Frequency Range: 20 to 22,000Hz
  • Channel Separation: 22dB / 1kHz
  • Output Voltage: 4mV
  • Recommend Load Impedance: 47k Ohms (MM-input)
  • Compliance/Stylus Type: 20um/mN - elliptical
  • Recommended Tracking Force: 15mN
  • Weight: 5g

Physical Dimensions:

  • Dust Cover Down: 17.125" (w) x 4.6875" (h) x 14.375" (d)
  • Dust Cover Up: 17.125" (w) x 14.625" (h) x 16.25" (d)
  • Weight: 17.6 lbs

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Customer Q&A

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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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I have other NAD products and have been very satisfied [ dominic  Apr 08, 2019 ]
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I chose the NAD C558 over the Rega P1 because it has a solid MDF plinth as oppose to particle board, it has a glass platter, a precision clock motor and I believe better RCA cables that are removable and a better cartridge. [ Oscar  Feb 10, 2019 ]
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older NAD equipment I liked [ James  Feb 08, 2019 ]
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Had a Nad before, reliable. [ Russell  May 11, 2018 ]
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Matches other NAD components. [ Chris  Dec 30, 2017 ]
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Has everything I am looking for. [ JACOB  Dec 27, 2017 ]
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2 questions already asked

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I brought the NAD 556 from Crutchfield the purchase was great.However I moved the unit to Barbados and set it up to a horrible speed problem . I checked the with the electric company and found out that it is operating at 120V @ 50 Hz. Anyone have a remedy ?
[ Bajan  Dec 20, 2018 ]
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You would have to look for a frequency convertor but this is not easy Look online for options, not best option for a turntable Expensive solution for a turntable
[ STEPHEN  Jan 02, 2019 ]
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I just looked online and found freq converters that change 50 hz to 60z. for about $179. They also provide voltage out.
[ Charles  Jan 01, 2019 ]
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You might want to check with NAD to find out if they can supply you with an international wart. Power supply. Good luck! I would think Crutchfield would be able to point you in the right direction.
[ Kevin  Dec 30, 2018 ]
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If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer.
[ Krissy  Dec 30, 2018 ]  Staff
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Is the NAD C558 upgradable? The earlier model NAD C556 is basically a re-branded Rega Planar 1 and could be upgraded in the same way as the Rega. The new C558 looks like it shares a Rega tone arm, platter and spindle/bearing assembly but other then that appears to be an entirely new design.
[ Chris  May 04, 2018 ]
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I can only say it is upgradeable as far as the cartridge. I installed a Nagaoka MP 110 and was very pleased. I don't know about any other possible upgrades.
[ Charles  May 04, 2018 ]
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I would say the mechanics if the tone arm are more similar to the Pro-ject RPM with an aluminium arm instead of the carbonfiber "S" style. Not a fan of the cartridge, so upgraded to the Sumiko Black Pearl which in my opinion was huge! Sound is all in the beholds ears. The overall build is nice. The magnetic anti-skate is very nice touch instead of the fishline and sinker you see on a lot of TTs. Glass platter is nice, flet matt, what ever, will be replacing that soon. Read through the manual it will help. I ordered 4 TT's all in the sam price range and thought this was the best. There are trades offs with each but I'm happy with it so far.
[ Kevin  May 04, 2018 ]
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Well the NAD is it really a Rega product, it is a project turntable that is pretty much maxed out in terms of what you can upgrade. It is a nice turntable however in its current form without any upgrades necessary. I really like it over the project turntables mostly because of the magnetic anti-skate adjustment as opposed to the string and weight that project seems to like on as their usual setup.
[ Aaron  May 04, 2018 ]

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