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NAD C558

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

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Overview

Our take on the NAD C558

NAD has a reputation for precision engineering that makes music sound amazing, so I was excited to see the C558 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 C558 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 C558, preparing to write this page, a company rep explained the C558'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.

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 5"H (with dust cover down) x 13-3/8"D
  • weight: 15.96 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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)

The turntable is easy to set up - including setting the counterweight and vertical tracking force. It pairs well with my NAD integrated amp and I'm quite impressed with the sound that comes out of them.

Paul, Eugene, OR

Reviews

NAD C558 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

A Fine Turntable

Chad from Traverse City, MI on 11/30/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Great looking turntable: sleek/minimalist, with solid, rugged construction--and you cant beat that glass platter. From what I understand, these are actually made by Planar, hence the glass. Set-up is fairly easy, providing you pay close attention to the directions. In my case, tone-arm balance/'counterweight' tweaks were necessary, as was fiddling with the set screws for optimal tone-arm levelling. You'll note (on the quick reference guide--the only set of directions included in the shipping box) that you're referred to the NAD 'site for details re: advanced set-up. Not sure why NAD doesn't just throw those into the box, but hey. The sound is superb, although I wasn't able to do a true 'apples-to-apples' comparison, since I'd replaced my old amp with an NAD 3020 AND my old speakers with new Wharfedales. Suffice it to say that I am hearing details in my records that I'd never really noticed before. The only possible drawback: missing the convenience of an automatic turntable. When the album side is finished, you will have to walk over, lift up the tone-arm, and return it to its cradle. Not a big deal at all, though, and should not deter anyone from buying this thing. Who is into vinyl strictly for convenience, after all?

Pros: Minimalist aesthetic; great sound

Cons: Fully manual operation may dissuade some

The NAD C558 turntable, exceptional performance

Stephen Foundling from Verona, WI on 11/1/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The NAD C558 HiFidelity turntable is an extremely well manufactured turntable, the heavy glass platter comes to speed quickly and reproduction of the rich analog sound from my aging vinyl albums with the Ortofon OM10 diamond stylus stereo cartridge is superb. The quality of the aluminum tracking arm is very good. I can highly recommend the NAD C558 turntable to a HiFi enthusiast. Setting the style and cartridge tracking force is always important for any turntable. Sound reproduction depends greatly on setting the correct cartridge mass. NAD supplies some tools for this, however they could improve on the published instruction set for balancing the counter weight for the tracking arm. Instructions are a little sparse. The beam balance tool is a little imprecise for its intended purpose. I own a Shure balance tool, which h I used to confirm that the tracking arm was indeed set a little light using the NAD tool supplied. Ortofon sells a superior tool to set the cartridge mass required for optimum performance. The performance of the NAD C558 turntable with the Yahama R-N303 receiver and Klipsch RP-400OF speakers is really breathtaking. To quote a lyric from a timeless album, "I will ease your mind". Thank you Crutchfield and all your associates. "When you need a friend", reach out, Crutchfield is only a phone call away.

Pros: Superb turntable stability and linearity, the pre-mounted cartridge delivers exceptionally clear sound with a richness that I thought was lost for the past two decades. Welcome back to the richness of analog vinyl with the NAD C558 manual turntable.

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good turntable, good price

Paul from Eugene, OR on 9/28/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

The turntable is easy to set up - including setting the counterweight and vertical tracking force. It pairs well with my NAD integrated amp and I'm quite impressed with the sound that comes out of them.

Pros: Easy to set up and operate, good price-to-quality ratio, and the RCA connection cord that ships with it is very nice rather than a cheap afterthought.

Cons: It wasn't on sale.

NAD C558

Crutchfield customer from Fort Worth TX on 2/15/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This turntable replaces a Rega planar 1 that I recently purchased. It came with a rapid ticking noise on the right channel. However, just ran through a couple of my favorite albums and I'm very satisfied with the sound and performance of my first NAD product. This cost a little more than the planar 1 but you get so much more. You get much better quality detachable leads with a ground wire. Adjustable tone arm weight for cartridge flexibility. ( The set screw is at the bottom of the threads. So don't call CS and complain like this guy I know. ) Has tone arm height adjustment and anti-skating adjustment via a dial. Took me about 30 minutes to get it set-up. I love the glass platter which could serve as a flywheel on a tractor when you're not playing records. Comes with every tool and gauge you need to set it up. Only con I have is that it only came with a Quick set-up card. Had to go online to get the complete set up instructions. It's totally worth the extra dollars and the 30 minutes you'll spend getting it playable. Excuse me, I have to disturb the neighbors.

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Features and Specs

Features
Operation Manual
Speeds 33-1/3, 45
Cartridge Type MM
Phono Preamp No
USB Output No
Pitch Control No
45 RPM Adapter No
Specs
Signal to Noise Ratio 68
Wow and Flutter 0.15
Weight 8.8 lbs.

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Features
Specifications

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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Why did you buy this?

Had a Nad before, reliable. [ Russell  May 11, 2018 ]
Matches other NAD components. [ Chris  Dec 30, 2017 ]
Has everything I am looking for. [ JACOB  Dec 27, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

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 ]
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 ]
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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