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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.

Item # 745C558

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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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Expensive turntable!

Crutchfield customer from Bronx, NY on 6/27/2019

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Turntable dispatched by UPS on time and no significant damage. Most expensive turntable invested thus far!

Pros: Excellent weight distribution. Good turntables cost at a premium. Stylish and modern.

Cons: Nothing at note.

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Great Turntable!

Crutchfield customer from Chesapeake, VA on 6/25/2019

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Great turntable with a lot of bang for the buck. It comes loaded with an Ortofon OM-10 cartridge. Setting the VTF using the supplied plastic balance gauges is tricky-save yourself the frustration and buy a digital tracking force gauge from Amazon. It's $12 well spent. This unit sounds fantastic paired with my Onkyo receiver and Polk speakers. The glass platter looks cool too!

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Daly City

Richard from Daly City on 6/23/2019

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This turntable is all around excellent, but the spindle feels rather cheap like plastic instead of the solid stainless steel!

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NAD C 558

Crutchfield customer from Uxbridge, MA on 5/30/2019

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Very nice turntable. Adjusting the tone arm weight is tricky. if the end of the arm has a fine screw thread with a matching one on the weight, adjustments would be trivial rather than painful.

Pros: Simple in design and use, clearly effort went into the important things

Cons: adjusting the tonearm force is tricky

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C558 excellent.

Crutchfield customer from New York, NY on 1/16/2019

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High-quality build, beautiful design, simple operation and great sound. Matches vintage NAD equipment. Excellent.

Pros: See review comments.

Cons: None encountered.

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A Fine Turntable

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

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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

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The NAD C558 turntable, exceptional performance

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

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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

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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.

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NAD C 558

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

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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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More details on the NAD C 558

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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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Features, tech specs and apparent value for money. NAD also has a good reputation over the decades. [ Patrick  Jul 02, 2019 ]
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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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Yes i purchased the Nad C558 Manual Turntable, sometime mid 2018 and i must say i am truly impressed by it's simple appearance and excellent engineering, but my only gripe is why didn't they use a solid stainless steel spindle instead of this light weight plastic. Other than that i love this table?
[ Richard  Jun 23, 2019 ]
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Good turntable, no complaints.
[ Russell  Jul 01, 2019 ]
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I own a NAD C558 manual turntable and have found its reliability, stability and performance exceptional. The glass platter spins up quickly and runs silently without any hint of any rumble. The performance is smooth and the design is simple elegance. Something to make you smile, recently out on Craig's list was an add, "a life times set of vinyl, classic and opera, for sale to one owner only who can appreciate the collection, will not split to sell". Sold, and 6 hours and three truck loads later, I am the astonished and immensely proud owner of at least 1700 opera and classic albums, in mint condition. A collection that would make NPR jealous and that's no doubt. The NAD C558 is now tasked spinning up each and very platter with the superb reliability expected from a quality of a NAD component, the Ortofon HiFi cartridge hugs every groove to reproduce the analogue sound with such richness and clarity that you enjoy just the physical presence of being with the music. The Yahama receiver and Klipsch reference speakers paired with the NAD manual turntable deliver a sound quality that I had almost forgotten existed in our world being so utterly dominated with digital. I thank Crutchfield and their excellent advisors for creating that moment that only exists when playing analogue on high quality HiFi components, that includes the sleek and high quality NAD C558 manual turntable
[ STEPHEN  Jul 01, 2019 ]
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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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