The NAD C 558 is a full-featured, belt-driven model aimed at record enthusiasts everywhere. Pre-installed with an Ortofon OM10 phono cartridge, the C 558 features a belt drive for maximum noise isolation, as well as a precision AC motor with isolated AC power supply that has universal voltage.
Complemented by a felt-pad glass tray, MDF plinth and low-resonance dust cover, the C 558 offers an exceptional listening experience like no other.
When it comes to the C 558, we have chosen to use a sophisticated power supply that transforms the alternating AC voltage from your outlet into a pure DC voltage. The DC voltage is then regenerated into a precise AC voltage that powers a precision clock motor for near-perfect speed consistency and smoothness.
The motor itself is isolated from noise and voltage fluctuations that occur on the unfiltered AC mains that can cause motor instability. The motor uses a specially developed rubber belt that is flat for precision and drives a non-resonant subplate that is also precision machined for smooth rotation. This sits in a brass bearing with a hardened steel shaft.
All of these parts are carefully developed to work together to provide remarkably stable and precise disc rotation.
The C 558 arm also offers a similar level of careful engineering and development. At 9' long, it offers low tracking distortion while maintaining the rigidity and low mass required to stabilize the cartridge.
By allowing VTF and azimuth adjustment, we obtain precise tracking with low distortion and record wear.
The glass platter and massive socket combine to extract all of the drive's energy while isolating unwanted external vibrations. These details further ensure that your vinyl listening experience is truly transcendent.
The C 558's plinth is solid MDF, as opposed to the particleboard or plastic commonly found in this stock, and is CNC machined for precision.
The C 558's dust cover is also heavier than most and is made from a non-resonant Perspex with a counter-hinge design that allows the cover to remain in almost any position between open and closed.
Listening to vinyl records is an immersive experience. You get as involved in the process as you do in listening. To a much greater degree than with digital sources, vinyl playback requires solid mechanical precision to extract music from the medium.
A properly played record is a fantastic and rewarding experience, and the NAD C 558 has everything you need for maximum enjoyment with a minimum of fuss and expense.