SoundStage calls NAD C 558 ‘A Great Turntable’ in Latest Review

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In his SoundStage! Access review of the NAD C 558, writer Thom Moon says that NAD’s flagship record player is “a great turntable that’s far above entry level.” Outfitted with a high precision synchronous clock motor and specially tuned vibration damping feet, the C 558 delivers an outstanding listening experience unlike any other.

Describing the C 558 as “a turntable thoroughly traditional in concept and totally modern in practice, with no frills, flash, or gimmicks,” Moon praises the C 558’s simplicity throughout his review calling it a “purist’s turntable.” Featuring a 9” tonearm, the C 558 optimizes overhang while reducing the tracking angle error of the stylus. “In my first serious listening session, I noticed right off how accurately the arm cue drops the stylus in the lead-in groove,” says Moon. “It’s one of the best I’ve encountered.”

While listening to “You Can Call Me Al” by Paul Simon, Moon says he heard “excellent detail in backing instruments, a fine soundstage, and good slam on the deep percussion.” Switching to Art Garfunkel’s 1979 album Fate for Breakfast, Moon found that “Garfunkel’s ethereal voice was reproduced beautifully, with none of the slight sibilance I’ve heard from some other turntable-cartridge combos.” Moon enjoyed the C 558’s performance so much that he gave the album a second run-through.

Moon concludes that the C 558 “works marvellously well. I can offer no higher praise.”



Read SoundStage! Access’ full review of the C 558 here

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