NAD C 588 Belt-Driven Turntable

Model: C 588
  • Description
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • NAD’s is well known for innovative, high performance, yet affordable, turntables. While the basic operation of a turntable seems simple, extracting all the musical energy from the record grooves without exciting destructive resonances requires both science and art. Let’s take a closer look at each of the elements of the C 588 with an explanation of the choices we made.

    Electronic Speed Control
    Having exact pitch (speed) is important, but human hearing is much more sensitive to momentary changes in speed which we express with the terms Wow and Flutter. As its name sounds, Wow is a slow cyclical speed variation. The most severe example is the sound of a severely warped record, where the stylus travels faster on the rising side of the warp and slower on the descending side, causing abrupt changes in musical pitch. Flutter is what we call very fast and small variations that are usually generated by the motor. The C 588 addresses both of these problems with proven and effective solutions. A specialized, high precision, synchronous clock motor is both very smooth and accurate, especially when driven from a stable AC voltage. To ensure a clean and stable AC voltage we isolate the AC Mains by first converting it to a clean DC voltage, and then electronically generating the precise AC frequency to regulate the synchronous motor. Using a specially formulated belt to drive the platter further filters and isolates any remaining vibration. All rotating parts are made from aluminum alloy machined to very tight tolerances to eliminate any eccentricity or vibration in the drive system.

    1. Belt drive with Electronic Speed Control
    2. Precision AC Motor with Isolated AC Power Supply with Universal Voltage
    3. Custom designed 9” carbon fibre tonearm shaft with a fixed metal head shell
    4. Premium quality Ortofon 2M Red cartridge is 8factory installed
    5. Vertical Tracking Angle and Azimuth Adjustment
    6. Alignment Calibration Gauge supplied for precise azimuth and vertical tracking angle
    7. Massive rigid MDF Plinth (Base) with specially tuned vibration damping feet
    8. Glass Platter with Felt Pad and Non -Resonant Dust Cover


  • Nominal Speed: 33/45 rpm manual speed change (78rpm available with optional pulley)
    Speed Variance: 33 rpm: < ± 0.35%, 45 rpm: < ± 0.30%
    Wow and Flutter: 33 rpm: < ± 0.12%, 45 rpm: < ± 0.11%
    Signal to Noise: -70 dB
    Downforce Range: 0 - 30mN, 0 - 3.0 grams
    Supplied Counterweight System: Counterweight for cartridges: 6 - 13g
    Voltage: Universal switch mode power supply 15V DC/0,8 A, 100-240V AC,
    47 - 63Hz
    Power Consumption: 5W max/ 0.3W standby
    Effective Tonearm Mass: 9.5g
    Effective Tonearm Length: 230mm
    Overhang: 18mm
    Gross Dimensions (W x H x D): 17 1/8 x 13 7/16 x 4 15/16” (435 x 340 x
    Shipping Weight: 9.2kg (20.3 lb)


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