Updated 6 Oct 2015

NAD

C556

Snapshot: The NAD C556 is a belt drive turntable with a synchronous motor, and a PP4 (separate purchase) pre-amp. It can play 33 1/3 and 45RPM. But what’s the sound like with the needle on the record?

C556
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Avg price

$799

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Key data

Model

Avg price
$799
Type
Regular turntable

Specifications

HxWxD
115 x 447 x 360mm
Weight
4.0kg
Recommended tracking force (g)
1.4-2.5

Features

Lid
Yes
Hinged lid
Yes
Removeable lid
Yes
Power control
Rocker
Motor type
Synchronous
Drive type
Belt
Pitch stabilisation
AC sync
Reverse play
No
Pre-amp
PP4 (separate purchase)
Auto operation
Manual only
Damped cueing
Yes
Tone arm clamp
Yes
Feet levelling adjustment
No
Speakers
-
Stylus
Not stated
Stylus shape
Not stated
Stylus illuminator
No
Cartridge
Not stated
Platter construction
Phenolic resin
Platter mat
Felt
45RPM spindle adapter
None

Playing speeds

33 1/3RPM
Yes
45RPM
Yes
78RPM
No

Connections

RCA stereo
Yes
USB
No
AUX in
-
Memory card slot
-

Encoding

USB cable
n/a
Encoding software supplied
n/a
Software Mac OSX compatible
n/a

Technical

Wow & flutter, claimed, WRMS, 33RPM (%)
Not stated
SNR, claimed (dB)
Not stated
Output level, LINE, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
Not stated
Output level, PHONO, claimed, mV @ 1KHz 5cm/s
3.5
Pre-amp gain, claimed (dB)
35
Could play older LP without skipping
-
Measured tracking force
-g

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Notes

Standard turntables in our database have been tested to a different method than USB turntables.

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