NAD Electronics Record Player

NAD Electronics C 588 Turntable Review


Precision AC motor


33 1/three, 45 rpm
78 rpm potential with special pully


33 rpm:


-70 dB


0 to 30 mN
0 to 3.0 grams


Counterweight for cartridges: 6 to 16 g


Universal change mode energy supply
15 V DC/zero,8 A, 100-240 V AC, 47 to 63Hz


5 w most, zero.three w standby


10mm glass with felt pad


Static balanced, straight 9-inch carbon fiber


9.5 g


230 mm


Yes, adjustable



20 to 22,000 Hz


22 db/1 kHz


47 kOhms/amplifier connection: MM enter


20 μm/mN/elliptical


18 mN / 1.8 g


17 1/eight x 13 7/16 x 4 15/16” (435 x 340 x 125mm)


9.2 kg (20.three lbs.)


NAD Electronics, belt-drive, turntable, document participant, Ortofon, Turntable Critiques 2019


The NAD C 588 is a belt-drive turntable. Its motor drives a precision pulley with two measurement positions on it; the larger measurement is for 45 rpm data, and the smaller measurement is for 33 1/3 rpm data. You apply a rubber belt between the pulley and its precision alloy sub-platter. These shifting elements are mounted right into a single rigid black MDF plinth with four adjustable metallic ft hooked up. You place the turntable’s glass platter upon the sub-platter (while sporting the included white cotton gloves to keep fingerprints away), then place the felt mat upon the glass platter.

With the report spinning, the machine’s high-precision and synchronous clock motor work its magic. It cleans the AC voltage feeding the motor by converting it to DC then producing new, exact AC voltage which then feeds the motor. If the velocity of the platter wobbles between 32 1/3 rpm and 34 1/three rpm, it will have an effect on the rhythm and timing of the music and just plain distract you. The human ear can easily detect if the pitch of a singer’s voice modifications. The C 588’s motor makes an effort to ensure that doesn’t happen.

The C 588 encompasses a straight, 9-inch lengthy tonearm with a hard and fast headshell. It’s a straight tube of lightweight and really inflexible carbon fiber. Its weight and straight shape help to attenuate monitoring errors and optimize cartridge overhang. And it already has a $100 Ortofon 2M Pink moving-magnet cartridge installed.


The turntable arrived very nicely packed; there was ample padding around the fragile glass and plastic elements to ensure all of it arrived intact. First, I eliminated the plastic bag containing the installation directions. It’s a one-page sheet graphically describing the meeting process. Imagine in the event you had bought a table from Ikea; that’s what it appears like.

These directions are simple and straightforward to comply with, but they didn’t tackle that the tonearm’s counterweight have to be hooked up after which the tonearm’s vertical monitoring pressure set. For these instructions, you will need to head to the Internet. NAD offers knowledge sheets, quick setup guides, and full manuals for the turntable.

NAD consists of white gloves with the turntable, which is a pleasant contact. It’s greatest to stop getting finger oil on the rubber belt, sub platter, or glass platter. So, I placed on the gloves and placed the unassembled plinth on my stereo cupboard. Subsequent, I hooked up the rubber drive belt between the motor pulley and the sub-platter, making certain it was flat towards all surfaces it makes contact with. I initially put the belt on the 33 1/3 rpm position. Then I put the glass platter on the sub-platter, then the felt mat on prime of the glass platter. Then I hooked up the dustcover by sliding it onto the spring-loaded mounting shafts on the again of the plinth.

Understand that the points of the four metallic ft are quite sharp and are more likely to put holes or marks in wood furnishings. Included with the turntable are four small round black metallic discs you can place beneath the factors to guard your furnishings. Good. After you might have installed the discs beneath the ft, you’ll be able to twist the ft to adjust the plinth until it is degree. Small bubble levels come in useful for this exercise.

Balancing a tonearm and setting the VTF of the cartridge is pretty simple, however it does require good imaginative and prescient, a gentle set of arms, and a few follow. In case you are desperate to get the C 588 set up as soon as attainable and you’re afraid of messing one thing up or breaking a stylus, I’d advocate asking an analog-friendly good friend for help. Or purchase the turntable from an area vendor who can carry out the setup for you.

NAD Electronics C 588 Turntable Closeup

That stated, I’m no stranger to establishing a tonearm and took care of it myself. Nevertheless it had its surprises.

The tonearm makes use of a regular sort of counterweight, with a sunken grub screw to secure the counterweight to the tonearm after you’ve discovered the right location for the right VTF. The hexagonal key for tightening the grub screw can also be included. It’s fascinating to note that the opening inside the counterweight has a rubber gasket inside it, which is one thing I had not encountered earlier than. The gasket provides some stickiness to how the counterweight sticks to the tonearm, which is a good suggestion. However the place it turned problematic is once I needed to fine-tune the place of the counterweight after I had balanced the tonearm. The gasket made it unimaginable to precisely move the counterweight again or forward.

The advisable VTF for the Ortofon 2M Pink is 1.eight g, and I can use my digital VTF gauge to get exactly that. I could not achieve that VTF accuracy with this tonearm and counterweight. The most effective I might do was 1.788 or 1.822. Yeah I do know, it’s not good and shut sufficient, however these discrepancies can add up in some situations. For the report, NAD does embrace a nifty VTF gauge with the turntable; it’s a plastic scale with small indentations of 1 gm, 2 gm, three gm, and higher. You set the turntable spindle by way of the opening in one finish of the gauge and move it round till the stylus will match into the indentation for the VTF you’re capturing for. When the gauge is balanced with the stylus placed on it, you’re at the right VTF.

NAD Electronics C 588 Turntable Vinyl

The signal cable terminals are situated on the rear of the turntable underneath the tonearm. The braided wire inside the signal cable appears to be silver-coated copper, but I couldn’t verify that. Either method, it’s not so flimsy to make you assume NAD skimped on this element. I was pleasantly stunned not only that a sign cable was included with a turntable at this worth, nevertheless it was additionally of a better high quality than I’d anticipate. I then hooked up the included signal cable and its floor wire between the desk and my Ray Samuels Audio F-117 Nighthawk phono preamplifier.

The exterior change mode power supply comes with three interchangeable energy plug adapters. You select the one applicable to the type of power plug used in your neck of the woods, then plug it all into your AC energy plug. The plug is a standard-sized wall wart sort, so for those who don’t have a plug obtainable in an outlet, you’ll need an extension twine. I exploit an APC H10 power conditioner and this energy plug would not match instantly into the terminals on its back, so I used a 6-inch energy extension cable.

All in all, it took me about an hour to get the turntable set up into its default settings. It’s potential to additional refine the turntable in case you later determine to mount a special cartridge (more on that later). The tonearm’s vertical tracking angle (VTA), anti-skating, and azimuth may be adjusted. Even the height of the pulley might be adjusted if it ever slips down. NAD offers a superb guide describing the finer factors of configuration the turntable here.

In Use

If I might describe the NAD C 588 turntable with one word, that phrase can be “fun.” The music was energetic with an excellent sense of rhythm and timing. It undoubtedly acquired me tapping my toes. It was not the final word in detail; I couldn’t hear ultra-low-level details like breath towards a microphone or the creak of the picket stool a songwriter was sitting on when she sang, but one can’t actually anticipate that kind of resolution and detail at this worth point. The music performed by this turntable did not draw me in so much as make me need to simply go together with it and luxuriate in. Like listening to music at a party.

Channel separation and soundstaging have been ok for me to listen to the place the drums have been placed with rock music, and I might hear the shimmer and decay of cymbals over the remainder of the music pretty nicely. I might get an excellent sense of the move of a observe – I might distinguish it in relation to different notes occurring on the similar time, and yet still hear its beginning, center, and end. With acoustic jazz albums, I might place the drums, bass fiddle, piano, and horn participant on the soundstage.

I didn’t hear any distracting sibilance because the tonearm approached the internal grooves, which is something I’ve encountered with inexpensive turntables utilizing straight tonearms. The tonearm did a very good job of protecting the stylus within the grooves appropriately wherever it was on the document.

NAD Electronics C 588 Turntable Leg

I consider this turntable punches above its weight and worth point in its default configuration, without having anything added to have an effect on its sound high quality. However I discovered the bass response a bit missing in punch or focus. With rock music, particularly, you actually need to hear and really feel the complete thump of the bass guitar. I might undoubtedly hear the bass guitar, however I needed to listen to it better.

So, I couldn’t resist making an attempt to make it better. I’m an inveterate tweaker and could not resist making an attempt out a 400-gm report weight and my Herbie’s Audio Lab Means Wonderful II turntable mat. I find that both of those gadgets do tend to improve the sound quality of my Garrard 301 and Thorens TD-124 turntables, so why not attempt them on the NAD C Electronics 488?

Placing my 400-gm document weight went a very great distance toward tightening the overall focus of the music, and the bass notes particularly. (This was with the included felt mat nonetheless on the glass platter.) With the document weight on, I might higher distinguish the start, middle, and end of every time the player plucked his bass guitar string.

And once I changed the stock felt mat with the Method Wonderful II mat, sounds started to float extra freely across the soundstage, as I consider the vinyl was rather more secure and the stylus was less susceptible to micro-movements and could extract more low-level detail out of the grooves. The definition of each instrument in the sound stage additionally gained more focus.

In fact, adding a thicker turntable mat requires that you simply modify the tonearm’s VTA, to keep the tonearm degree and keep proper stylus geometry. Which brings me to another nice and shocking point concerning the C 588 turntable: its tonearm is absolutely adjustable. You possibly can modify all of its main vectors: anti-skate, azimuth, VTA, and VTF. This means you should use the C 588 with quite a lot of cartridges and report mats. So, you’ll be able to tweak the C 588 to greatest meet the needs of your ears and synergy of your system, which is certain to significantly improve the longevity of the C 588. Not dangerous for a $799 turntable.

I measured the velocity and accuracy of the turntable with the RPM Pro software on my iPhone X. The app measured 33.41 rpm and 45.22 rpm for the two-speed settings. These are deviations nicely within broadcast standards and nicely outdoors of the audible range. I did notice that upon starting the turntable chilly, it took about two minutes for the wow and flutter to subside and the platter to spin at a gentle pace. One thing to remember, but undoubtedly not a deal breaker.

Electric Café

Kraftwerk “Electric Café”

This album’s onomatopoetic opener, “Boom Boom Tschak” options extreme soundstage panning, deep bass notes, and sufficient 1980s nostalgia to provide any turntable a leg warmer-equipped exercise. The C 588 dealt with the music’s extremes admirably, but that is the place the good thing about the document weight and turntable mat actually turned obvious.

As quickly as I put the load on the report, the soundstage exploded. Immediately, the front-to-back and side-to-side motion of the music, which is an important facet of this digital music, turned more lively and simpler to pinpoint. Simply put, more music began coming out of my speakers. Good fun without the tweaks, and even higher enjoyable with the tweaks.

The Shape Of Jazz To Come

Ornette Coleman “The Shape Of Jazz To Come”

I take pleasure in using the acoustic free jazz recordings of the 1960s to check audio gear, particularly these which function bands of 5 or fewer musicians. These recordings are wonderful exemplars of how subtleties in tempo and timbre could be captured after which reproduced by a sound system.

For this session, Ornette Coleman played a plastic Grafton saxophone, and the NAD turntable and Ortofon cartridge have been able to distinguishing between the plastic saxophone’s sometimes shrill timbre and the warm brassiness of Don Cherry’s pocket trumpet as they danced around each other. Holding all of it down was Billy Higgins on drums and Charly Haden on bass fiddle, and the NAD produced a soundstage large enough for me to listen to the place these two have been located. And whereas dynamics and softness hold their very own in these musical conversations, the Ortofon cartridge dug deep enough into the grooves to let me know when one thing sudden and loud occurred. General, the spirit of the recording was portrayed nicely by the turntable and cartridge.



  • Wonderful Ortofon 2M Pink cartridge included and configured
  • Offers energetic and interesting analog sound
  • Absolutely adjustable tonearm
  • Engaging build high quality and finish

Would Like To See

  • A better-quality turntable mat

NAD’s C 588 is a turntable that may present rich and dependable analog playback for a few years. It’s engaging and gives fairly a number of features not often found at its worth level. While it may be simply loved with its out-of-the-box settings, additionally it is absolutely configurable, which is certain to be engaging to these of us who take pleasure in fine-tuning and tweaking turntables.