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The Clearaudio CONCEPT Turntable sets a new timeline in turntable engineering. Highest demands and made in Germany, combined with technology and a timeless design start a New Era.
Beneath the refined, contemporary exterior lies a level of technical sophistication unique to Clearaudio. The Concept's chassis comprises a core of natural medium-density wood fibre within an aluminium surround and upper layer incorporating a high tech synthetic compound. This composite of materials eliminates the detrimental effects caused by unwanted vibrations.
The DC motor is fed by an external voltage-stabilised power supply and is completely decoupled from the chassis, isolating the record from any mechanical interference. The Concept tonearm features a magnetic bearing that is friction-free for extremely low distortion and superb performance. The package is completed with the high-quality Clearaudio MM Concept cartridge. With the Concept turntable package, Clearaudio offers you an extremely innovative design that is very affordable.
The revolutionary Concept combines the highest quality of music playback with a design that has won several awards worldwide – including the German Design Award and 'Best Turntable' award from 'What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision' magazine. With the Concept, to find an affordable entry point to the high-end world is a breeze. It reveals the magic of optimum sound reproduction even for those music lovers who could not previously afford this experience. You can buy the Concept in a package with specially developed moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) cartridges. A frictionless magnetic bearing tonearm is responsible for the optimal performance of the cartridges. All critical parameters from cartridge tracking weight to anti-skating are preadjusted in the factory. The Concept represents the ideal of stress-free 'plug and play': unpack, connect, put the record on the platter – and just enjoy music. There was never more audiophile technology in this class of turntables.
- Resonance-optimised chassis - Friction free tonearm with magnetic bearing technology
33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM
Drive unit (motor):
Decoupled DC motor with low noise bearings
Polished and tempered steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing, runs on a mirror of Teflon
Black coloured POM, 30 mm thickness
approx. 7,5 kg incl. motor, tonearm and cartridge
Dimensions (W/D/H in inches):
approx. 16,54 x 13,78 x 5,51
Dimensions (W/D/H in mm):
approx. 420 x 350 x 140
I bought the Concept table from AS to use as a dedicated mono deck. I did not use the packaged MM cart so this review is about the table and arm. Changing cart was not complicated, azimuth and VTA were straightforward, although getting VTF and antiskate were a little tricky with the Verify arm and magnetic bearing, as adjusting one will affect the other, but patience and small adjustments at a time will get it dialed in just right. Build quality of this deck is outstanding. Sound quality is excellent. The motor is quiet and rumble is inaudible, and gives the cart a very black background. The Verify arm with the unusual magnetic bearing is different but still excellent. Lots of well controlled bass, and good detail. A bargain at the price in my book.Pros: build quality, excellent sound, quiet motor, priceCons: Verify arm with magnetic bearing takes a little patience to dial in
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