Clearaudio Performance Turntable with Tracer Tonearm
The Clearaudio Performance contains all the design elements of precision turntables and adds super quiet magnetic levitation bearing.
The result is an incredible refined product.Made in Bavaria, Germany it is close to perfect, especially when it comes to price/performance and the materials used for production:
- The Tracer radial tonearm may look beautifully minimalistic, yet beneath its sleek design you’ll find a wealth of workmanship and a raft of smart details.
Drawing on engineering tricks from the finest watchmakers, it features a high-precision, lowfriction jeweled bearing, judiciously crafted from tungsten and sapphire. The carbon tonearm tube is both extremely rigid and very lightweight, giving a perfect combination of stability and agility.- The Performance DC’s main composite chassis sandwiches a medium density wood core between two massive anodized aluminum plates that creates a immensely stiff constrained layer sandwich. The result is a foundation for the tonearm that is free of resonance, and preserves dynamics and transients.- The powerful and smooth-running DC motor is mounted to the composite main chassis and is effectively decoupled for enhanced dynamic range. The motor and belt are hidden from view, protected from dust and UV. They drive a precision machined aluminum sub-platter coupled to a 40mm thick polyoxymethylene (POM) platter with weighted rim, supported by Clearaudio’s patented CMB.
- Clearaudio's patented Ceramic Magnetic Bearing (CMB) is the result of long-term research and development.
Two opposing magnetic fields are perfectly aligned one on top of the other, thereby rejecting each other. The magnetic fields are completely shielded from the outside through the careful application of very sophisticated materials. A high precision ceramic vertical shaft fits perfectly into a bronze bearing. This perfect fit is essential and can only be achieved through the highest precision hand polishing.
High-performance synthetic oil is used for lubrication. The combination of these carefully selected components produces the effect of the turntable platter effectively floating on an air cushion, rather than on a ball bearing or bearing point.
The result of this technology? One of the lowest levels of friction in turntable bearing design, previously unreached rumble measurements and an unbeatable new standard in speed accuracy.
- A 40mm thick acrylic platter rests on this bearing; it doesn’t need a mat. Why? Because the physical characteristics of acrylic are close to vinyl – so resonances bouncing around inside the record find an easy path into the platter, where they are damped away.
FOR YEARS CLEARAUDIO HAS BEEN FILLING ITS TREASURE CHESTS: WITH ITS OWN MAGNETIC BEARING, CARBON TONE-ARM, PICK-UP, PRECISION ENGINEERING KNOW HOW ... IN THE PERFORMANCE DC ALL OF THIS HAS NOW BEEN BROUGHT TOGETHER. IN THOROUGHLY ATTRACTIVE FORM, BUT AT A PRICE THAT IS MUCH TOO LOW.Andreas Günther
IF A PRODUCT SEEMS ALMOST TOO UPMARKET TO BE TRUE, YOU LOOK TWICE AS CRITICALLY AT THE MEASUREMENT RESULTS. BUT IN THE CASE OF THE PERFORMANCE DC THEY ARE PRETTY WELL PERFECT [...] ULTRA-STABLE AND WAY ABOVE THE PRICE CLASS.Andreas Günther
[...] ONE OF THE QUIETEST TURNTABLES I HAVE EVER HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW OR AUDITION. [...] THIS LITTLE LOT SHOULD COST A WHOLE LOT MORE.Chris Beeching
HIGH END FOR ALL - HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: CLEVER PLUG-AND-PLAY PACKAGE WITH UNCOMPLICATED, SUPERBLY MADE ANALOG TECHNOLOGY. SOUNDS EXQUISITE.Hans von Draminsky
|Construction details||Resonance optimized chassis with internal damping, belt-driven with user-adjustable speed control, dynamically balanced 40mm / 1.5-inch POM platter|
|Bearing||CMB (ceramic magnetic bearing)|
|Platter||CNC-machined POM (polyoxymethylene), 40 mm thickness|
|Motor||Decoupled DC motor with low-noise bearings|
|Speed ranges||33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM, convenient electronic controls|
|Speed accuracy||Less than +- 0.04 %|
|Weight||22 lbs with tonearm|
|Dimensions||16.5" x 14" x 6"|