Clearaudio Concept Turntable

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Expert Review

Clearaudio equals German engineering, and the Clearaudio Concept is a precision machine. However, unlike a finicky high-performance sports car, the Concept was designed to be, as much as possible, plug-and-play audiophile goodness. It usually is sold mated to a Clearaudio Concept cartridge (either MC or MM) and thus is ready to go as soon as you unpack it and hook it to your amplifier, pre-preamplifier, or receiver.

The chassis/plinth is optimized for noise isolation and no resonance, and the dense belt-driven Polyoxymethylene platter is over an inch thick. In another unusual feature that will be welcomed by audiophiles with vast collections, the Concept's DC motor has electronic speed control with three speeds - 33 1/3, 45, and 78!

The Clearaudio Concept provides a sound like the name - balanced, with good definition across the frequency ranges.If there is a caveat with this turntable it is that there have been reports it is more sensitive to footfalls. So, setting it on a wall stand or other isolation platform might be a good idea. It's a little more expensive too. If you need a player with built-in electronic speed control that includes 78 RPM, this is the choice.Rating: 4.25/5

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