Any new Clearaudio turntable owners? Ovation, performance & Concept specifically ?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by honestabe316, Apr 20, 2017.

  1. honestabe316

    honestabe316 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I recently purchased a performance dc and just curious as to how others feel about thier tables...
     
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  2. Concept Wood here, with Satisfy tonearm and Concept MC cartridge. Every time I think I should upgrade from this relatively low-end 'table I marvel at what amazing sound the setup produces. It also has been quite reliable and seems solidly built. I've only had to replace the belt once when speed started to noticeably vary. The new belt solved the issue.
     
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  3. honestabe316

    honestabe316 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I recently bought the performance DC with the clarify arm and an Ortofon 2M black cartridge. I upgraded from a Technics sl-1600 with a Stanton 681eee cartridge. The difference was far better than I thought it would be. Looking at the lineup of Clearaudio tables that are offered, I would like to set a goal of getting the ovation in 2 or 3 years. I think I can enjoy the DC till then.....
     
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  4. I've thought a lot about upgrading to the Ovation or maybe even the Innovation Basic or Compact. I like Clearaudio a lot...great quality and sound.

    Neither here nor there, but I've also been tempted recently by some beautiful vintage restored 'tables my local dealer has...Garrard 301's and Thorens TD124's.
     
  5. honestabe316

    honestabe316 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    The magnetic platter bearing and magnetic tone arm were the big selling point for me. Such a quiet table....
     
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  6. honestabe316

    honestabe316 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    And the German engineering
     
  7. wgb113

    wgb113 Forum Resident

    Location:
    Chester County, PA
    I just picked up a Concept Wood with Satisfy arm an MM cartridge. I haven't spent enough time with it yet to honestly comment on it's sound but build quality is impressive coming from my trusty 5 year old Pro-Ject Debut Carbon.

    I'm still interested to see what Rega puts in the P6 and what the Technics SL-1200GR hits the street at. If neither of those catch my interest I'll start saving for a better cart for the Concept.
     
  8. StuJM84

    StuJM84 Active Member

    Location:
    Kent, UK
    Ive owned a Concept MM for a few months now and love it. I know that I can (and will) upgrade the cart at somepoint in time but even in this trim, it sounds great to me and I couldn't be happier. In time I'm sure i'll try moving up the ladder and getting a higher end table and if I do, I think I could see myself sticking with Clearaudio.
     
  9. paddycook

    paddycook Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bay Area
    I'm a concept owner trying to decide whether to move up to a Performance or an Ovation. Will keep the Concept and put a mono cart on it.
     
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  10. cadeallaw

    cadeallaw Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Dayton, OH
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    Big fan... Almost went with a VPI Classic 1 from the internetz, but got to demo this for a few weeks and decided to pull the trigger. I got the Satisfy carbon fiber tonearm. I also upgraded the cartridge to the AT Art-9.
     
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  11. Jerry Garcia Jr

    Jerry Garcia Jr Active Member

    Location:
    Sweden
    I bought a Clearaudio Performance DC a couple of weeks ago. I had some problems initially - the 'table was incredibly sensitive to footfalls. If I moved just a little bit, it would skip. But it turned out I hadn't set it up 100 % correct. Now I have no such issues. My table is not completely silent, I can here the motor working when I am close to it. But it is not an issue. Overall I am very happy with this turntable. Sounds mighty fine!

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  12. honestabe316

    honestabe316 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    What was the set up problem causing footfall issues?
     
  13. Jerry Garcia Jr

    Jerry Garcia Jr Active Member

    Location:
    Sweden
    To be honest I am not sure. I made several changes to the initial setup. I put some rubber stuff under the cabinet the turntable sits on, and also under the table itself, and then I tweaked the VTA, tracking force and anti-skating. I'm not sure which one of these things made the difference, or if it was a combination. But it all works perfectly now - I have no issues at all, and I will keep this turntable for many years.

    Is your Performance DC completely silent?
     
  14. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    I have the Ovation and love it. I did swap out the tonearm because it doesn't track difficult passages as well as I'd like. As we all know, tracking ability is just one aspect of tonearm performance, but that Clarity arm with magnetic suspension is a little unorthodox. I would look at it carefully before buying.
     
  15. paddycook

    paddycook Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Bay Area
    What did you swap it for?
     
  16. honestabe316

    honestabe316 Forum Resident Thread Starter

    I think I have a loose floor board that runs under my entertainment center as I had the same problem with my Technics sl-1600.....fortunately my system is in a room where I'm usually only one in there....when I do walk around that one are it affects the music....I don't have much choice in moving the center so I am probably going to build a wall shelf in time.....or a ceiling suspended shelf. I will use rods and not cables to avoid swaying.....other than when that board gets stepped on this is so quiet....I listen about 5-6 feet from the deck and can hear no motor noise......nothing....it's great
     
  17. drbryant

    drbryant Forum Resident

    Clearaudio's Universal tonearm. Aesthetically, it isn't a great match for the Ovation, and you can't use the VTA lifter (which allows adjustment of tracking angle "on the fly"), but performance in the tracking test record I use is very good.
     
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  18. I bet. That arm looks like it would be great. It's their top-of-the-line radial arm.
     

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