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The Performance DC is a complete package designed to open up the high-end listening experience to those ambitious music lovers who are willing to deal with the basic features of tonearm and cartridge adjustment, and who simply seek the best in music reproduction. A newly developed DC motor with high precision bearings and belt drive, in conjunction with a platter of 40mm-thick POM which rests on a Clearaudio ceramic magnetic bearing (CMB), provide optimal conditions for the correct sampling of the record groove.
The elegant and simple appearance of the Performance DC with its clear lines matches its excellent audio performance.TT5 Tonearm
Why go tangetial? In a conventional pivoted tonearm, the arm is 'dragged' across the record's surface by the stylus following the record groove. A similar motion occurs in Clearaudio's tangential tonearms, but the arm moves tangentially, with the stylus propelling the tonearm along a linear bearing which comprises a carriage running on precision rollers along a meticulously polished glass rail.
The cartridge therefore remains parrallel to the record groove, following the same path as the cutting head did when making the record, thus eliminating any lateral tracking error. And since the record groove, stylus, cantilever and tonearm are perfectly aligned, no side forces are generated and so anti-skating compensation is no longer required.
Tracking force and azimuth are easily and finely adjustable so that the cartridge and stylus are always in the perfect position to read the musical information in the record groove.
The affordable solution. With the TT5, Clearaudio offers vinyl fans a more affordable entry point into tangential tonearm technology. The TT5's surprising and excellent value for money is down to eschewing one or two of the features of its 'big brothers', the TT2 and TT3.
For example, the TT5 adopts a new, fully rigid design. However, for those who still want the convenience the bigger arms' ability to swing out of the way when loading records, Clearaudio have created the optional TT5 swing base which, as it's name suggests, allows the entire arm assembly to be swung out of the way when changing records.
Essence MC Cartridge
Take the best and make it better"… sometimes the Clearaudio motto proves to be quite a challenge. Especially when it calls for a brand new cartridge design that will improve upon our entry-level concept mc cartridge but without breaking a key price point!
How did we do it? By taking the 'essence' of the concept mc design and applying even tighter controls to every element of its construction. The boron cantilever, the micro-line stylus and of course the Clearaudio-patented moving coil generator have been subjected to the most stringent scrutiny, thus ensuring superb dynamics, fine resolution and channel matching of better than 0.5dB.
The electrical parameters are such that the essence mc will match with almost any MC phonostage, guaranteeing superb results: natural tonality, three-dimensional sound-staging, vivid dynamics and captivating musicality. That's the essence of our new MC!
Construction Details - Resonance-optimised turntable, highly compressed wood chassis in sandwich construction embedded between two aluminium plates, flat belt driven.
Speed Ranges - Comfortable speed change, 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 rpm (optional)
Drive Unit - Decoupled and resonance damped DC motor, drive belt and plug-in power supply unit designed for worldwide use with all networks and power frequencies.
Bearing - Cut and polished ceramic shaft in a sintered bronze bushing, Clearaudio ceramic magnetic bearing (CMB)
Platter - Synthetic material, surface CNC-precision milled, Surface CNC-precision milled, 1.1 inch / 40 mm thickness
Speed Accuracy (measured) - 0.05 %
Power Consumption - Max. consumption: 3.3 Watt, Consumption in operation: 1.6 Watt, Standby mode: < 0.5 Watt, Off mode: 0.0 Watt
Total Weight - Approx. 11.0 kgDimenstions (mm) - Approx. 420 x 330 x 125 (with tonearm)
Warranty - 2 years (5 years*)
* Only if the Manufacturer's guarantee card is filled out correctly and sent back within 2 weeks to Clearaudio.