Turntable Reviews

Clearaudio Concept Turntable

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Introduction

Recently in reviews, I've talked about the Loudness Wars that have infected many modern recordings and how music that I enjoy is rendered almost unlistenable by a bad recording. I imagine it might surprise many people to learn that most releases on vinyl require a different mastering technique than the digital release of the same album, and so many of the flaws of the digital master won't be present on the vinyl release. I tested the Clearaudio Concept Turntable with some modern albums recorded digitally and released on CD as well as Vinyl to prove my point.

Specifications

  • Design: Belt-driven with Decoupled DC Motor
  • Speeds: 33, 45, and 78 RPM
  • Platter: 30mm thick Delrin
  • Cartridge: Concept MM, 20 Hz – 20 kHz, 3.3 mV Output, 47 kOhm Load Resistance, 8.0 grams
  • Dimensions: 5.5" H x 16.5" W x 13.8" D
  • Weight: 16.5 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,499 USA
  • Clearaudio

I've had a turntable for a few years now and have used it a fair amount but still used my CD player or music server more often. Over the past few years, I have had the chance to hear much higher quality digital sources. I had wondered if moving up to a higher quality turntable would make as noticeable a difference as it had with a CD player, and it if would push me into listening to vinyl more often. After talking to Garth Leerer from Musical Surroundings at CEDIA, he was kind enough to send over their Clearaudio Concept turntable, along with their Nano Phono Preamp and the Concept MM and MC cartridges so I could see for myself.