“…the Clearaudio Ovation is a serious turntable. It is resolving, musical, and beautifully built. Clearaudio’s innovative use of materials and well-executed design make it a joy to use, to see, and to hear. Highly recommended.” – Erick Lichte, Stereophile, October 2012
The Ovation incorporates high-performance technology from the Clearaudio Innovation Wood series of turntables, but in a more affordable “lifestyle” design and echoing the award-winning ergonomics of the Clearaudio Concept turntable.
Similar to the Clearaudio Innovation Wood Compact, Innovation Wood, and Master Innovation Wood, the Ovation’s main chassis consists of a complex sandwich of materials: aluminum and bulletproof wood (Panzerholz). Within the precision-machined Panzerholz layer, Clearaudio has introduced an elaborate resonance-damping implementation unique to the Ovation turntable: an internal mat comprised of approximately 100,000 tiny stainless steel pellets.
The powerful and smooth DC motor is equipped with Clearaudio’s OSC (Optical Speed Control) technology, which continuously monitors a micro-infrared strobe to ensure exact speed stability. The motor drives a precision-machined aluminum sub-platter and 40mm POM (polyoxymethylene) platter, both of which are supported by Clearaudio’s patented CMB (Ceramic Magnetic Bearing).
With its interchangeable armboard technology, Ovation can accommodate a variety of 9-inch tonearms including the Clearaudio Satisfy, Tracer, TT5, and Universal tonearms. Available in Silver/Wood, Black/Wood, and upgraded Piano Black Lacquer finishes.
Panzerholz wood/aluminum sandwich plinth
Plinth mass loaded and internally damped with stainless steel shot damping tiles
Adjustable leveling and locking feet from Innovation.
40mm thick Delrin platter with weighted rim
Machined aluminum sub-platter
Inverted Ceramic Magnetic Bearing (CMB)
Decoupled 3 speed DC motor with Optical Speed Control (OSC)
Satisfy Carbon Fiber
The Satisfy CF (Carbon Fiber) tonearm features high-quality, handmade Swiss vertical and lateral bearings composed of polished sapphire. A carbon fiber arm tube is exceptionally rigid and reduces resonance for enhanced clarity. A two-piece aluminum headshell with adjustable azimuth allows the accurate alignment of any phono cartridge type. Anti-skating control is applied by an innovative magnetic system that acts on the side of the bearing housing. Clearaudio’s hardwired Direct Wire tonearm cable assures signal integrity, ideal for all high-quality cartridges, including low-output moving coils.
The Satisfy CF uses the Clearaudio/Linn standard mount, making it compatible with all Clearaudio turntables and an ideal replacement tonearm for other brand turntables.
The Tracer Tonearm is a pivoted tonearm with adjustable VTA, azimuth, and anti-skate. Tracer also features a mechanical bearing, precision VTF adjuster, and 1M DirectWire cable.
TT-5 Linear Tonearm
The new TT-5 linear tracking tonearm with Swing Base features a fixed, rigid construction. Like all Clearaudio linear tonearms, it moves tangentially with the record groove, pulling the armwand along a polished glass rod on precision rollers. The TT-5 Swing Base allows the entire arm to be swung out of the way when changing records, not compromising rigidity or performance.
The carefully hand-assembled Universal is Clearaudio’s finest pivoted tonearm. Its vertical and horizontal ball bearing assembly is precision-machined to ultra-high tolerances. The Universal features a three-piece carbon fiber arm tube, reducing resonances to a vanishing degree and delivering excellent performance with a wide range of phono cartridges. Its aluminum one-piece headshell allows for accurate azimuth adjustment, reduces mass, and increases rigidity. Additionally, fine adjustments for anti-skate and vertical tracking force (VTF) offers accurate alignment of any phono cartridge type. The Universal comes with easily interchangeable counterweights, allowing it to work with nearly any cartridge manufactured today. Its internal wiring is Clearaudio’s best Six Stream cable, as found on their Statement TT-1 tonearm. This assures superior signal integrity, and is ideal for all high-quality cartridges, including low-output moving coils. The Universal uses the Clearaudio/Linn standard mount, making it compatible with all Clearaudio turntables and an ideal replacement tonearm for other brand turntables.
|Construction details||Resonance optimized chassis with internal damping, belt driven with self adjusting speed control, dynamically balanced 40 mm / 1.5 inch POM platter|
|Speed ranges||33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM, convenient electronic controls|
|Motor||Decoupled DC motor with low-noise bearings|
|Bearing||CMB (ceramic magnetic bearing), polished and tempered steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing|
|Platter||CNC-machined POM (polyoxymethylene), 40 mm thickness|
|Speed accuracy||Less than +- 0.03 %|
|Weight||30 lbs with Clearaudio Clarify tonearm|
|Dimensions||16.5″ x 14″ x 6″|