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Clearaudio Performance DC - Black/Silver - TT5

Turntable with TT5 tonearm and Essence MC cartridge

Article code: TP062B



The Performance DC package consists of
- Performance DC - Turntable
- Tonearm: Clarify carbon tonearm 
- Virtuoso V2 MM cartridge
- CMB (Ceramic-Magnetic-Bearing)

Clearaudio Performance SE Turntable
First we brought you the Performance, the most advanced of our packages combining turntable, tonearm and cartridge. Then we created the Performance SE (Second Edition) with its superior plinth construction. Now with the Performance DC, we combine a new built-in DC motor with a superior POM platter to deliver a turntable package in a whole new class.

Features of the Performance DC include:
- A built-in DC motor, which has already proved its performance and design advantages in several of our higher-end turntables such as the Innovation and Ovation. The result is not only a sleeker design, but also an improved smoothness and finer adjustment of speeds.
- Three speeds, including 78 rpm, in contrast to the Performance SE’s two, with electronic speed change at the touch of a button.
- A precision-machined 40mm-thick black POM platter delivering excellent acoustic properties.
- Integrated patented Clearaudio ceramic magnetic bearing (CMB). While most turntable bearings use a metal spindle spinning in a housing with a ball-bearing separating the two, Clearaudio’s bearing is aligned with a non-magnetic ceramic spindle and effectively floated on air by a magnetic field. This reduces friction, wear and noise by avoiding any point of load.
- The chassis features an aluminium/high-density fibreboard sandwich construction to produce a platform with greater stability.
- A timeless, elegant design featuring clean lines and sleek black finish.

The Performance DC is typically sold as a package, complete with Clearaudio’s Clarify carbon tonearm and Virtuoso V2 MM cartridge, offering a complete solution to the audiophile looking for excellent sound performance and elegant design, combined with ease of set-up and use.

- Construction: Resonance-optimised turntable, highly compressed wood chassis in sandwich construction embedded between two aluminium plates. 
- Speed ranges: 33 1/3, 45 and 78 rpm 
- Drive unit (motor): Decoupled and resonance damped DC motor, drive belt and plug-in power supply unit designed for worldwide use with all networks and power frequencies. 
- Rumble: DIN IEC 98 by method A / 92 dB 
- Bearing: Cut and polished ceramic shaft in a sintered bronze bushing, Clearaudio ceramic magnetic bearing (CMB) 
- Platter: CNC precision-machined black coloured POM platter, 40mm thickness 
- Speed variation: +/ - 0.03 % 
- Weight: Approx. 11.5 kg incl. motor 
- Dimensions: (w/d/h in inches): Approx. 16.54 x 12.99 x 5.11 
- Dimensions: (w/d/h in mm): Approx. 420 x 330 x 130

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!

- Cartridge weight: 8.0 g
- Frequency response: 20 Hz – 40 kHz
- Output Voltage: 0.4 mV at 5 cm/s
- Crosstalk: > 32 dB
- Channel difference: < 0.3 dB
- Tracking ability: 80 μm
- Rec. tracking force: 2.0 gr. (± 0.2 gr.)
- Cartridge Impedance: 11 Ohms
- Cantilever: Boron
- Stylus shape: Micro Line
- Compliance: 9 μ/mN
- Coil assembly: —
- Coil material: OFC – copper
- Cartridge body: Aluminium-Magnesium alloy with ceramic surface layer

CMB (Ceramic-Magnetic-Bearing)
The Clearaudio CMB (Ceramic Magnetic Bearing) is a result of long-term research and development and is based on a Clearaudio patent. Two aligned opposing magnetic fields are perfectly aligned one on top of the other, thereby rejecting each other. The magnetic fields are completely shielded from the outside through the careful application of very sophisticated materials. A high precision ceramic vertical axle fits perfectly into a bronze bearing. This perfect fit is essential and can only be achieved through the highest precision hand polishing. High-performance synthetic oil is used for lubrication. The combination of these carefully selected components produces the effect of the platter floating by itself on an air cushion, and not on a ball bearing or bearing point.The results of this magnetic bearing are one of the lowest frictions in turntable bearing design and until now, un-reached rumble measurements, and an unbeatable new standard in speed accuracy.


€ 4950.00