Clearaudio Concept-Active turntable w inbuilt MM phono, preamp & H/phone amp

CL 18 TT CONA MM
NZ$ 3,500.00 ea (incl. GST)
Clearaudio

"Take the best and make it better, only then is it just good enough." Peter Suchy

New

CONCEPT ACTIVE - Unique, All-In-One, Preassembled, Plug & Play turnable package.

The unit includes:
1) Preassembled turntable w/ tonearrm & M/M cartridge. 
2) Built-in Phono amplifier 
3) Built-In Preamplifier with volume control, 
4) Built-In Headphone amplifier
The whole package can be connected directly to a power amplifier or any integrated amplifier or even direct to a pair of active loudspeakers and ready to play.

The concept active package is available in a choice of finishes including a ‘wood’ version. It is available with either our innovative, frictionless, magnetic bearing concept tonearm or our special model with Satisfy Kardan Aluminium tonearm. 

Choose too, from our specially developed moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) concept cartridges.

All critical parameters from cartridge tracking weight to anti-skating are preadjusted in our factory. With the concept active’s integrated Clearaudio phonostage, move between headphone listening and listening over amp through your speakers.

The excellent integrated headphone amplifier is suitable for all premium, dynamic headphones.

The new Clearaudio Concept Active turntable has an integrated headphone amplifier, so that if you listen via headphones, you can just plug them directly into the turntable and start spinning your vinyl straight away. It is available in a choice of MM or MC a choice of finishes and has a MM/MC phono stage and pre-amplifier built in, so you can connect it directly to a pair of active loudspeakers. And because it has its own volume control, you can also connect it directly to a power amplifier. Plus, of course, you could plug it into the line-level input of any integrated amplifier or AV receiver.

‘The exceptionally affordable Clearaudio Concept turntable has been an undisputed success for the brand, winning an impressive seven What Hi-Fi? Awards, a Sound & Image Award and it was Sound & Vision’s Product of the Year,’
‘Clearaudio’s new Concept Active is brilliantly simple: to deliver an elegantly styled turntable package that sports a level of groundbreaking technology usually only found in much higher-end decks, combining plug-and-play simplicity with outstanding sound quality and affordability.’

The Concept Active turntable includes Clearaudio’s innovative Concept tonearm, featuring magnetic bearings designed to eliminate bearing friction and bearing noise and optionally includes Clearaudio’s Concept V2 MM or Concept MC cartridge… or you can fit any other compatible phono cartridge. If you choose to have a Clearaudio cartridge pre-installed, the turntable will be delivered with that cartridge factory-aligned and with the tonearm calibrated for everything from tracking force to anti-skating. You can adjust gain, add an infrasonic filter, fine-tune platter speed and select between two active output modes, or a passive mode.

As with the original Concept turntable, the new Active version is belt-driven to its three available speeds (33⅓, 45 and 78rpm) via a flat belt linked to a decoupled and resonance-damped d.c. motor with a speed accuracy of better than 0.05%. The 30mm thick synthetic main platter sits atop an aluminium sub-platter whose polished and tempered stainless steel spindle runs in a sintered bronze housing on Teflon bearings. The plinth is a three-layer ‘sandwich’ construction comprised of a black acrylic top plate and two layers of lacquer-finished MDF (unless you choose the ‘Wood’ version, which replaces the MDF layers with birch plywood). 

Specifications

Specifications

CONSTRUCTION DETAILS: Resonance-optimised body, highly compressed wood chassis, core of natural medium-density wood fibre within an aluminium surround and upper layer incorporating a high tech synthetic compound
SPEED RANGES: 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 rpm
DRIVE UNIT:  Decoupled and resonance damped DC motor, flat belt-drive and plug-in power supply unit designed for worldwide use with all networks and power frequencies
BEARING:  Polished and tempered steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing, runs on a mirror of Teflon
PLATTER:  Synthetic material, CNC-precision milled surface, 30mm thickness / 1.18 inch. Aluminium subplatter.
SPEED ACCURACY (MEASURED):  ± 0.05 %
POWER CONSUMPTION:  Max. consumption: 5.5 Watt / Off mode: 0.0 Watt
AMPLIFICATION OF THE INTEGRATED PHONOPREAMP BY 1KHZ +52 dB (MM mode):  +72 dB (MC mode)
AMPLIFICATION OF THE INTEGRATED PHONOPREAMP BY 1KHZ < 0,02 % (MM mode):  < 0,03 % (MC mode)
THD OF THE INTEGRATED PHONOPREAMP:  -74 dB (MM mode) / -64 dB (MC mode)
S/N OF THE INTEGRATED PHONOPREAMP:  ± 0,5 dB
RIAA ACCURACY OF THE INTEGRATED PHONOPREAMP:  47 kOhm
MAX. OUTPUT VOLTAGE OF THE INTEGRATED PHONOPREAMP:  < 10V
TOTAL WEIGHT: Approx. 7.6kg (incl. tonearm and cartridge)
DIMENSIONS:  approx. 420W x 350D x 125H mm (with tonearm)