Clearaudio Concept MC turntable w Concept tonearm + MC cart - Black/Black

CL 17 TT CONB MC
NZ$ 3,250.00 ea (incl. GST)
Clearaudio

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

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The Clearaudio Concept turntable has been the most successful Clearaudio turntable to date, winning three consecutive What Hi-Fi? Sound & Vision awards, perhaps the most coveted award in the consumer electronics market.  The Concept with its magnetic bearing tonearm, and cartridge pre-installed leaves the factory ready aligned and set up for a true high fidelity plug & play experience.

CONCEPT = Innovative concept at a very attractive price quality ratio.
CONCEPT = Multi award and accolade winner including:

Stereophile Recommended Component
TAS-The Absolute Sound: Editors Choice 2011 award
TAS-The Absolute Sound: Product of the Year 2010 award
What HiFi Sound & Vision: Product of the Year 2009 
award

Highest demands and made in Germany, combined with technology and a timeless design start a New Era. It is equipped with an innovative tonearm with a friction free magnetic bearing. A high quality moving magnet cartridge is completing this set up. All adjustments are already completed at the clearaudio factory, even the tracking- and antiskating force are adjusted. This genuine, timeless and modern design guarantees a flawless musical enjoyment for deca

Clearaudio Concept Combo - A New, Gorgeous "Black an Black"Turntable Package That's Simple to Set-Up and Use... What a Concept!

New Black / Blackl Finish - Classic Looks, Fantastic Sound!

The Clearaudio Concept is a new complete analog package that comes fully set-up so you can start listening to music right out of the box. This is a beautiful turntable/tonearm/cartridge combination! Finished in piano black and surrounded in stainless steel for a spectacular, modern look, the Clearaudio Concept makes playing vinyl simple and fun. Wait until you hear how good this turntable sounds with either of the two cartridges designed specifically for it, the Concept MM or the Concept MC.

“The Concept has a very neutral overall sound, with a weight and openness that I’ve yet to experience at this price point. It’s rare that a table at this price point has enough low-level detail to really define the hall characteristics of the recording, but again the Concept passed with flying colours. I feel this table is the new benchmark in its price class. It combines simple setup with stunning good looks and performance to match. We are happy to award the Clearaudio Concept one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2010!” …….. Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio, August 2010

The Clearaudio Concept comes equipped with the new Magnify tonearm making this a complete, great sounding package. The Concept makes it easy to get started and is such a great table, it will really give you a real taste of high-end vinyl playback. Grab some of your favourite records and get prepared to spend all night in analog bliss.

“The Concept's simplicity is a big part of its charm, a ‘plug and play’ product straight from the box. It’s worth taking a moment to admire the Concept’s clean design and substantial finish. Dynamic potency is never in doubt, and the Concept’s timing is crisp enough to grant momentum and drive to the trickiest of recordings without losing composure or focus. It’s not all that long until Awards time again around these parts, and given the Clearaudio Concept’s mighty showing here, it seems odds-on to make the shortlist!”

- What HiFi, UK Magazine, 5-Star Review

The new chassis is optimised for superior resistance to vibration and features a rounded high-mass plinth with a stainless steel surrounding it. The new specially-designed 1.2" Delrin platter is precision milled to provide a stable platform for your records and assists in maintaining accurate speed control. This belt-drive system uses a decoupled DC motor which helps keep noise away from the platter and stylus.

The Concept plays 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM, so no matter what record you choose from your collection a simple turn of the speed dial is all it takes.

• New 2piece 30mm thick Delrin platter - Black radiused high mass plinth with compact footprint
• Polished Tempered-Steel Bearing Shaft within sintered bronze bushings 
• Mirror Polished Teflon Thrust Pad
• Belt-driven by a Decoupled DC Motor  incorporating an extremely low noise bearing
• 33, 45 and 78 rpm at a Turn of a Dial
• Verify Tonearm w/ a Friction-Free Magnetic Bearing
• Factory Mounted/Aligned Concept MC Cartridge
• Made in Germany The clearaudio CONCEPT Turntable sets a new timeline in turntable manufacturing.

Stereophile Review
Fitted with the Concept MC cartridge, Clearaudio's plug'n'play Concept turntable-tonearm-cartridge combo is exceptionally attractive, easy to set up and use, and seems better built than its price would suggest. It's a quiet, smooth performer that excels at midrange smoothness and transparency of the sort that makes speakers seem to vanish—even my $65,000/pair speakers.

What Hifi Review
The Clearaudio Concept is a great all-rounder: it's easy to set up, easy to use and sounds great. At this price point, it's king.

Audiophilia Review
Analogue has been buried, creamated, decimated many times over the past fifty years. All, premature. Yet, the iPod generation is now getting grey hair and that scares me a little. I’m not sure that the dental floss, massive platter, vacuum pump, dodgy arm brigade Renaissance will continue. But, audiophiles will always want a good system to play records, and at a solid price. Rega, Pro-Ject, and Roksan offer great gear at good prices. I’ve loved my time with Roksan and Rega, however, if I had to choose one, it’d be the Clearaudio Concept. It’s a dream for analogue fans on an austerity program. As such, buy with confidence. Very highly recommended.

tech radar Review
If the disc is rock, the Concept rocks. If jazz, it swings. If romantic, it smooches. Watching the analogue renaissance over the last few years has been a heartening experience. Clearaudio's combination of audio and aesthetic design has produced a winning combination here which we feel sure will both win converts and keep them devoted to the analogue cause.

TAS Review
It offers a hugely rewarding analog experience at a very attractive price...terrific German build and finish...a hands-down bargain.

Red Dot Design Award
Clearaudio is proud to be awarded also for the latest turntable "Concept" in the category entertainment technology and cameras with the red dot product design award 2010. With more than 11,000 submissions from 61 countries, the international "red dot design award" is the largest and most renowned design competition in the world. In the competition 2010 more than 1.800 companies from 57 countries all over the world took part with high quality products.

Plus X Award 2010
One of the most encompassing hallmarks of excellence a product can possibly acquire is the award for "High Quality", for it embodies the manufacturer's effort to deliver nothing but the utmost quality on the one hand and, on the other, the seal represents both durability and sustainability. Hence, "High Quality" products are contrasting strongly with the bulk of mass-produced goods that are made for prompt consumption and replacement. "High Quality" products are genuine investments into the future.

Pro-K Product of the Year:
Clearaudio was awarded for the new turntable "Concept" from the pro-K - association of semi-finished and consumer plastic products in the category: entertainment & telecommunication electronics with the title "product of the year 2010."

Features

Specifications

Features

The advantages of the clearaudio CONCEPT turntable:
+ all parameters completely adjusted at the clearaudio factory
+ absolute perfection in finishing, made in Germany
+ Innovative technology and materials
+ friction free tonearm magnetic bearing technology
+ all three speeds possible, 33 1/3, 45 und 78 RPM
+ decoupled DC motor with extreme low noise bush bearings
+ precision belt drive
+ separate made in Germany power supply

Specifications

Black radiused, resonance-optimised, high mass plinth with compact footprint
2 piece Delrin 30mm thick platter
Polished tempered steel bearing shaft within sintered bronze bushings 
Mirror polished teflon thrust pad
Belt-driven by a decoupled DC motor incorporating an extremely low noise bearing
33, 45 and 78 rpm at a turn of a dial
Verify tonearm features a friction-free magnetic bearing, allowing factory mounting and alignment 
Factory Mounted/Aligned Concept MC Cartridge.

Construction details:
Concept (MC) Moving Coil cartridge

Resonance-optimised chassis - Black top / Black radiused edging
Friction free Verify tonearm with magnetic bearing technology
Speed ranges: 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM
Drive unit (motor): Decoupled DC motor with low noise bearings
Bearing:  Polished and tempered steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing, runs on a mirror of Teflon
Platter:  Black coloured POM, 30 mm thickness
Speed variation:  ±0,04 %
Weight:  approx. 7,5 kg incl. motor, tonearm and cartridge
Dimensions (W/D/H in mm): approx. 420 x 350 x 140