"Recommended Component" 2013 - Stereophile
"Excellence is Precisely What You Should Expect"
The Ovation incorporates the technology of Clearaudio's Innovation series of turntables in a more affordable design that offers the Clearaudio Concept's ease of use. Ovation's innovative optical speed control (OSC) with built-in infrared sensor precisely measures and maintains the proper speed with less than ±0.05 deviation. The decoupled three-speed motor contributes to the smooth and very quiet performance.
Stereophile magazine honored the Clearaudio Ovation by including it in its "Recommended Components" list for 2013. "The Ovation had a smooth, cohesive, and organic overall sound that combined sweet highs, a warm midrange, and taut bass," said the magazine.
"Based on my many enjoyable listening sessions excellence is precisely what you should expect from the Ovation," reports Wayne Garcia, in his October 2011 review in The Absolute Sound magazine. "I view the Ovation as a major success. Clearaudio has easily met its goal of bridging the gap between high-end sound and real-world convenience."
Panzerholz 'Sandwich' Construction
Material and construction excellence are major components to this turntable. The sophisticated 'sandwich' composition takes maximum advantage of two different materials. The Ambient's combination of brushed aluminum and bulletproof plywood (Panzerholz) provides a truly non-resonant chassis that resists ringing and energy storage that can otherwise stand between you and your music.
Until you've heard the benefits of this construction, you don't even know what you've been missing in your music. For additional resonance control, the plinth is mass loaded and internally damped with stainless steel shot damping tiles.
1.5"-Thick Milled Delrin Platter
The 1.5"-thick Delrin platter with weighted rim provides the stability and mass you need for vinyl playback. The mass helps the turntable maintain absolutely precise speed, while the acrylic material is non-resonant to the max. The machined aluminum sub-platter also contributes to Ovation's stable performance.
Like other Clearaudio turntables, the Ovation uses the company's absolutely ingenious CMB ceramic magnetic bearing assembly. The ultra-smooth ceramic material provides an extremely low friction bearing. It works in tandem with magnetic resistance to virtually 'float' the platter in place and act like a shock absorber to aid with isolation.
Factory Mounted Clarify Tonearm
The Ovation comes with a factory-mounted high-quality Clarify tonearm. The Clarify features a magnetic bearing, carbon fiber armwand, machined aluminum headshell, and a low-center-of-gravity counterweight assembly that's adjusted by an internal mechanism.
The Ovation also includes adjustable leveling and locking feet from the Innovation turntable for easy set-up. It is available in silver or black with natural wood or piano black lacquer finish.
"Based on my many enjoyable listening sessions excellence is precisely what you should expect from the Ovation... I view the Ovation as a major success. Clearaudio has easily met its goal of bridging the gap between high-end sound and real-world convenience. This easy-to-set-up, maintain, and operate package will bring its owners years of musical satisfaction. And that counts for us audiophiles as well as 'normal' people."
- Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound magazine, October 2011