Listed in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide
"Turntable Product of the Year" 2009 - What Hi-fi? Magazine
"Product of the Year" 2010 - The Absolute Sound Magazine
"Best of Show" and "Greatest Bargain at RMAF" - The Absolute Sound Magazine
"At This Price Point, It's King"
When Germany's Clearaudio designs an entry level turntable, it's a real doozy. Just ask the editors at England's What Hi-fi? magazine, which honored the new Concept as a "Turntable Product of the Year" for 2009.
"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," raves What Hi-fi?.
"A Hugely Rewarding Analog Experience"
The Concept was honored by its inclusion in The Absolute Sound 2012 High-End Audio Buyer's Guide, which noted, "Clearaudio's Concept turntable and cartridge offer a hugely rewarding analog experience at a very attractive price… Couple this with terrific German build and finish, and the Concept is a hands down bargain."
The Absolute Sound gave the Concept double honors as both "Best of Show" and "Greatest Bargain" at the RMAF Rocky Mountain Audio Fest. The magazine's Jacob Heilbrun calls it "a steal. Yes, there are cheaper 'tables. But nothing at the lower end of the price spectrum that I've heard offers the level of resolution and black backgrounds that the Concept did."
"Greatest Bargain in High End Audio"
"Build and finish are superior. For sheer musical engagement and superb speed stability, it's the 'table to beat in this range," opines Wayne Garcia in the October 2010 issue of The Absolute Sound magazine, calling the Concept the "Greatest Bargain in High End Audio," in Issues 205 and 207.
"A Bargain Purchase"
"The Concept, while not an introductory turntable, excels at conveying just why vinyl remains the choice of the cognoscenti," says Ken Kessler in the July 2010 issue of England's Hi-fi News magazine. This is a bargain purchase for which you need never apologize."
Everything You Need Is Included
Clearaudio's Concept package has everything you need to start hearing new realism and detail in your vinyl right away! It comes equipped with the innovative Verify tonearm. An optional high-quality Concept moving magnet or moving coil cartridge completes the system.
Even though the Concept gives you a real taste of high-end analog audio, unlike pricier turntables, it isn't complicated to set up. There's no extended fuss involved with the Concept. The arm is pre-installed, and most adjustments have already been completed at the Clearaudio factory. So grab your favorite records, settle into your favorite chair, and you're ready to go.
The chassis shape is optimized for superior resonance control and features a radiused high mass aluminum plinth with a compact footprint. The two-piece 1.2"-thick platter is precision milled from Delrin to provide a stable platform for your records and assists in maintaining accurate speed control. The belt-drive system uses a decoupled DC motor with extremely low noise bush bearings.
The turntable bearings are especially well engineered, consisting of a polished and tempered steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing, running on what Clearaudio terms a 'mirror of Teflon'. Three speeds (33-1/3, 45, and 78 rpm) let you enjoy your entire record collection with the Concept. And you don't need to adjust the drive belt to change speeds. A turn of the dial does it.
Verify Tonearm and Optional Concept Cartridge
Included with the Concept is the new Verify tonearm, featuring an innovative friction-free magnet bearing for exceptionally smooth tracking. You can also choose to order the Concept with the Concept MM moving magnet cartridge or the Concept MC moving coil phono cartridge.