Clearaudio, with its 'Concept' series, has developed a top-of-the-line product that is affordable and ready to use. Building on the success of the Concept line, the German manufacturer has enhanced the range with 'WOOD' versions. At first sight, you could think that a veneer has been added to the side of the turntable for a more vintage look! ...There is actually more to it than meets the eye!
In fact, this 'WOOD' version is not made of MDF like Clearaudio's Concept MC turntable, it features a multilayer birch wood veneer. The sonic benefits of this material are recognised by sound technicians and audiophiles. Many used multilayer wood to make high quality Hi-Fi cabinets. In the 70's, some British monitoring speakers (the best) were made out of multilayer birch wood to achieve better neutrality (Rogers LS5/9…).
The speed selector switch built into the turntable is one of the most complete in the range. Actually, without options, you can select between 33, 45 and 78 RPM! In this version, the DC motor features a control card with 3 mini potentiometers to control the platter's rotation on all 3 playback speeds! They are available on the side of the plinth at the back of the turntable. For accurate adjustments, you will need (Pro-Ject's Strobe It) stroboscopic disc. The platter is made of a high-density neutral composite material: P.O.M.
It features the great 9-inch tonearm with its magnetic bearing. To get the best out of Clearaudio's Concept MC Wood turntable, it has been paired with the great moving coil cartridge derived from Clearaudio's legendary Talisman, the Concept MC. As one would - and should - expect when changing to an MC cartridge, the sonic performance is taken to new heights! This turntable is clearly the most efficient one in the Concept range. It combines transparency, definition, vibrancy and presence...while boasting great articulation, impressive range and amazing subtlety. Naturally, you will need an MC phono preamplifier to match the capabilities of this Concept! It typically has the great tonal balance with a subtlety and smoothness of MC cartridges.
Clearaudio's Concept MC Wood turntable, in addition to being beautiful, boasts capabilities and a musicality that will satisfy audiophiles with the most exacting standards. Our top pick!
What Hi-Fi - 2015 Franck
Plinth: Birch multi-ply
Tonearm: 9 inch with magnetic bearing
Wiring: Directwire Plus
Cable length: 1.2 m
Phono cable characteristics: 156 pF/m. 0.52 µH/m. 0.46 Ω/m
Motor: High-precision DC
Spindle: Steel with bronze housing
Drive principle: Flat belt
Platter: Black POM, 30 mm thick
Speed: 33, 45, 78 rpm
Playback speed adjustment: Independent precision adjustment for all 3 playback speeds.
Stability: +/- 0.04%
Weight: 7.5 kg
Power supply: Outboard, 12 V/450 mA
Dimensions: 420x350x140 mm
Principle: Moving coil (MC)
Stylus: Micro line
Coil wire: OFC copper
Compliance: 9/9 U/nm
Tracking force: 1.8/2.2g
Output: 0.42 mV
Impedance: 11 Ohms
Frequency response: 20 Hz/20 Khz
Weight: 8 g