Back in Black: Incredible Speed Stability, Analog Smoothness, Immense Detail, Effortless Setup, and Elegant Musicality Define the Clearaudio Ovation Turntable with Black Tracer Tonearm
Classic elegance and reserved dignity. They're among the reasons the award-winning Clearaudio Ovation Black on Black turntable with Black Tracer tonearm doesn't immediately call attention to itself. By intention, its German engineering is clean and precise, prizing function and accuracy above all else. Yet it's the sum of these well-devised parts that makes this 'table sound so beautiful and work so well. Black on Black Ovation features a main chassis consisting of a complex-layered sandwich of aluminum, bulletproof Panzerholz wood, and an internal mat comprised of approximately 100,000 tiny noise-reducing stainless-steel pellets. A smooth, powerful DC motor and optical speed-control system drive a 1.5-inch platter resting on a patented ceramic-magnetic bearing. Factor in the Black Tracer carbon tonearm – replete with a high-precision, low-friction jeweled bearing comprised of tungsten and sapphire as well as effortlessly adjustable anti-skate – and applause is definitely in order for a reference-quality analog component worthy of countless encores. 100% Music Direct Guaranteed.
Precision Speed Stability: Advanced DC Motor with Optical Speed Control
Black on Black Ovation's powerful, smooth DC motor is equipped with Clearaudio's OSC (Optical Speed Control) technology, which continuously monitors a micro-infrared strobe to ensure exact speed stability. The motor drives a precision-machined aluminum subplatter and 40mm POM (polyoxymethylene) platter, both supported by Clearaudio's patented CMB (Ceramic Magnetic Bearing).
Classic Elegance, Lightweight, Stable, Precise, Easy to Adjust: Black Tracer Tonearm
Black Tracer may look beautifully minimalistic, yet beneath its sleek design, you'll find a wealth of workmanship and a raft of smart details. Drawing on engineering from the finest watchmakers, it features a high-precision, low-friction jeweled bearing judiciously crafted from tungsten and sapphire. The carbon tonearm tube is both extremely rigid and extremely lightweight, yielding a desirable combination of stability and agility. The anti-skating force is effortlessly adjustable by way of a simple dial within simple reach, while the aluminum headshell allows the azimuth to be easily fine-tuned. The underslung counter-weight also provides an optimal center of gravity and allows straightforward adjustment of the tracking force.
"... excellent detail that emerges from silent backgrounds, exceptional pitch stability, and sweet extended highs..."
– The Absolute Sound, Editors' Choice Award
"It is resolving, musical, and beautifully built. Clearaudio's innovative use of materials and well-executed design make it a joy to use, to see, and to hear. Highly recommended."
"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