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Clearaudio earns 14 Awards in The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice 2022

Every spring, the editors of American audio magazine The Absolute Sound (TAS) round up their recommendations for the very best in worldwide hi-fi. German Clearaudio, whose motto has long been ‘take the best and make it better’, has proved the motto’s point with an impressive 14 products Awarded in 2022.

Clearaudio turntables scoop six Awards

The brand’s turntables are no strangers to awards, with the Concept series regularly featuring in What Hi-Fi’s Product of the Year, among many others. Three models from the series are recipients of the TAS Editors’ Choice Award.

“The Clearaudio Concept turntable package does everything but unbox itself,” write reviewers. “The build and finish of this German-made ’table are superior. For sheer musical engagement and superb speed stability, it’s the one to beat in this price range.”

The Concept Active, meanwhile “redefines what it means to be an affordable and accessible high-performance turntable in the here and now” and is “a rarity in the high end—a triumph of performance, pricing, and packaging.”

The Concept Black “is made like a fine Swiss mechanical watch… mistracking is rendered essentially theoretical, and speed stability is rock solid.” Here, we have  “a model for how a mid-priced, belt-drive turntable should look and perform.”.

Moving up the range, the Clearaudio Performance DC (in Wood with Tracer Tonearm and optional Stradivari V2 cartridge) delivers a “compelling presentation” that “benefits any type of music, making [this] an excellent choice for multi-genre vinyl lovers who have all-over-the-map musical tastes.”

Moving up further still, to the Innovation series, Clearaudio’s Innovation Wood is one to beat: “the DC motor with optical speed control results in superb speed accuracy” and the reviewer “has not heard any belt-driven ’table best the Innovation Wood in this critical area. Solo instruments and voices have such rock-solid pitch stability that you’ll swear you are listening to a direct-drive ’table without the motor noise.”

The Master Innovation, meanwhile, is “a brilliant Peter Suchy design” and “an engineering masterpiece”. It was also The Absolute Sound’s’s 2019 Turntable of the Year.

A further six Awards for Clearaudio’s phono cartridges

At the very top end, the Goldfinger Statementis “a cartridge unlike any other” and “simply the best—which is to say, the most sonically complete—moving-coil cartridge [Executive Editor] Jonathan Valin has heard.”

In an earlier TAS review, Paul Seydor gave Clearaudio’s Stradivari v2 his personal “Golden Mean” award “because it ideally mediates warmth and detail, control and relaxation, liveliness and listenability, at virtually no sacrifice in tonal neutrality. There is an organic rightness about this pickup that elevates it to reference-caliber.” And now, an Editors’ Choice Award too.

The Concerto v2 “is the entry-level cartridge in Clearaudio’s ‘super-class’ of moving coils, and super it is! The Concerto uses wood to add a touch
of warmth and richness, yet retains the superb focus, resolution, transient quickness, and top-end extension that have been hallmarks of Clearaudio’s reference cartridges.”

The Talisman v2 low-output moving coil “is one beautiful-sounding pickup… solid in all senses of the word, superb definition and clarity, and lots of heft and weight. Yet it’s also dynamic, with terrific rhythmic spring and timing.”

On the Charisma v2: “Like its name implies, you’ve either got it or you don’t. This cartridge has got it… It offers a full palette of tonal color vibrancy and timbral complexity, with classic midrange heft and bloom, electrifying dynamics, and top-end sweetness.”

Finally, the moving-magnet Maestro Ebony v2 is “as musical as they come” and “should be required listening for moving-magnet and moving-coil fans alike.” It “brings symphonic recordings to life, unifying each orchestral section into the greater whole” – and was also co-winner of TAS’ 2013 Phono Cartridge of the Year Award.

Two Awards for accessories

Two of Clearaudio’s high-end hi-fi accessories feature in this year’s Awards. The Double Matrix Professional Sonic record cleaning machine “retains all the convenience of the Double Matrix (simultaneous cleaning of both sides of a record) while adding ultra-sonic scrubbing to the original brush-and-fluid method” and is “a highest-quality record cleaner.”

The Strobo-disc and Strobe Light
 are “great tools for the serious vinyl junkie” and accurately measure your turntable’s speed while at the same time doubling as
a cartridge break-in device.

Find out more about all of the above products at www.clearaudio.de/en and track down your nearest dealer via UK distributor www.soundfowndations.co.uk

The complete TAS Awards are published in the magazine’s March 2022 issue www.theabsolutesound.com

Clearaudio Professional Power 24V transformer-based DC power supply

PRESS RELEASE: The new Clearaudio Professional Power 24V is a standalone DC power supply that is designed to elevate the performance of turntables from the brand’s leading Innovation Series. In addition, it also supports the award-winning Clearaudio Ovation turntable.

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‘Pro and Home Audio: Bridging the Gap’: Stranger High Fidelity & Sound Fowndations to stage a very special UK event, 14 & 15 August 2021

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Stranger High Fidelity, the exciting bespoke hi-fi retail service launched in 2020 by Cameron Jenkins of independent record label Stranger Records, is collaborating with specialist high-end audio distributor Sound Fowndations to stage an exclusive event at the iconic Real World Studios this August.

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Clearaudio Concept deck in T3 magazine’s Top 10 ‘Best Tech’ for home entertainment

“No matter who you are, where you are, what you do or how you do it, here are a stack of ideas on how tech can make it better,” says gadget and technology magazine T3. In its May issue, T3 offers Top 10 recommendations for ‘Best Tech’ in home entertainment, home office, fitness, gardens, the smart home, getting around and pastimes and passions. Clearaudio’s Concept turntable package features high on the home entertainment list.

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Ultra convenience meets sonic elegance: What Hi-Fi? reviews the Clearaudio Concept Active MM turntable

“The Concept Active MM is a pretty unusual concept: turntables with these features aren’t two-a-penny in the affordable market, but they are even rarer at this more expensive end,” says What Hi-Fi? magazine in its recent review. But “if any high-end turntable can do that convincingly, it is likely to be one derived from a five-star, former What Hi-Fi? Award-winning model.”

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Stereophile interviews Cameron Jenkins of Stranger High Fidelity: can he bridge the gap between pro audio engineering and home hi-fi?

“Why is there so much separation between the professional audio and audiophile worlds? Is that separation by design, or even necessity?” asks Julie Mullins in US hi-fi magazine Stereophile. Mullins is putting the question to David Denyer and Cameron Jenkins, who are challenging that separation. Jenkins is an award-winning recording engineer and record label owner who has worked with Lana Del Rey, the Verve, John Cale and many others; he recently launched Stranger High Fidelity, a bespoke high-end audio retail service that operates from his UK pro recording studios.

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Hi-Fi of the Year: Clearaudio’s Concept Active deck and Dan Clark’s Aeon 2 headphone among Hi-Fi Choice magazine’s pick of 2020

“Call it what you will – the very best of the best, the cream of the crop, top of the list, head of the heap, king of the hill,” says Hi-Fi Choice editor Steve Sutherland. Either way, the magazine’s Yearbook is packed with ideas for either tweaking your system or seeking a whole new change of direction – or simply fantasising about ideal setups.

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Clearaudio upgrades Basic & Balance phonostages to new V2 editions

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A fine Balance of simplicity with complexity, and a multi-award winner that’s anything but Basic: Clearaudio’s ever-popular duo of mid-priced phonostages offer a raft of covetable options for the high-end audio beginner or upgrader – and both have now been treated to their own upgrade.

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