Concept

For open ears and eyes

Clearaudio's vision for the Concept: design an elegantly styled turntable package featuring a level of groundbreaking technology usually only found in high-end turntables, combining plug-and-play simplicity with outstanding sound quality and affordability.

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Features

Product specifications

Beneath the refined, contemporary exterior lies a level of technical sophistication unique to Clearaudio. The Concept's chassis comprises a core of natural medium-density wood fibre within an aluminium surround and upper layer incorporating a high tech synthetic compound. This composite of materials eliminates the detrimental effects caused by unwanted vibrations.

The DC motor is fed by an external voltage-stabilised power supply and is completely decoupled from the chassis, isolating the record from any mechanical interference. The Concept tonearm features a magnetic bearing that is friction-free for extremely low distortion and superb performance. The package is completed with the high-quality Clearaudio Concept cartridge. With the Concept turntable package, Clearaudio offers you an extremely innovative design that is very affordable.

The revolutionary Concept combines the highest quality of music playback with a design that has won several awards worldwide – including the German Design Award and 'Best Turntable' award from 'What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision' magazine. With the Concept, to find an affordable entry point to the high-end world is a breeze. It reveals the magic of optimum sound reproduction even for those music lovers who could not previously afford this experience. You can buy the Concept in a package with specially developed moving magnet (MM) or moving coil (MC) cartridges. A frictionless magnetic bearing tonearm is responsible for the optimal performance of the cartridges. All critical parameters from cartridge tracking weight to anti-skating are preadjusted in our factory. The Concept represents the ideal of stress-free 'plug and play': unpack, connect, put the record on the platter – and just enjoy music. There was never more audiophile technology in this class of turntables.

Total weight

Approx. 7.5 kg (incl. motor, tonearm and cartridge)

Dimensions

Width
16.54 inches
Depth
13.78 inches
Height
4.92 inches

Speed ranges

33 ⅓, 45 and 78 rpm

Material/color

Black / Silver
Wood

Package combination

Cartridge: Optional with MM Concept, MC Concept or MC Essence

Tonearm: Optional with Concept or Satisfy Kardan

Technical specifications
Concept / Concept MC
Construction Details Resonance-optimised chassis
Speed ranges 33 ⅓, 45 and 78 rpm
Drive unit Decoupled DC motor with low noise bearings
Bearing Polished and tempered steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing, runs on a mirror of Teflon
Platter POM, 30 mm thickness
Speed accuracy (measured) ± 0.04 %
Power consumption Max. consumption: 1.5 Watt
Consumption in operation: 0.5 Watt
Off mode: 0.0 Watt
Total weight Approx. 7.5 kg (incl. motor, tonearm and cartridge)
Dimensions (w/d/h in inches) Approx. 16.54 x 13.78 x 4.92 (with tonearm)
Dimensions (w/d/h in mm) Approx. 420 x 350 x 125 (with tonearm)
Warranty 2 years*
User manuals
reviews & awards
Awards & Nominations

Award winning technology

  • ars! analog Award Schallplattenspieler des Jahres 2013
  • Stereophile Best Sounding Audio 2012 Concept
  • Designpreis Deutschland 2012 Silver
  • Designpreis Deutschland 2010 Nominee
  • Plus X Design
  • Plus X Design Best Product 2010
  • Red Dot Design 2010
  • What HiFi Best Turntable 2011
  • What HiFi Product of the year 2010
  • What HiFi Product of the year 2009
  • HiFi Voice Product of the year
  • HiFi Choice Recommendet
  • Pro-K Product of the year 2010
Reviews - previews - press comments

What the papers say

If you feel the need for an outstanding turntable between now and then though, don't think twice.

WHAT HI-FI? SOUND AND VISION

The Concept is easy to setup, easy to use, and it sounds great. At this price point, it's king.

WHAT HI-FI? SOUND AND VISION
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