High Five - A New Dimension in tangential technology

With the TT5, Clearaudio offers vinyl fans a more affordable entry point into tangential tonearm technology.

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Product specifications

Why go tangential?

In a conventional pivoted tonearm, the arm is 'dragged' across the record's surface by the stylus following the record groove. A similar motion occurs in Clearaudio's tangential tonearms, but the arm moves tangentially, with the stylus propelling the tonearm along a linear bearing which comprises a carriage running on precision rollers along a meticulously polished glass rail.

The cartridge therefore remains parrallel to the record groove, following the same path as the cutting head did when making the record, thus eliminating any lateral tracking error. And since the record groove, stylus, cantilever and tonearm are perfectly aligned, no side forces are generated and so anti-skating compensation is no longer required.

Tracking force and azimuth are easily and finely adjustable so that the cartridge and stylus are always in the perfect position to read the musical information in the record groove.

The affordable solution

With the TT5, Clearaudio offers vinyl fans a more affordable entry point into tangential tonearm technology. The TT5's surprising and excellent value for money is down to eschewing one or two of the features of its 'big brothers', the TT2 and TT3.

For example, the TT5 adopts a new, fully rigid design. However, for those who still want the convenience the bigger arms' ability to swing out of the way when loading records, Clearaudio have created the optional TT5 swing base which, as it's name suggests, allows the entire arm assembly to be swung out of the way when changing records.

Review magazine "Audio" included the TT5 in its analogue highlights of 2015. We are confident that this will still be the case for many years to come.

Total weight

Approx. 520 gram
(without aluminum arm base)
Collar only: 65g


200 mm
140 mm
150 mm


Aluminium (black/silver), stainless steel, glass

Technical specifications
Construction Details Tangential tonarm.
Mechanical and passiv drive through dry-running ball bearing in a calibrated polished glass tube.
Material Aluminium (black/silver), stainless steel, glass
Cartridge balance range 5.5g - 15.0g
Mounting style On request
Wiring 1.1m Super Sixtream terminated with RCA
Weight Approx. 520g (without aluminium collar)
Collar only: 65g
Dimensions (w/d/h in inches) Approx. 7.87 × 5.51 × 5.51
(incl. headshell)
Dimensions (w/d/h in mm) Approx. 200 x 140 x 140
(incl. headshell)
Manufacturer’s warranty 5 years*
User manuals
reviews & awards
Awards & Nominations

Award winning technology

  • Hi-Fi Choice Recommended
  • Urkunde Goldenes Ohr 2016 stereoplay
  • Plus X Best Product 2016/2017
  • Plus X High Quality Design 2016
  • Innovationspreis-IT 2016 TÜV
Reviews - previews - press comments

What the papers say

Many an analog fan dreams of owning a perfect, tangential tonearm. And with the new TT5 from Clearaudio, that dream just got a lot closer.

Helmut Hack
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