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Clearaudio Reference Jubilee turntable and Sonic cleaner, unbeatable combination

Dale Davies |
Clearaudio makes some wonderful turntables and when you pair them with a spectacular cleaner, you get an amazing combination.

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Clearaudio Reference Jubilee delivers lifelong synchronized rotational speed, astonishingly low levels of both resonance and friction, and a breathtaking moment of torque. Its 6cm thick main platter is constructed from highly damped polyoxymethylene (POM) and, as you might expect with any Clearaudio turntable, the platter rotates on a special variation of the brand’s own patented ceramic magnetic bearing (CMB). The motor housing is elaborately decoupled from the chassis by an elaborate network of rubber ‘tightropes’.

A 12-bit DAC generates the drive motor’s voltage; the DAC has exceptionally high resolution and zero fluctuations or ‘drift’ in response to either time or temperature. What’s more, it has been cleverly designed to work in tandem with Clearaudio’s optical speed control system. Every three seconds, an optical sensor takes a reading of the 8.5kg stainless steel sub-platter’s rotational speed, and delivers that reading to a control unit; the control unit then regulates the slightest deviations by adjusting the motor’s voltage via an operational amplifier.

The cleaning of vinyl records is a key discipline in maintaining a high quality record collection. Clearaudio's research and development team continue to strive for the perfect equipment for the job. Like a camera with dual automatic and manual functions, the double matrix professional Sonic offers the possibility of operating the whole cleaning process at the touch of a single button, as well as the ability to control each step in the process with a user-friendly operating panel.

The cleaning head and the automatic cleaning programs are optimized for 12" records of various thicknesses.S maller records (7" and 10") can be cleaned with the manual cleaning mode without changing the cleaning head. Another improvement are the removable microfibre carrier of the cleaning and vibrations pads, which enable effortless exchange of the microfibre stripes. An LED light indicates the cleaning fluid level in the internal tank and, as an additional precaution, the suction turbine features overheating protection.

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