Clearaudio Concept turntable review

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This year marks the 30th anniversary of Clearaudio’s very first turntable, the iconic Reference. So, if you’re looking for a new , you want to hear all of its beautifully orchestrated layers, and the Concept didn’t let us down, giving each one room to breathe. 

The Concept’s overall presentation is one of sophisticated warmth, but there’s no lack of power here. Bass is handled with expertly controlled verve, while the soundstage can be breathtakingly immersive at times. There were a couple of moments where we felt that the vocals could do with a bit more flesh, but we’re probably being pernickety.

Clearaudio Concept review: The alternatives

If you’re looking to spend a little less on a turntable, then top of the pile is the Rega Planar 1 – a deck that marries terrific build quality with impressive sonic presentation. As with the Clearaudio Concept, there’s no built-in phono stage, but at least you’ll have plenty of money left over to buy one.

Want a turntable with wireless capability? Then you might wish to take a look at the Audio-Technica AT-LP60XBT, a deck that ranks highest in our list of the best Bluetooth turntables. This one does have a built-in phono stage, not to mention great quality sound, a super-easy set-up, and a great price.


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