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Clearaudio releases a $30,000 revival of their 1990s turntable

The ‘Reference Jubilee’ is limited to 250 units worldwide

  • Miki Kitasako
  • 10 August 2022
Clearaudio releases a $30,000 revival of their 1990s turntable

When it comes to picking out a good vinyl turntable nowadays, the options seem endless. From the range of technology, design, sound quality, price and capabilities... It might feel like you’re picking a needle from a haystack.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, Clearaudio pays homage to its history with the release of the ‘Reference Jubilee’ — a timeless design that echoes a distinctive boomerang shape at a whopping price of US$30,000 with only 250 units available worldwide.

The turntable takes inspiration from their very their first turntable, the ‘Reference’, which was created in the 1990s that is said to bridge Clearaudio’s “past, present and future”. Having a reputation for analogue turntables, the ‘Reference Jubilee’ comes forward with a combination of both digital and analogue technologies which includes a DAC to improve the consistency of rotational speeds and precision.

Take a deeper look into 'Reference Jubilee' in the video below.

The exterior features bulletproof 72-layer Panzerholm wood with an aluminium build and it rotates on a ceramic magnetic bearing which is said to be a special version with a “resonance–optimised chassis”.

The optical sensor, Clearaudio’s OSC (Optical Speed Control) weighs in at 8,5 kilograms of stainless steel perfection which takes an optical sensor reading every three seconds with a rotational speed of 1,598 impulses per revolution. The control unit also regulates deviations via an operational amplifier by adjusting the motor’s voltage.

If price isn’t an issue, you can opt to purchase this beauty here.

Miki Kitasako is Mixmag Asia’s Social Media and Content Producer, follow her on LinkedIn.

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