Clearaudio Signature Turntable

Clearaudio sure have a notable signature style when it comes to their high-end turntables, and they’ve just announced a special edition of their Concept Signature table — redubbed more simply as the Signature turntable — that has been made both specifically and exclusively for the U.S. market, and it will be distributed stateside by Musical Surroundings.

The Clearaudio Signature table is available only in what has been earmarked as “triple black” finish, and it comes with two tonearm options: a) the Tracer Black Carbon Fiber tonearm, and b) the Signature Black Satisfy Carbon Fiber tonearm. Both Signature tab;e options come supplied with the Signature Professional Power 12v black outboard linear power supply.

Musical Surroundings adds that, if you combine the Signature table with any MS Brand cartridge from Clearaudio, Hana, or DS Audio, they will offer up to a 25% discount on that cart’s SRP. (All related pricing info appears at the end of this story.)


The Signature table is said to combine the “technological and material science advancements” from the entire Clearaudio turntable line, highlighted by the AiR 12v DC coreless motor with a new speed control circuity that has been derived from their Reference Jubilee turntable.


The Signature incorporates a newly developed Tacho-Speed-Control (a.k.a. TSC) that constantly monitors the rotational speed and provides real-time feedback to the control electronics, enabling the system to “immediately respond to dynamic influences” such as stylus drag, belt tension, friction, and/or temperature.


A version of the O-Ring IMS (i.e., improved motor suspension), which is also derived from the Reference Jubilee turntable, isolates the AiR DC coreless motor for, according to the company, “enhanced vibration control.”


As noted earlier, the Signature comes with a choice of two tonearms — the Tracer Black and the Black Satisfy models. Both arms feature black carbon fiber armtubes that are said to be exceptionally lightweight and rigid for reducing resonance and enhancing clarity.


More specifically, the Signature Black Satisfy Carbon Fiber tonearm is said to be Clearaudio’s “established reference point,” now appearing in all black, including the carbon fiber armtube. Its Clearaudio Direct Wire tonearm cable is hardwired and terminated with gold-plated RCA plugs to “assure music signal integrity.”


Meanwhile, the Tracer Black Carbon Fiber arm features a precision bearing, an aluminum headshell with a large mounting surface for easy azimuth alignment, and an optimal center of gravity counterweight. The Tracer is hardwired with Clearaudio Sixstream cables terminating in gold-plated RCA plugs.


Physical isolation for the Signature turntable is attained by way of convenient leveling feet from the Performance DC table, while the aforementioned Professional Power 12v linear power supply (itself an $800 value) assures “purer” power for the Signature AiR motor and sophisticated self-regulating electronics. It is a transformer-based linear power supply developed to “maximize” the AiR motor.


Finally, the Clearaudio Signature table’s availability is set for Q2 2024, with pre-orders to begin March 11, 2024. The overall SRP options are as follows: The Clearaudio Signature turntable with the Tracer Black Carbon Fiber tonearm runs $5,000, while the Signature table with the Signature Black Satisfy Carbon Fiber tonearm runs $4,000, and both models come with the included Professional Power 12v black outboard linear power supply.

And, as mentioned at the outset of the story —and worth reiterating here — Musical Surroundings confirms that, if you combine the Signature table with any MS brand cartridge from Clearaudio, Hana, or DS Audio, they will offer up to a 25% discount on that cart’s SRP.

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Glotz's picture

but also give a head shake to the fact it is now in a price spot that the Performance DC used to hold. The Performance DC Air is even more expensive at $6600 or $6000 as a package with Tracer arm and Turntable. I do understand there are other options to bring the price of the package down like going with the Satisfy arm.

The audio industry is enduring massive inflation right now and I don't like it one iota. Magnepan, VPI, Clearaudio, AudioQuest, and many more have all seen substantial 20-33% increases in retail pricing across their entire product line.

Despite being the new golden age of audio, the pricing tells me to wait a year or more to see if the market will ever correct itself. While I have seen certain examples of some reversing on price trend because they mfgs are asking 'too' much (VPI), it alienates me just like thousands of others out there. Personally, I'll just buy Chinese like Holoaudio or SMSL for my next DAC purchase vs. looking into analog upgrades or new turntable / phono cabling purchases (of which I'd rather do and focus on as center-point of my system).

I do appreciate Musical Surroundings keeping the pricing on the Hana series down for the past few years. Very impressed, but I do fear that will change. Please don't. I need another Hana ML as well as the Umami Blue perhaps before that. Right now its a bit of a luxury.

Glotz's picture

and this Signature model seems to fill a niche between the latest Concept and Performance DC. Those two have seen price increases nonetheless.

ItalianStallion's picture

Clearaudio definitely needed to improve speed stability of the Clearaudio Concept turntable. I have the original Concept model with Satisfy tonearm, and stability is my biggest complaint. After tweaking it to the correct speed, it can easily change by .3% or more between plays. I have often resorted to tweaking the speed before playing or digitizing discs. In addition, stylus drag slows down the speed by at least .3% and this can vary with the disc played. So I always calibrate with a record being played. A Stereophile review of the Concept with included preamp stated that "measured" speed accuracy was plus/minus .3%. Based on my measurements, this is not possible with the original Concept turntable and Michael Fremer himself conmmented that the speed accuracy differential was not detectable by even the keenest ear. Well, I don't know about that, but if the tolerance is supposed to be in that range, it should be able to meet it. It can't! Regarding this new table, it sounds like this problem is solved, but at a huge increase in price.

JohnBelcher's picture

This is an exciting announcement for vinyl enthusiasts. While the price tag is certainly steep, for those looking for slice masters a top-of-the-line turntable, the Clearaudio Signature looks like a strong contender.