Clearaudio was in force at the Show, with I guess, their entire production on display, including these two, one with conventional arm (!) and the other one tangential...not for the faint hearted!
Their website title says it all: high end - made in Germany.
On display as well, their Statement and a range of washing machines (for records, obviously...)
What you may not know (I didn't...) is that Clearaudio also make their own cartridges, phono preamp, preamp and power amplifier, controlling the entire reproduction channel in a coherent package.
Maybe we will see the introduction of matching speakers in the near future, who knows...
The products are innovative from the entry level using a magnetic pivot on their Verify and Clarify models, or classic unipivot with the Unify, to the extreme tangential arms TT1, TT2 and TT3 on the Statement turntable.
Having said that, you can buy online a Concept with MC cartridge for less than 1500 euros (about 2000$) quite an achievement!
Bergmann Tangential Arm Turntables - Magne
There is no question in my mind, this is THE turntable, the one I would trade my wine collection for, if I had one worth that sort of money...
It is a beautiful (Danish...) object, timelessly elegant and minimalist, and the design principles behind it are flawless.
For me, it is a modern version of Pierre Clement's latest product with a hint of Braun aesthetic, the inspiration behind all John Ive designs at Apple.
At 12000$, it is certainly more affordable than even a second hand Clement contraption, if you can find one ! Not quite a bargain, but still accessible. and this is their entry level!
Da Vinci 384K/32bit DAC from Light Harmonic
These young Californian guys are obviously big Star Wars fans!
This is certainly the most striking looking DAC on OUR planet...
And with specs to match, up there with Antelope that we have talked about before, they will certainly make an impact.
Most amazing part is certainly their asynchronous USB input and processing, with its own separate clock.
Obviously, there is no way to tell on a show if this SOUNDS better than another DAC, but on a theoretical level, looking at the spec sheet, one can assume this has been thoroughly thought through.
It is certainly future proof, for a while at least. One good thing is that they point you on their website to a few places from where you can actually down load files that will take advantage on their specs, and iTrax is one of them...
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