Ovation Turntable from Clearaudio
Within a precision-machined chassis comprising a sandwich of aluminium and panzerholz bulletproof wood, 100,000 tiny metal balls eliminate any possibility of harmful resonances. Hidden under a 40mm-thick platter made of resonancedamping POM is a very quiet decoupled DC motor with high torque.
With Clearaudio’s optical speed control (OSC) and ceramic magnetic bearing (CMB), the Ovation achieves supreme speed stability and redefines the standards in its class. Audio journal ‘The Absolute Sound’ recognised the Ovation’s superior qualities and declared it ‘Turntable of the Year’.
We currently have an Ovation available for demo at Liquid Sound. Bring your favorite vinyl and hear it played through a Hegel 160 with Harbeth Compact 7ES-3 speakers (or and of our other multiple speakers available to try). Call in advance to book an appointment.
Snippet of review from What HiFi?
“How does it sound? The Ovation is beautifully balanced. It treads the line between excitement and refinement well.
Play an album such as Nirvana’s Nevermind and this package responds with enthusiasm. There’s plenty of drive, a good level of rhythmical precision and a large dose of punch.
Songs such as Come As You Are charge along with plenty of bite and attitude. We’re taken with the bass control and the agility of the record player at low frequencies.
Moving to the likes of Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the Clearaudio is happy to respond with a large-scale sound full of authority and a generous helping of dynamics.
There’s a huge amount of control here too without the player ever sounding like it’s damping down the excitement.
We consistently enjoyed high levels of resolution and plenty of precision throughout the frequency range.
Given a few days to run-in, the Talismann v2 cartridge complements these qualities by producing a convincingly neutral sound yet remaining informative and entertaining with it.
A spin of Nat King Cole’s Nature Boy shows off the Clearaudio’s clear and insightful midrange.
There’s a good dose of body and refinement to Cole’s smooth vocals, but enough analysis to reveal the nuances in his delivery as well.
This turntable package can relax when the music demands too.”
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