Clear Audio Debuted The New Reference Jubilee Turntable
German audio company, ClearAudio debuted a new take on the original Reference turntable released in the 1980s.
According to Clear Audio, the new Reference Turntable is a coalition of the past, present, and future meet for a new era of analog precision. The last we saw of Clear Audio (in terms of product releases) was earlier this year, with the Professional Power 24V turntable power supply.
Now, we have something old, new, and probably blue from the German brand. So what should you expect from the new and improved Reference Turntable?
Features Of The Clear Audio Reference Jubilee Turntable
The Reference Jubilee keeps the distinctive boomerang shape of its 80s predecessor, upgrades, and updates. The 22kg Reference Jubilee sees its resonance-optimized chassis moving from acrylic to higher-performing and arguably more attractive, Panzerholz wood and aluminum.
The new turntable’s 6cm-thick platter consists of damped polyoxyethylene (POM) and rotates on a select version of the brand’s frictionless Ceramic Magnetic Bearing. While below sits an 8.5kg stainless steel sub-platter.
Clearaudio built its Optical Speed Control into this sub-platter and used an optical sensor to monitor its rotational speed with 1,598 impulses per revolution. Once the control unit receives the readings, it offsets deviations by adjusting the motor’s voltage via an operational amplifier resulting in a quoted measured speed accuracy of < ± 0.05 %.
Clearaudio uses a 12-bit DAC to generate a motor reference voltage converted into an analog voltage signal. The digital reference is used only to compensate for slow movements or drifts due to temperature, oil viscosity, and belt friction; meanwhile, the motor is driven purely by the analog output stage.
The motor is a brand new design with a high-torque, air-core (non-magnetic) 24-volt DC motor and belt drive decoupled from the main chassis and suspended by a “network of elaborate rubber tightropes”.
Price Of The Clear Audio Reference Jubilee Turntable
The Reference Jubilee Turntable retails at £17,500 and is now available.