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Old 03-29-2017, 03:20 PM
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Default Innovation on the way (actually, it's here already)

I have an Innovation in the house! Universal tonearm and Lyra Kleos cartridge. Dealer is coming on Saturday to do the install and coronation. Report following soon thereafter.

It never ends. Every time I think I'm done, I get another idea . . . .
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Old 03-29-2017, 04:49 PM
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Jim.......The Clearaudio Innovation with their Universal tonearm is a formidable analog rig. Looking forward to your impressions and photos.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:51 PM
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Very cool. In black or wood? It's a beautiful table either way, looking forward to pictures.
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:07 PM
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That's a very nice table. Enjoy!
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Old 03-29-2017, 11:33 PM
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Congratulations! That combination has to be amazing! Look forward to the review!
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Old 11-06-2017, 06:42 PM
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Congrats on your TT! How are you enjoying it?

Is the innovation upgradable to the master?
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Old 11-06-2017, 10:29 PM
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Jim.......Eight months and not a peep about your Clearaudio Innovation turntable with the Universal tonearm and Lyra cartridge. Did you forget about us interested members?
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Jim.......Eight months and not a peep about your Clearaudio Innovation turntable with the Universal tonearm and Lyra cartridge. Did you forget about us interested members?
Too busy playing records to post.
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:00 PM
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Sorry for not coming back to this one sooner guys. In a word (or words), I absolutely love the Innovation. I had a relatively small footprint to play with, so that started me in this direction, but then I liked the "reported" speed stability without a separate power supply - and that feature has absolutely been delivered. It is dead on speed wise. It was relatively easy to set up and has been stable since - no tweaking or fiddling required (which was another thing that I really wanted).

The sound is absolutely fabulous. I'm running a Lyra Kleos and the Universal Tonearm, which have worked out great. I don't have much experience with upper end turntables, so I don't have much to compare it too, but it sounds great. It sounds much different from earlier CA tables that I heard - much less clinical and analytical. Just awesome.
Don't want to stir up a hornet's nest (that has been pounded in so many threads), but it is consistently my best SQ source overall. That depends A GREAT DEAL on the media feeding the source, but overall, I get more wow moments from it than I do from any of my other digital sources.

I liked it so much that I upgraded from the Esoteric E03 to the Accuphase C37. Early reports of the C37 are awesome, but it has got to be broken in (wider deeper soundstage, more precision and everything I was looking for, but it also sounds like broken glass right now). I have a break in CD on the way, so I'll hold off on a report on the C37 until I give it plenty of time to break in.

The other thing, and everyone feels differently about this, is that I like the fact that ClearAudio is a well established long lasting brand. I can't bear the thought of spending all this $$ to have the company turn over, leadership leave, or worse yet - just go poof. I know that narrows my choices in this game, but it does influence my purchasing decisions - rightly or wrongly. Again, everyone will feel differently about that, but I really valued my perception of the ability of the company to stand behind the unit for a long, long time. Based on its sound and about a year's worth of results, I do think I'll keep it for a long long time.
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Main Rig:

Amplification > Accuphase A200 (2) / C3800 / C37
Sources > PS Audio DirectStream DAC > DirectStream Memory Player > Silenzio by -E- (via Roon/NAS) > Magnum-Dynalab > MD-108T SE / MD-205 > ClearAudio / Innovation / Universal > Lyra / Kleos
Speakers/Cables > TAD CR-1 MKII > Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement Copper (1), Gold (1) // REL S/3 SHO, with Longbow (2)
Power > PS Audio P10 (2) / 3 dedicated lines with PowerPorts
Foundation > Rix Rax > Hoodoo / Amp Stands > Stillpoints ultra SS (8)
IC/PC > Power // Verastarr Grand Illusion Statement HC, Grand Illusion Statement > ICs // Verastarr Grand Illusion Signature XLR > Digital // Verastarr Nemesis USB
Other > Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro

Portables and Cans:

Cans > Sennheiser 800
IEMs > Westone W50, Bose QC20
Amplification > Auralic Taurus
Sources > Auralic Altair, Onkyo DP-X1
IC/SC/PC > Sennheiser Balanced / AQ Yukon XLRs / Shunyata Venom 3 (2) / Black Dragon Balanced


Kitchen:

KEF LS50 Wireless
Wyred4Sound Modded Sonos Connect
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Old 01-15-2018, 10:43 PM
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Jim.......Thanks for bring us up to speed on the ClearAudio Innovation. It is a wonderful turntable, and so is their Universal tonearm. Good to hear you are pleased.
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STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, Sonos Connect, PurePower 2000, Stillpoints, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE, Michell HR Power Supply, SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Wireworld, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC452, MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, Nakamichi BX-300, Sony 60ES DAT, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Sonos Connect, Stillpoints, Wireworld, Kimber, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113
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