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Old 01-04-2019, 05:09 PM
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Default Innovation is in the house!!

In December I placed my order for a new ClearAudio Innovation turnable. I mostly blame this on Timobi and docmd2010, both are ClearAudio owners and influencers.

My new table arrived shortly there after, I ordered silver with 2 arms, 9" Universal as the primary arm and a 9" Magnify as the secondary arm. Why two arms? It looks really cool and I just felt the need to try out different cartridges. Mounted a Benz-Micro SLR Gullwing on the Universal arm and my Kiseki Purple Heart on the Magnify arm.

If anyone is on the fence about a table like this.......go ahead and place the order, it is a fantastically built table!!! The build quality and sound quality are head and shoulders above my former VPI Signature Classic, I have never been a fan of the VPI unipivot arm. The sound of the Innovation is cleaner and quieter, bass is so much better defined, which I believe comes from better isolation due to the magnetic floating platter design of the Innovation. I also really appreciate the ease of speed changes and speed adjustment if needed. As for the Universal and Magnify arms, both use very well machined carbon fiber arm tubes and magnetic antiskate systems. The tracking force adjustment and antiskate adjustments are far easier to change than the VPI arm, but the VTA is not as easy. CA does offer a VTA lifter but that was an addition $700 per arm so I didn't opt for it since I won't be changing it very often. I greatly prefer the CA arms over the VPI unipivot 3D arm for the day to day usability, I can actually land the stylus in the silence between songs with these two arms.

Forgive me for the short review but I'm going to listen to some new albums.

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Digital Sources - SonicTransporter i5 music server running Roon software, Sonore Signature Rendu SE Network Bridge, PS Audio DirestStream Dac (Snowmass firmware).
Pre and Power - Audio Research Ref 6 Preamp, Audio Research GS150 Amplifier.
Speakers - Martin Logan Expression 13A, Martin Logan Balanced Force 212 sub.
Cables and Accessories - WireWorld Eclipse 7 Speaker Cables. WireWorld & Nordost Interconnects. GIK Acoustics Soffit traps, Q7D Diffusors, 244 as cloud traps. Furutech GTX-D NCF Rhodium Outlets (x2), PS Audio P10 Power Regenerator(x2) Shunyata and WireWorld Power cords. HRS S3 Isolation platforms (x3).

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Old 01-04-2019, 05:44 PM
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Damn you Steve! Can't you see I'm going broke here as it is!
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:49 PM
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Congrats, Steve. You really make me want one, and I might get one, but really it's almost silly when I think about how often I actually listen to records. It's like 95% digital, 5% analog in my case. It just makes no sense to spend money on something like this.

But if I learned anything in the last 10 years...nothing in audio-land makes sense.
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Old 01-04-2019, 05:50 PM
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Just kidding my friend. Beautiful table! I'm very happy for you. I'm going to have to come out to hear it. A lot of new equipment in that room lately!
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McIntosh, MC2301s (2) on Stillpoint Ultra SS, MX-150
Parasound JC-1s (3), A-21
Sonus Faber Stradivari, Cremona M (center) Grand Pianos (rears)
JL Audio Gotham G213 V1(1) F-112V1(1) F-112V2(1)
Clearaudio Innovation Wood, Dynavector XX2 MK2 Ortofon Cadenza Bronze
Audio Research Ref 2se phono
Lumin X1
Oppo-205
AudioQuest Hurricane HC, Tornado HC(2), and Thunder HC, Diamond RJ/E
PS Audio P-10(2) AC-3, AC-5, AC-10 PCs.
(6) dedicated 20 amp circuits, (6)Furutech outlets.
(1) GDX-DR-NCF, (2) GDX-D Gold, (3) GDX-D Rhodium
AZ Absolute Copper, and Clear Day Audio solid silver Bal ICs.
WW Gold Eclipse 7 speaker cables.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:17 PM
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Just kidding my friend. Beautiful table! I'm very happy for you. I'm going to have to come out to hear it. A lot of new equipment in that room lately!
You are welcome anytime Rob. I was thinking, if you go back another couple of months into 2017 then everything in my system is new except for the sub and dac.
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Analog Sources - ClearAudio Innovation Turntable, Silver, 9" Universal arm, 9" Magnify arm Benz-Micro SLR Gullwing cartridge, Kiseki Purple Heart cartridge, Audio Research Ref Phono 3 phono preamp.
Digital Sources - SonicTransporter i5 music server running Roon software, Sonore Signature Rendu SE Network Bridge, PS Audio DirestStream Dac (Snowmass firmware).
Pre and Power - Audio Research Ref 6 Preamp, Audio Research GS150 Amplifier.
Speakers - Martin Logan Expression 13A, Martin Logan Balanced Force 212 sub.
Cables and Accessories - WireWorld Eclipse 7 Speaker Cables. WireWorld & Nordost Interconnects. GIK Acoustics Soffit traps, Q7D Diffusors, 244 as cloud traps. Furutech GTX-D NCF Rhodium Outlets (x2), PS Audio P10 Power Regenerator(x2) Shunyata and WireWorld Power cords. HRS S3 Isolation platforms (x3).
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:23 PM
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Count me as a co-owner of an innovation. I love mine. Rock solid, great sound and non-fussy (plus good looking). I only have one arm, so I got the VTA adjuster and never use it. Need to get a second arm for all the reasons you mention.

Congrats and enjoy.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:30 PM
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I got a similarly priced Acoustic Signature prior to seeing the ClearAudio. Have to say, the ClearAudio demonstrates a lot of good design choices especially with the optical speed sensor

I do like the PurpleHeart NS.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:44 PM
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Steve - That is one nice table.....happy for you, really looks nice. Try spinning some super audiophile MOFI or Analogue Productions LP and melt into your chair!

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Old 01-04-2019, 07:38 PM
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Steve,
My goodness. That is a beautiful turntable. Huge congratulations and happy listening.
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Old 01-04-2019, 08:31 PM
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Big-league analog now! Love that you went straight away for the dual arm+cartridge setup. It's really the best. Even though I have a usual favorite combo - when it sounds even slightly "off", the other is bangin'. I've never had both sound "off" at the same time (unless the vinyl is garbage, of course). Kind of like you, I've also teamed up a more old-school romantic Japanese sound (Koetsu stone) with a more modern sounding, still musical Japanese cartridge (Shelter Harmony)

Love the Innovation tables; glad people are still discovering them. Enjoy in great health!
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