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“… excellent detail that emerges from silent backgrounds, exceptional pitch stability, and sweet extended highs…” – The Absolute Sound Editors’ Choice Awards, 2013

“… based on my many enjoyable listening sessions excellence is precisely what you should expect from the Ovation… I view the Ovation as a major success. Clearaudio has easily met its goal of bridging the gap between high-end sound and real-world convenience. This easy to set up, maintain, and operate package will bring its owners years of musical satisfaction. And that counts for us audiophiles as well as ‘normal’ people.” – Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, October 2011

“… the Clearaudio Ovation is a serious turntable. It is resolving, musical, and beautifully built. Clearaudio’s innovative use of materials and well-executed design make it a joy to use, to see, and to hear. Highly recommended.” – Erick Lichte, Stereophile, October 2012

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The Ovation incorporates high-performance technology from the Clearaudio Innovation Wood series of turntables, but in a more affordable “lifestyle” design and echoing the award-winning ergonomics of the Clearaudio Concept turntable.

Similar to the Clearaudio Innovation Wood Compact, Innovation Wood and Master Innovation Wood, the Ovation’s main chassis consists of a complex sandwich of  materials: aluminum and bulletproof wood (Panzerholz). Within the precision-machined Panzerholz layer, Clearaudio has introduced an elaborate resonance-damping implementation unique to the Ovation turntable: an internal mat comprised of approximately 100,000 tiny stainless steel pellets.

The powerful and smooth DC motor is equipped with Clearaudio’s OSC (Optical Speed Control) technology, which continuously monitors a micro-infrared strobe to ensure exact speed stability. The motor drives a precision-machined aluminum sub-platter and 40mm POM (polyoxymethylene) platter, both of which are supported by Clearaudio’s patented CMB (Ceramic Magnetic Bearing).

The Ovation comes fitted with a Clearaudio Clarify tonearm, but with its interchangeable armboard technology, it can accommodate a variety of 9-inch tonearms including the Clearaudio Magnify and Universal tonearms.

  • Panzerholz wood/aluminum sandwich plinth
  • Plinth mass loaded and internally damped with stainless steel shot damping tiles
  • Adjustable leveling and locking feet from Innovation.
  • 40mm thick Delrin platter with weighted rim
  • Machined aluminum sub-platter
  • Inverted Ceramic Magnetic Bearing (CMB)
  • Decoupled 3 speed DC motor with Optical Speed Control (OSC)
  • Clarify tonearm features a magnetic bearing, carbon fiber armwand, machined aluminum headshell, and low center of gravity counter-weight assembly adjusted by internal mechanism.

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Additional Information

Construction details

Resonance optimized chassis with internal damping, belt driven with self adjusting speed control, dynamically balanced 40 mm / 1.5 inch POM platter

Speed ranges

33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM, convenient electronic controls


Decoupled DC motor with low-noise bearings


CMB (ceramic magnetic bearing), polished and tempered steel shaft in a sintered bronze bushing


CNC-machined POM (polyoxymethylene), 40 mm thickness

Speed accuracy

Less than +- 0.03 %


30 lbs with Clearaudio Clarify tonearm


16.5″ x 14″ x 6″


5 years