Innovation Compact
User manual
Innovation Compact and
Innovation Compact Wood
Innovation Compact
Innovation Compact Wood
Innovation Compact
Figures: package with
Clearaudio tonearm „Universal“
and Clearaudio cartridge „da
Hi-Fi Components
Clearaudio electronic® GmbH
Spardorfer Str. 150  D-91054 Erlangen  Tel. +49 9131 40300100  FAX +49 9131 40300119    copyright clearaudio2014
Version April 2014
Innovation Compact
User manual
Dear Clearaudio customer,
Congratulation’s to your choice of the Innovation-Compact turntable, a world class
turntable, handmade in Germany by Clearaudio electronic GmbH.
Resonance minimizing chassis sandwich construction in combination with the innovative
motor unit (low noise level and high turning moments), guarantees total isolation of
resonances from the turntable chassis, providing the best music reproduction and authentic
High End imaging. A high precision, maintenance free sinter bronze bearing is completing
the analogue pleasure.
The Clearaudio patented CMB-Bearing-Technology, an inverted bearing with jewelled and
polished ceramic bearing shaft and a bronzed liner, provides frictionless analog enjoyment.
Please read this instruction manual carefully, to avoid any damages or loss of warranty.
This manual will help you for an easy set-up and guarantees the highest pleasure for a long
We wish you a lot of musical enjoyments with your new Clearaudio
Innovation Compact-turntable.
Clearaudio electronic GmbH
This section must be read before any connection is made to the mains supply.
Don’t expose your turntable to rain or humidity.
Don’t handle the mains leads with wet hands.
Don’t place or insert anything into the equipment or through ventilation holes.
No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the equipment.
The Clearaudio Innovation Compact meets the regulations concerning
electromagnetic disturbance (EMC) and low-voltage appliances.
Your Clearaudio product has been prepared to comply with the household power and safety
requirements that exist in your area. This product can be connected to 230 V or 110 V AC
(50 Hz and 60 Hz).
Recording und reproduction of any sound-material may require the consent of the creator.
Please acknowledge the information given in the
Copyright Act 1956,
Dramatic and Musical Performers Act 1958,
Performers Protection Acts 1963 and 1072,
any more recent legal regulations.
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1. Packing overview
2. Part list
3. Installation and set up
4 Fine adjustment of the motor
5. Service and special instruction
6. Technical data
Warranty information
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1. Packing overview
Accessories, user
warranty card,
Quality Card,
turntable chassis
incl. mounted
lower bearing
part and
integrated motor
Platter with
bearing upper
power supply;
Pic. 1: Packing overview
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2. Part list
Clearaudio has developed a special and secure packing for your Innovation Compactturntable that ensures a safe transportation.
Please keep this original packing, if you need to ship the turntable.
Below you find the part list of the Clearaudio Innovation Compact-turntable:
Figure 5 a:
clearaudio Universal tonearm
Figure 5 b:
clearaudio Unify tonearm
Turntable body with mounted lower
bearing part
power supply
Optional: Clearaudio Universal
(Fig. 5 a) or Unify 9”(Fig. 5 b) tonearm
Optional: 30 mm base for Universal
tonearm (not shown)
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Platter with integrated upper bearing
3 x Flat Pads
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1 Pair of white gloves
Level gauge for the turntable alignment
Grounding - wire for the Innovationturntable (to connect in the bottom
bearing part)
2 pcs. drive belts
10. 3 pcs. allen – keys; sizes: # 2
(optional: Universal Tonearm: # 3 / # 7)
12. Bearing oil for occasional use
Aluminium precision screw driver
14. Optional in package:
Clearaudio MC cartridge
Clearaudio Stroboscope Testrecord
(Art. No. AC038) to adjust the exact
Optional in package:
Turntable + tonearm + cartridge
No illustration: cartridge alignment
gauge for Unify or Universal -tonearm
16. Not shown: warranty card, Clearaudio
Quality certificate card
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please double check the tightness of all bolts, hardware, and
mounting pods, as temperature fluctuations during transit may have caused the hardware to
become loose
3. Installation and set up
The set up of the Innovation Compact turntable is easy as the turntable chassis is preassembled and has been tested at the factory.
Please use the white gloves enclosed in order to avoid scratches or unwanted fingerprints
The Innovation Compact turntable requires a space for set-up of at least
18,90 inch x 19,29 inch.
19,29 inch / 49 cm
18,90 inch
/ 48 cm
Pic. 2: Required set - up space
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Please follow the description step by step:
First take out the three black flat pads out of the accessory bag.
Place these flat pads on your hifi-rack or another suitable base, where the final position of
your Innovation Compact – turntable will be.
After that, take the Innovation Compact-turntable body of the next packing layer.
and place the spikes of the turntable on the flat pads.
Pic. 3: Innovation with tonearm base
To avoid hum noises it can be necessary to ground the bearing. For that please plug in the
provided ground cable into the hole of the screw from the bearing at the bottom side of the
Pic. 4: Grounding the bearing of the Innovation Compact
Remove the protective security tape from the bearing housing.
Place two drops of the synthetic bearing oil on the ceramic bearing shaft
(also available at
Pic. 5: Oiling the bearing shaft
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In the next step remove the lamination of the sensor, mounted on the turntable chassis
(picture 5: red frame).
Please remove the lamination extreme carefully and avoid any soiling and
Pic. 6: Removing the lamination
Take the platter with both hands (with white gloves) carefully out of the packing.
Please pay attention that the integrated bearing does not fall out of the platter!
The flat side of the platter should face to the chassis and the side with the cut-out (for the
record) should face up.
In the next step remove the lamination of the sensor on the bottom side of the platter.
Please remove the lamination extreme carefully and avoid any soiling and
With both hands you can place the platter carefully onto the bearing.
Through a lightly (!!) up and down movement the platter will slip onto the bearing upper
part (picture 6).
Avoid major side forces to prevent any damages
to the ceramic bearing!
To avoid any damages on your bearing, the platter
should have room temperature before the set up begin
(approx. 20 ° Celsius).
Pic. 7: To set up the platter
Make sure with gentle pressure that the platter is applying on the complete surface of the
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To install the tonearm and / or to mount and adjust a cartridge, please follow the user
manual of the manufacturer.
The following final adjustment is very important:
Please ensure that your turntable rack is in a levelled position.
Please check with the delivered level gauge, if your Innovation Compact turntable is in a
levelled position.
You can adjust each of the turntables`feet to get the turntable levelled.
To adjust the height, first turn the middle part of the feet (Pic. 8 a; green arrow), then you
can twist the end part (Pic 8 b, red frame) to the desired height.
After the adjustment, please make sure, to turn the middle part again to fix the selected
Pic. 8: Alignment of the turntable
Pic. 9 a: Middle part
Pic. 9 b: End part
Only if the turntable is in a levelled position you will get the best results with your
Innovation Compact turntable.
Please connect the plug of the power supply with the linkage of the turntable.
After that connect the power supply with the electric power supply.
Place the drive belt around the platter and around
the motor pulley.
By pushing the sensor-switch, marked with “33
1/3” on the motor, the turntable starts to spin until
33 1/3 rpm is reached.
After the initial set-up we recommend to let the
turntable spin for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
This ensures a smoother break in.
Pic. 10: Connection of power supply and motor
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4. Fine adjustment of the Innovation Compact motor
The motor adjustment is already pre set at the factory. Through the transport some small
speed deviations can occur. Please check the speed before using the turntable for the first
For the correct adjustment of the speed please put the recommended Clearaudio
Stroboscope Testrecord on the platter. Follow hereby the instruction of the Stroboscope
Testrecord user manual. To check the speed with highest accuracy please use the
Clearaudio Speed Light (AC039) (
On the front side of your turntable there are three setting trimmers (see pic. 10).
left trimmer = setting 33 1/3 rpm
(near turntable motor)
middle trimmer = setting 45 rpm
right trimmer = setting 78 rpm
(near turntable bearing)
Pic. 11: Fine adjustment of the motor (on the frontside)
If you like to adjust the speed 33 1/3 rpm , take the aluminium screw driver (see
accessories) and turn the left trimmer until you have reached the right speed according to
the Stroboscope Testrecord (see user manual “Stroboscope Testrecord”).
Turning the trimmer counter clockwise = reduces the turntable speed
Turning the trimmer clockwise = raises the turntable speed
Please proceed with the speed adjustment for 45 rpm and 78 rpm in the same way!
Please note:
If the turntable does not reach the correct speed, the sensor or the scale ring could be dirty
or dusty.
To clean the sensor, please take off the platter very carefully !
Clean the sensor and the scale ring with a little isopropyl alcohol and a cotton bud.
Be careful and avoid any scratches on the sensor or the scale ring!
If the motor has further more speed variations please contact your nearest authorized
Clearaudio dealer or directly the Clearaudio factory (address on page 11).
If the turntable is not in use, disconnect the unit completely from the power supply by
removing the main plug from the socket.
Now you are finally ready to play your vinyl records.
We wish you a lot of pleasure with your new Innovation Compact-turntable.
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5. Service and special instruction
In case of any necessary, service for all Clearaudio products should be done by authorized
personal only.
In case of any repair, the Clearaudio Innovation Compact-turntable needs to be send to your
nearest authorized Clearaudio distributor, dealer or directly to the Clearaudio factory.
Clearaudio electronic GmbH
Spardorfer Str. 150
91054 Erlangen
Tel/Phone: +49 9131 40300100
Fax: +49 9131 40300119
Send / ship the Innovation Compact -turntable always and only in the original packing !!!
Only in the original packing Clearaudio can provide the warranty.
If you repackage the turntable, please make all steps inverted like at installation and set up
(chapter 3).
5.1 Special instruction
To achieve the full Clearaudio warranty (for the Innovation Compact turntable 5 years), it
is necessary that you fill out and send the corresponding part of the warranty
registration card back to Clearaudio, within two weeks after purchase.
Only if the product is returned in it’s original packing Clearaudio can provide the warranty.
Transportation advice:
If any transportation of the Innovation Compact-turntable should be necessary, please
always remove the turntable platter and the shaft holder. Otherwise serious damage can
To avoid any dust coming into the bearing, the bearing hole needs to be covered as well.
If the Innovation Compact -turntable is a longer time not in use, please disconnect the
motor from the main supply.
Every two years you can lubricate the bearing of the turntable platter with the delivered oil.
In this case it is enough to put 1 or 2 drops of the oil into bearing.
Please take special caution to any damages of the power cord. Any damages should be
repaired only by authorized personal.
A damaged power cord must be exchanged immediately!
Caution !
Please use only non alcoholic fluids and only fluids specially used for acrylic, to
clean the Innovation Compact-turntable.
Otherwise damage on the material or the surface can occur!
Don’t use try cloths for cleaning because of the electrostatic charging. Suitable cleaning
fluids will be available at Clearaudio ( or your Hifi dealer.
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6. Technical data
Construction principle:
Speed possibilities:
Resonance optimised chassis’s shape, belt driven with
optical, full automatic speed control
33 1/3 rpm / 45 rpm / 78 rpm
Decoupled DC motor in a massive metal-housing.
Drive unit:
This Innovation Compact can be connected to 230 V or 110
V AC (50 Hz and 60 Hz).
Inverted and polished ceramic bearing shaft, polished sinter
bronze insert, including patented CMB bearing technology
Delrin or acrylic GS-PMMA platter (Wood version), precision
CNC machined surface
Speed variation less than:
0.08 %
Deviance of the set value
0.01 %
approx. 12 kg (without tonearm and power supply)
approx. 479 mm x 485 mm x 141 mm
(18.86 inch x 19.09 inch x 5.55 inch)
Power consumption:
Max. consumption:
Consumption in operation:
Stand by mode:
Off mode:
5 years* (see page 13)
* Only if the warranty card is filled out correctly and sent back to Clearaudio!
Clearaudio electronic is not responsible for typographical errors in descriptions. Technical
specifications subject to change or improvement without prior notice. Availability as long as stock
lasts. Copies and imprints- also only in extracts – require written conformation through Clearaudio
electronic GmbH; Germany
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To achieve the full Clearaudio warranty (Innovation Compact turntable 5 years), it is
necessary that you fill out and send the corresponding part of the warranty registration
certificate /card back to Clearaudio, within two weeks after purchase. Only if the product is
returned in it’s original packing Clearaudio can provide the warranty of 5 years.
For warranty information, contact your local Clearaudio distributor.
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It should be kept in a safe place to be referred to as necessary for insurance purposes or when corresponding with Clearaudio.
When seeking warranty service, it is the responsibility of the consumer to establish proof and date of purchase. Your purchase receipt or invoice is
adequate for such proof.
This undertaking is in addition to a consumer's statutory rights and does not affect those rights in any way.
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