User manual | Clearaudio Version-1.4_12_03_08_E Turntable User Manual

User manual
Made in Germany
Hi-Fi Components
clearaudio electronic GmbH
Spardorfer Str. 150 ● D-91054 Erlangen ● Tel. +49(0) 9131/40 300 100 ● FAX +49(0) 9131/51683 ● ● /clearaudio copyright  2012
User manual
Dear clearaudio-customer,
you have purchased a state-of-the-art turntable, the Ovation, a world class product of clearaudio
electronic GmbH.
Thank you very much for your confidence.
The new clearaudio "Ovation" turntable includes many existing clearaudio innovations and
introduces new cutting-edge technology:
The main chassis consists of a complex sandwich of materials: aluminium - bullet-proof-wood aluminium. Within the precision-machined bullet-proof-wood layer, clearaudio have introduced an
elaborate resonance damping measure: an internal 'mat' comprising approximately 100.000 tiny
stainless steel balls.
The powerful and smooth-running DC motor is integrated within and is effectively decoupled by the
main chassis. clearaudio's OSC 'Optical Speed Control' technology continuously monitors a micro
infrared strobe to ensure exact speed stability.
The motor is hidden beneath the platter and drives the precision machined aluminium sub-platter via
a precision machined POM main platter are supported by clearaudio's patented CMB
Ceramic Magnetic Bearing'.
The drive system is operated by four blue illuminated buttons, ergonomically integrated into the
front left of the chassis.
Almost any commercially available 9 inch tonearm can be fitted by virtue of the easily
interchangeable armboards.
The new "Ovation" device combines innovative clearaudio technologies with elegant design and
exquisite production quality.
Please read this user manual carefully so that you can enjoy all advantages of your Ovationturntable. All information given will help to achieve the best set up and avoid any possible damage.
We hope you will enjoy your new clearaudio Ovation -turntable.
clearaudio electronic GmbH
Please read the warnings before connecting your Ovation -turntable 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 flames sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the equipment.
The clearaudio Ovation meets the regulations concerning electromagnetic disturbance (EMC) and low-voltage
Recording and reproduction of any 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 1972,
any more recent legal regulations.
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1. Packaging overview
2. Set-up and operation
3. Service
4. Special directions
5. Technical data
Warranty information
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1. Packaging overview
The clearaudio Ovation-turntable is delivered in specially designed custom packaging.
Please check the contents according to the following list before you set up your new
clearaudio Ovation -turntable.
1. Layer (top):
Top of bearing, belt,
fittings and accessories
(Quality and warranty card,
bearing oil)
If ordered as set:
tonearm and/or phono cartridge
2. Layer (middle):
Turntable - chassis
3. Layer (bottom):
Platter, aluminium sub-platter
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2. Set-up and operation
The Ovation -turntable consists of several elements, as described in section 1 (Packing overview).
To simplify set up some of the components are pre-assembled at the factory.
Please make use of the white gloves enclosed in order to avoid scratches or unwanted fingerprints
(e.g. on the platter).
Please follow the description step by step:
The Ovation requires a space of at least 16.54 inch x 13.78 inch for positioning.
13.78 inch / 350 mm
16.54 inch
/ 420 mm
Pic. 1: Setting up space
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Place the pre-mounted chassis on your hi-fi rack or another suitable base.
Pic. 2: Ovation chassis
Please remove the protective seal from the bearing shaft and place two drops of the synthetic
bearing oil (also available at: on the ceramic bearing shaft.
Pic. 3: Bearing oil
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Very carefully place the upper bearing housing carefully onto the bearing shaft.
To avoid damage make sure you slide the upper bearing part slowly and carefully on to the polished
ceramic shaft.
Pic. 4: Fitting the upper bearing housing
Position the sub-platter carefully onto the bearing.
Please remove first the security mat on the underside of the sub-platter
(security tape for OSC - graduated collar (Optical Speed Control)).
To avoid any damage make sure you slide the sub-platter slowly and carefully on to the
Next take the supplied belt and position it around the motor and the sub-platter. At this point the
sub-platter will be higher than the pulley. This is normal, as the CMB requires the weight of the
platter to fully engage it.
Pic. 5: Seating the sub-platter
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Pic. 5.1: Installing the belt
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Please note:
The marks (dots) on the sub-platter and the top of the bearing have been carefully measured.
Please make sure they align exactly as shown in picture below:
Pic. 6: Alignment of sub-platter and bearing markings
Now carefully place the platter onto the bearing. To avoid damage make sure the inverted bearing
slides slowly on the bearing shaft. Hold the platter in one hand while with the other is securing the
bearing top so it can neither slip and nor fall on the turntable.
Please also make sure they align exactly as shown in picture below.
Pic. 7: Seating the platter on to the bearing
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Pic. 7 a: Alignment of sub-platter and bearing
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Please check with the bubble level gauge that your Ovation turntable is in a
levelled position.
You can adjust each of the turntable feet to level the turntable.
Best results will only be obtained with the turntable in a completely level
Pic. 8: Adjustment of the height
To adjust the height of the turntable loosen the locking nut of the feet
(see green box below).
Pic. 8.1: Adjustment of the height
Is the Ovation turntable purchased as a package together with the clearaudio
Clarify tonearm, please proceed with tonearm setting up as described below:
Screw to tighten
the tonearm
Position and
cable cover
Fitting for
tonearm shaft
Fitting for tonearm cable
Pic. 9: Backview of the tonearm
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1. Carefully install first the cables trough the smaller fitting in the mounting base until the position
and cable cover (attached on the cable) fits in the cutout of the mounting base.
2. Then install the tonearm shaft trough the bigger fitting in the mounting base.
3. Now adjust the height of the tonearm.
4. Finally tighten the tonearm in the mounting base by screwing the integrated screw in the front of
the mounting base.
5. For further settings of the tonearm and cartridge mounting please refer to the user manual of the
respective manufacturer.
If you purchased your clearaudio Ovation turntable as a package with tonearm and cartridge, you
will find a Smart Level Gauge in your accessory, which will help you to adjust the Tracking Force of
the cartridge:
Diese Position der Nadel entspricht
einer Auflagekraft von 20 mN (2,0g)
This position of the diamond
correlates to a tracking force of
20 mN (2,0g)
Tracking force to high! /
Auflagekraft zu hoch!
Tracking force to low! /
Auflagekraft zu niedrig!
Pic. 10: Use of the Smart Level Gauge
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Now you can connect the Ovation turntable to the mains supply.
Pic. 11: Connection to the mains supply
2.8 Fine speed adjustment
The motor adjustment is already pre set at the factory. During transportation or due to
contamination on the sensor or the sensor ring some small speed deviations can occur.
Please check the speed before using the turntable for the first time.
For the correct adjustment of the speed please put the delivered clearaudio Stroboscope
Testrecord on the platter. Follow the instruction of the Stroboscope Testrecord user manual. To
check the speed with highest accuracy, please use the clearaudio Speed Light (AC039) (available
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On the rear (close to power supply input) of your turntable there are three setting trimmers:
- left trimmer = setting 33 1/3 rpm
(near tonearm)
- middle trimmer = setting 45 rpm
- right trimmer = setting 78 rpm
Pic. 12: Fine speed adjustment
If you need 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 correct 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
Use the same procedure to adjust the speed for 45 rpm and 78 rpm.
Please note:
If the turntable does not reach the correct speed, the sensor or the scale ring could be dirty or
To clean the sensor, very carefully lift off the two platters.
Clean the sensor and the scale ring with a little isopropyl alcohol and a cotton bud.
Be extremely careful to avoid any scratches on the sensor or the scale ring!
If the motor still has speed variations please contact your nearest authorized clearaudio dealer or
the clearaudio factory direct.
Now you are ready to play your vinyl records.
We wish you a lot of pleasure with your new Ovation - turntable.
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3. Service
If any service or repair on all clearaudio products is necessary, please contact your dealer /
distributor or contact clearaudio direct. We can inform you about your nearest service location.
Transportation advice:
If any transportation of the Ovation - turntable should be necessary, always remove the turntable
platter, otherwise serious damage can occur!
The bearing hole needs to be covered to prevent any dust from entering the bearing.
PLEASE RETAIN ALL ORIGINAL PACKAGING. You will need it if this unit has to be transported
and/or shipped. Any further questions you may have about this turntable should be directed to the
distributor or directly to clearaudio at
clearaudio electronic GmbH
Spardorfer Str. 150
91054 Erlangen
Tel/Phone: +49-(0)9131/ 40 300 100
Fax: +49-(0)9131/51683
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4. Special directions
The clearaudio Ovation does not require any extensive maintenance.
If the Ovation turntable is not used for a long time disconnect the motor from the mains supply.
Every two years you can lubricate (only if you will notice speed variations) the bearing of the
turntable platter with the supplied oil. In this case it is enough to put 4 or 5 drops of the oil onto the
bearing shaft.
Don’t use aggressive cleaning fluid for the Ovation turntable. A few drops of plastic cleaner is fully
Carefully dry all cleaned parts with a fine cotton cloth.
Please ensure that the chassis parts are only cleaned with plastic cleaning fluids.
Under no circumstances use spirit or alcohol-based fluids which will cause damage to
the surface.
You will find suitable cleaning fluids either in specialised shops or in the clearaudio online shop:
Please check for any damage to the power cord.
Any damage should only be repaired only by authorized personal.
A damaged power cord must be exchanged immediately!
To achieve the full clearaudio warranty, it is necessary that you fill out and send the corresponding
part of the warranty registration certificate /card back to clearaudio within two weeks (14 days) after
purchase. clearaudio can provide the warranty only if the product is returned in the original
Transportation advice:
If any transportation of the Ovation - turntable should be necessary, always remove the turntable
platter, otherwise serious damage can occur!
The bearing hole needs to be covered to prevent any dust from entering the bearing.
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5. Technical data
Resonance-optimised chassis,
Recommended tonearm with magnetic
bearing technology
Operating speeds:
33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM
Drive unit (motor):
Decoupled DC motor in chassis, resonance
damping device
DIN IEC 98 by method A / 92 dB
Polished ceramic shaft in a sintered bronze
bushing, magnetic bearing (CMB)
Black coloured POM, 38 mm thickness
Speed variation:
+/ - 0.03 %
Approximately 13.5 kg incl. motor
420 x 350 x 115 mm
16.54 x 13.78 x 4.53 inches
2 years (5* years)
* Only if the warranty card is filled out correctly and send back in time (within 14 days) 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 reprints- also only in extracts – require written confirmation from clearaudio electronic GmbH;
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The warranty period for the Ovation turntable is 2 years.
To achieve the extended clearaudio warranty of 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 (14 days) after purchase. Only if the product is returned in the original packing clearaudio
can provide the warranty of 5 years.
For warranty information, contact your local clearaudio distributor.
Your purchase receipt is your permanent record of a valuable purchase.
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.
Pour des informations sur la garantie, contacter le distributeur local clearaudio.
L'attestation d'achat est la preuve permanente d'un achat de valeur. La conserver en lieu sur pour s'y reporter aux fins d'obtention d'une couverture
d'assurance ou dans le cadre de correspondances avec clearaudio.
Pour l'obtention d'un service couvert par la garantie, il incombe au client d'établir la preuve de l'achat et d'en corroborer la date. Le reçu ou la facture
constituent des preuves suffisantes.
Bei Garantiefragen wenden Sie sich bitte zunächst an Ihren clearaudio-Händler.
Heben Sie Ihren Kaufbeleg gut auf.
Die Angaben auf Ihrer Quittung erlauben uns die Identifizierung Ihres Gerätes und belegen mit dem Kaufdatum die Dauer Ihrer Garantie-Ansprüche.
Für Serviceleistungen benötigen wir stets die Gerätenummer.
Diese finden Sie auf dem Typenschild auf der Rückseite des Gerätes oder auch in der beigefügten Garantie-Registrierkarte.
Voor inlichtingen omtrent garantie dient u zich tot uw plaatselijke clearaudio.
Uw kwitantie, kassabon e.d. vormen uw bewijs van aankoop van een waardevol artikel en dienen op een veilige plaats bewaard te worden voor evt,
verwijzing bijv, in verbend met verzekering of bij correspondentie met clearaudio.
Bij een evt, beroep op de garantie is het de verantwoordelijkheid van de consument een gedateerd bewijs van aankoop te tonen. Uw
kassabon of factuurzijn voldoende bewijs.
L’apparecchio è coperto da una garanzia di buon funzionamento della durata di un anno, o del periodo previsto dalla legge, a partire dalla data di acquisto
comprovata da un documento attestante il nominativo del Rivenditore e la data di vendita. La garanzia sarà prestata con la sostituzione o la riparazione
gratuita delle parti difettose.
Non sono coperti da garanzia difetti derivanti da uso improprio, errata installazione, manutenzione effettuata da personale non autorizzato o, comunque, da
circostanze che non possano riferirsi a difetti di funzionamento dell’apparecchio. Sono inoltre esclusi dalla garanzia gli interventi inerenti l’installazione e
l’allacciamento agli impianti di alimentazione.
Gli apparecchi verranno riparati presso i nostri Centri di Assistenza Autorizzati. Le spese ed i rischi di trasporto sono a carico del cliente. La casa costruttrice
declina ogni responsabilità per danni diretti o indiretti provocati dalla inosservanza delle prescrizioni di installazione, uso e manutenzione dettagliate nel
presente manuale o per guasti dovuti ad uso continuato a fini professionali.
Para obtener información acerca de la garantia póngase en contacto con su distribuidor clearaudio.
Su recibo de compra es su prueba permanente de haber adquirido un aparato de valor, Este recibo deberá guardarlo en un lugar seguro y utilizarlo como
referencia cuando tenga que hacer uso del seguro o se ponga en contacto con clearaudio.
Cuando solicite el servicio otorgado por la garantia el usuario tiene la responsabilidad de demonstrar cuándo efectuó la compra. En este caso, su recibo de
compra será la prueba apropiada.
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