Innovation Basic
User manual
Silver with natural wood chassis
clearaudio tonearm „Magnify“ and
clearaudio cartridge „MC Essence“.
Made in Germany
clearaudio electronic® GmbH
Spardorfer Str. 150 • D-91054 Erlangen • Tel. +49 9131 40300100 • FAX + 49 9131 40300119 • •
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Version: 1.0_06-2016_E
Innovation Basic
User manual
Dear Clearaudio customer,
Congratulation’s and thank you for choosing the Clearaudio Innovation Basic turntable, a world class
turntable, handmade in Germany.
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 time.
We wish you a lot of musical enjoyments with your new Clearaudio Innovation Basic 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.
No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the equipment.
The Clearaudio Innovation Basic 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 overview4
2. Part list5 - 6
3. Installation and set up7 - 10
4. Fine adjustment of the motor11
5. Special instructions12
6. Technical data13
Warranty information14
Stroboscope Testrecord User manual15 -16
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1. Packing overview
user manual,
warranty card,
Clearaudio Quality
Stroboscope Testrecord
Innovation Basic
turntable chassis incl.
mounted lower bearing
part and integrated
motor unit;
optional: tonearm
Platter with integrated
bearing upper part;
power supply;
optional: cartridge
Pic. 1: Packing overview
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2. Part list
Clearaudio has developed a special and secure packing for your Innovation Basic turntable 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 Basic turntable:
Pic. 2: Part list
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Turntable body with mounted lower
bearing part
Platter with integrated upper bearing
Power supply
3x Flat Pads
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Continuation of part list
Pic. 2.1: Part list
1 pair of white gloves
Bearing oil for occaisonal use
Grounding wire for the Innovation
Basic turntable (to connect in the
bottom bearing part)
Clearaudio Stroboscope Testrecord
(Art. No. AC038) to adjust the exact speed
Level gauge for the turntable
1 pcs. flat belt
Optional in package:
Clearaudio MC cartridge
Optional in package:
Turntable + tonearm + cartridge
No illustration: cartridge alignment gauge for
tonearm (optional)
Not shown:
Warranty card, Clearaudio Quality certificate
Not shown:
User Manual
2x Hex wrench
Size 3 / 7
Screw driver
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.
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3. Installation and set up
The set up of the Innovation Basic turntable is easy as the turntable chassis is pre-assembled and has been
tested at the factory.
Please use the white gloves enclosed in order to avoid scratches or unwanted fingerprints (platter).
The Innovation Basic turntable requires a space for set-up of at least 18.90 inch x 19.29 inch.
19.29 inch / 490 mm
18.90 inch /
480 mm
Pic. 3: Required set - up space
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To set-up the Innovation Basic turntable stick to the following steps:
In the accessory bag on the top level of the packaging (See Pic 4) Page 5) you will find 3 Flat Pads.
Place them on the prospective location of the Innovation Basic turntable.
Now you can remove the entire top level out of the carton. Take the Innovation Basic body (with included
lower bearing part) from the lower packaging level and put them with the preassampled feet (spikes) on
the already placed Flat Pads.
Pic. 4: Innovation Basic with tonearmbase
It may be possible that you have to ground the turntable to avoid hum problems.
Plug the supplied grounding cable into the lateral hole of the fixing bolt of the bearing and connect the
other end to your amplifier.
Pic. 5: Grounding of the Innovation Basic
Remove the cap from the ceramic shaft of the bearing and pt 1-2 dropf of the supplied synthetic bearing oil
on the caramic shaft (Art. No. AC068, also available through
Pic. 6: Piling the bearing oil
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In the next step remove the lamination of the sensor, mounted on the turntable chassis (picture 7: red
Please remove the lamination extreme carefully and avoid any soiling and scratches.
Pic. 7: 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 scratches.
To avoid any damages on your bearing, the platter should have room temperature before the set up begin
(approx. 20 ° Celsius).
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 8).
Avoid major side forces to prevent any damages to the
ceramic bearing!
Make sure with gentle pressure that the platter is applying
on the complete surface of the bearing.
Pic. 8: Setting up the platter
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To install the tonearm and / or to mount and adjust a cartridge, please follow the user manual of the
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 Basic turntable is in a levelled position.
You can adjust each of the turntables feet to get the turntable levelled (Pic. 9).
To adjust the height, first turn the middle part of the feet (Pic. 10 a; green arrow), then you can twist the
end part (Pic. 10 b, red frame) to the desired height.
After the adjustment, please make sure, to turn the middle part again to fix the selected position.
Pic. 9: Alignment of the
Pic. 10 a: Middle part
Pic. 10 b: End part
Only if the turntable is in a levelled position you will get the best results with your Innovation Basic
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 flat belt around the platter and around the motor
By pushing the sensor switch, marked with “33 1/3” on
the motor, the turntable starts to spin until 33 1/3 rpm is
Pic. 11: Connection of power supply and motor
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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.
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4. Fine adjustment of the Innovation Basic 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 time.
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 (Art. No. AC039)
On the front side of your turntable there are three setting trimmers (see pic. 11).
- Left trimmer = setting 33 1/3 rpm
(near turntable motor)
- Middle trimmer = setting 45 rpm
- Right trimmer = setting 78 rpm
(near turntable bearing)
Pic. 12: Fine adjustment of the motor
If you like to adjust the speed 33 1/3 rpm, take the 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 13).
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 Basic turntable.
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5. Special instruction
5.1 Maintenance
• If the Innovation Basic 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!
Please use only non alcoholic fluids and only fluids specially used for acrylic, to clean the
Innovation Basic 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.
5.2 Transport
Send / ship the Innovation Basic 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).
If any transportation of the Innovation Basic turntable should be necessary, please always remove the turntable platter and the shaft holder. Otherwise serious damage can occur!
To avoid any dust coming into the bearing, the bearing hole needs to be covered as well.
Only if the product is returned in its original packing Clearaudio can provide the warranty.
5.3 Service
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 Basic 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
Phone: +49 9131 40300 100
Fax: +49 9131 40300 119
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6. Technical data
Construction principle:
Speed possibilities:
Drive unit:
Speed variation less than:
Deviance of the set value:
Weight: :
(w x d x h)
Power consumption:
Max. consumption:
Consumption in operation:
Stand by mode:
Off mode:
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.
This Innovation Basic 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
+/- 0.08 %
+/- 0.01 %
approx. 7.7 kg (without tonearm and power supply)
approx. 428 mm x 390 mm x 125 mm (without tonearm)
approx. 16.85 x 15.35 x 4.92 inches (without tonearm)
9.3 Watt
2.5 Watt
2.5 Watt
0.0 Watt
5 years* (see page 14)
* 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 Basic 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 its 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.
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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
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Stroboscope Testrecord
User manual
The Clearaudio Stroboscope Testrecord satisfies the highest demands for an exact speed adjustment for
turntables. Dramatic sound improvements can be reached only with exact calibrated speeds.
- Optimal adjustment for turntables To adjust the exact speed, please choose the side for 50 / 60 Hz, or the other side for the use with the
speed light first. If you choose the side without the speed light source, you can use the regular light
source for the installation, either 50 Hz (outer scales) or 60 Hz. The scales are graduated in three different reading options:
33.3 Hz, 45 Hz and 78 Hz (starting from the outer diameter).
Please place the Stroboscope Testrecord on your turntable platter and start the engine of your turntable. The big advantage of the Clearaudio
Stroboscope Testrecord is, that you can place your cartridge onto the Stroboscope Testrecord, while
measuring the speed, as there are grooves provided on the disc. This means, for the first time a real time
speed analysis is possible under realistic circumstances.
If you have the impression that the horizontal lines move on the scale, you should set or readjust the
speed of the motor again.
- If the lines move clockwise, the speed is too fast.
- If the lines move counter clockwise, the motor speed is too slow.
Please correct the speed on your motor or turntable until you have the impression that the lines stopped
moving. After that you have reached the exact speed and you can enjoy the full potential of your vinyl
collection again.
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If you use the Speed Light (Art. No. AC039) you can reach an even higher or more accurate adjustment, completely independent of the power line or frequency of your country. As well, the 300 Hz calibrated light, used as an external light source is
completely independent from possible power line fluctuations, which could influence the result by regular light. The 300 Hz of the Speed Light are generated by a
stabilized quartz oscillator and permit a very exact adjustment.
Please put the Stroboscope Testrecord with the fine lines upward on your
turntable. Here you also have the possibility to choose between two different speeds. With the outside scale you can detect the speed of 33 Hz and with the inside scale you can detect the
speed of 45 Hz. Again, the big advantage of the Clearaudio Stroboscope Testrecord is, that you can place
your cartridge onto the stroberecord, while measuring the speed, as there are grooves provided on the
disc. This means, for the first time a real time speed analysis is possible under realistic circumstances.
Press the button of the speed light source and place it parallel over to the scale and adjust the motor or
turntable speed until the horizontal lines do not move anymore.
- Tip As more accurate your turntable speed is adjusted, as better the overall sonic appearance of the record
playback will be!
It is mandatory to check the speed several times through out the year, to ensure that other influences are
not minimizing the sound quality.
Technical Data:
Speed Light
Light source:
Blue LED / 300 Hz precision light source (calibrated)
V23GA – 12 V – Alkaline (Art. No.: AC039/B)
(Technical changes are subject without notification)
Date: 06/2016
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Spardorfer Str. 150
91054 Erlangen
Phone: +49 9131 40300 100
Fax: +49 9131 40300 119
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