Performance DC
Performance DC
User manual
Black with silver chassis
Silver with silver chassis
Silver with black chassis
Black with black chassis
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: 2.3_14.10.2016_E
Performance DC
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Dear Clearaudio customer,
You have purchased a State-Of-The-Art turntable, the Performance DC, a world class product of
Clearaudio electronic GmbH.
Congratulations on your purchase!
The main chassis consists of a complex sandwich of materials: aluminum and HDF material.
The powerful and smooth-running DC motor is integrated within and is effectively decoupled by the main
The motor is hidden beneath the platter and drives the precision machined aluminum sub-platter via a
precision machined POM main platter are supported by Clearaudio‘s patented CMB Ceramic Magnetic
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.
Please read this user manual carefully so that you can enjoy all the advantages of your Performance DC
turntable. All information given will help to generate the best performance and avoid any possible
We hope you will enjoy your new Clearaudio Performance DC turntable.
Clearaudio electronic GmbH
Please read the warnings before connecting your Performance DC 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 flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the equipment.
The Clearaudio Performance DC meets the regulations concerning electromagnetic
disturbance (EMC) and low-voltage appliances.
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 1972,
Any more recent legal regulations.
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1. Packaging overview4
2. Setup and operation5
3. Special notes12
4. Technical data13
Warranty information14
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1. Packaging overview
The Clearaudio Performance DC turntable is delivered in specially designed custom packaging.
Please check the contents according to the following list before you set up your new Clearaudio
Performance DC turntable.
1. Layer (top):
Top of bearing, belt,
fittings and accessories (Quality
and warranty card, bearing oil, hex
sub-platter, power supply
If ordered as set:
Tonearm and/or pickup
2. Layer (middle):
Turntable chassis
3. Layer (bottom):
Pic. 1: Packaging overview
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please double check the tightness of all bolts and armboard mounting hardware,
as temperature fluctuations during transit may have caused the hardware to become loose.
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2. Setup and operation
The Performance DC turntable consists of several components, as described in No 1 (Packaging overview).
The setup is easy, as 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 instructions step by step:
The Performance DC requires a space of at least 16.54 inch x 12.99 inch for positioning.
12.99 inch / 330 mm
16.54 inch
/ 420 mm
Pic. 2: Setting up space
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Place the pre-mounted chassis on your hifi-rack or another suitable surface.
Pic. 3: Performance DC chassis
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 turntable.
Pic. 4: Grounding the bearing of the Performance DC
Please remove the protective seal from the bearing shaft and place two drops of the synthetic bearing oil
on the ceramic bearing shaft. Slip the bearing top onto the bearing shaft of the turntable (also available
through Art. No. AC068).
Pic. 5: Bearing oil
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Now you can set the bearing upper part carefully onto the bearing. To avoid damages make sure you slide
the bearing upper part slowly and carefully on the polished ceramic shaft.
Pic. 6: Fitting the bearing upper part
Now you can set the sub-platter carefully onto the bearing (see Pic. 7).
To avoid any damage, make sure you slide the sub-platter slowly and carefully onto the bearing.
After that, take the included belt and place it around the motor and the sub-platter (see Pic. 7.1).
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. 7: Setting the sub-platter
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Pic. 7.1: Placing the belt
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Now you can set the platter carefully onto the bearing. To avoid damage, make sure you slide the platter
slowly and cautiously on the sub-platter/ bearing assembly. Hold the platter securely, so the platter does
not slip or fall on your turntable.
Pic. 8: Setting the platter onto the bearing
Please check with the bubble level gauge, if your Performance DC
turntable is in a level position.
You can adjust each of the turntable’s feet to get the turntable
level. Only if the turntable is in a level position you will get the
best results with your turntable.
Please note:
Through turning the feets clockwise you will raise the turntable,
by turning counter clockwise the turntable will lower.
Pic. 9: Adjustment of the level position
Pic. 9.1: Adjustment of the height
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If the Performance DC turntable was purchased as a package together with the Clarify tonearm, please
follow the below described installation of the tonearm.
Position of the screw
to fasten the tonearm
with 2 mm allen key
Boring for the tonearm
Pic. 10: Rear view Clarify tonearm
Insert carefully first the cable and then the tonearm feet through the hole of the tonearm base.
Now adjust the tonearm height.
At the end secure the tonearm with the screws with are already integrated at the front of the
mounting base.
For tonearm and cartridge mounting please refer to the user manual of the respective manufacturer.
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If you purchased the Clearaudio Performance DC as package with tonearm and cartridge, you received
also a Smart Stlyus Gauge as accessories, which allows 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 too high! /
Auflagekraft zu hoch!
tracking force too low! /
Auflagekraft zu niedrig!
Pic. 11: Use of the Smart Stylus Gauge
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Now you can connect the Performance DC turntable with the main supply.
Pic. 12: Connection to the main supply
2.9 Speed fine adjustment
As the motor adjustment is already pre-set at the factory, you don’t have to check the speed before using
the turntable for the first time.
If you want to check the speed of your turntable by yourself over the time, we recommend to use a
Stroboscope Testrecord.
To adjust the speed so perfectly and precisely as possible, we recommend the Clearaudio Stroboscope
Testrecord (Art. No. AC038) and the Clearaudio “Speed Light” (Art. No. AC039, both available at
On the backside (close to the power supply input) of your turntable there are three setting trimmers:
- Left trimmer = setting 78 rpm (near power supply jack)
- Middle trimmer = setting 45 rpm
- Right trimmer = setting 33 1/3 rpm
Pic. 13: Speed fine adjustment
Don’t use a metal screw driver. Only use screw driver made out of synthetic or ceramic material, to avoid
circuit damage.
Now you are finally ready to play your vinyl records!
If the turntable is not in use, disconnect the unit completely from the power supply by removing the main
plug from the socket.
We wish you a lot of pleasure with your new Performance DC turntable.
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3. Special notes
3.1 Maintenance
• If the Performance DC 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
Performance DC 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.
3.2 Transportation
Send / ship the Performance DC 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 setup (chapter 2).
• If any transportation of the Performance DC 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.
3.3 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 Performance DC 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
To achieve the full Clearaudio warranty (for the Performance DC 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.
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4. Technical Data
Speed ranges:
Drive unit (motor):
Speed variation:
With tonearm
Resonance-optimised turntable, highly compressed wood
chassis in sandwich construction embedded between two
aluminum plates.
Tonearm recommendation:
Clearaudio Magnify or in package with Clarify tonearm and
Virtuoso V2 MM cartridge.
33 1/3, 45 und 78 RPM
Decoupled and resonance damped DC motor, drive belt and
plug-in power supply unit designed for worldwide use with all
networks and power frequencies.
DIN IEC 98 by method A / 92 dB
Cut and polished ceramic shaft in a sintered bronze bushing,
Clearaudio ceramic magnetic bearing (CMB)
CNC precision-machined black coloured POM platter,
40 mm thickness
+/- 0.03 %
Approx. 11.5 kg incl. motor
In mm approx: 420 x 330 x 145
in inch approx: 16.54 x 12.99 x 5.71
Power consumption:
Max. consumption:
Consumption in operation:
Stand by mode:
Off mode:
3.3 Watt
1.6 Watt
< 0.5 Watt
0.0 Watt
2 years (5 years*)
* Only if the warranty card is filled out correctly and sent back in time 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;
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The warranty time for the Performance DC turntable is 2 years.
To achieve the full 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 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.
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.
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Diese finden Sie auf dem Typenschild auf der RückPage des Gerätes oder auf dem Tonarm sowie in der beigefügten Garantie-Registrierkarte.
Voor inlichtingen omtrent garantie dient u zich tot uw plaatselijke clearaudio.
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