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Clearaudio Performance DC User Manual

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Performance DC

Hi-Fi Components


Clearaudio electronic




Spardorfer Str. 150 • D-91054 Erlangen • Tel. +49 9131 40300100 • FAX + 49 9131 40300119


 • www.analogshop.de • 


©clearaudio electronic GmbH

Version: 2.3_06.04.2016_E

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Made in Germany

Black with silver chassis

Silver with black chassis

Silver with silver chassis

Black with black chassis


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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 


Performance DC


Clearaudio electronic GmbH

Please read the warnings before connecting your Performance DC turntable to the mains supply.

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 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.





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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Performance DC

 meets the regulations concerning electromagnetic 

disturbance (EMC) and low-voltage appliances.


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1. Packaging overview



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 


Performance DC


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Pic. 1: 

Packaging overview

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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): 



: 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. Set-up and operation


Performance DC

 turntable consists of several components, as described in No 1 (Packaging overview). 

The set up 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:


Performance DC

 requires a space of at least 16.54 inch x 12.99 inch for positioning.

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16.54 inch

/ 420 mm

12.99 inch / 330 mm

Pic. 2: 

Setting up space


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Place the pre-mounted chassis on your hifi-rack or another suitable surface. 

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Pic. 3: 

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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 



 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

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.

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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 


 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 



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.

Pic. 10: 

Rear view 




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If you purchased the 


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.

Pic. 11: 

Use of the Smart Stylus Gauge

tracking force too high! /

Auflagekraft zu hoch!

tracking force too low! /

Auflagekraft zu niedrig!

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).


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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 


 “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: 

Pic. 13: 

Speed fine adjustment

 - Left trimmer = setting 78 rpm  



    (near power supply jack)

 - Middle trimmer = setting 45 rpm 

 - Right trimmer = setting 33 1/3 rpm


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



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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  



•  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


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 (www.analogshop.de) 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 set-up (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 


 products should be done by authorized personal only.

In case of any repair, the 


Performance DC

 turntable needs to be send to your nearest 



 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 


 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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 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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Version: April 2016

4. Technical Data


Resonance-optimised turntable, highly compressed wood 

chassis in sandwich construction embedded between two 

aluminum plates.

Tonearm recommendation:



 or in package with 


 tonearm and 

Virtuoso V2

 MM cartridge.

Speed ranges: 

33 1/3, 45 und 78 RPM

Drive unit (motor):

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, 


ceramic magnetic bearing



CNC precision-machined black coloured POM platter,

 40 mm thickness

Speed variation:

+/- 0.03 %


Approx. 11.5 kg incl. motor



With tonearm

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 


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The warranty time for the 

Performance DC

 turntable is 2 years. 

To achieve the full 


 warranty of 5 years, it is necessary that you fill out and send the corresponding part of 

the warranty registration certificate /card back to 


, within two weeks after purchase. 

Only if the product is returned in its original packing 


 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.



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Heben Sie Ihren Kaufbeleg gut auf. 


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che. Für Serviceleistungen benötigen wir stets die Gerätenummer.

Diese finden Sie auf dem Typenschild auf der RückPage des Gerätes oder auf dem Tonarm sowie in der beigefügten Garantie-Registrierkarte.



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