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Clearaudio Performance DC TT5 Essence MC Turntable Package

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*Please note image shows straight tonearm, this package does not include this tonearm. This package includes the TT5 parallel tracking tonearm. Image is to show the turntable only.

The Performance DC is the “top of the range” turntable package offered by Clearaudio.

The Performance DC has been combined with the TT5 parallel tracking tonearm and Concept MC cartridge to form a formidable turntable that works straight out of the box – Perfect for any technophobes, or people who want high quality without all the hassle usually associated with it!

It sports an inert chassis, 40mm thick platter, and ceramic/magnetic main bearing all designed to reduce noise and friction. The DC motor allows vey fine adjustment of all three (33.3,45,78rpm) speeds with cast iron stability.

The built in DC motor has already proved itself in the Clearaudio Innovation and Clearaudio Ovation and is a sleeker design that offers improved smoothness and finer adjustment of speeds. This allows for three speeds, including 78 rpm, in contrast to only two speeds on the Performance SE, with electronic speed change at the touch of a button.

Clearaudio’s patented CMB (ceramic magnetic bearing) is an alternative to the set-up used in most turntables with a metal spindle and ball-bearing. The CMB bearing is aligned with a non-magnetic ceramic spindle and effectively floated on air by a magnetic field, thus reducing friction, wear and noise by avoiding any point of load.


TT5 Specifications:

Construction Details

Tangential tracking, resonance optimized chassis


Purely mechanical

high-precision, extremely smooth-running and dry-running ball bearing

polished glass tube

Total Weight

Approx. 560 gram (without aluminum arm base)

Aluminum arm base: 60 gram

Audio Lead  

clearaudio Sixtream Super Wire (1.1 m)

terminated with MPC Cinch


Approx. 200 x 140 x 150


5 years*

* Provided the warranty card is fully completed and returned to Clearaudio within 2 weeks of purchase.

Performance DC Specifications:

Construction Details

Resonance-optimised turntable, highly compressed wood chassis in sandwich construction embedded between two aluminium plates.

We recommend: tonearm with magnetic bearing technology (Clearaudio Magnify or Verify)

Speed ranges  

33 ⅓, 45 and 78 rpm

Drive unit 

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

Speed accuracy (measured)     

± 0.03 %

Power consumption

Max. consumption: 3.3 Watt

Consumption in operation: 1.6 Watt

Standby mode: < 0.5 Watt

Off mode: 0.0 Watt

Total weight     

Approx. 11.5 kg incl. motor

Dimensions (W/D/H in inches)  

Approx. 16.54 x 12.99 x 5.71 (with tonearm)

Dimensions (W/D/H in mm)        

Approx. 420 x 330 x 145 (with tonearm)