Clearaudio Reference Jubilee: anniversary model with polyoxymethylene disc and smart rotation speed correction system
The Clearaudio Reference Jubilee vinyl player, with a fairly compact triangular table, weighs more than 20 kg — and this shape is borrowed from the very first player that Clearaudio released. The table itself is made of bulletproof wood and is covered at the top and bottom with thick aluminum plates.
On the rounded isosceles triangle is placed a disk of nonresonant polyoxymethylene (POM) with a thickness of 6 cm. It rotates on a specially redesigned, patented CMB ceramic magnetic bearing.
The belt drive with a flat belt with an increased torque comes from the left rounded corner: there, in a black cylindrical case on a complex suspension of rubber cords, there is a 24 V DC non-magnetic motor. It is controlled by a digital system based on a 12-bit DAC. The rotation speed of the 8.5 kg stainless steel auxiliary disc is corrected every 3 seconds.
At the right top of the triangular body is a cylindrical support with a mount for the tonearm: it is not included in the kit, but there are options with proprietary tangential designs, . All together, the company called “the best of Clearaudio’s past, present, and future, ushering in a new era of analog precision.” The novelty received push-button control and operates at three speeds: 33⅓, 45 and 78 rpm.
For the first time, information about Clearaudio Reference Jubilee appeared back in 2018 — the player visited several exhibitions, where it was reported that it would be released in a limited edition of 250 copies for the company’s fortieth anniversary. But, apparently, the player is only now officially presented-at least on the official website and on the pages of social networks of the company. The cost of the Clearaudio Reference Jubilee, complete with a special version of the TT3 tangential tonearm and Jubilee MC anniversary cartridge, is about $22,500.