A complete ready to play, synergistic, stunning, state-of-the-art vinyl playback system. This is a one-of-a-kind table, custom made to be the centerpiece at The International CES in Las Vegas, direct from the German Clearaudio factory to the worlds Premier High-End Audio industry showcase. All metal surfaces are gold plated including the solid brass armboard on which to mount the gold accented black Graham 2.2 tonearm which coordinates with the gloss black phenolic base structures. Even ladies who have no idea what it is say that it is beautiful.
The sonic synergy of this system, which also includes the Benz L.2 cartridge is unmatched in my fairly extensive experience. The included Synchro-Controller provides a pure and continuous voltage supply while driving the 3 motors at 120 degrees out of phase from each other, effectively reducing the polar cogging motion by one-third. Other included upgrades are the $900 ceramic bearing, the $125 twister clamp along with the $475 armboard and the tungsten sideweights on the arm. I have owned several analog systems, and experienced many more cost-no-object rigs, and to date I have found none of them to exceed the synergistically satisfying and complete sonic package that this combination of components has. In addition, unlike so many high-end rigs it is rock-solid stable and easy to set-up, use, and adjust.
Great vinyl playback is a product of " the whole exceeding the sum of its' parts". With this system I found a special kind of synergy between already very well-regarded individual components, that together, combined to exceed even their extremely high individual expectations. For example: I compared the more expensive Ruby II Benz cartridge in this system to the L2 and found that, in combination with the 2.2 and Maximum Solution, the L2 was at least the equal of the substantially more expensive Ruby II cartridge.
. To my ears, this system's pacing, dynamics, detail and tonal balance are as perfect as I have ever experienced. I haven't heard the $100,000 Rockport system but I find it hard to believe that the extra $80,000 plus could be money well spent if replacing this set-up.
This first time I moved this, since it came out of the boxes, is when I recently moved it to the kitchen island to dust it off and take some pictures for this ad. To my eyes it looks the same as when it was new, but I know how over the top some guys are with their microscopic inspection and critical judgement of cosmetics, so I hesitate on how to grade its' condition. Gold is soft and is going to have micro swirls in the finish but I doubt some fellows will want to accept that it comes out of the box with them. However, I cannot see rating it less than a 9.