Performance SE

The Performance SE (Second Edition) advances our original Performance design with a superior plinth construction. While the original Performance used Starion (an artificial stone), the SE moves to an aluminium/high-density fibreboard sandwich to produce a platform with greater stability.

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Product specifications

The Performance SE is typically sold as a package, complete with Clearaudio's Satisfy Carbon Directwire tonearm and Maestro Wood MM cartridge, offering a complete solution to the music lover looking for superior sound and refined design, combined with ease of set-up and use.

Features included in this turntable:

  • A 40mm-thick, silently revolving acrylic platter. The characteristics of acrylic are close to vinyl, so resonances inside the record find an easy path into the platter, where they are damped away.
  • A separate AC synchronous motor unit in a solid housing with three silicone feet, which drives the platter through a stepped pulley and circular cross-sectioned belt. Separation of the motor from the main turntable is designed to further reduce vibrational energy.
  • Integrated patented Clearaudio ceramic magnetic bearing (CMB). While most turntable bearings use a metal spindle spinning in a housing with a ball-bearing separating the two, Clearaudio's bearing is aligned with a non-magnetic ceramic spindle and effectively floated on air by a magnetic field. This reduces friction, wear and noise by avoiding any point of load.

Total weight

Approx. 10 kg (incl. motor)


16.5 inches
13 inches
5.1 inches

Speed ranges

33 ⅓ and 45 rpm


Available as Aluminium Black and Aluminium Silver

Technical specifications
Construction Details Resonance-optimised chassis, highly compressed wood with aluminium frame sandwiched between two aluminium plates Versions:
  • Performance SE Aluminium Silver
  • Performance SE Aluminium Black
Speed ranges 33 ⅓ and 45 rpm
Drive unit Decoupled motor-unit, synchronous motor, belt-drive
Bearing Magnetic bearing (CMB) with polished and grounded ceramic bearing shaft. Cylinder barrel made out of sintered bronze.
Platter GS-PMMA / acryl, CNC-precision-cut, dynamically balanced, 1.6 inches / 40 mm
Speed accuracy (measured) ± 0.1 %
Total weight Approx. 10 kg incl. motor
Dimensions (w/d/h in inches) Approx. 16.5 x 13 x 5.1
Dimensions (w/d/h in mm) Approx. 420 x 330 x 130
Warranty 5 years*
User manuals
reviews & awards
Awards & Nominations

Award winning technology

  • HiFi Choice Gold Award
Reviews - previews - press comments

What the papers say

Up there with the best, this Performance doesn't fade with time


This level of transparency is simply stunning in a turntable system in this price range. Undoubtedly this clear window on the soundstage is related to the Performance's magnetic bearinig.

The Absolute Sound

Once listened to, we'd bet few would deny this turntable is worth every penny.


If Skynet had been an audiophile rather than a malevolent computer system [...] it would have created the Clearaudio Performance - looking like the liquid metal T-1000 remade as a turntable [...].

Stuff Magazine





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