CLEARAUDIO TRACER TONEARM
German manufacturer Clearaudio has released a new tonearm, the Clearaudio Tracer, taking its tonearm line-up to ten, if you count both its standard radial tonearms, of which the Tracer is one, and its tangential tonearms.
‘ When creating the Tracer tonearm, Clearaudio’s design team drew on a number of engineering tricks typically associated with high-end watchmaking,’ said Nigel Ng of Advance Audio. ‘ Its design features a high-precision, low-friction tungsten/sapphire bearing and a carbon tonearm tube, which means the design is both extremely rigid and very lightweight, giving a just-right combination of stability and agility.’
Anti-skating force is adjustable using a simple dial, rather than some more complex method, and the azimuth of the aluminium headshell is also easily adjusted. The underslung counterweight reduces the overall centre-of-gravity of the arm, yet tracking force is still a straightforward adjustment. The Tracer tonearm is available with a black carbon arm-tube or a silver carbon arm-tube. Aluminium parts are anodized to match the colour of the arm-tube. ‘ The Clearaudio Tracer is an elegantly minimalist design that places particular emphasis on the stable positioning of the phono cartridge above the record surface,’ said Ng.