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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.

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