Not only was the MC Concept better balanced tonally, it had greater power, body, and presence. While others might disagree, I never totally relaxed with the moving magnet cartridge, but with the the MC Concept, the Performance DC seemed totally transformed to my ears into a much more enjoyable combination. The upgrade is well worth the extra £100, in my view.
Summing up, the Performance DC turntable may not have the vibration isolation of some (often rather more expensive) suspended sub‑chassis turntables, but it offers a high standard of vinyl record reproduction, is beautifully made, looks great, and is easy to use. I really liked the clear, open sound and fast‑paced bass rhythms served up on its turntable’s platter – especially when partnered with Clearaudio’s MC Concept cartridge.
Speeds: 33 1/3, 45 and 78 RPM
Arm mounting: Clearaudio/Linn
Drive: Belt drive, via DC motor.
Speed control: Electronic, (with pre‑sets to adjust each speed)
Platter Type: CNC machined Delrin
Bearing type: Polished ceramic shaft in sintered bronze bushing with Clearaudio ceramic magnetic bearing
Plinth configuration: wood sandwich between two aluminium plates
Type: Carbon fibre with friction‑free magnetic bearing
Tonerarm length: 335mm overall Offset angle: 23 deg
Signal cable length: 1m
Cable capacitance: 136pF
Weight: 320g (410g inc. counterweight)
Virtuoso V2 Ebony
Type: Moving Magnet
Stylus/Cantilever: not given /aluminium
Tracking Force: 2.2g+/– 0.3g
Load: 47k Ohms /100pF
Compliance: Not given
Output (at 1kHz@5cm/s): 3.6mV
Price: £2,495 with V2 MM (£2,595 with Concept MC)
UK Distributor: Sound Fowndations
Tel: +44 (0)1189 814238