Clearaudio Smart Phono review

Small, shiny, has quality, but cannot knit individual instruments into a believable whole as others at this price range can. Tested at £265.00

What Hi-Fi? Verdict

Enthusiastic, vigorous and open sound, but not the most coherent around


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    Compact and stylish

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    expansive and natural performance


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    Doesn’t connect individual instruments as well as the best

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The Clearaudio Emotion turntable has been a favourite of ours for, oh, ages now – but many prospective buyers' own amplifiers don't have the gumption to boost a record player's feeble signal without assistance.

Enter the Smart phono. Small, shiny and switchable from moving magnet to moving coil turntable designs, the Clearaudio summons up an expansive, natural sound.

Music is well separated and speedy, with real verve at the low end. Unlike the very best products at this money, mind, it can't knit individual instruments into an entirely believable whole – so it's not the default choice Emotion owners might assume.

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