The Absolute Sound 2010 Product of the Year Awards (January 2011, Issue 209) says, "The clearaudio Concept turntable package does everything but unbox itself. For sheer musical engagement and superb speed stability it's the 'table to beat in this range." — Reviewed by Wayne Garcia, The Absolute Sound, Issue 209

The Performance SEP features clearaudio's patented Ceramic Magnetic Bearing. The CMB magnetically levitates the 40mm Delrin platter for reduced friction, greater speed stability and additional isolation. The plinth of the Performance SEP is a composite construction of brushed aluminum sandwiching an MDF core with aluminum banding. An outboard AC synchronous motor and Verify Carbon Fiber tonearm featuring a frictionless magnetic "bearing" round out the package. Made in Germany and available in satin black and silver finish.