You may have heard that vinyl is cool again, but Mag – Lev Audio is about to make playing vinyl look cool with its eye-catching floating turntable design. The Slovenian company is now four weeks into an already successful Kickstarter campaign, showcasing its unique turntable that taps the power of magnets and proprietary software to magically hover and spin a platter.
Mag – Lev Audio’s turntable is certainly groundbreaking and something never seen before on the market. In many regards, the turntable’s user experience is visually driven as the platter literally floats suspended in the air while spinning at either 33 1/3 or 45 RPMs. The effect is further enhanced by the inclusion of an orange glowing light that shines below the platter during use. The complete package is an eye-catching wonder and a definite conversation piece. Performance wise, the design team claims that the turntable offers vibration repression which lends to cleaner sounding audio reproduction. The tone arm, however, is still connected the base, which doesn’t completely detach playback from a grounded reality. Still, though, the premise is intriguing.
The platter (surfaced with a thick felt mat) rests upon four post-like feet when not in use. When the tone arm is manually moved into position, the feet retract into the base and the platter’s magnetic system levitates and spins the record. The overall design is semi-automatic. The pre-fitted Pro-ject 8.6 tone arm (with an Ortofon OM 5E cartridge) requires manual positioning but uses automated cuing to raise and lower the tone arm during the beginning and end of playback.
In order to protect the turntable, record, and stylus during power interruptions, Mag – Lev Audio has incorporated an uninterruptable power supply system. Just enough energy is stored to lift the tone are and re-engage the platter feet to keep all components safe during unexpected power outages.
The onboard magnetic platter system is managed by proprietary software written by the design team. According to Mag – Lev, the software delivers extraordinarily precise platter rotation and regulation. In addition, owners will never have to worry about wear and tear of parts in the drive system.
The backside of the turntable features a terminated RCA cable for connection to a source. Because the turntable lacks a built-in phono stage, it can only be connected to a pre-amp or amplifier with phono input capabilities.
The Kickstarter campaign has already fulfilled its early bird offers and smashed its stretch goal of $400,000. Currently available pledge packages (that guarantee a turntable with free shipping) start at $880, which still offers significant savings over the predicted retail price of $1370. Backers will find a variety of finish options including black, faux-wood, and white. The campaign is set to end on November 21, 2016.
Click here to visit Mag–Lev Audio’s Kickstarter page.
Image Credits: Mag – Lev Audio