Kickstarter is routinely filled with innovative and intriguing products, such as the technology we’re featuring today: the LOVE turntable. We’ve seen some incredibly unique turntable variations over the years (including one recent Kickstarter deck with a levitating platter), but we’ve never seen anything quite like this. LOVE completely rewrites how a record is played, while offering all of the modern conveniences that true lifestyle audio fans demand.
Billed as an “Intelligent Record Player,” LOVE is a highly stylized handheld turntable device that eliminates the need for any kind of rotating platter; the device turns counterclockwise on a still record, using a traditional stylus with a sensor that scans a record for proper performance. And there’s no need to worry about LOVE damaging your favorite LP, as it supports itself using a large footpad that rests securely on the label area of a record. What’s even cooler is that LOVE can be controlled by a smartphone. Using a mobile device, owners can initiate playback, skip and repeat tracks, crank up the volume, and change RPM speeds.
LOVE works by using one of two platters (7-inch or 12-inch) to physically hold a record. The turntable then scans the record to determine size and playback speed. Once initiated, owners can connect LOVE to speakers, headphones, a receiver, or whole home wireless system (Sonos is supported) using onboard Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or a wired 3.5mm connection.
World-renowned industrial designer Yves Behar conceived LOVE’s physical design. Its gorgeous sleek exterior is classy, sporting richness and flowing lines befitting of an analog source. Internally, LOVE features a lithium battery capable of playing 15 sides of 12-inch LP records.
LOVE’s manufacturer provides basic specifications on its Kickstarter page. Wow and Flutter is rated at 0.2%, while rumble is said to be less than -60dB. It has an operating bandwidth of 20 Hz to 18 kHz with a digital sample rate of 44 kHz/16-bit.
LOVE’s current Kickstarter campaign has stomped its original $50,000 goal, currently sitting about $380,000 shy of $1 million (and there’s still 18 days to go). You can jump on board for a minimal pledge of $329. That fee fetches the LOVE turntable, two record bases, an aptX Bluetooth adapter, a 7-inch vinyl adapter, and associated power cords.
For more information, visit the product's Kickstarter page by clicking here.
Image Credit: LOVE Turntable