MAG-LEV Audio | The First Levitating Turntable

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  1. drfindley

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    So this is currently just a Kickstarter project for a turntable to levitate the platter with magnets. Beyond it looking ridiculously cool, there are a lot of questions as to how this will sound. While I highly recommend not backing crowdfunding projects, I'm very curious how this will fair one it's a retail product and getting reviews. I think it's an interesting new attack on some old problems. Maybe in a year we'll know.

    https://www.kickstarter.com/project...io-the-first-levitating-turntable/description
     
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    Saw a lot of people questioning the effectiveness of this on SHF. First would be can the magnetic field affect the cartridge (on the KS comments page they say they put something in the platter to prevent the field from messing with the cartridge). Second issue would be with vertical tracking, third would be keeping the RPM steady. It seems like this is putting form over function. But maybe the designers have figured that stuff out.
     
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    Exactly, all of those could potentially be damning issues, but I like seeing some innovative approaches like this. And those are all good reasons not to invest in this as a kickstarter project.
     
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    There are very few Kickstarter projects I will bother investing in anymore. And quite frankly there are a lot of good options for my TT money in the $1-$3K range, so I certainly wouldn't spend that money on an unproven project like this.

    If it does pan out though, I would be very open to auditioning one.
     
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    Wait, this is actually the *first*? I could have sworn I've seen levitating platters before years ago... ??
     
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    The design goal seems to be "It looks cool" and that's about it.
     
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    This is like buying a VW Bus record player. Cool, but not what I would do for sound quality. I could be wrong, admittedly.

     
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    :eek:

    Give me clockwork and a steel needle. I don't hold with this new-fangled stuff.

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