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So zero-gravity vinyl is really happening.
Over 717 kickstarter backers are helping make sure of that.
Only one month after launching on Kickstarter, the world’s first “levitating” turntable exceeded its funding goal of $300,000.
The MAG-LEV claims to use patented technology to achieve magnetic levitation and “incredibly precise turning of the platter with sensor regulating software.” Its designers say that air is the smoothest medium, involving the least amount of friction.
“We were searching for a way to give people a better, newer way to experience vinyl records,” reads the concept design. “By pushing the frontier of audio technology, we were able to integrate the uplifting experience of music into the turntable design itself, bringing the feeling of zero gravity into your living room.”
The First Levitating Turntable is designed for people who appreciate high quality sound and innovative design. It comes with a Pre-Fitted tonearm and cartridge. This setup allows you to connect through phono in. Once you’re done, you just have to pick your favorite record, turn the turntable on, move the tone arm into position and lower the cueing lever. Then sit back, relax and enjoy.
Other specifications include a semi-automatic mechanism to lift the tonearm at the end of the record, a cueing mechanism, speed select and orange lighting that further enhances the levitating effect.
The turntable is expected to ship by the end of August 17. If I had the money lying around, I would have been seriously tempted by this. Seriously tempted...