Gramovox Floating Record set for release after raising $1.6 million on Kickstarter

The Gramovox Floating Record player is made from a single block of maple or walnut, that is precision drilled to then house the electrical components and two 2in loudspeaker drivers with bottom porting for added bass.

Pavan Bapu, CEO of Gramovox says the the record player can bypass the built-in speakers and be connected to a current home audio system.

The record sits on an acrylic platter, claimed to be ultra-low resonance, and is secured with a screw-on cap on the spindle. A belt-drive system further aims to reduce vibration interference from the platter.

The fully adjustable carbon-fibre tonearm is spring-loaded and comes fitted with Audio Technica’s AT95E dual magnet cartridge, and the correct tracking weight already applied.

Backers were asked to pledge $349 for one of the turntables and Bapu expects to be able to deliver the units by December. The post-campaign price for the Floating Record is $449.

The Floating Record isn't the first vertical record player we've seen. Designer Roy Harpaz has created the Toc veritcal record player, which uses a linear tracking system that allows listeners to skip tracks with a remote control. There's still no word of a general release for Harpaz's deck, though.

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Max is a staff writer for What Hi-Fi?'s sister site, TechRadar, in Australia. But being the wonderful English guy he is, he helps out with content across a number of Future sites, including What Hi-Fi?. It wouldn't be his first exposure to the world of all things hi-fi and home cinema, as his first role in technology journalism was with What Hi-Fi? in the UK. Clearly he pined to return after making the move to Australia and the team have welcomed him back with arms wide open.