The 'zero gravity' turntable uses magnetic levitation to make the platter float above the illuminated deck.

We at What Hi-Fi? think that vinyl is already pretty magical. The team behind the MAG-LEV Audio turntable look like they want to take the magic a bit further, with the world's first levitating player.

The turntable's drive system powers the levitation, which uses magnets to keep the platter hovering, with the accuracy said to be maintained by sensor regulating software.

When you're not playing vinyl, feet appear for the platter to rest upon.

Since vibrations are one of the biggest enemies when it comes to a turntable's sound quality, physically removing the platter from the rest of the player makes some sense on paper. Naturally there are plenty of other issues to contend with as a result.

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For extra wow factor, the turntable also has orange lighting underneath the platter. 

The MAG-LEV Audio comes with a Pre-Fitted tonearm and cartridge, can play at both 33.3 and 45rpm, and weighs 8.8kg.

More information is available on the the Kickstarter page, which launched this week and has currently raised over $24,000 of its $300,000 goal.

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AlbaBrown's picture

and the point is..

Just out of interest, can any genuine turntable designer comment on the effect of having a strong magnetic field right underneath a sensitive moving magnet cartridge. This, plus vertical decks, carry-around record destroyers (Crosley etc) as well a host of special edition turntables with plastic platters (sorry phenolic resin), smells of marketing over common sense. Or am I too synical in my old age?

expat_mike's picture

I was thinking the same, but

I was thinking the same, but paused with the thought that the magnetic field will only affect the moving coil, if the magnetic field is oscillating - so the magnetic field would need to be constant strength.

That still leaves the question of how the platter maintains its horizontal position, and does not wobble from side to side - that would certainly impact the sound quality. Maybe the belief is that the spinning platter, will keep the platter in position, in the same way that rifling keeps a bullet travelling in a straight line.

I would still be wary of investing money, until the technology is proven. 

hifiman2008's picture

Its a gimmick. Fashion

Its a gimmick. Fashion statement. Nothing more

Boris Kovačič's picture

I think 90% of regular

I think 90% of regular turntables sold today, is bought for fashion statement! So, if one has levitating platter, the better.