Creators of MAG-LEV Audio took on music brands’ bold attitude of pushing the limits and tried to do something remarkable of their own. That’s how they came to create the world’s first levitating turntable which seems to have come straight out of Kubricks’ “2001: A Space Odyssey”.
“We wanted to take something close to us and reinvent the entire experience. We wanted to change the way things were done”, states the team in a press release.
For months, this Slovenian group made up of designers, engineers and producers, explored what that thing could be. “One day we asked ourselves a question that seemed a little crazy at first. If a vinyl was levitating in the air, could it still produce a sound? Inspired by this curiosity, we decided to find out.”
And so they did. By using magnetic levitation, the team created a turntable that literally spins records in the air. Its floating platter reduces the amount of friction to a minimum while maintaining a precise rotation thanks to sensors and a regulating software.
Because they believe that how people listen to music is just as important as what they listen to, the team wanted to integrate the uplifting experience of music into the turntable design itself.
“MAG-LEV Audio is a turntable that quite literally defies gravity. It’s a turntable of the future for a medium of the past, designed for people who appreciate when high quality sound meets elegant, unique and innovative design”, they explained.
To increase the wow factor, the team added subtle orange lighting, which gives this turntable a sleek, futuristic feel, and further enhances the visual effects of levitation even when the lights are off.
The turntable comes with a preset tonearm and cartridge, which makes it possible to connect to speakers through phono in. When the turntable is switched off, retractable feet support the platter.
The MAG-LEV Audio includes a 45 rpm adapter, and can easily be switched between 33 rpm and 45 rpm ensuring that vinyl enthusiasts can listen to the music they love no matter what type of record they’re using.
A semi-automatic system lifts the tonearm at the end of the record to keep it from scratching and also prolonging the life of the cartridge.
The MAG-LEV Audio has also an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) to ensure that if the power shuts off, the player will safely lift the tonearm, stop the record and return the platter feet to resting position.
The company has already surpassed its initial Kickstarter campaign goal and expects to have the MAG-LEV Audio available for shipping in August 2017. Watch the video below: