By Lam Seng Fatt
The world’s first levitating turntable will be launched at the end of this year, possibly as early as September.
Made by a company called Mag-Lev Audio, the prototype in working condition was showcased at the Munich High End show.
According a Mag-Lev executive, the turntable is more or less ready and should be launched in September. “We already have a few orders,” he said.
The turntable with levitating platter was playing an LP when I visited the Mag-Lev booth. It was connected to a headphone amp and I could hear nothing amiss about the sound quality but the song was a rock number and had little subtlety. I watched the levitating platter spin for a while and could not detect any bobbing.
In October last year, the hi-fi world was buzzing with talk about the world’s first levitating turntable and a video showed an impressive sight of a platter floating in mid-air and rotating. There is no spindle to anchor the platter to the plinth.
Mag-Lev Audio had embarked on crowdfunding through the Kickstarter website and had targeted to raise US$300,000.