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May 21, 2017

World’s first levitating turntable ready to be launched

By Lam Seng Fatt

 

The world’s first levitating turntable will be launched at the end of this year, possibly as early as September.

 

The platter hovers in mid-air.
The platter hovers in mid-air.

 

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.