The Mag-Lev ‘floating platter’ turntable exhibited at the High End show in Munich last year is on its way to Australia. Victorian highend audio distribution company Audio Magic has announced that it has secured exclusive distribution rights for this turntable.
Developed by a design team based in Slovenia and funded via crowd-funding platforms Kick-Starter and Indigogo, the turntable’s platter is ‘floated’ above the plinth—presumably by magnetic force, but the company will say no more about it than that the system is: ‘ innovative and patented’)— and that it’s driven by a jet of air. Optical sensors in the plinth are used to monitor the speed of the platter and adjust the strength of the air-jet accordingly. The platter can rotate at both 33.33rpm and 45rpm. When the platter—which is said to be made of wood—is not revolving, it is supported at the revolving height by four ‘pillars’ that retract downwards as the platter begins to spin. A back-up uninterruptible power supply is said to ensure safe shutdown of the turntable in the event of a mains power failure during play.
Audio Magic says that the Mag-Lev turntables sold in Australia will be pre-fitted with a Pro-Ject 9 arm and Ortofon OM10 moving-magnet cartridge and, when they become available in late January, will retail for $2,995 (RRP). For further information, please contact Audio Magic on (03) 9489 5122 or visit www.audiomagic.com.au