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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

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