Mag-Lev au­dio ML-1 TurnTabLe

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The long-awaited Mag-Lev ML-1 turntable, whose plat­ter is not only sup­ported en­tirely by mag­netic force, but is also ro­tated by mag­netic force—so there is no drive mo­tor or belt—is now avail­able in Aus­tralia for $3,495 (RRP). The Slove­nian com­pany be­hind the Mag-Lev ML-1 turntable (Mag-Lev Au­dio) has not re­leased de­tails of ex­actly how the plat­ter is ro­tated, other than to say that there is ‘no mo­tor’, and that it’s powered by a ‘mag­netic coil drive’. Wow and flut­ter is claimed to be ‘0.17%’ (no mea­sure­ment stan­dard spec­i­fied) and sig­nal-to-noise ra­tio as ‘–73dB’ (no ref­er­ence level spec­i­fied). The turntable plat­ter is made from an ABS/car­bon-fi­bre com­pos­ite into which are em­bed­ded both sec­tions of metal and neodymium mag­nets, so it weighs 2.2kg. The plat­ter can be ro­tated at ei­ther 33.33 or 45 rpm.

The Mag-Lev ML-1 comes pre-fit­ted with a Pro-Ject 9cc ton­earm. The arm-tube has an ef­fec­tive length of 228.6mm (9 inches), is made from car­bon-fi­bre and the sup­port pivot has ball-race ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal bear­ings. An au­to­matic ton­earm lifter mech­a­nism is in­cor­po­rated into the pivot which lifts the ton­earm from the record sur­face when it reaches the run-out groove. Here in Aus­tralia, the ton­earm comes pre-fit­ted with an Orto­fon OM10 mov­ing-mag­net car­tridge which has a fre­quency re­sponse of 20Hz–20kHz ±3dB and an el­lip­ti­cal sty­lus that can be up­graded to a nude el­lip­ti­cal sty­lus. For more in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Mag-Lev’s Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor, Au­dio Magic, on (03) 9489 5122 or www.au­diomagic.com.au

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