Tonearms pick up undesirable vibrations that leak from the motor, and influence sound quality in a bad way. What better way to eliminate this menace than to sit the platter on… Nothing.
The Mag-Lev is extremely simple to operate. Here’s how it works. Place your record on the platter. Switch it on and lift the Tonearm into the ‘Start’ position. Then drop the stylus and watch, as the supporting struts sink into the chassis – leaving the platter spinning in mid-air. The platter magically levitates like a boss over a glowing band of orange. Very Sci-Fi. Then sit back, and gently assure yourself that this is really happening.
It’s already fitted with a Pro-Ject 8.6 Tonearm and an Ortofon OM 5E, which is pretty basic but decent enough. It spins at 33rpm or 45rpm speeds (with the included adapter). It’s not exactly plug and play though. The Mag-Lev needs an external Phono Pre-Amp connected before it works. So that’s one extra box on your rack if your stereo amplifier does not have that. Most modern turntables will already have that built in.
The indicated retail price starts off at US$1390, but you can pre-order yours on Kickstarter for US$780 (S$1100) or more. As of this writing, the team behind this enginearing feat had even beaten their own Kickstarter goal of US$300,000, raking in almost US$500,000 in pledges. And that is despite their August 2017 shipping date!
Conclusion? Time to make my own floating thing and get rich!