Vinyl sales are at a 28-year high, which suggests that the turntable is no longer the sole remit of the beard-scratching East Londoner. Either that or hipsters are breeding like billy-o. The analogue medium has even birthed a startup called VNYL, who offer a curated, personalised vinyl subscription for those without the time or taste to thumb their way through dusty record shops. But for all the noise around the wax revolution, turntables are still a little too old-fashioned for some.
To ensure that vinyl keeps up to scratch in the era of Space X and autonomous boats, MAG-LEV Audio have designed a vinyl-player that actually levitates. Writing on their Kickstarter page, the team explain that “by joining our love for music with careful integration of technology and high-range audio components, we’ve created a turntable of the future for the medium of the past.”
“MAG-LEV’s innovative turntable is more sci-fi-sleek than retro-chic.”
The turntable is semi-automatic so the tonearm lifts at the end of your record, which will prolong the life of the cartridge. It also promises a precise cueing mechanism and gentle needle drop to maximise your ergonomic satisfaction. When you’re not spinning tunes, three ‘platter feet’ automatically rise up to support the turntable. The final aesthetic touch (and aesthetics is really what this thing is all about) is a subtle orange uplighting from below the platter, to enhance the visual effects of levitation. It works. To get your music defying gravity (and incidentally, the Frozen soundtrack is available on vinyl) head to MAG-LEV Audio’s Kickstarter page and bag one for approximately £715.
The Bottom Line: More sci-fi-sleek than retro-chic, MAG-LEV’s innovative turntable has raised the bar/tonearm for good.