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Slovenians make first levitating turntable

Ljubljana, 12 October - MAG-LEV Audio, a Slovenian maker of electronic devices, had created the world's first levitating turntable, which uses a magnetic platter enabling the vinyl record to float as it is played. The company launched a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise EUR 300,000 for production.

Ljubljana, Museum of Modern Art.
Presentation of the levitating turntable designed by electronics making team MAG-LEV Audio.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana, Museum of Modern Art.
Presentation of the levitating turntable designed by electronics making team MAG-LEV Audio.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana, Museum of Modern Art.
Presentation of the levitating turntable designed by electronics making team MAG-LEV Audio.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

Ljubljana, Museum of Modern Art.
Presentation of the levitating turntable designed by electronics making team MAG-LEV Audio.
Photo: Tamino Petelinšek/STA

According to MAG-LEV Audio, the turntable brings together the classic music-playing device and cutting-edge technology. It is designed for those who appreciate high quality sound and innovative design.

The levitating concept prevents records from getting scratched while being played, a common problem with classic turntables, said Klemen Smrtnik of the MAG-LEV Audio team at Wednesday's presentation of the device.

"By using our innovative and patented technology, we were able to achieve not only levitation, but also an incredibly precise turning of the platter thanks to sensor regulating software," the team said.

The turntable's cueing mechanism allows for the needle to drop gently and precisely on the record. The user may also choose between two different rotational speeds, 33,3-rpm and 45-rpm, to enjoy all types of records.

While in off mode, the platter rests on platter feet which rise when the turntable is switched off. The device was also designed with a UPS system, which stores enough power to safely turn off the turntable in case of a power outage.

The first 100 supporters who pledge US$780 (EUR 707) to the Kickstarter campaign will receive the black edition of the turntable. The price will then be raised to EUR 880, the team said.

The product is a joint effort of MAG-LEV AUDIO, design studio Desnahemisfera and solar technology company Topsol.

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