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MAG-LEV Audio: The world's first floating turntable

Funded by a crowdsourcing campaign, MAG-LEV Audio is a vinyl player that's a feast for both the eyes and the ears

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Vinyl records fall into that category of slightly anachronistic items that continue to garner ardent support – much like with mechanical watches, their adherents place great value on the tactility and personal experience such objects provide.

However, as with their horological counterparts, just because they make use of decades-old technology doesn't mean there isn't room for innovation. Enter the MAG-LEV Audio – the world's first levitating turntable.

Here, the record appears to magically suspend in mid-air while playing, thanks to the use of magnetic technology. Beyond this, the player operates just as any other – simply place your tune of choice on the platter and move the tone arm into position. The system has a number of measures in place to keep your precious music safe and scratch-free; the tone arm is automatically lifted off when it comes to the end of the record and if there is a power outage, it stores enough energy to return the platter to its resting position.

"We wanted to take something close to us and reinvent the entire experience. We wanted to change the way things were done," say the creators of their inspiration. "For months we were exploring what this could be. One day we asked ourselves a question that seemed a little crazy at first: if a vinyl was levitating in the air, could it still produce a sound? Inspired by this curiosity, we decided to find out."

With a month to go, the MAG-LEV Audio has already surpassed its funding goal on Kickstarter – whether its sound will live up to the exacting standards audiophiles expect remains to be heard.

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