This new turntable is equal parts cool and freaky.

One of the biggest bugaboos turntable manufactures work to eliminate is rumble, the low-frequency vibrations of the motor and platter rotation that are picked up by the stylus as a records play. There are many ways to dampen rumble: isolate the motor from the body of the turntable, use insanely heavy platters, create a vibration-absorbing chassis, and so on.

But what if you could separate the record from any contact with anything except the stylus? Harmon Kardon has done it. Behold the Levi, a turntable with a totally floating platter.

For reasons that escape me at the moment, the turntable offers four listening modes: soothing, refreshing, sweet, and bittersweet. Each selection adjusts how high the platter floats and changes the sound as well.

(Via The Vinyl Factory)

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

One thought on “This new turntable is equal parts cool and freaky.

  • February 18, 2021 at 1:18 am

    Well, cool video, and all… But all I see is a CGI representation of a neat idea. Not an actual working turntable. Does this actually exist? Or is it like a concept car at a car show?


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