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)