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Old 21st July 2018, 09:02 PM   #11
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"With the "hand-crafted veneer finish" it's gotta be good ...
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Old 21st July 2018, 09:22 PM   #12
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That flex strip is probably to isolate some nasty low end resonances from their implementation of the LT sled arrangement. Not well thought out
Just an audio toy..
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Old 21st July 2018, 09:45 PM   #13
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That flex strip is probably to isolate some nasty low end resonances from their implementation of the LT sled arrangement.
There is no vertical bearing on the main bar at all, only horizontal movement.
The flex strip is the only thing for vertical movement in combination with the two vertical knobs.

Watch the 2:01 mark.
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Old 21st July 2018, 10:02 PM   #14
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Korf audio have been trying flexure bearings but have run into some materials issues.
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Old 21st July 2018, 10:48 PM   #15
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Nothing new here, My Technics SL-QL15 does all of that except for the app.
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Old 24th July 2018, 05:54 AM   #16
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It is still a presentable unit by design, they would have done better if they priced it right.

Still awaiting for my Meg-Lev turntable to arrive, pledged for it cos the price is affordable, even if it falls short of good sounding(yet to know), the Meg-Lev platter is more than enough to impress.
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Old 26th July 2018, 10:42 PM   #17
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They've stopped the funding in order to go back to the drawing board on cost, wood options and bluetooth support apparently.
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Old 27th July 2018, 03:19 PM   #18
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It'll be interesting to see what becomes of this.

To be fair, it appears they at least began with a halfway decent belt-drive turntable as a basis for development. Scroll to the bottom of the Kickstarter page for some actual specifications. Wow and flutter are a respectable 0.027%, while S/N ratio (rumble?) is 72 db. If these are real, then this group stands in refreshing contrast to many of the other current manufacturers that are loath to release these same numbers (Rega leaps to mind).

Like spaceistheplace above, I appreciate their effort. But for me part of the whole vinyl experience is having to get up off my bum to change the music; I don't want to be able to change tracks with a phone app. Sounds weird, I know - but to each his own.

IMHO, for this turntable to be "next level"- worthy (ugh!) it should at least be servo-controlled direct drive (e.g. Technics SP-10, the better Denon models, etc.) - another technology that's been around for about ~40 years...

Last edited by Mr_Zenith; 27th July 2018 at 03:30 PM. Reason: Missed a thought...
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Old 27th July 2018, 07:16 PM   #19
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I saw the kickstarter and videos of that Mag-Lev thing, the inch-plus levitation height seems "wasteful" of magnetic energy, and it needs some damping - the platter kept oscillating after someone touched it. "Oh, but it LOOKS impressive!"

It's regrettable that (pretty much as it's always has been, but it seems to have gotten worse over time) these things are made more for the gee-whiz features (aimed at the millennials, as mentioned) than for technical playback performance.
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