Have to admit that when this thing originally hit our radar there was plenty of scepticism. Certainly saw the design appeal but never would have thought that the sound quality would be top notch. Well, looks like audiophiles from around the globe have made their voice heard as the Kickstarter goal for Gramovox’s Floating Record Turntable has been absolutely smashed. The meager $50,000.00 USD goal was eclipsed in no time. At the time of publishing (with 10 days to go), there has been over $1,200,000.00 USD pledged.
The folks at Gramovox engineered the Floating Record to flawlessly play your vinyl vertically and output full-range stereo sound. They basically deconstructed the elements of a premium horizontal turntable setup and reconstructed it into this radically new design. The key was making sure the tone-arm and tracking force was right. They crafted a fully adjustable carbon-fiber tonearm with the tracking force dynamically applied by a spring versus a traditional counterweight. Engineers found that the spring loaded tracking makes for higher consistency of tracking considering all vinyl records aren’t perfectly flat and can be warped. Right out of the box, the tonearms are factory-set at an optimal tracking force of ~2 grams. Taking the process of having to optimize tracking out of the equation. No record skips or skating here. They even include an Audio Technica AT95E cartridge which provides a warm sound with a smooth high end, sweet mids and rich low end.
This beauty is not only a stunner visually but is incredibly user-friendly. Need to bounce between 33 ⅓ and 45 RPM records? No problem. You can easily switch between them by simply moving the silicon belt over the inner or outer groove of the middle gear. Want to plug this into your existing stereo system at home? No problemo. The “Line Out” on the back bypasses the internal amplifier/speakers and takes the signal from the built-in phono preamp to the “Line Out” RCA jacks.
The Gramovox team took the Floating Record to one of the most iconic music recording studios in Chicago, the aptly named Earhole Studios. The audio engineers at this place know sound just about as good as anyone on the planet. A perfect place to put the turntable to the test. Here’s the result.
The beauty of the Floating Record Turntable is that it is truly made for everyone. The hobbyist to the seasoned vinyl junkie will both be equally satisfied with this product. Icing on the cake is that it only takes a matter of minutes to set up right out of the box. No need for extra gear to ensure you’re getting the best sound possible. The integrated design, performance, and aesthetic of the Floating Turntable have made the Kickstarter campaign a massive success which means that we will all have the opportunity to get our hands on one soon. There is a short time left to get in and donate. Make your move now!