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The Floating Record from Gramovox
The Floating Record from Gramovox
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The Floating Record from Gramovox
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The Floating Record from Gramovox
The Floating Record has been designed as a work of art and a means to enjoy the beauty of vinyl
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The Floating Record has been designed as a work of art and a means to enjoy the beauty of vinyl
The Floating Record's platter and tonearm are both vertical and the walnut or maple body housing the electronics, speakers and drive motor is horizontal
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The Floating Record's platter and tonearm are both vertical and the walnut or maple body housing the electronics, speakers and drive motor is horizontal
The system can be connected to external tower speakers via the integrated phono preamp and on out through the included line-level RCA connectors
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The system can be connected to external tower speakers via the integrated phono preamp and on out through the included line-level RCA connectors
Both the plinth and platter are fashioned from CNC machined acrylic
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Both the plinth and platter are fashioned from CNC machined acrylic
Users can listen to the tunes via the built-in 15 watt per channel Class-D power amp and Tymphany full range 2-inch stereo speakers with bass porting
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Users can listen to the tunes via the built-in 15 watt per channel Class-D power amp and Tymphany full range 2-inch stereo speakers with bass porting
The system's adjustable carbon-fiber tonearm is said to be "perfectly balanced radially around its main pivot," allowing it to stand vertical and play without groove-damaging skate or flop
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The system's adjustable carbon-fiber tonearm is said to be "perfectly balanced radially around its main pivot," allowing it to stand vertical and play without groove-damaging skate or flop
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According to Nielsen, US vinyl album sales have grown by 260 percent since 2009. So, if you want to get in with the hip 12-inch disc crowd but find that your home hi-fi system doesn't sport a turntable, some eye-catching help may be at hand. Gramovox, the Chicago-based firm behind the horny Bluetooth Gramophone from 2013, has designed a stylish new sound system that boasts audiophile-grade components and plays records vertically.

"Vinyl produces a rich, warm analog sound that’s soothing to the ears," said Gramovox co-founder and CEO Pavan Bapu. "It's also a piece of art. With the Floating Record we've created a unique way for people to display their records and effortlessly play them out of the box in minutes."

Though not quite as unique an idea as the company's CEO might think, unlike ION's Vertical Vinyl we featured back in 2011, the Floating Record's tonearm stands up rather than hangs down, while the walnut or maple body housing the electronics, speakers and drive motor is horizontal.

The system's adjustable carbon-fiber tonearm is said to be "perfectly balanced radially around its main pivot," allowing it to stand vertical and play without groove-damaging skate or flop
The system's adjustable carbon-fiber tonearm is said to be "perfectly balanced radially around its main pivot," allowing it to stand vertical and play without groove-damaging skate or flop

The system's adjustable carbon-fiber tonearm is said to be "perfectly balanced radially around its main pivot," allowing it to stand vertical and play without groove-damaging skate or flop. A supplied clamp should ensure that vinyl placed on the stainless steel spindle stays put and the tonearm's spring-loaded, dynamically applied tracking force applies consistent force, even if that record is warped.

Gramovox says that listeners will not have to buy and install a cartridge, set the tracking force, or buy a phono preamp, hi-fi amp and speakers. though the options are there for those who do want to walk down those routes.

The Floating Record will come with an Audio Technica AT95E dual magnet diamond tip phono cartridge to get down into the grooves. Users can opt to listen to the tunes via the built-in 15 watt per channel Class-D power amp and Tymphany full range 2-inch stereo speakers with bass porting or hook the system up to external tower speakers via the integrated phono preamp and on out through the included line-level RCA connectors.

The Floating Record's platter and tonearm are both vertical and the walnut or maple body housing the electronics, speakers and drive motor is horizontal
The Floating Record's platter and tonearm are both vertical and the walnut or maple body housing the electronics, speakers and drive motor is horizontal

The system is belt-driven and makes use of a DC stepper motor for quiet operation and consistent speed. Users will need to get hands on if they want to change the drive speed though. The silicone belt will need to be rolled onto the appropriate 33.3 or 45 RPM spool that turns the CNC-machined high mass, low resonance acrylic platter.

Gramovox has launched a US$50,000 Kickstarter campaign to turn its great-looking working prototype into a production system. At the time of writing, early bird crowdfunding pledges for the walnut version have all been snapped up but maple systems are still available for $329 each. If all goes to plan, shipping is estimated to start in December.

The pitch video below shows the Floating Record in action.

Sources: Gramovox, Kickstarter

Floating Record™ Vertical Turntable

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5 comments
Kevin Ritchey
I'll wait for the Compact Cassette version in knotty pine.
Jay Finke
Like eating pistachios in the shell, makes them taste better, out of the shell they lose their appeal. I find this experience similar, just like music, it's just better if you have to work for it, thats why the record is such the sweet sound we all love to see and hear. the original portable boombox !
Douglas Bennett Rogers
Surprised I never saw the ELP laser player here!
Mark Salamon
An ingenious and attractive design, though I have to admit that the risk-averse part of of my brain suggests that it might be wise to wait until this turntable is reviewed by reliable independent test sites, before I send in my payment. There are likely to be several other choices among turntables that could be bought for $329, and some of those might compare favorably to the "Floating Record". Still, the novelty of this design is certainly beguiling.
WilliamJames
This is incredible, it must feel amazing to make such a great record, to record some songs by and with one of his idols and make it on vinyl. this is beautiful, such a passion for music.
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