What good is 3D-printed vinyl if you don’t have a $36,000 turntable to play it?
Spiral Groove has released a 70 lb “ultrahigh-end” turntable, the SG1.1. It is paired with the company’s Centroid tonearm. Suggested retail price is $30,000 without the Centroid tonearm, and $36,000 with it.
The tonearm is easily removable and Spiral Groove says their mounting system allows other arms to be quickly installed with perfect alignment. The body is made of two platforms, forming a dense and rigid surface that is non-resonant.
The SG1.1 is set to 33-1/3 or 45 rpm by an electronic control, and it has a low voltage and high-torque AC motor. Spiral Groove says the platter has a hardened steel bearing and rotates at a stable speed without wobbling.
In the end, this is really just a simple $30,000 turntable, one that Spiral Groove hopes will achieve “the most elegant equilibrium of materials, performance, function, manufacturability and beauty“.