$500,000 Raised to Build the World’s First Magnetic Turntable

The World's First Magnetic Turntable Close to Surpassing $500,000
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The World's First Magnetic Turntable Close to Surpassing $500,000
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Looks like a lot of people want a floating magnetic turntable.

Companies are preparing for a resurgence in vinyl sales. Panasonic will put their famous Technics 1200 turntable back in production. Innovations are rumored to happen, with newer turntables featuring higher-fidelity, Wi-Fi connectivity, and even streaming collections synchronization.

In October, we reported on a rather strange innovation: a turntable with a platter that magnetically floats in the air. The turntable, dubbed MAG-LEV Audio, levitates your LP in the air for “a richer experience.” According to the Kickstarter fundraising page,

The First Levitating Turntable visually enhances the experience of listening to vinyl records by levitating the platter. By joining our love for music with careful integration of technology and high-range audio components, we’ve created a turntable of the future for the medium of the past..”

There were several ways to contribute to the project. On KickStarter, you could pledge $3+, and you’d receive a warm thank you note in all caps. You could also pledge $780+ and receive the BLACK edition of MAG-LEV Audio, down from the $1,390 retail price. If you pledged $840+, you’d receive the imitation wood edition. However, the reward is no longer available.

Feeling even more generous?

Donate $880 and above, and you’ll receive the BLACK edition. What’s the difference, then, between donating $780 and $880? The shipping dates. Early birds will receive the black edition in August, with latecomers receiving the turntable in September. This also applies for the imitation wood, with latecomers donating $940+ to receive it a month later.

There’s also a WHITE edition for $940+. The prices continue rising, with the highest donation available at $1,780+ with two turntables.

A month ago, the project raised $215,00. The goal is set at $300,000. However, as of writing, MAG-LEV Audio has surpassed the goal, and is currently at $431,824. There nine days left in the campaign. Once the product ships, the price will return to $1,390.

The fundraising campaign may surpass the half a million dollar mark.