This turntable spins your favorite records, if you have any left, vertically and plays the music out through two built-in speakers driven by a 15w per channel digital amplifier. Launched Tuesday on Kickstarter, the Floating Record surpassed its $50,000 funding goal in less than three hours, with 34 days still left to go in the crowd-funding campaign.
This record player also has the ability to send signal out to other speakers in your home with RCA line-out. The device includes an Audio Technia AT95E cartridge, along with a fully-adjustable carbon fiber tonearm built into a wooden base. It looks pretty dope, too.
The Floating Record is belt-driven and makes use of a DC stepper motor for quiet operation and consistent speed. You can easily switch between 33.3 or 45 RPM by moving the silicon belt over the inner or outer groove of the middle gear.
From its Kickstarter page:
We designed the Floating Record for everyone from the first-time record listener to the seasoned vinyl enthusiast. You’ll be spinning tunes out of the box in a matter of minutes. You don't need to set up your cartridge or purchase additional outboard gear such as phono pre-amps, amplifiers and speakers (although you have the option to). All of these are included in our integrated design.
We’ve engineered the Floating Record to flawlessly play your vinyl vertically and output full-range stereo sound. We deconstructed the elements of a premium turntable setup and reconstructed them in a manner that maintains their high-performance standards.
I have a working turntable right now, (an old Technics) but if the time comes I need to buy a new one, I'll definitely get one of these. Priced at $349 on Kickstarter, the Floating Record will sell for $449 in retail stores this holiday season. Watch the video below to find out more about this product.