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More in the theme of alternative turntables: Love Turntable

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Love Turntable1Back in October, we found the Magnetic Levitation Turntable (MagLev), now we’ve found another revolutionary (sic) turntable – Love Turntable. In this case rather than rotating the record, the Love Turntable rotates itself around the record, using Bluetooth and/or WiFi to connect to your audio device – it even includes a Bluetooth receiver, if your HiFi doesn’t have one.

This device has an internal rechargeable battery, and WiFi and Bluetooth output / control. The unit comes in two parts, a base you put your record onto, and the player that sits on top and spins around to play your music. There is an App for your Tablet / Phone, however you can also drive it with a tap of your finger on the top, selecting tracks and start/stop.

This is another Kickstarter funded project, and we think it’s great fun – giving a new lease of life to your records without the bulky player. Love Turntable say it’ sof audiophile quality – we’ll have to listen to one to tell whether this is the case, however the convenience and delight this has is worth it on it’s own!

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Record Base – serves as a platform to hold the record, and as a mount point for LOVE. It has no electrical function and does not rotate.

Top Portion – contains the playing cartridge, all moving parts, and all electronics. It mounts to the record base via the spindle and rotates the needle around the record. It includes buttons for basic operations.

Dimensions – Arm: 10” x 3.5” (w) x 2” (h) | Record Base: 7” round

Weight – Arm: ~ 450g (16 oz) | Record Base: ~225g (8 oz)

 

Playable Size Records – 12 inch, 10 inch, and 7 inch

Playable Speeds – 33 ⅓ rpm, 45 rpm

LOVE Smartphone App – The mobile application provides the primary user interface for the turntable. It allows control of all playing functions, connects to the database, or to selected third party services.

Remote Control – The app will provide a remote control interface to allow control of all playing functions.

  • Play, stop, pause, volume, speed, select track, skip track.
  • Control should be via BT directly to the turntable.
  • Selected audio output device/service destination

Content Metadata Display – The app can display data about the currently playing music that is reported from a 3rd party service such as Discogs.

Sonos API – Comply with Sonos API to allow play controls and audio streaming with Sonos service via WiFi internet

Stream audio content to any of the following:

  • Wi-Fi speakers
  • Bluetooth speakers
  • Bluetooth aptX receivers
  • Sonos
  • DLNA media players
  • Music recognition service (in parallel to any other stream)

Operating Systems – Android and iOS

  • iOS6 and later
  • iPhone 5 and later
  • iPad2 and later
  • Android OS 6 and later

 

Bluetooth – For streaming audio to user’s speakers/amp, control device from mobile app via BT, Stream aptx audio to aptx devices.

Wi-Fi – Stream audio to Wi-Fi speakers and devices, connect to home access point and communicate with remote server.

  • 802.11b,g,n 2.4 and 5GHz ,
  • Link state idle current < 1mA,
  • Data Transfer current: ~200mA,
  • Range: normal home Wi-Fi

 

  • Phono Cartridge: Standard phonograph cartridge, user replaceable
  • Wow and Flutter: 0.2% maximum
  • Rumble: < -60dBa (DIN 45539)
  • Bandwidth (3dB): 20 Hz to 18 KHz
  • Sample rate: 44 kHz, 16 bit stereo
  • Channel Separation: 25dB at 1kHz
  • Channel Balance: 2dB

Indicators – LED: on/off, Buttons: Power on/off + Start/stop play, Optical Sensor detector to find tracks and edge of media.

Power and Battery – Plays roughly 15 full 12 inch LP records.

  • Input: 100-240vac
  • Output: 5vdc 2A