It seems that vinyl has been experiencing a resurgence lately. So girls and guys from Gramovox (who do seem like vinyl fans) made something for the people who still cling on to their old records and possibly, buy new ones. The product is the Floating Record, a high performance turntable that plays records vertically through either built-in, dynamic, full-range stereo speakers or via RCA line out. This re-imagining of turntable technology has the audiophile in mind.
The vertical playing of the records gives you the illusion that they are floating. There is no need to set up a cartridge or purchase additional outboard gear like photo pre-amps, amplifiers or speakers. You can but those are part of an integrated design of the Floating Record. That kind of equipment meant that old record players took up a lot of space, which is not the case with this product, due to its design.
High performance standards are very important to the Gramovox crew. It is easy to switch between 33 ⅓ or 45 RPM by moving the silicon belt over the inner or outer groove of the middle gear. Record clamps are included for both types of records. If you wish, you can bypass the integrated speakers and use the Floating Record as a standalone Hi-Fi turntable for your audio setup. You also can bypass the internal amp and speakers and output an RIAA equalized line level signal from the built in phono-preamp via the “Line Out” RCA jacks. You can choose between Onboard and Line Out via switch. The Onboard position is used to activate the built-in phono stage–the 15 watt digital power amp and built-in speakers. The Line Out will bypass the internal amplifier and speakers, taking the signal from our built-in phono-preamp to the “Line Out” RCA jacks. This allows you to use the Floating Record as a standalone Hi-Fi turntable. RCA out is a line level signal that is used to connect to an existing stereo system via the “Tape in” or “Aux In” inputs on your receiver, pre-amp or amp.
The audio system uses two Tymphany 2” neodymium speakers driven by a 15w per channel digital amplifier. The speaker cavities incorporate tuned bottom porting to offer superior bass response. The tone arm is fully adjustable, made of carbon fiber. It is perfectly balanced radially around its main pivot bearing axis. With this, it can be played vertically without flopping to one side or another. There is no skewing and favoring one side over the other. Generally, friction can be caused by the modulations in the groove, which contributes to centripetal force acting on the arm and causing it to skate towards the center of the record. It doesn’t happen here.
The cartridge is The Audio Technica AT95E. It is a warm sounding cartridge with a smooth high end, sweet mids and rich low end. The dual magnet cartridge has an elliptical diamond stylus. This stylus has many advantages over spherical stylii, because it has two radii, and the front radius is wider than the side radius. This enables the stylus to ride in the center of the groove, similar to the conical stylus, and the smaller stylus can more accurately track higher frequencies. But, unlike the conical stylus, the elliptical stylus has a longer vertical contact area and a narrower front to back contact area within the record groove. The elliptical tip follows the groove modulations with more precision, which provides improved frequency response, improved phase response, and lower distortion, specifically in the inner grooves of the record.
Cuing mechanism is quite easy. You set the tone-arm, push the cue lever, and watch as your stylus falls gracefully onto the record. Floating record has a belt drive system with a silicone belt to help isolate motor vibrations from the platter. It has a high quality stepper motor with custom designed, high precision motor control circuit to ensure silent operation and consistent speed. This is mounted with rubber isolation bushings in order to help decouple it from the base. The made platter spindle is made of stainless steel, and runs in a bronze bushing with a teflon bottom. To help reduce resonance, there is the plinth which is CNC-machined out of high mass acrylic, as is the platter.
The base of the player is made of miter-folded MDF box finished with a Maple or Walnut veneer. The final assembly of the product is made in Chicago.
Walnut or Maple Veneer Wood Base
Fully-adjustable Carbon-Fiber Tone-Arm w/ dynamically set tracking force
AT95E Audio-Technica Dual Magnet Cartridge with Elliptical Diamond Stylus
2” Neodymium Full-Range Stereo Speakers
Built in phono stage with RIAA equalization curve
Onboard 2x15W Stereo Audio Amplifier, Tripath TA2024 Class-D / Class-T architecture
Manual Belt-Drive System (33 1/3 or 45 RPM)
DC Stepper motor with super high precision motor control circuit
Low resonance, high mass, acrylic Plinth and Platter
RCA Line Out
Universal AC to DC power supply compatible with US standard 60 Hz, 110/120 VAC or European standard 50 Hz, 220/240 VAC (Snap-in power plugs are included for operation in countries around the world)
17” Wide x 10” Deep x 16” Tall
Vibration Damping Feet
When you order, you get the components and assemble them. They are:
1. Floating Record (Walnut or Maple Wood Veneer Base) body
2. Polished Acrylic Platter
3. Felt Mat
4. Silicon Belt
5. Record Clamp (33 1/3 & 45 RPM)
6. A/C Adapter (USA or International w/ adapter plug points)
The complete units will be shipped from their fulfillment facility in Chicago, Illinois to anywhere around the world.