MAG-LEV Audio ML1 Levitating Turntable
MAG-LEV Audio ML1 Levitating Turntable
ML1 - The First Floating Turntable
The ML1, the world’s first levitating turntable, is the first one designed with a levitating platter to play records in an elevated position. At the core of the turntable is the drive, comprised of coils and magnets with a patent pending. It is a revolutionary technology in the audio universe. Because there are no moving parts inside the turntable and no motors spinning the platter, this creates a truly one-of-a-kind listening experience and minimises vibrations.
When playing, the ML1 is truly the centrepiece of any room. It features a clean design with a twist where nothing is left to chance. Attention to detail has always been a priority at MAG-LEV Audio. For the ML1, the design inspiration was the 1970s and 1980s with their raw minimalistic hi-fi design. In combination with the futuristic drive system, a sleek retro-futuristic look was created. Four different models and finishes allow you to truly express your own sense of style.
The ML1 is designed for people who appreciate high quality sound and innovative design. It comes with a pre-fitted tonearm and cartridge, and can be connection to the rest of your system through its phono output via the RCA cables also included in the package (no built-in preamp).
** NOTE: Because of the magnetic force used to levitate the platter, those with older pacemakers should not come within 1 metre of it, and magnetic media of all kinds should also be kept at a safe distance. See the User Manual for more details. **
Download the MAG-LEV Audio ML1 User Manual.
The drive system in this turntable is where all the magic is. It is completely different than anything else on the market. By using their innovative and patented technology, Mag-Lev were able to not only achieve magnetic levitation, but also to maintain the incredibly precise turning of the platter with sensor regulating software.
In order to help keep your precious vinyl records in pristine condition, the turntable lifts the tonearm at the end of the record. This function keeps records from being scratched and prolongs the life of the cartridge.
When it comes to vinyl, the cueing mechanism plays a vital role in the listening experience. The gentle drop and the precision of the needle is what make the entire process feel even more satisfying.
Tonearm and Cartridge
The turntable comes complete with the Pro-Ject Audio 9cc Carbon Tonearm with carbon-fibre armtube and OM 10 stylus from Ortofon.
All the models also come with an option to upgrade to either the Ortofon 2M Red or Ortofon 2M Black moving magnet cartridge.
The 2M Red cartridge is an all-purpose moving magnet cartridge with a tipped elliptical diamond stylus that delivers open, dynamic sound with a slight touch of warmth.
The 2M Black is Ortofon’s flagship moving magnet cartridge. Its Shibata diamond stylus has a slim, highly polished profile, allowing an exceedingly wide contact area with the groove walls and ensuring notably detailed reproduction throughout the spectrum, including even the highest-frequency groove information. The Shibata also results in reduced record & stylus wear, and reduced distortion and phase error as a result of it’s improved tracing geometry. The cartridge body used for the 2M Black is manufactured from Lexan DMX Piano Black, a revolutionary material that ensures high rigidity while eliminating unwanted resonances.
33.3 and 45 r.p.m.
Switch between 33.3-rpm and 45-rpm with just a turn of a button. To ensure you have everything you need, a 45-rpm adapter has been supplied, so you can enjoy all types of records.
Platter feet have been added, allowing the platter to rest when switched off. These feet automatically retract when you begin using the turntable, and when the tonearm is placed back in its original position, the feet will automatically rise up and so that the turntable can be safely switched off.
In case of power outages, the turntable has been designed with a UPS system, which stores enough power to safely lift the tonearm, stop the record, and return the platter feet to resting position. This way the turntable and record remain in perfect condition even when the unexpected happens.
Subtle led lighting, in amber or white, has been added, giving the turntable a sleek, futuristic feel, and further enhancing the visual effects of levitation even when the lights are off.
The wood model has a black aluminium and wood housing combined with silver anodised aluminium shock-absorbing feet and a spindle. The panels are crafted from high-quality wild larch wood harvested in the forests of Slovenia, one of the most densely forested countries in the world. A white MAG-LEV Audio logo is added to the front panel.
The white model has a cover made of composite wood material lacquered to a high-gloss finish for a striking effect. The champagne aluminium and white plastic housing is combined with black anodised aluminium shock-absorbing feet and a spindle. For contrast, a black MAG-LEV Audio logo is added to the front panel.
Black Gold Edition
This black model has a cover made of composite wood material lacquered to a high-gloss “piano black” finish for a striking effect. The black aluminium and plastic housing is designed in combination with gold anodised aluminium shock-absorbing feet and a spindle. A gold MAG-LEV Audio logo is added to the front panel to complement the gold anodised feet.
Black Silver Edition
This black model has a cover made of composite wood material lacquered to a high-gloss “piano black” finish for a striking effect. The black aluminium and plastic housing is designed in combination with silver anodised aluminium shock-absorbing feet and a spindle. A silver MAG-LEV Audio logo is added to the front panel to complement the silver anodised feet.
|TURNTABLE||Magnetic Levitation, Semi-automatic operation|
|Drive Method||MAG-LEV Audio Drive (MC Drive)|
|Speeds||33-1/3 RPM, 45 RPM|
|Turntable platter||ABS plastic & carbon fibre + magnets and metals, 2.2kg or 4.9 lbs|
|Wow and Flutter||0.17%|
|Operating temperature||35 degrees C|
|Package Weight||12.2 kg|
|Tonearm Model||Pro-Ject 9cc|
|Headshell 0.5" standard||Yes|
|Mounting distance arm base||212 mm|
|Eff. Tonearm Length||9"|
|Eff. Tonearm Mass||8.5 g|
|Supplied counterweight (counterweight no.)||6-10 g cartridge (no. 16)|
|Optional counterweights (counterweight no.)||3-6 g cartridge (no. 7) 5-8 g cartridge (no. 9) 11-15 g cartridge (no. 3)|
|Downforce range||10-30 mN|
|Weight (without counterweight)||250 g|