Courtesy of `Round Magazine
The World's Most Extravagant Turntables
Goldmund’s Reference II - $300,000
With an astonishingly large price tag of $300,000, Goldmund’s Reference II is the ultimate in exclusive music reproduction equipment. The 20 kg platter is machined to an astounding precision of 0.01 millimeters, which is just one example of the attention to detail that goes into the creation of this equipment. The workings of this high-quality turntable are carefully shielded from electrical and mechanical noise, giving arguably the best sound quality of any turntable on the planet.
Aleks Bakman’s Onedof - $200,000
The Onedof turntable is truly one of a kind. Designed by engineer Aleks Bakman, who has won awards for his work with NASA, Onedof turntable eliminates friction and all other sources of disturbance and thus provides world's smoothest listening experience. The design is truly innovative, using an advanced rotation system, with no contact of solid parts, that virtually eliminates noise and vibration. No expense has been spared in the construction: Onedof is beautifully constructed using real gold to give a gleaming shine that is the icing on the cake of this impressive turntable.
Onedof is an engineering term meaning that all unwanted micro-scopic and nano-scopic motion associated with disturbance of the sound is eliminated. There is only one motion left - steady rotation about the axis, passing through the center of the Earth (which is the definition of the vertical axis).
The Onedof turntable
Basis Audio "Work of Art" - $150,000
Basis Audio calls its top-of-the-range turntable “Work of Art,” which is an appropriate name for this futuristic-looking gadget. The beautiful solid base isolates the turntable from vibrations, ensuring a crisp, clear sound of the purest quality.
Work of Art
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Transrotor’s Artus - $150,000
German turntable manufacturer Transrotor has created a player that combines a phonograph, a gramophone, an LP player and a turntable into one unit. The tower structure of the Artus isolates the turntable at the top from ground-based vibrations, while the finely balanced arm transmits the signal through state-of-the-art electronics to create a sound that will be appreciated by any music lover.
Clearaudio’s Statement - $125,000
Coming in just slightly lower than the above turntables at the tidy sum of $125,000, Statement is a beautiful construction of wood and aluminium from Clearaudio, a German manufacturer of high-end turntables. Using a unique sub-platter that is driven by magnets in a patented mechanism, Statement spins records to produceexceptionally accurate sound reproduction.
Owning any one of these five luxury turntables would be a dream come true for the average music aficionado. Although out of the price range of all but the most wealthy consumers, these high-end turntables create an inspirational standard for turntable manufacturers around the world.