Over at Kickstarter, a campaign for something called The Floating Record has blown past its goal, pulling in nearly $200,000 on a $50,000 goal. This is actually a turntable that plays your records vertically. The player is available at a pledge of $329. This is what the campaign states about their product:
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.
We created a fully-adjustable, carbon-fiber tone-arm. This audiophile staple is perfectly balanced radially around its main pivot bearing axis. This allows it to be played in a vertical position and not flop to one side or the other.
The tracking force is (dynamically) applied by a spring as opposed to the usual counterweights found in horizontal record players in which the arm is (statically) balanced. Spring loaded tracking force is beneficial in regards to consistency of the force applied—especially on warped records. Our tone-arms are factory-set at the optimal tracking force of ~2 grams.
It seems like they’ve done a bit of homework on this thing and although I’m usually pretty negative on Kickstarter campaigns, I think this would be an average table for someone who uses vinyl as more of a room piece/decoration. In other words, this thing looks pretty cool and would look great at a party, but probably not going to be better than your Pro-Ject table. I’d like to see it in action to get a full impression.
What does everyone think? Just a nice decorative player or something you could actually use with audiophile aims?