Levitation IV is a high-end turntable concept which is stripped bare from all techy "fetish elements" often plaguing these devices. At the same time it is a homage to some of the most innovative technologies in the turntable market. Some of the best vinyl spinners made today use a very different driving force in various functionalities: pressurized air.
Levitation IV goes all the way with this approach, both visually and functionally. The platter is driven, centered and levitated by steady air flow. No need for bearings, suspensions or lubrication there. As the drive mechanism is essentially a turbine, different playback speeds are achieved by simply letting more air to the engine. The record is clamped by reversing the airflow momentarily which causes suction. The linear tracking tonearm floats smoothly on air-bearing glide rail. Different functionalities are controlled by a network of calibrated flow regulator valves. The turntable is completely free of on-board electronics.
With Levitation IV concept I wanted to demonstrate that high-end performance is compatible with effortless, light and inviting aesthetics. Hence the rail of the tonearm is flipped below the plinth to keep things nice and simple. To complement this design, the tonearm has laminated foil conductors instead of traditional wires. Record speed switch is likewise hidden under the plinth, highlighting the selected number.
Visually Levitation IV is a dialogue of flat opaque surfaces and solid transparent volumes. Glass plinth with printed graphics underneath gives a very light and airy feel to the turntable. Instead of top surface, the shadows and graphic elements appear on the bottom of the volume which produces an illusion of floating.
In a product category where massive builds and visible mechanisms are the norm, Levitation IV is a welcome breath of fresh air.