MAG-LEV Audio Review

I got an exclusive look at this innovative magnetic levitating turntable from MagLev Audio.

Mag-Lev Audio: https://www.maglevaudio.com/?utm_source=video&utm_medium=yt_review&utm_campaign=jobo_design

First setup tutorial: https://youtu.be/Xh8L38G4h-0

Comments

revolvingtoto says:

Made in China crap

Huub Lazarom says:

Looks like a great project, I backed it with Kickstarter. Problem is that it seems that the MagLev team seiced to exist. No information to the backers and financiers, no delivery’s, no updates, no nothing!!

¯_(ツ)_/¯ says:

this isn’t a review this is an ad.

DJ Drewski Thunderbirds says:

I want one so bad!
Dude, you also have a cool accent.

ISABELLA deste GONZAGA says:

nee – leute ) kauft euch lieber nen japanischen plattenspieler mit berührungsloser laserabtastung . das hier ist spielerei .
in deutschland nennen wir sowas kokolores )

Leo Pard says:

As a former owner of a MAG-LEV Audio Turntable, I can confirm that the MAG-LEV Turntable is nothing more than a overpriced Gimmick. If you are looking for sound quality than avoid the MAG-LEV ! The quality is poor. It starts with the cheap pickup/needle, to the thin, low quality platter mat up to the cheap Aluminum stickers on the back of the platter which are used to control the spinning speed. I did not like the look and sound of the cheap felt mat and tried a slightly heavier rubber mat but the MAG-LEV was unable to carry it. It is a nightmare to properly calibrate the tonearm / pickup. When the platter is on its feet, it does not have the same height as in the limbo. Therefore, you have no chance to calibrate it by the use of protractor, azimuth gauge or tonearm scale because while the platter is in the limbo state it’s too unstable for proper measuring/calibration works. Without proper calibration and reasonable pickups, the turntable sounds simply catastrophic! The music is slightly distorted and the rotation speed is not constant over the playing time. Another nightmare is the time it takes to change/turn the record. It takes ages until the platter slows down and the feet are up. Then you wait again until the feet are retracted and the platter has set up the correct rotational speed. Also the MAG-LEV reacts very sensitive to metal and even weak magnetic sources which limits the place where you can position it in the house. Yes I know what I am talking about, I had a MAG-LEV at home and luckily I was able to get rid of it quickly.

Carmine De Santo says:

Nice, how does it compare to let’s say a Linn or VPI or is it just a gimmick.
All top of the line turntables still use belts or induction systems..not a msg lev.
Just curious and thank you for the video

Da Qoraxxx says:

So these strong magnets can be harmful for nearby electronics… But do these magnets under the platter interfere with the movement of the moving coils/magnets inside the cartridge?

Gadget T says:

I highly doubt that it can maintain a precise speed, needle drag on high modulation passages will slow down that lightweight platter. I do not think it is particular effective against vibrations, well maybe some ground induced vibrations to the platter, but there are also airborne vibrations and of course the fact that the vibrations can find their way through the tone arm base which is mounted on the plinth. .
Also, put an even slightly warped record on it and the platter will wobble forever due to lack of any damping.

It’s nice to look at, but it is certainly not up to par in terms of audio quality with other conventional designs at this price point.
That design creates more problems than the ones trying to solve.

boqueen2013 says:

is this a digital? I ask this for there are the oldfashion tulip plugs at the backside… has anybody any information about this?

Mike Lee Photography says:

Why does the platter wobble so much? me thinks the magnetic setup underneath the chassis needs to be re balanced /fine tuned

Dirk Diggler says:

So expensive

Alan Fowler says:

wow sweet

Manny says:

I would love to know if there is a dealer or distributor in the South East USA.

Aroused floppeke says:

Absolutely stunning

f100cream says:

The Mag-Lev is an attractive turntable but this video is not a review; just a commercial.

Without seeing an actual review of any kind and using pure observation, this turntable appears to have potential.

But a quick search on-line uncovered a subjective review on Positive-Feedback. Someone mentioned turntable or platter wobble but apparently this can be resolved by leveling the turntable, which unfortunately doesn’t have adjustable feet. Using playing cards to prop up each foot would do the trick but adjustable feet should be included because of the inherent tendency to wobble.

The tonearm is the Pro-Ject 9cc, a 9-inch carbon fiber tonearm of low effective mass construction (8.5 grams) made for high-compliance cartridges. This rules out the vast majority of moving-coil cartridges but there are plenty of really great moving-magnet cartridges. The tonearm is of a light, one-piece inert design and is good one. Since the Mag-Lev is Slovenian and Pro-Ject is from the Czech Republic, I can only guess that the turntable is made in either of those countries.

I’m going to also guess that the thin-felt platter mat is also Pro-Ject’s because Music Hall turntables are manufactured by Pro-Ject and use those mats. The mats need to be upgraded because they are too thin to absorb platter ring as well as damp delayed vibrations that may travel back through the stylus (and leads to boomier bass). A thicker-but-still fairly flexible felt mat would largely fix this issue. The output jacks are a nice touch that would allow the user to change the interconnect cables to a pair to better match the capacitance requirements of the cartridge of his or her choice.

The biggest improvement in design should be in the area of the magnetic field. Rather than levitate the platter through the center, I would think that any risk of platter wobble could be reduced by making the levitation act closer to the bottom perimeter of the platter. It would probably even enable a more stable rotation, reduce speed drift (and drag from heavy groove modulations), enable a slightly heavier platter, and reduce the wow & flutter figure. I’m assuming that 0.17% spec that Mag-Lev published is a DIN figure (most common for European specs) as opposed to the more common and flattering WRMS figure, which usually yields roughly half the measurement (0.08%) used by most other companies. Still, 0.17% DIN is still a little higher than other turntables at the price. If the magnetic field can be refined, a platter clamp could also be used to reduce the risk of airborne feedback.

In any case, I can’t imagine how the turntable would cope with a grossly warped record. With its current design, the platter would wobble and the tonearm might be tossed. For piece of mind, a tonearm that is dynamically balanced (as opposed to the conventional static balanced) with internal springs would help a lot here.

I can’t really say that the turntable is over-priced, as a lot of commenters did. Anytime a manufacturer’s product has a proprietary part (and this one obviously does!), the price increases dramatically. If every part was outsourced the price would certainly be lower. We really need to give credit where credit is due. The design is innovative and it’s a very good first product from the company. Hopefully, the company will be around long enough to refine it. Now, if the company also figures out a way to re-center the platter to compensate for off-centered records to eliminate eccentric wow, I’ll buy the turntable even for $500 more!

John Matthews says:

This review missed out the most important information- does it sound any good?

Payam Bagheri says:

That oscillation at 1:44 feels very disturbing to me. If it only happens once, it can destroy the stylus.

Joe Caramello says:

Sure it has the WOW factor, but how does it sound?

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