Turntables are a choice of the elite people or those who have a flair for the antiquity. Bergmann Audio of Denmark brings out one such turntable to allure turntable lovers. The Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm is a reference-level turntable powered by airbearing technology. It includes a linear tracking airbearing tonearm, a digital motor-controlled air supply, and a vacuum clamp to stabilize records.
The Sleipner is built with a simple, timeless design, in keeping with Bergmann’s less is more philosophy, and in keeping with Bergmann’s airbearing technology, which offers a number of advantages. The airbearing process is frictionless, which helps minimize bearing noise and deliver outstanding stability. The airbearing tonearm of the Sleipner comes in contact with only a record through the stylus tip and tonearm wire. This makes for amazing musical reproduction with effective bass response.
The base of the unit, also known as a plinth, is comprised of three layers of powdered granite/epoxy binding material, two of aluminum, and one of bitumen, all covered in a 12-mm thick coat of hand-painted and polished polyvinyl. All of that sits on adjustable Ceraball feet, which feature vibration-controlling ceramic ball bearings. A 20.2-pound aluminum platter rests atop the plinth, and atop a 21-mm record mat made of two layers of polycarbonate and one layer of acrylic.
The Sleipner’s air supply both supports and centers the platter and provides a thin, dry film of smoothly flowing air, creating a silent, friction-free movement. The linear-tracking airbearing tonearm consists of a tubular carbon arm and headshell molded in one piece for optimal stiffness.
Featuring settings for 33 and 45 rpm, the Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm is available now for order, starting from $48,100. [Audio Imports]