Turntables are a dime a dozen these days as vinyl continues to its steady march back into the mainstream. Finding a way to standout from the black plastic and silver shouldn’t be hard, but it seems like most brands just keep trotting out the same old design. A new Kickstarter project caught my eye this morning as an alternative to the Sony’s and Audio-Technica’s of the world. The Miniot Wheel Turntable has taken away all of the excess, leaving audiophiles with a simple and beautiful turntable.
A solid aluminum platter sits just above the wooden base that houses the needle, belt-drive and other mechanics. All that’s left is the record and a stick that rises from the center which acts as a control panel for power, playback and volume. My favorite feature is its ability to play in horizontal or vertical orientations. For the vinyl enthustiast with style, it doesn’t get much better than this. The Miniot Wheel Turntable ships in three different finishes (walnut, mahogany or cherry) with a Kickstarter price of $600. It’s set to hit living rooms this November.
Wheel’s linear tonearm is built around the beautiful AudioTechnica AT95E cartridge. With our tonearm, the AT95E offers a warm, rich sound, and outstanding clarity and detail. For a perfect match, the entire arm is micro machined out of a single piece of laminated mahogany. By using a single type of cartridge, we can fine-tune each tonearm for damping, resonance and weight distribution to make Wheel sounds its best.