↑ I'll add to sparks' wise comment that, in my opinion, it also depends on the type of music. Heavy Metal won't be degraded by a bit more distorsion, I presume, but I found Contemporary Classical quite enjoyable in a concert hall (especially when played on ancient instruments [sic &
]), much less in canned form.
I googled around about the MAG-LEV thingy. Journalists, true to their reputation, parrot the designer's specs; a German audiophiles site has doubts, but concedes that there are videos apparently showing the turntable working. We'll see.
I learned too that there other products using magnetic suspension, but only to alleviate some of the weight on the bearing. And then I found (* drumroll *) the Verdier
turntables. Their intermediate model uses magnets, but you'll go of course for the top of the range Verdier Mega
ACQUIRING A PLATINE VERDIER MAGNUM
The Platine Verdier Magnum is not mass-produced. It is only made to special order. If you order one, a high level
technician directly supervised by Jean Constant Verdier, will spend 6 months of his life to manufacture and adjust
your turntable. At any time - and in real time - you will be able to see the progress report, to live the considerable
sum of work required by such a project almost from the inside
The choice of the veneers, of the granite, of the lacquer … of course all fancies are allowed to make your Platine
Verdier Magnum absolutely unique. A still heavier platter, special arm-rests … as far as they don’t impair the
performance of the machine, all options are conceivable and can be studied by special request.
The Magnum Platine Verdier is no longer a research prototype. Several have yet gone out of our workshop for the
happiness of their owners, now certain to possess an unsurpassable turntable. You can be the next one.
Was it sparks who wrote about "rich jerks"? http://www.jcverdier.com/ADSL/Platine_Magnum.html