Saturday, January 1, 2011

Bergmann Magne Airbearing Turntable and Tonearm System

The Magne is a high-end entry-level audiophile turntable powered by airbearing technology. It includes a linear tracking airbearing tonearm; a silent, dry and smooth motor-controlled air supply; a separate power supply, and a heavy clamp to stabilize records. In Danish, Magne means strength, and is also the name of the super-strong infant son of Thor, the god of thunder in Norse mythology.
Adhering to Bergmann’s “less is more” philosophy, the Magne is built with a simple, timeless design. The Magne’s air-supported bearing is frictionless, its speed is exceptionally stable, and bearing noise is reduced to a minimum. The tonearm also glides friction-free and only contacts the turntable through the stylus tip and the tonearm wire.
The Magne’s plinth, or base, is a solid block of fiberboard, topped by a heavy aluminum platter and subplatter, and a polycarbonate mat, all resting on three sturdy adjustable feet. The tonearm
 is a hollow tube of aluminum and carbon damped on the inside. A powerful belt-driven DC motor regulates record speeds, including finely tunable settings for 33 and 45 rpm. The Magne’s external air supply provides a thin, dry film of smoothly flowing air, creating a silent, friction-free movement.

The estimated retail price for the Bergmann MagneAirbearing Turntable and Tonearm System is $12,000.