The turntable that makes vinyl records levitate

Its name is Levi, it comes from Korea and is a wow-factor-based concept caused by magnets. 

Created by Jihyo Seo and Jimin Hwang, two Seoul designers, Levi is a turntable concept that will attract the attention of audiophiles and not only: this project features an original reproduction system that magically makes vinyl levitate.

As revealed through its creators’ Behance profiles, unlike traditional record playing systems, the platter of this player is able to rise and rotate suspended in the air thanks to coils and an electromagnetic action.

There are four different listening modes – Soothing, Refreshing, Sweet and Bittersweet – which can be operated via a lateral sliding switch that, by adjusting the height of the platter and then moving the record up or down, would change the sound output by acting as an equaliser; in addition, a dedicated button would allowthe playback speed to be changed from 12 to 17 rpm. 

Initially inspired by Apple’s designs, according to Jihyo Seo, the device has a white base and interchangeable arms available in four different colours. And although the concept highlights – purely by creators’ choice – the American brand Harman Kardon, famous for its audio and video equipment, Levi remains only a graphic project to date and no production is planned.

Opening image:  photo Jihyo Seo

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