CES & THE Show 2013 • Hot Product

While the lineage of the TechDAS Air Force One turntable (tentatively $79,500 alone, $83,500 with Graham Phantom Elite tonearm) cannot be easily seen, it's still significant. The 'table was designed by one of the principals from Micro-Seiki, the legendary Japanese turntable maker. The Air Force One has a multipiece chassis and platter, an air bearing, and high-torque AC motor. Vacuum record hold-down is an option and facilitated without a spindle clamp. It effectively smoothed out a warp in a 200-gram LP.

A sensor beneath the platter monitors and regulates speed, which is adjustable in 0.1rpm steps.

Two Air Force Ones were spinning records at CES, so no one can claim that this turntable is a one-off, as some of the very expensive products shown surely are.

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