Vinyl lovers, listen up. Here’s a cool new record player. The Atmo Sfera Platterless Turntable might seem a bit gimmicky at first glance, because it looks like…well, we think it looks like a very elegant drone! But this sweet gadget is all about high-quality function and top sound quality — the latest contribution to the renaissance of the analog experience.
Designed and manufactured in Italy by audio startup Audio Deva, the Atmo Sfera is the very chic culmination of several prototypes and many lab tests. Its design is revolutionary: it does not have a traditional platter. Instead, the records (almost) float in the air while they spin, creating that smooth, warm tone vinyl aficionados desire, minus undesirable vibrations.
Its designers explain their motivation via physics, and if you feel so inclined, you can read their theory on their Kickstarter campaign page, where they detail how they desired to create less mass and to reduce energy stored in the turntable’s base and platter. Instead, as the Atmo Sfera implies in its moniker, the model is “Atmosphere in Space. Atmosphere around us is the only Platter that does not generate energy back to the record because it uses the air as a Platter.”
We just have one more word: want!