The Wand 14-4 Turntable

In a few weeks, Old Forge Studio will receive a final prototype of New Zealand-based DesignBuildListen’s Wand 14-4 turntable. Why 14-4? Because the platter is 14′ in diameter and consists of 4 layers, achieving 20% more inertia than a 12″ platter of the same mass and providing maximum noise suppression.

Features/ Specification;   Model 14-4 (14 inch / 4-layer platter)

  •  Big diameter 14 inch Smart Platter™.
    • Large diameter (360mm) gives 20% more inertia than conventional platter of equivalent mass.
    • Four-layer construction of platter damps vibration and noise transfer.
    • Acrylic playing surface for vibration transfer from record for increased resolution.
    • Screw down clamp with acrylic surface allows record label to be seen.
  • German Plywood main structure. Asymmetric shape and internal machining to disperse noise and vibration.
  • Zentroidal™ three point suspension system. The centroid of suspension, the stillest point, is close to the playing arc to maximise shock and vibration rejection.
  • DC Motor with superb electronic speed control. 33 / 45rpm /78rpm switchable.
  • Electronic braking for quick record changing.
  • Will accommodate 9.5in / 10.3in or 12in Wand tonearms (or other brands)
  • Swiss custom-made flat belt. This provides dynamic punch while maintaining noise isolation.
  • Includes a stylish lid.
    • Lid is mechanically outside the playing system
    • Designed for cueing the record to the beginning when the lid is down.
    • The lid stands upright on its back edge.
  • Optional on-board phono stage designed by New Zealand’s PureAudio.  Available November 2018
  • Optional support for second 9.5in arm.
  • 11kg (~480mm x 400mm x 120mm,  ~19” x 15”3/4 x 5”)
  • 100V- 240V AC 50-60Hz supply
  • Handmade in New Zealand

Production Timeline; The Wand Turntable

Status Report: Several iterations of prototype have been built (Six in the latest batch) and are undergoing testing with customers and Distributors, as well as doing Shows.

Shipments will start to Australasia in September and the rest of the world, October / November.

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