Of this new crop of Kickstarter-funded turntables, perhaps the most eagerly anticipated is the Yves Béhar-designed Love (pictured, above): “the world’s first intelligent turntable”.
“It’s an exciting proposition, and an enormous challenge, to reinvent something as timeless as the turntable,” Béhar tells us. “While technology has greatly improved since the era of vinyl, the experience you get when playing a record is something people still crave.”
Love is an entirely novel concept in that the device spins on top of a still record. It can be controlled by a smartphone to play, skip and repeat tracks, alter volume and select different RPM, and it even connects to your speakers or headphones wirelessly via Bluetooth or wi-fi.
“The Love turntable brings the best of old and the new – the warm texture of vinyl audio, with the benefits of modern technology,” says Béhar. To purists, the idea of blending old and new might seem sacrilegious, but somehow we don’t think these turntables were created with them in mind.