The Sleipner Airbearing Turntable is a new piece from Bergmann Audio. The airbearing technology it boasts includes a digital motor-controlled air supply, a vacuum clamp for the records’ stability and a linear tracking airbearing tonearm. One of the advantages of this technology is that the process is frictionless, and that minimizes bearing noise.
The plinth, or the base of the unit, features one layer of bitumen, two of aluminum and three of powdered granite/epoxy binding material. All this is covered with a 12mm thick hand-painted and polished polyvinyl. The 21mm record mat is made of one layer of acrylic and two layers of polycarbonate.
The 20.2-pound aluminum platter on the plinth is both supported and centered by the air supply, and the airbearing tonearm is made of a one-piece tubular carbon arm. You can choose a 33 or a 45 rpm system for a starting price of $48,100.