Spiral Groove launches its new flagship SG1.2 turntable
Turntable designer and manufacturer Spiral Groove announced the launch of its new flagship turntable on Tuesday. The SG1.2 turntable, available now, includes a number of upgrades over the SG1.1, the company said, including a new platter, isolation feet, damping material, and an improved magnetic platter levitation system that delivers improved sound quality and performance.
“The SG1.2 came about from work we’ve been doing in design and materials research over the last two years, and the turntable takes what listeners and reviewers worldwide have called an already exceptional record-playback platform to an even higher level,” Allen Perkins, president of Spiral Groove, said in a statement.
Spiral explained that the increased weight of the platter adds more impact to the bass and more focus and depth to imaging. More on the design of the product:
The SG1.2 is engineered using Spiral Groove's Balanced Force Design approach, aimed at achieving the most elegant equilibrium of materials, performance, function, manufacturability and beauty.
The body of the SG1.2 utilizes two separate constrained layer platforms, separated by elastomers that mechanically decouple the two assemblies, forming a dense, rigid and well-damped, non-resonant platform to which the working parts of the turntable can be precisely mounted and isolated from one another.
The SG1.2 lets users electronically select the speed of the turntable (33-1/3 and 45 rpm), and it has a low voltage/high torque AC synchronous motor that is decoupled from the rest of the turntable that allows for a quieter record playback. The tonearm mounting board is built with a stainless steel bayonet mounting system that can be removed from the turntable with the push of a button—allowing for multiple arm and cartridge combinations to be pre-set up and swapped out and installed with perfect alignment, Spiral Groove explained.
The Spiral Groove SG1.2 is now available and will retail for $30,000. Owners of the SG1.1 can have their turntable factory upgraded to full SG1.2 status for $6,000. Spiral Groove is distributed in the U.S. by high-end audio dealer Immedia.