Precision Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm Delivers Superb Musical Reproduction with Silent, Friction-Free Technology
INTERNATIONAL CES 2012, LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10, 2012 — Aaudio Imports, a leading supplier of world class high-end audio products, introduces at CES 2012 the remarkable Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm by Bergmann Audio of Denmark, a leading specialist in airbearing turntables and tonearms.
The Sleipner is a reference-level turntable powered by airbearing technology. It includes a linear tracking airbearing tonearm, a digital motor-controlled air supply, and a vacuum clamp to stabilize records. In Danish, “Sleipner” means smooth or gliding, and refers to what is sometimes called the best of all horses, the eight-legged flying stallion ridden by Odin, chief among the mythological Nordic gods. In English, Sleipner stands for a supreme achievement in turntable technology.
The Sleipner is built with a simple, timeless design, in keeping with Bergmann’s “Less is more” philosophy, and in keeping with Bergmann’s airbearing technology, which offers a number of advantages. The airbearing process is frictionless, for example, minimizing bearing noise and yielding exceptional stability. The airbearing tonearm glides friction-free and only makes contact with a record through the stylus tip and tonearm wire. The result is an emotionally engaging musical reproduction with an unexpectedly effective bass response that transmits nuances and details as natural elements of a vivid and transparent acoustic image.
The Sleipner’s plinth, or base, is a six-layer sandwich of different materials for optimal resonance control. The sandwich consists of three boards of powdered granite/epoxy binding material, two layers of aluminum, and one layer of bitumen, all covered in a 12-mm thick coat of hand-painted and polished polyvinyl. The plinth stabilizes the tonearm, and rests on a set of sturdy, adjustable Ceraball feet, which house vibration-controlling ceramic ball-bearings inside aluminum housings.
A 20.2-pound aluminum platter rests atop the plinth, and atop a 21-mm record mat made of two layers of polycarbonate and one layer of acrylic. The Sleipner’s air supply both supports and centers the platter and provides a thin, dry film of smoothly flowing air, creating a silent, friction-free movement.
The linear-tracking airbearing tonearm consists of a tubular carbon arm and headshell molded in one piece for optimal stiffness. The hollow arm is damped on the inside and houses connecting wires of pure silver. A highly precise, digitally controlled DC motor with an oversized power supply regulates record speeds, including settings for 33 and 45 rpm.
The Sleipner Airbearing Turntable with Airbearing Tonearm is available now from authorized dealers at a suggested price of $48,100 to $54,400 (U.S. MSRP), depending on finish and connectors.
About Audio Imports Based in Parker, Colorado, Aaudio Imports is a leading supplier of truly world-class high-end audio products to top quality dealers. Its high-end manufacturers, selected from companies around the world, also stand out from the crowd, and include Acapella in Germany, Audiotop in Switzerland, Bergmann Audio in Denmark, Einstein Audio Components in Germany, Isoclean Power in Hong Kong, Lindemann and Millennium Audio in Germany, Stage III concepts in the U.S., Lansche Audio in Germany, Weizhi Precision in Taiwan, and Ypsilon Electronics in Greece. Aaudio Imports dealers are true music lovers, selected for their product knowledge, listening skills, and desire to seek out only the best for their customers. For further technical information, visit Aaudio Imports’ website at www.aaudioimports.com.
About Bergmann Audio Bergmann Audio is a Danish manufacturer specializing in airbearing turntables and linear tracking airbearing tonearms. Every part is handcrafted in Denmark to optimize the airbearing principle, and achieve the exceptional sound and timeless designs for which Bergmann is known. For further technical information, visit www.bergmannaudio.com
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