If you want your record collection to have the most comfortable, elegant experience possible when they’re spinning for your aural pleasure, you may want to consider the ATMO SFERA Platterless Turntable, the product of Italian engineering and a team led by inventor Alexander De Zuanne.
The ATMO SFERA Platterless Turntable isn’t quite as radical as, say, a vertical turntable, but it does replace the traditional platter with something much smaller that requires a small cap to keep the record steady. That’s a small trade-off, though, especially if you like being able to see your records spin in three dimensions.
I don’t know if it’s a price issue (pre-orders are starting at $1,000) or what, but the ATMO SFERA Platterless Turntable only has 21 backers on Kickstarter here, so it’s going to need some more support over the next 38 days to reach its crowdfunding goal. It’s too bad records don’t have PayPal accounts, because I’m sure many of them would be interested in such a product.