The ELP Laser Turntable is for the audiophiles out there. The old-school, well-heeled audiophiles that is.
It’s a turntable, yes, and it will play your vinyl, but rather than using a needle to turn the grooves into sound, it uses a system of 5 lasers. ELP claim this allows you to:
Play your vinyl records without any wear and tear – only light beams touch the record.
Produce better sound from damaged records. Plus ELP claim that, “In some cases, the LT plays even broken records when all the pieces are placed on a tray without tape or glue”.
Hear more of the sound encoded in the record’s grooves, as the lasers reach places needles cannot.
The ELP Laser Turntable also allows you to playback a vinyl record somewhat in the manner you play a CD, skipping tracks, or cueing or reviewing parts of tracks, with the touch of a button, removing the process of the nervous lift and replace of a turntable tone arm.
If you’d like to compare the sound of the ELP Laser Turnaable to a needle turntable, visit the Sound Quality page of the ELP website, via two MP3 samples of the track “My Old Kentucky Home”.
ELP state a few times that this is not a digitisation of the vinyl tracks, it is simply the use of lasers to produce analog sound.
Video demonstration of the ELP Laser Turntable
See the ELP Laser Turntable in action, in this almost 4-minute long video demonstration. That, and admire the collection of very nice, and quite abundant, audio kit that the videomaker has at hand.
The track playing in the demonstration is “Someone To Watch Over Me”, from the album ‘This Is Chris’, by Chris Connor.
Functions: Drawer system (Open/Close), Automatic lead-in, lead-out, Programming (max. 15 songs), Forward and back scan (2 speed), Forward and back search
Record type: Black records
Drive system: Computer controlled belt-drive system
Screen displays: Total, Elapsed, Remaining time, Record size, Revolution