Hanss Acoustics T-60 Belt Drive Turntable

Hanss Acoustics' new T-60 belt drive turntable features sandwiched layers of machined Bakelite.

The tall platter, part of which can be seen between the layers, features an adjustable magnetic levitation system that can be set to "float" the platter, or have it contact the thrust pad.

We strongly recommend the latter option as floating a platter produces a spring. A spinning platter will inevitable do some up and down "bobbing".

The very handsome and well-finished T-60 costs $9950. Shown with the $9500 Durand Talea tonearm. The rest of the system in the room shared with The Lotus Group, Marten Audio and KR Audio helped produce very pleasing sound that time constraints didn't allow me to fully enjoy.

Superfuzz's picture

Can someone explain the concept of a "floating" platter? A platter must sit atop a bearing of some sort...

Per's picture

The magnets lifts the platter so there is no contact between bearing spindle and the thrustpad in the bottom of the bearing well. If you float the platter you get a springy system which could lead to bouncing and an oscillating geometry. In theory at least.

Michael Fremer's picture

Really floating spindle bearing, which also floats platter. Not a good idea IMO.

Superfuzz's picture

I guess I'd have to see it close up to understand. If there is absolutely no contact between the spindle bearing and whatever is underneath it... how does it remain perfectly centered while spinning? Does the magnetic system keep the platter/spindle bearing floating (on the vertical plane) as well as centered?

dhyman's picture

atrributed to the prana cables. i can't tell you what these things have done to my system.

Paul Boudreau's picture

Interesting tonearm - does any other tonearm manufacturer use wood?

Michael Fremer's picture

Schroeder does as well as some others.

miniguy7's picture

The correct setup is to adjust the position of the thrust pad (actually it's a ball in this case) so that it just touches the bottom of the bearing shaft thereby "grounding" the platter and thus preventing any springy motion while the weight of the platter is largely carried by the opposing magnets.