Klaudio Magnezar Turntable

Just ahead of an official upcoming trade show unveiling, Klaudio has duly seen fit to let us know they plan on displaying their new Magnezar turntable at the Pacific Audio Fest in Seattle, which is being held June 23-25. More specifically, Klaudio will be showing their gear in Cascade Room #3, which is located on the 2nd floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Seattle Airport, SeaTac.

First, some company background. Klaudio was founded in 2013 and was born from parent company Koolance, a leading manufacturer of liquid cooling equipment since 2000. According to Klaudio, “We are able to bring high-quality, innovative products by utilizing Koolance’s capabilities in electronics and liquid handling.”

The company’s initial product release was the KD-CLN-LP200 ultrasonic record cleaner with dryer and internal reservoir. Other key Klaudio products include the KD-ARM-AP12 (12-inch equivalent) tangential tonearm (SRP: $15,000) and the KD-ATL-RCM05 automatic disc loader for record cleaning machines (SRP: $3,080).

And now, the company has turned their collective engineering, designing, and manufacturing expertise toward making turntables. During last year’s Pacific Audio Fest — as seen in the above clip — Klaudio showed quite the intriguing turntable prototype. Fast-forward to the here and now a full year later, and hence, we have their new Magnezar turntable readily at hand.

Features for the Magnezar ’table include a magnetically levitated platter, an ultra-quiet direct-drive motor, enhanced liquid stabilization and lighting, automatic spindle and peripheral clamping, aluminum construction, a dual tonearm support that includes the aforementioned Klaudio tangential tonearm and laser pod, and adjustable platter speeds of 33, 45, and 78rpm.

The SRP for the Klaudio Magnezar turntable has yet to be announced, but as soon as the company confirms it with us directly, we will update that information here accordingly.

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Features & Specs
Wow and Flutter: 0.015% max
Speed accuracy: ~0.01%
Motor torque: 5Nm/sec
Platter size: 14.4 x 4.1in (365 x 105mm)
Platter weight: 44lb (20kg)
Total weight: 121lb (55kg)
Footprint: 17.7 x 25.2 in (450 x 640mm)
Dimensions: 16.3 x 22.6 x 11in (415 x 575 x 280mm)

James Kelly's picture

Sorry, I'm no audiophile, but how any can $15,000 for a turntable be justified? Can someone explain?

brenro12's picture

That's just for the tonearm. It's no different than for anything else in sound equipment. You can spend $300 or $300,000. I would argue a turntable, being analog and mechanical in nature, requires a great deal of engineering and exacting manufacturing and therefore at least somewhat justifies its asking price.

volvic's picture

I don’t think it’s priced at $15,000, my guess probably more. In the grand scheme of things $15K isn’t that much by today’s standards, especially for something that can give you 20+ years of use. It’s a question of priorities. However, smarter shoppers can find tables that can offer as much performance for far less. I’m thinking of the Technics 1200G or a used SME table that can run forever with little maintenance. It’s a great time to be an analog fan.

James Kelly's picture

Thanx Volvic. I was thinking the same thing. Technics!!!!

vinyl listener's picture

The new 1200s are very good, and provide a great turn-key experience.
Alternatively look for a good refurbished SP10.

Slammintone's picture

I see a lot of new stuff like this here lately but no reviews.

Mike Mettler's picture
Yes, equipment is indeed reviewed here -- and, in fact, a new turntable review will be posting on Monday, June 26, so keep an eye (or two) out for it accordingly...