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47 Labs Koma Table

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by Josh Ray on December 06 '06

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We don't cover turntables much, but the new Koma from 47 Labs is just too damn cool. Here's their briefing:

Two solid aluminum platters, suspended by powerful neodium magnets, rotate opposit direction eliminating wow-flatter inherent in the conventional single platter design. The resulting low noise floor gives you an incredible resolution you have never heard from an analog playback.

It just makes sense, no? Shocking someone hasn't done this before. The rubber band actually runs both platters, wrapping over a little wheel on one end to provide single, uniform tension over both platters.

47 Labs, if you're not familiar with this brand, is what happens when Japanese engineers become audiophiles. Really innovative digital gear, 47 Labs departs from the rest of the Japanese hi-fi crowd and focuses on tiny watt solid state amplification and tweaky CD players rather than tubes and analog. The Koma is their first TT and should get the vinyl heads at TAS and Stereophile rioting. Pearson frothed during his review of the PiTracer CD player, the $25k digital extraction unit.

Likewise, the Koma is not cheap at $10k. That Transformers tonearm is the Tsurube and goes for $2k. 47 Labs also makes their own super lux cartridges, spanning from $3250 to $7500. The rest of the 47 Labs line isn't that expensive, with their famous GainCard amp starting at $1500. Check 'em out.

Comments

Ok, now that is COOOOOOL! johnh
The Gaincard doesn't work without the Power Humpty, which adds another $1,800 to the price. So it's really a $3,300 amp. And there's basically nothing inside it. But it's cute.
There may not be anything in it but it sure sounds great. Ditto for the super-cool Flatfish CD transport we used last year at CES.
Very clever system. For 10k$ they could hire a designer to make it pretty. Looks a bit like the work of a talented machinist with no flair. For my tastes and money, Giro deck or Oracle are also well-machined pieces with beauty as a bonus. Question is, can 5k$ buy a counter-spinning platter?
Very clever system. For 10k$ they could hire a designer to make it pretty. Looks a bit like the work of a talented machinist with no flair. For my tastes and money, Giro deck or Oracle are also well-machined pieces with beauty as a bonus. Question is, can 5k$ buy a counter-spinning platter?
Oups! never double-click the post button. Sorry folks!
Hi Jake, Actually, 47 Lab amplifiers start at $1,980, complete, with the Shigaraki 4717 Integrated amp - for the entry point into their line-up.
I for one love the aesthetic of 47 Labs pieces. I’ve had the GainCard and it was just the perfect little form. Solid and minimal with texture and craft. The Power Humpty is unique, dense and inert. It’s far from traditional and absolutely pure in form. Oh, and it sounds like it looks... which is good. The beauty is in its minimalism following function and transparency into its construction. It’s art. My $0.02.
I actually used to own the Shigaraki amp. It's OK. The thing is, I'm not much of a DIY-er and even I can build a Gainclone for pennies.
What the hell is a Power Humpty?