Spiral Groove’s Revolution Turntable Turns Heads

first_imgIt’s a pretty great time to be a vinyl enthusiast. Not only has there been a resurgence in how many new releases are shipping on vinyl, but also in the relative quality of turntables, many of which can be had surprisingly cheap. The Spiral Groove Revolution would never be called cheap by anyone, no matter their income bracket, but with its eye-catching looks and forward-thinking engineering, it’s hard not to stare and dream.Designed to deliver what Spiral Groove calls “ultra-high-end” performance, the Revolution turntable does not spare any expense when it comes to the materials used or the build process. The turntable features a three-layer body made from aluminum and Delrin, which the company says makes for a solid build, but a less resonant platform.Unlike some of the relatively plain designs found in many modern turntables, the Revolution takes a different approach. The look is not retro, nor is it modern. Instead, the look is a combination of both, making it look like some vision of future tech from a 1950s-era sci-fi movie.The platter on which the record sits uses a Delrin top plate and aluminum bottom plate, along with a number of damping technologies used to reduce mechanical vibration. This includes Spiral Groove’s Strange Attractor isolation feet, which help to decouple the turntable from the surface it sits on, protecting against needle jumps from heavy footfalls and other heavy vibrations.When it comes to actually playing the record, a low-voltage / low-torque AC synchronous motor is attached to a one-piece motor mount that is decoupled from the rest of the turntable, making for quiet playback. The platter spins on an inverted sapphire disc / hardened steel bearing, the same used in Spiral Groove’s flagship SG 1.2 turntable. Playback speed is electronically switchable between 33-1/3 and 45 rpm.The Spiral Groove Revolution is available now and sells for a suggested retail price of $18,000. You will still need a tonearm, which is sold separately. The company offers the Centroid universal tonearm, which it says is a perfect match for the Revolution. For more information, visit the Spiral Groove website. Editors’ Recommendations How to Use a Vibrating Foam Roller Like Tom Brady 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide last_img read more

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Palfinger Expands Its Business through Two Acquisitions

first_imgPalfinger, November 28, 2013 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close My location zoom The PALFINGER Group finalized the contracts for two acquisitions. The majority takeovers of Palfinger systems GmbH and the Megarme Group will expand PALFINGER’s portfolio for the shipping and offshore industries as the Group will henceforth provide access and working systems meeting the special demands of these sectors. Moreover, through Megarme, PALFINGER will acquire its first value creation structures in the Arab region, which is a core market for these industries.Both companies being acquired offer special systems for accessing and performing repair and maintenance work on ships and oil rigs, including interior and exterior cleaning, rust and paint removal, recoating, inspection and repairs.With a staff of approx. 50, Palfinger systems GmbH develops and produces innovative technologies in engineering and processing as well as tailor-made customer and project solutions. The advantage of these solutions is that they make work processes faster, more efficient, safer and more environmentally friendly than conventional methods. Very recently, in mid-November, a Singapore company placed a major contract for a volume of approx. EUR 10 million with Palfinger systems GmbH.“The solutions have now reached a degree of maturity that makes them an extremely interesting addition to our portfolio. As innovation leader, we will thus consolidate our presence in the marine sector,” explains Herbert Ortner, CEO of PALFINGER AG. “At the same time, Palfinger systems now needs capacities and structures for production and services in order to be able to exploit the additional potential. We have all this available the world over.”Palfinger systems, which is headquartered in Salzburg, Austria, and operates a manufacturing and assembly plant in Weng im Gesäuse (Austrian province of Styria), has so far been owned by the Palfinger family. Now the PALFINGER Group is acquiring 85 percent of the company, which generated revenue of approx. EUR 1 million in 2012, for a symbolic purchase price of EUR 1. The company’s disproportional dividend arrangement will remain in force until 2025.The Megarme Group, composed of three companies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Qatar, specializes in the service business and provides rope access technologies applied by rope access professionals. With approx. 500 employees, the company currently generates annual revenue of EUR 15 million. After the closing, PALFINGER will take over full operational and entrepreneurial control over the highly profitable business of Megarme.Rope access professionals are specially trained technicians primarily assigned to particularly difficult tasks. In combination with the products of Palfinger systems, PALFINGER will provide not only innovative special access products but also the required highly qualified service personnel, making the newly available solutions an interesting alternative to the comparatively expensive and time-consuming scaffolding.The takeover of Megarme also marks another step in the internationalization of the PALFINGER Group, which until now has had no value-creation structures in the Arab countries. Given the strong presence of the shipping industry in this region, it is a particularly important one for the marine business. The Group will also benefit from Megarme’s longstanding knowledge of this market.last_img read more

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