Ultra-high-end turntable puts a new spin on CES 2014

The Sperling Heavyweight Turntable L-1 looks and feels like a futuristic record player.

Steve Guttenberg
Ex-movie theater projectionist Steve Guttenberg has also worked as a high-end audio salesman, and as a record producer. Steve currently reviews audio products for CNET and works as a freelance writer for Stereophile.
Steve Guttenberg
The Sperling Heavyweight Turntable L-1 Sperling

Audioarts imports the Sperling Heavyweight Turntable L-1 from Germany, and even before you hear this incredible work of art your eyes tell you this is one serious machine. The Heavyweight Turntable L-1 can accommodate two tone arms, and that allows owners to instantly choose the sound they want for the LP they're going to play. With two arms they can enjoy two, very different-sounding phono cartridges, maybe a mellow Koetsu for 1950s jazz, and a state-of-the-art Lyra for the Black Keys. The Heavyweight Turntable L-1's flexibility makes this possible.

Ansgar Sperling, the company's founder, started out as a radio and television electronics technician before earning an engineering degree. He next tackled a number of studio construction projects, but his real passion was analog sound. The Heavyweight Turntable L-1 demonstrates his commitment to extracting the very best sound from LPs.

Audioarts has the Sperling Heavyweight Turntable L-1 on display at the Venetian Hotel at CES 2014.