Forbes Magazine on-line: November 2015, Holiday Gift Guide
Because you want to hear your records, not your turntable, Spiral Groove’s SG1.2 ($30,000; spiral-groove.com) uses an extra-heavy platter, a wobble-free drive system and vibration-isolating feet..
The New SG 1.2 Turntable
BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA, September 22, 2015 – Spiral Groove today announced the availability of its new top of the line Spiral Groove SG1.2 turntable, which incorporates a host of upgrades from the previous SG1.1. The SG1.2 features a new platter, isolation feet, damping material and various other parts and an improved magnetic platter levitation system to deliver significantly improved sound quality and performance.
Spiral Groove is chosen for the Beatles...
Spiral Groove announced that its turntables and tonearm were chosen for two recent listening events at New York’s Electric Lady Studios and The GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles celebrating the release of The Beatles In Mono vinyl LP box set. Members of the press, the record industry and other guests were invited to the listening parties, where selections from the newly released Beatles mono box set were played. Spiral Groove’s SG2 turntable with Centroid tonearm was used in New York and an SG1.1 with Centroid arm played in Los Angeles. They were both heard through ultrahigh-end audio systems.
“The listening parties were held to provide a true representation of what The Beatles In Mono sounds like,” said Allen Perkins, president of Spiral Groove. “The producers and mastering engineers spent countless hours getting the sound of the mono reissue LPs exactly right, and we are extremely gratified that our turntables and Centroid tonearm were chosen for the analog playback systems to let listeners hear all the detail, nuance, purity and above all, the musical magic inherent in these recordings.”
Michael Fremer Reviews the SG 1.1 for Analog Corner
Allen Perkins’s Spiral Groove SG1.1 turntable ($25,000) is a remarkably dense, compact, belt-driven design that weighs a surprising 75 lbs. With the motor isolated inside its 18.5" wide by 15" deep plinth, the SG1.1 has a small footprint, and its height of ca 5", including feet, permits a flexibility of placement seldom found with premium-priced turntables.