• Item: Reference Turntable  
  • Type: Development Prototype  
  • Posted: 25 September 2012  
  • Builder: YNWaN  
  • Country: United Kingdom  
  • Comments: 13  


This turntable is a custom project and aspires to the state of the art; it represents many years of development, measurement and experimentation.

The design goals were to define the role of individual elements and optimise them for their purpose. In addition, the definition and control of energy paths, both internal and external to the design, was considered essential.

The basic design consists of an AC motor driving a platter through a precision ground belt. The chassis sits on a plinth which is integral to the supporting stand. The plinth incorporates a suspension system which isolates the turntable both from motor noise and the environment.

The motor is powered by an external power supply and the drive system has been built in such a way that torque delivery is maintained at a constant level. A lot of care (and design) has been taken to ensure that speed stability is significantly better than the majority of belt driven turntables.

The bearing is precision machined and magnetically supported to give extremely low noise.

The chassis and armboard are both constructed from carbon fibre and both the shape and construction have been optimised for their purpose.

The record is supported on a point contact system and held by a unique design of clamp.

The stand is physically incorporated within the structure of the plinth. The plinth incorporates quite an elaborate suspension system that employs both a hydraulically and pneumatically damped sprung suspension.

Development is ongoing and both the armboard and record clamping system are the result of recent investigations.

The arm shown is a Naim ARO, although I am currently developing an arm of my own design.
The latest update is a new power supply, the 'Tech-Tock'.



  • Retro
  • 25 September 2012 at 07:30AM
  • Excellent. No other word for it.
  • YNWaN
  • 29 September 2012 at 03:38AM
  • Many thanks 'Retro'.
  • Rani
  • 14 November 2012 at 11:44PM
  • nice 1..........
  • triode12
  • 30 November 2012 at 02:44PM
  • I am generally not a fan of odd shaped turntables but this one is very sexy. You should market it. It should sell well.
  • YNWaN
  • 1 December 2012 at 03:09PM
  • Many thanks gentlemen for your kind comments, I'm glad you like it.

    'trio de 12', it's true that my design is not a rectangular box, but such a construction would not have been true to the design in this case. However, I am very pleased that you still appreciate the aesthetic.
  • Elite
  • 12 January 2013 at 07:14PM
  • I have recently become a fan high end turntable design I'm very creative and have some cool ideas laid out.I would to have correspondence with on the subject matter if possible

    Oh, and by the way great work
  • YNWaN
  • 13 January 2013 at 03:32AM
  • Hello Michael,

    I can certainly understand your interest in turntable design, it has been a fascination of mine for twenty years now; the turntable plays such a fundamental role in the sound of a system and is such a delicate balance between art and science.

    I have a forum where, among other things, I discuss some of my ideas and projects:


    However, as requested, I have also sent you an email.
  • Kraemer Designs
  • 7 February 2013 at 08:08PM
  • Looks great!!!

    I've made two tables. I'll certainly be making more in the future, as they are a lot of fun to make :)
  • YNWaN
  • 24 May 2013 at 05:42AM
  • Thank you,much appreciated.

    I'm currently re-working the magnetically supported bearing element and have just improved the arm cable management (how the arm cable is clamped as it exits the deck).
  • sugden75
  • 9 September 2014 at 04:20AM
  • Готовый HI-END проект,все очень здорово сделано, присуждаю по внешнему виду конечно, ПЯТЬ ЗВЕЗД!
  • YNWaN
  • 10 September 2014 at 04:34AM
  • Hi, I don't speak Russian I'm afraid but my translator says:

    "A HI-END project, all very cool was the sentence, of course, five stars"

    Thank you :-)

    In my most recent updates the design of the record clamp has been changed yet again.
  • YNWaN
  • 28 September 2015 at 03:20AM
  • I've just updated the power supply to a new design which is significntly more sophisticated. The motor is still an AC unit but now a 24V design and is fed a very clean sine wave.

    The project can be found here:

  • tt28
  • 4 March 2017 at 08:41PM
  • nice!!! would love to see your custom tonearm. i am thinking about make magnetic tonearm...but don't know where to start.

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