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April 2016
Enjoy the Music.com Review Magazine
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Sozy Wulkmun High-Rez Audio Turntable
Freeing your music has never been easier!
Review By Nilhcor R. Nevets

 

Sozy Wulkmun High-Rez Audio Turntable Review

  Look, I'll make this preview brief as spy photos and an advanced copy of their upcoming advertisement just hit my desk. While I'm bound to this desktop torture getting this story out fast, your music LPs soon will have a newfound freedom away from their homeward bondage. With vinyl LP sales experiencing double-digit growth, it appears that the LP is once again becoming a major force within the music industry. Furthermore, Rebeat has just announced their new high definition vinyl LPs via lacquers cut with a femto-laser (see March 17th Industry News update). World-renown electronics manufacturer Sozy will soon be selling their Wulkmun battery-powered portable record player. Playing both 33.3 and 45 rpm LPs, the Wulkmun looks to have a specially-developed laser-sensing physics-loading tonearm that ensures the perfect pressure of the needle to the LP surface.

 

 

Furthermore, we've learned that the Sozy Wulkmun will be the world's first audio component to include the aptX HD 24-bit Bluetooth chipset. Qualcomm Incorporated's next-gen technology can wirelessly stream 24-bit/48kHz. This 24-bit audio resolution is maintained by using an extra two bits in each of the four sub-bands of processing. This results in lower signal-to-noise ratio through the encode/decode cycle, thus making aptX HD ideal for use as part of a high-resolution audio solution. As reported within Enjoy the Music.com's January 13th update, aptX HD is available as part of the CSR8675 Bluetooth audio system-on-chip (SoC) platform which supports 24-bit audio end-to-end.

 

 

Being edge-of-the-art, the tonearm is 3D printed and the motor uses a new magnetically free-floating electro-coupled rotational technology. Alas, no other information was available as am curious about this motor design said to ensure speed stability of 0.003% while producing zero measurable noise due to there being virtually no contact points internally. What I have found out is that the platter's bearing is made with a newly engineered combination of laboratory-made diamond and some other substance that makes it three times the Mohs hardness of a natural diamond. There is no need for bearing assembly oil as Sozy's material engineers have machined it to a very precise 0.000314159mm, and then gave it a surface treatment of their proprietary ultra-slippery coating that is claimed to have a wear rating of 500,000 hours.

 

Sozy Wulkmun High-Rez Audio Turntable Review

 

Of course Sozy's Wulkmun turntable provides the standard stereo output via RCA jacks and, being a battery-powered portable unit, includes headphone output. The RCA outs can either be 'Normal' where you'll need an RIAA stage, or you can take advantage of the built-in 'RIAA' phonostage via a selector switch on the bottom of the unit. We've heard that Sozy tested both belt and directly driven motor and found that belt drive gave the best overall sound plus offered the most benefits for portability.
For the plinth and electronics housing, Sozy engineers labored for many months finding a combination that best suits the demands of portability. This includes careful analysis of stiffness-to-weight ratios whilst also ensuring weather and humidity resistance. The Wulkmun has a combination of specially-developed carbon fiber impregnated with Formula X, which is then covered in special dense Shakamaiya wood only available from the highest elevations on Mount Moinefpre'. This combination of materials ensures torsional strength in all dimensions while bringing visual beauty. By carefully handcrafting the Shakamaiya wood, it ensures each Sozy Wulkmun is a bespoke offering perfect for the most demanding enthusiast and stylista alike.

 

 

Known for using exotic, nearly unobtanium materials, Sozy was able to employ next-generation material scanning and chemically analyzed the world's only unmodified Stradivarius violin located within Italy. Since I have personally been in the presences of this very same violin, I can attest to both its authenticity and incredible beauty. Leaving no details to chance, Sozy carefully hand applies the exact same quality of layers of the lacquer as is found on a Stradivari violin! This both brings out the beauty of this very rare Shakamaiya wood, yet is also claimed to enable the Wulkmum to produce a richness and warmth in sound.

 

Sozy Wulkmun High-Rez Audio Turntable

 

Update!
Just moments ago more info arrived within my inbox. The headphone amplification section is balanced and can produce a full 2.5 Watts into a 1 Ohm! This is very powerful and so there are three settings for headphone output being Low, Medium, and Full. This allows you to set the maximum volume output to better match highly efficient in-ear monitors or very demanding planar magnetic headphones. No pricing has been announced. I think the Sozy Wulkmun will be available for sale sometime around April 1, 2017. Being a huge fan of portable audio, I look forward to reviewing the Sozy Wulkmun the moment it becomes available.

 

Update II
I've just been informed that the motor structure employs a new 3D-printed magnetic interface technique. By printing multiple magnetic structures and having their corresponding poles in a special alternating alignment arrangement you get zero physical contact whilst also ensuring perfect alignment no matter the physical positioning of the turntable structure. We expect other turntables manufacturer to begin research and development of this special 3D printed magnetic arrangement within their upcoming products. It is a remarkable and fascinating new development that can greatly benefit the reduction of noise while also guaranteeing a perfectly stable motor speed that avoids negative gravitational and rotational effects.

 

Update III
We've just been informed a dual-laser system emanating from the tonearm will handle tracking weight and VTA. By employing two lasers to align the tonearm, backed by a 1500 times per second proprietary algorithm custom computational chip, the tonearm will adjust for tracking height. Furthermore, tracking weight is also handled by this new system to provide from 1.2 to 3 grams of tracking force (user-adjustable via iOS and Android app). Future upgrades may include a medical-grade laser system to read the vinyl groove, instead of the legacy diamond-tipped needle. With the laser 'needle' it is said to have 32-bit/768kHz resolution capability.
The Digital Kit will include a user installable headshell on the tonearm and a digital board inside the chassis. Sozy is working with Rebeat's patented High Definition Vinyl (HD Vinyl, see March 17th Enjoy the Music.com Industry News for more about Rebeat's new system) to achieve this unprecedented vinyl LP resolution. The Digital Kit will also support bonus information / music on Rebeat's LP mastering system too!

 

Specifications
Type: Hi-Rez portable vinyl LP player
Setting: Line our via included RIAA or standard line output
Wow And Flutter: Immeasurable
Speed Settings: 16, 33.3, 45, and 78 rpm
High quality, high tolerance gold plated connectors
Available for 100V 110V and 220V 240V
Warranty: One year parts and labor
Price: Yet to be announced

 

Company Information
Sozy Galactic Corporation
88 Double Prosperity Way
Singapore

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     
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