At the CES 2013 (Jan 8-11, 2013), Stella, the Japanese distributor of high-end audio products, presented its TechDAS Air Force ONE reference turntable at the High Performance Audio Showcase in The Venetian, Suite 29-119. The brainchild of Mr. Hideaki Nishikawa, the CEO of the company and ex-Director of Micro-Seiki, The TechDAS Air Force ONE boasts a huge 30kg two-part platter with vacuum hold-down and an air bearing via quiet, ripple-free air pumps. He said that his goal was to create an analog turntable that would retrieve 100 percent of the info engraved in the grooves of a vinyl record.
The Air Force ONE turntable has two crystal-locked 50W power amplifiers and an AC synchronous motor, which ensures complete speed stability. The chassis and superstructure has been engineered to get rid of all internal vibrations and resonance, and to be unaffected by the external vibrations. The upshot of the same is a stunning level of signal to noise ratio and speed stability, which is otherwise hard to achieve with the traditional turntables. The TechDAS Air Force ONE is priced at ¥6,500,000 (about $72,900).