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ZephyrBy Zephyr
First created
ZephyrBy Zephyr
First created
S$ 12,164
pledged of S$ 68,100 goal
13
backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, August 1 2018 10:34 AM UTC +00:00.

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About

Fully digital and highly programmable, the Zephyr Apollo brings record players firmly into the 21st century. 

Offering a multitude of features designed to maximise audio fidelity while introducing playback programming, our end goal is a turntable that has all the conveniences of modern technology without compromising on the unmatched sound of vinyl.

 
 

"Analogue Sound, Digital Technology"

This is the guiding philosophy behind our foray into the turntable market. We believe that technology, when used the right way, can improve on your listening experience and make it more convenient to listen to your favourite records while still giving you the best analogue audio possible.     

The Zephyr Apollo comes fully equipped with a range of cutting-edge features to enhance music quality, introduce playback programming, and increase the lifespan of your vinyl. 

Analogue Sound, Digital Technology
Analogue Sound, Digital Technology

A Linear Tracking Turntable That Plays In 3 Modes

Designed to optimise playback, the Zephyr Apollo utilises a tangential tonearm, maintained at 90 degrees throughout playback, to mimic precisely the way a vinyl record is originally cut during pressing. 

This eliminates any trace of tracking error and allows for exceptional sound quality that is unmatched by conventional swivel-mounted tonearms.  

Why Tangential or Linear Tonearm? 

To achieve the most accurate sound reproduction, we believe record playback should replicate the original cutting of the vinyl as closely as possible. 

The diamond cutter maintains a consistent angle of 90 degrees from the beginning of the groove to end during the cutting process when creating your vinyl records. Employing a tonearm that plays vinyl in precisely the same way it was cut ensures high quality music with minimal distortion.

Tangential vs Radial Tonearm
Tangential vs Radial Tonearm

The Zephyr Apollo is also the first turntable on the market to provide a fully digital and programmable vinyl experience with three modes of playback. 

The three modes are: Automatic, Create-Your-Own-Playlist and Manual. All three choices can be made through an LCD touchscreen.

Automatic Playback – Your record will play all your tracks from start to finish sequentially. 

At the end, the tonearm returns to the starting point and the system turns off automatically.  

Create Your Own Playlist – Our linear tracking sensor arm scans the record and displays the number of tracks on the LCD touchscreen. 

You select the tracks and the order you want to play them in. 

The tonearm automatically returns to the starting point and the system turns off. 

Additional features include Pause, Skip to Next Track, Skip to Previous Track, and Repeat.  

Manual Mode – Control the tonearm left, right, up or down anywhere along the record and play.

Bluetooth Remote Control

Let's take the Zephyr Apollo a step further into the future.

Imagine controlling your Zephyr Apollo from the comfort of your lounge chair, while you're in the kitchen, or when you're busy entertaining guests. 

All at the touch of a button on your android or iPhone. 

You'll never need to leave the comfort of your seat to skip tracks ever again!

We're always looking to push the boundaries of what can and should be expected of turntables, and we believe the next step is controlling your Zephyr Apollo via a Smartphone app. 

Given the worldwide ubiquity of Smartphones and the opportunities it presents, we have already begun looking into in-built bluetooth capabilities for remote control of the Zephyr Apollo.

However, given the high costs of app development, we are only able to provide bluetooth remote control via an android or iPhone app if we manage to hit a secondary goal of $150,000. So tell your friends about us!

Combining New & Old  

Mindful that the charm of vinyl still lies a lot in its aesthetic appeal, we have designed the Zephyr Apollo to maintain a good balance of modern technology and a vintage overall look.  

A combination of hand-crafted veneer-finished chassis with a 10-mm-thick black anodised top plate combines high rigidity with a premium finish and feel. 

A top mounted 5” touch screen display with an on-board quad-core ARM processor controls the core system under the chassis.

Including electrical insulation, and shock dampeners, the Zephyr Apollo weighs in at 12 kilograms.   

Platter speeds are precisely controlled and monitored by a high-end micro-stepping motor with an encoder feedback coupled to a polyurethane belt drive system. 

An auto-balancing actuator tonearm design also allows for lesser stress to be placed on the stylus during playback. This ensures the longevity of the stylus, especially when playing warped records.

The Zephyr Apollo has a unique tonearm design which does not need a counter-balancing unit. Using a proprietary spring design, it is able to auto- balance any cartridge that is attached to it.

Auto-balancing actuator tonearm design
Auto-balancing actuator tonearm design

The added benefit of this design is that it provides micro-actuating movements which enable the stylus to follow the groove without significant tonearm movement. The minimises the vibrations and improves positioning accuracy.

This design also simplifies the Vertical Tracking Force (VTF) adjustments with a twist of a knob.


A turntable created by users for users

"Who are we?"  

We’re music lovers, vinyl collectors, and we own our own record store, Vinylicious Records in Singapore! Operating a record store allows us to interact with record collectors from all walks of life.  

The biggest peeve among our customers is the inconvenience they face when wanting to skip certain tracks and having to walk over to manually stop the turntable once it reaches the end of the record.

 After years of hearing the same few issues, we sat down and put to paper the preliminary designs of a turntable that would allow modern technology to eliminate these issues and make playing your vinyl a more convenient and intuitive experience for all music lovers. 

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do and we listen and respond to their needs to constantly improve our products and processes.


The Come-Back of the Turntable

The Zephyr Apollo seeks to bring the turntable one step further by redefining how the turntable should function in the 21st century. 

By incorporating modern digital technologies to enhance the playback process while still preserving pristine analogue sound, the Zephyr Apollo is packed with unique features that is set to revolutionise the world of vinyl.

Zephyr Apollo in Maple Veneer
Zephyr Apollo in Maple Veneer

Features of Zephyr Apollo Turntable

  • Tangential tonearm for optimum sound quality throughout and entire play of the vinyl record.
  • The revolving platter will be constructed of industrial grade plastic that will withstand higher heat and wear resistance instead of the traditional brass bush bearing.
  • Dual voltage of the motor will eliminate the inconvenience of a separate step up/down transformer for different countries (110V/240V). A 12V power supply is sufficient to operate the turntable.
  • Touch screen control aims to eliminate the wear and tear of buttons and knobs from repeated use and thus causing less sensitive connect points in the circuitry contact points.
  • Optical scanner arm to auto detect tracks for track selection, starting of play, ending of play. This will enable the various function to operate on touch screen.

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Specification Sheet 

What you get when you order the Zephyr Apollo

  • Zephyr Apollo turntable (Maple or Walnut)
  • Polished Aluminium Platter
  • Anti-Static Turntable Slipmat
  • Acrylic Dust Cover
  • A/C Adapter (USA or International w/ adapter plug points)
  • Aluminium Black Anodised Linear Tracking Sensor Arm
  • Aluminium Black Anodised Tangential Tonearm
  • Aluminium Black Adonised Top Plate
  • 5" Display Touch Screen
  • 45 Rpm 7" Aluminium Adaptor
  • S$50 Voucher to be redeemed for merchandise of your choice at our Online Store. To be shipped together with your Zephyr Apollo turntable.
  • Smart Bluetooth phone/device app to fully control your turntable 
  • Ortofon 2M Red Moving Magnet Cartdrige

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About the Creators  

"We are living in exciting times. Technology is enabling our turntables to become more fluid, flexible and fast-moving. And we are creators, engineers and architects of this digital revolution."

Abhijit Rege - Mechanical Engineering Abhijit Rege has been in the Design and Automation Sector for 17 years and worked in the Hard Disk Manufacturing, Automated Systems Integration, Robotics and Product Design. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) with a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2000 and a Masters Degree in Smart Product Design in 2005.  

Tony Chiang – Product Design Tony has more than 20 years work experience in designing. His functional roles include Manufacturing Support, Material Quality Assurance, Product Management. He is currently holding the position of Head Of Design at C & A Era Pte Ltd Singapore. He graduated with a Diploma from Nanyang Academy Of Fine Arts Singapore.  

Eugene Ow Yong - Project Leader Eugene is director for Vinylicious Music and has an in-depth knowledge of music equipment. His functional roles include Manufacturing Support, Failure Analysis, Quality Assurance, Project Management and Customer Support. He graduated with a Diploma in Interior Design in 1992.

Risks and challenges

We are really excited to launch the first ever digital turntable for vinyl lovers that could boost their listening pleasure. We know that the most important part of our process is the commitment we made to you and to deliver the Zephyr Apollo to you on time! All rewards are expected to start shipping in April, 2019. We are confident in our supply chain management and production capability.

However, if there are any uncontrollable factors, such as component delays or unexpected shortages, we will be sure to keep you well informed every step of the way and do our best to quickly solve the problem. We are as excited to see the Zephyr Apollo reaching the finishing line as you!

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