Spiral Groove SG1.2 Turntable Want the best-sounding turntable money can buy? You can't go wrong with Spiral Groove's SG1.2, provided you're willing to pay the $30,000 price tag.


A lot of people swear by the kind of music only vinyl records played on turntables can produce. But a true audiophile’s quest can never be complete, so if you want your favorite LPs to sound as good as technology will permit, best turn your attention to the Spiral Groove SG1.2.

The redesigned version of the award-winning SG1.1 from 2007, it’s, quite possibly, as high-end as turntables get. Yes, we mean “high-end” as in pristine-sounding, although we also mean it as being ridiculously-priced, as this expertly-engineered piece of home audio equipment retails for a whopping $30,000.

How can a turntable be worth that many clams? When you target the right niche demographic, it isn’t really a valid question. This is, after all, precisely-designed to eliminate noise, offer super-accurate speed control, and prevent any electro-mechanical feedback while playing your records, removing all potentials problems that can affect the accuracy of the sound image tickling your eardrums.

The Spiral Groove SG1.2 is 20 pounds heavier than its (already heavy) predecessor, tipping the scales at a whopping 95 pounds. All that weight is designed to keep it even more stable, preventing as much vibration as possible whenever someone knocks over the media cabinet or when you decide to spin your Led Zep Four Symbols reissue in the middle of an earthquake. It also gets a newly-redesigned platter that adds more focus and depth to imaging, as well as retuned feet that provide better vibration damping. Other changes include a heavier aluminum main platform and a pop-off tonearm assembly.

Those who’ve previously owned a Spiral Groove SG1.1 can upgrade it to an SG1.2 for $6,000.