Meet the GMT One, a record player with more parts, more engineering and more technological innovation

INRODUCTION: Meet the GMT One, a record player with more parts, more engineering and more technological innovation than it’s possible to cover in a relatively concise report like this. At the core of the turntable is a brand-new drive system, the Omega drive, developed for defense applications. An axial magnetic drive system, it offers silent operation, incredible efficiency, high power and very low friction. Crucially for audio applications, it is also extremely speed stable and accurate. I’d be lying if I said I understood how it works, but in essence, a high-speed rotor roughly eight inches in diameter is used to induce drive into an outer stator that spins at 33rpm. The combination of high speed and step down creates the equivalent of an electronic flywheel effect, producing massive inertia (and hence speed stability) from a relatively low mass. An axial system running off of a single phosphor-bronze standing bearing, the drive creates force that is concentric to avoid sideways movement or resonance, while the drive rotor is magnetically floated, the whole system promising an incredibly low noise floor. The Omega drive is patented and licensed, meaning that Wilson Benesch is the only audio company getting to use it -- so you won’t find another outside of a nuclear submarine.