Phys­ical media is dead; long live phys­ical media — par­tic­u­larly of the vinyl variety, as U-​​Turn Audio’s Orbit breaks the $100,000 mark on Kick­starter to deliver a high-​​end player at low-​​fi prices.

Boston-​​based U-​​Turn Audio is offering backers a chance to pay $150 plus ship­ping for an oppor­tu­nity to be one of the first to get one of the sim­pli­fied, high-​​end devices, or $250 for spe­cial “Kick­starter editions.”

U-​​Turn Audio was founded by Ben Carter, Hertig, and Peter Maltzan, and had received $2,500 in seed funding from IDEA, Northeastern’s Ven­ture Accelerator.

Hertig, a North­eastern alum, admitted that the funding went fast and still had them scrounging for second-​​hand parts — such as a $500 lathe he found on Craigslist. But the North­eastern con­nec­tion also helped them with legal ques­tions and, per­haps most impor­tantly, devel­oping a pro­fes­sional video to help get the Kick­starter off the ground.


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