The advent of the Sony Walkman in the early 1980s made vinyl records seem a little staid. Sony changed that by applying the Walkman concept to the turntable, resulting in two similar but singular products, the PS-F5 and PS-F9. You can take these linear-tracking turntables anywhere you travel—or just put then on top of your equipment rack and revel in the sheer coolness of the design. They play records in three positions: upright, laying flat, or hung on a wall using keyhole slots on the back.
The PS-F5 and PS-F9 have dual headphone jacks that let you and a partner listen privately. You can also connect them to your stereo using an adapter. The PS-F9 added a line-out jack specifically designed for use with a stereo. “With so many newer cars equipped with jacks for MP3 players, people are now using these to play records while they drive,” Sauck notes.
These turntables have earned a cult following — there’s even a Web site devoted to them — so they seldom come cheap. Sauck says PS-F5s typically go for $400 to $800, and PS-F9s (which add a mechanism that clamps the record in place automatically) fetch as much as $1,500. It’s telling that the PS-F5 and PS-F9 are among the very few products that Innovative Audio keeps in a glass case.
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