It might be tempting to dismiss the Sound Burger as nothing more than a low-rent knock-off of the Sony PS-F5 and PS-F9, but Sauck says it deserves more love. “The Sonys are the champagne, the Sound Burger is the beer,” he says. “But the Sound Burger gave you a lot of the cool of the Sonys at a much lower price point.”
While the Sound Burger shares a basic form factor with the Sonys, it lacks their utility. Because it relies on a standard pivoted tonearm instead of the linear-tracking arm used in the Sonys, it has to be laid flat to play a record. Still, it’ll attract a lot more attention atop your equipment rack than any of today’s $3,000 ’tables could. (Here’s a Web page with a little bit more info.)
You can take a bite of the Sound Burger for as little as $250 if you get lucky, although models in pristine condition run as high as $700.