And now for something completely different… Here we have a gem of Sony electronics from 1983, the PS-F5 or ‘Flamingo’ as it was affectionately called in Japan. A portable record player, with a funky direct drive, record clamping and linear tracking cartridge setup. It will play 7″ and 12″ discs, 33.3 or 45, flat or vertically! It will run off batteries or external PSU and sports a couple of headphone sockets.
Sound quality is surprising good for a novelty player, helped no doubt by the linear tracking eradicating the skating or angle error issues. The direct drive motor is stable and the clamping mechanism prevent disc slip and helps with less than perfectly flat discs. These players are pretty rare outside of Japan, expect this one to sell for around £200.
For more information, pop the unofficial Sony PS-P5 Flamingo site here.