Sony PS-F5 Portable Record Player

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Before portable compact disc players, there was the Sony PS-F5, which is a marvel of engineering to say the least. First sold by Sony in 1983 (prototype unveiled in 1982), it’s essentially a small, portable turntable which runs off regular batteries or an external power supply. It plays 7″ or 12″ records at 45 or 33.3 RPM and most impressively it will do so either laying down or standing up, due to its linear tracking, direct drive and record clamping system. There are also dual headphone sockets so you can listen with a friend or plug it into an amplifier. A nifty swiveling foot arrangement stows in the base of the player. Upon rotating the rubber-covered chrome plated steel feet, they extend out of the front and rear, giving extra stability when standing upright. Click here to view the first image in this week’s funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a very clumsy baby elephant.