A huge worry for record lovers is vinyl wear; but isn’t this all part of the fun? Well if you remember lazer discs, and loved them, then you’ll be excited by this news. Japanese lazer turntable company ELP have formulated a way for listeners to play was needle-free, without any change in sound.
“The Laser Turntable employs patented technology that produces phenomenal fidelity while never physically touching the record, thus eliminating the deterioration to the album’s surface inflicted by conventional turntables,” ELP’s website explains. “This virgin audio information is then reproduced without digitization maintaining true analog sound as close as possible to when the master tape was recorded. The Laser Turntable even allows you to play records that have been severely warped or damaged over years of wear and tear.”
Exciting you? Well unfortunately this doesn’t come cheap; you’re looking at around $14,000 to $18,500. And another thing to note if that if you’ve got clear or color records, you’re not going to be able to use this one. Check out the goods in the video above.