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There may be hope for those warped LPs

New device promises to flatten out vinyl records.


With luxury turntables reaching prices well into six figures, a salient question arises: What about the quality of the albums themselves? Even the most ardent vinyl collector has lost a few records to warping over the years.

That's where the "DFV-1 Record Flattener" will prove its worth as long as it stays true to its name. The device, made by Tokyo-based Furutech, claims to be a "one-stop, one-button solution" that uses a "carefully controlled heating and cooling cycle it flatten all your warped records, even those with only slight irregularities that still unsettle your cartridge causing mistracking."

The Flattener doesn't come cheap at $1,480, but it's all relative when you're spending $150,000 to play your records. Besides, as fellow Craver Rafe Needleman suggests, maybe you can use it to make Eggos too.