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Old 09-20-2007   #1
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Default A way to Flatten warped LPs

You gotta check this contraption out....

Say what you want but buying vinyl is in many ways more fun than CDs but a lot of what you are buying today is OLD stuff. I can't vouch for how this works but it seems like a cool toy for the audiophile who has everthing and possibly every record!

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Furutech Co., Ltd., manufacturer of analog and digital audio and video cable and accessories, debuts the ultimate LP flattener, the DFV-1.

Every vinyl enthusiast has records in their collection that they wish were a bit less warped. The DFV-1 is the one-stop, one-button solution to your problems! Using 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.

Warps And Listening
Warps are detrimental in every way. If the arm/cartridge remains parallel to the LP’s surface as when playing a flat record, VTA (Vertical Tracking Angle) remains unchanged during play. Additionally, as the arm/cartridge tracks a warp on its upside, greater pressure is placed on the stylus which changes VTF (Vertical Tracking Force) until the peak of the warp, whereupon the cartridge “unloads” with too little VTF on the way down the slope of the warp. This muddles the sound, changes the tonal quality, imaging and soundstage characteristics of any cartridge. A flat record tracks better with less distortion.

The DFV-1 takes up little room with its space-saving, vertical design! Improved film heating technology optimizes the entire heating and cooling cycle for a perfectly flat LP that you and your cartridge will love. Just unlock and open the DFV-1, place the LP on the spindle, close and tap a single button. An LCD keeps you informed of progress with a tone sounding when done. Right from the oven to your platter!

MSRP: $1,480.00
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Default Re: A way to Flatten warped LPs

This is much better than the way I've always done it. Put the LP (inside the cover) between two rectangular pieces of wood, sit a heavy planter on it and wait two years. It's how I finally got the third LP in my yardbirds box set to flatten out. Anybody remember how awful the first few printings of "Welcome to the Machine" were? I don't think I got a good copy until I bought an import copy years later (when I could finally afford it).
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Jerry, where the heck was this device years ago when I really needed it?
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I saw this thing and it is pretty cool, but I have to wonder if the heat doesn't also affect the grooves of the vinyl.
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I saw this thing and it is pretty cool, but I have to wonder if the heat doesn't also affect the grooves of the vinyl.
For $1500 I'd hope they had that figured out.

It's not a like a $50 machine or anything.

Plus it's controlled heat... that must be what they are controlling no?

We need to test this thing out somehow.
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You can spend more! AIR TIGHT - DF-01U DISC FLATTER for $2500, or AIR TIGHT DT-01 ORB DISC FLATTER for $1899.
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