1. You might notice something odd
in this 2021 Lexus IS' glove box. An arm, a needle, a vinyl
record ... yup, that's a turntable. In the glovebox. In 2021.
And if you aren't a turntablist, or a vinyl enthusiast, you
might not recall that records skip.
The physics issues haven't changed since
poorly-installed Highway Hi-Fi record players drove their Dodge
and Plymouth owners crazy. G-forces can tug on the motor, changing
the record's rotation and thus playback speed, and bumps can
of course make the needle jump. Lexus upgraded their 3D-printed,
carbon fiber turntable with a stepper motor to help with g-forces,
a tone arm with highly-tunable tension settings, and a silicone
pad under the record to absorb vibrations. Plus, the setup motors
out of the glovebox quite dramatically, and plays up to 12-inch
records through the IS's renowned Mark Levinson sound system.
It is available on eBay for $15 or so
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