Yet still not analog

You might as well get as much out of those bits as you possibly can:

Parasound, a purveyor of fanatically high-end consumer audio equipment, has introduced a CD player that’s controlled by an internal Mini-ITX computer running embedded Linux. Using a CD-ROM drive for playing CDs, the “Halo CD 1″ sucks in the CD’s contents at 4x normal speed, giving its CPU time to detect and eliminate disc errors before outputting near-perfect audio.

By reading data from the disc at four times the speed of a conventional CD player, the device’s embedded Linux computer can read each section of the disc multiple times, checking for discrepancies between the reads.

Hmmm. Just what do they mean by “fanatically high-end”?

The Parasound Halo CD 1 CD-player comes in silver and black, and is priced at $4,500.

Think how much it would have cost if they’d tried to run it on Windows 8.

(Via Fark.)

Addendum: I went back and read the associated Fark thread, and wouldn’t you know it, there’s a Windows 8 joke halfway down the page. I am not alone.







1 comment

  1. JT »

    25 March 2013 · 8:59 pm

    http://www.stereophile.com/cdplayers/307linn/index.html
    I wonder how it would compare to something like this nice little box from back in 2007?

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