BEACON TRANSCRIPT – CES is the place for launching the newest technologies and devices but as not everything new is necessarily better, Sony takes us back in time with turntable.
Technology is advancing so rapidly we can barely keep up with the news of the latest devices. There are virtual reality headsets, winged drones, self-driving cars and so many other amazing things that you get dizzy thinking about them.
And if you’re more the old school type or you’re just tired of all this new devices surrounding you and dream of the old days, you will be happy to learn that Sony is launching a turntable called PS-HX500.
The turntable, just as the traditional ones, will allow you to enjoy your old or new vinyl music. What Sony is aiming for is to show their products offer a high-quality audio. The turntable can be plugged into your laptop and you can easily transcribe your vinyl into digital audio files.
Of course, you can also simply listen to music through a connected speaker system. But to make sure your old music doesn’t get lost, you could make a digital backup similar to how CDs were ripped into iTunes. The turntable has anti-skipping and anti-vibration ripping and you can rip your record in DSD format, which is Sony’s specific audio format. The only downside to this is that you will need a compatible player to listen to your records in digital format.
The device has a nice design that besides looking similar to traditional turntables it also has a modern, minimalistic twist. As features, the Sony PS-HX500 has Hi-Res digital output and DSD Native AD converter. It also features and USB output and a Hi-Res Audio Recorder which allows you to edit both on Mac or PC.
The turntable has a 5mm thick rubber mat, a snub-nosed tone-arm and a low-slung platter made from aluminum. The cabinet is also made of MDF instead of plastic which reinforces the quality of the product.
All in all, although the price was not yet announced and it’s not clear how popular such a device could become, at least a selected number of audiophiles will be interested in buying it.
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