High End Prices for High End Media Items – There aren’t many vacuum hold-down turntables anymore and even a slight irregularity such as an edge warp can cause mistracking of sensitive tonearms on high end turntables. Tokyo-based Furutech has the solution in their DFV-1 Record Flattener. It uses carefully-controlled heating and cooling to flatten warped vinyl, and it’s only $1,480. The First Impression Music audiophile label debuted JVC’s K2 HD xrcds at the Hong Kong High End Audio Show last month. The new technology is said to be the closest yet to the master tapes and a greater improvement over standard CD than even SACD. FIM K2 HD xrcds will retail for $32 in aluminum and $48 in gold. At the same time FIM is custom-producing Edition “The Best” CD-Rs by hand directly from the master tapes. The discs are dynamically balanced to minimize fluttering inside the player, treated with two proprietary fluids, and each is laser-printed with the customer’s name and his exclusive serial number. Cost is between $120 and $150 per disc, to “The Best” club members only.
Imagine a Voice-Recognition TV – Westinghouse Digital Electronics, one of the top LCD display manufacturers in the U.S., conducted a poll asking consumers “If you could design a TV yourself, what would you add?” Top answers included: Voice recognition, Touch screen, 120Hz refresh rate, Wireless operation, Energy conservation, Built-in DVR, Built-in DVD, Bluetooth connectivity.