Sony’s Kicking It Old-School At CES And Releasing A High-Res Turntable

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While most companies are focused on touting their latest Internet-connected refrigerators or self-driving cars at CES, Sony is kicking it old-school and announced a turntable at its press conference.

Yes, like the kind of turntable that will play your old vinyl LPs — except if you just got into vinyls and are still expanding your collection.

It’s called the PS-HX500, and is designed for people who want to preserve their records in high-res quality, or just enjoy their vinyls on the go. It is shipping this spring for an undisclosed price.

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You can plug the device into your laptop and transcribe vinyl into digital files (WAVs or Sony’s proprietary format), or just play high-quality audio via a connected speaker system. Remember the good old time you had ripping your CDs into iTunes? Sony is trying to revive this cumbersome process — with a twist. The company’s turntable features anti-vibration and anti-skipping ripping.

The new turntable is probably more about Sony showing audiophiles that the company is getting serious about high-quality audio. Sony released the product at its CES keynote, during which it spent a good deal of time discussing the importance of high-definition audio throughout its product line.

While we’re not sure how many people will need the new PS-HX500, someone should let Martin Shkreli know that he now has a new way to play his $2M one-of-a-kind Wu-Tang Clan album.

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