At the end of June we attend CE Week, a consumer technology showcase held in New York City, from June 23-27. It was there where we got to get a first-hand look at an array of upcoming consumer-oriented products, ranging from hybrid, two-seater cars to pocket-size lenses for iPads, and attended a lecture about robots presented by a futurist at Intel. While headphones were well represented by a flurry of companies all wanting to gain favor with DJs and music enthusiasts, turntables were ignored despite nearly every product demonstrator reminding me how hot vinyl is “hot” right now. A bit of research on innovations in deck technology revealed Clearaudio’s Statement, a top of the line turntable that will set you back $145,000. While the turntable, which weighs 770 lbs. (!), isn’t exactly new, everything about it is groundbreaking.
The German-made turntable is absolutely gorgeous and unique. About 50 inches (127 cm) tall, it sports its own motor — which is similar to the one used in NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover — and there’s no vibration.
Though the price of this Ferrari of turntables is out of reach for most audiophiles, one can dream about the possibilities, right?