CD player or space station?

French 'Transport' has astronomical price

This think looks more like a space station than a music player. Maybe because its design team included aerospace engineers and French military equipment manufacturers, according to Chip Chick.

The stainless steel Kalista CD Transport weighs 56 pounds and is supposed to yield superior sound quality. It should, for $28,300. At that price, it should include a spin on the space shuttle as well.

As CDs join the ranks of LPs, cassettes and 8-track tapes, it's interesting to note that equipment to play obsolete media seems to get more expensive with each year--a kind of high-end retro . For now, we'll stick with our retro-chic RCA boombox.

(Photo: Chip Chick)

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