Groundbreaking audio equipment: CD players

They're far from dead, at least from a design perspective.

Opera Audio

Aside from the outlandish loudspeakers that seem to come out on a regular basis , some of the more interesting designs we've seen lately in musical hardware have come from an unlikely source: CD players.

Some are compact systems that are fitting for a SoHo loft , but others are destined for the serious audiophile market as well, such as the "Mini Droplet 3.1." Despite its unfortunate name, this is the most drool-worthy high-end player we've seen since the " Eagle "--and, according to Audio Junkies, it comes with some impressive credentials.

We would hope so, given that the latest version in piano-black lacquer costs just under $3,000. (Other finishes go for only $2,495.) All that is pocket change, of course, compared with systems that can approach--or exceed-- $1 million .

About the author

    Mike Yamamoto is an executive editor for CNET News.com.

     

    Join the discussion

    Conversation powered by Livefyre

    Show Comments Hide Comments
    Latest Galleries from CNET
    ZTE's wallet-friendly Grand X (pictures)
    Lenovo reprises clever design for the Yoga Tablet 2 (Pictures)
    Top-rated reviews of the week (pictures)
    Best iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus cases
    Make your own 'Star Wars' snowflakes (pictures)
    Bento boxes and gear for hungry geeks (pictures)