What is the advertised purpose of it? If it's jitter reduction then there are other ways of handling that - like jitter suppressing upsampling DACs or players. I suspect that the reason might be longevity. It is probably not very important since any redbook CD can be copied (or reordered) and preserved in digital domain.
Chris - the sad part is that if they still exist they have sales.
$1,000 is actually quite a bargain as these sell for 200,000Y in Japan which is about $2,000. 8^)
IMHO: That amount could be put to much better use but hey, what others do with their money is none of my business.
Still I have to admit, I'd like to hear one just out of curiosity.
Rja - do you live in Japan? My nephew lives in Tokyo.
I do not live in Japan.
There is an almost exponential increase in the numbers of very rich people, especially in South-East Asia. Some of them are audiophiles like us and I think these are the people who define the niche market for items like the extreme hardglass CD's. I'm afraid these CD's are not for us mere mortals...
Chris - It sounds also that there is exponential increase in number of stupid people.
Everything is a matter of perspective, I guess. I read review of hotel in Italy on travel forum describing certain hotel as a very inexpensive one. I found out, when booking, that it was over $2k a night.
Are we the only audiophiles who are discussing this revolutionary red book CD spin off and music carrier? What is indeed the purpose of the manufacturer of producing such super-CD's? For the sales? Is it profitable business?
Now those questions I cannot answer. I would suppose there would be few that can.
OK, so after looking at the ad, I wonder. Is this basically a very expensive re-issue like MFSL ultradisks? Where do they get the music files they dub to the CD? Do they have a license from the artist and company that put out the original. Who would pay $1K for a CD and SACD "demo disk"? Are they outta their &!@#$-in' minds? Are we?
Rja - couple of years ago there was, in yearly edition of Stereophile "Recommended Components", an amp that retailed for $400,000. People who can afford it probably feel, that to keep things in proportion they need $1k CD. It's crazy.
Swampwalker, I have found one review of the Karajan Beethoven recording on an extreme hardglass CD. The reviewer thought it was worth the money.
I wouldn't mind hearing this CD although I would never consider purchasing one. As far as why it exists, I have no idea other than because it CAN exist. Of course, that's not always a good enough reason.
I have this image in my mind of the scene from Frankenstein where the good doctor declares: "It's alive! It's alive!". But of course in my scene he's listening to this CD. "8^)
Maybe it sounds like a $35,000 CDP when played in a $99 CDP. In that case it could be a good deal if you have extremely limited musical tastes.
BTW Chris, where was the review of which you speak?
I see John Coltrane/Ballads is scheduled for release 6/24/09 @ 200,000Y. You do get a bonus standard CD for comparison though. 8^)
Rya, I did a search but couldn't find the review I mentioned earlier. Do you know someone who has heard one of those CD's?
Chris - you're not planning to buy them? Be serious.
Kijanki, I'm seriously contemplating to buy one :)