Love the sound of your old vinyl records, but long for the convenience of a CD? You might just be in luck. ELP Corporation is finally introducing its Laser Turntable to the U.S.A. and Canada this summer. Working like a CD player, the turntable shoots out a laser beam to scan the surface of a vinyl record, even allowing you to pause the music and seek forward and backward. For hardcore vinyl fans who might fear the technology will "digitize" their records' pure analog sound, the audio information is reproduced without converting to digital, so true analog fidelity is maintained. And thanks to the precision of the laser, the turntable is said to bring out acoustic details in the music that you never knew were there. It can also play records that have been severely warped or damaged over the years, and because it's a laser it won't deteriorate the surface with each playback. At $15,000, the laser turntable isn't cheap, but can you really put a price on elevating your vinyl collection to the highest fidelity?
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