May 29, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Don’t tell audiophiles about the demise of physical media. Digital downloads might be great, but your CDs can still sound pretty darn good. The new 1021 Disc Player from Boulder Amplifiers is aiming to make CDs sound better than you’ve ever heard.
The luxury performance brand says it’s put two years and $1 million in development to come out with the 1021, which upsamples your traditional CDs, and can process other sound files at data rates up to 32-bits and 192 kHz.
Your Redbook CDs and their original 16/44.1 kHz will get a bump to 24-bits, while features like a dual buffering system and ultra-low jitter precise interval clock ensure optimum processing and accurate playback.
In this day of iPod-ruled interface and features, Boulder’s 1021 also follows suit with its own. There’s a 6.5-inch full-color LCD display for track listings, menus, setup features and full-screen feedback. Info such as artist, track title and album name are pulled from either the Internet, an internal database, metadata or CD text and are displayed automatically.
You can even program playlists for your CDs, and program literally thousands of listener preferences, so everything’s catered to your ears.
The 1021, the first full source component from Boulder, features the striking industrial design like other Boulder electronics and carries an MSRP of $24,000.
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