January 17, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
How do you say audiophile in German? That would be Burmester Audiosysteme, whose top-line products cost about as much as luxury German-made automobiles too.
And they work just as smoothly, with plenty of wow factor built-in. Case in point? The 069 Reference Line CD player that Burmester showed off at CES.
Cost is a cool $49,995 (yep, you read that right).
The architecture is state-of-the-art German industrial design, all the way down to the unique alumnium base that you can attach the 069’s spiked feet to. Not just for looks, but for further drive isolation as well.
There’s absolutely no shaking this unit with interference or nearby soundwaves, or pretty much anything else that might interrupt the CD reading process and 96- and 192-kHz sample rate conversion. Fueling the big cost is Burmester’s proprietary belt drive hand-made at the company’s Berlin factory, and it rests comfortably in the double-chamber housing in a solid aluminum capsule block for greater isolation.
Each CD you pop in is read to perfection (for 50 thou it better, you say?) on its 4-mm thick spindle that rotates friction free on a polished sapphire. So the 069 really is quite a jewel.
Read the entire press release here.
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