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Are CD Players Finally Delivering What They Promised All Along?

The death knell for the relatively short-lived compact disc has been tolling for a few years now. Pundits, even within these very pages, have been predicting the end of traditional music software at every opportunity, saying that all of us, not just dorm-bound college kids, will soon be buying all of our music as online downloads instead of on little shiny silver discs or vinyl platters.

I doubt there was much made in the media of the Edison cylinder’s demise, but we did hear similar hurrahs a couple of decades back when the LP’s coffin was having its last nail driven in. However, since there are more turntables on the market today than 20 years ago, the LP can steal Mark Twain’s famous quote, “The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” And as for the CD, don’t start playing any requiems just yet-sales may be dragging, and you might not be able to find a CD-only player at your local big-box electronics warehouse, but trust me, we are only now beginning to get anywhere close to the original promise of Sony and Philips: Perfect Sound Forever.

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