Record players - they're truly back
CES is all about the technology of the future, but one area is looking backward, rather than forward, and that's the humble record player. With vinyl sales on the up, record players are making a comeback.
Vinyl sales in the first half of 2015 were at their highest level since 1995, and now, Technics and Sony are getting in on the action, by announcing new record players at CES 2016.
A big name making a return is the Technics SL-1200 turntable. A legend in the DJing world, production of 1200s was stopped in 2010 by parent company Panasonic. However, in 2016, there's a relaunch, with the Grand Class SL-1200G and 50th anniversary limited edition Grand Class SL-1200GAE .
Basically, they look like the old decks, but have a newly designed direct-drive motor, and Technics have got rid of the iron core from the previous motor of the 1200, and they say it is altogether better in a host of ways. And yes, they'll be reassuringly heavy.
There's only going to be 1,200 units sold worldwide, and there's a strong chance that they'll be ludicrously expensive.
Away from Technics, Sony have announced that they are going to be offering a new turntable called the PS-HX500. This isn't a deck designed for DJs with big overdrafts, but rather, it is another record player that is all about converting your favourite records into audio files. Basically, it is a fancy USB turntable.
If you're into that sort of thing, it is a belt-driven deck, and if you don't have a stereo or some separates, this has a speaker built into it. It'll be on sale in April and cost you somewhere in the region of £400. Not exactly cheap, but there you go - that's having niche interests for you.