After having our breath swept away at CES by the Pathos Endorphin CD player (above, top left), and then being promptly winded by the price tag, we checked out a few other high-end glamour models to see what the fuss is all about.
Pathos reckons the Endorphin will jump-start your dopamine to give you a most pleasurable experience. Well, we’re not neuroscientists, but just looking at it does make you feel kind of nice. It’s a real stunner with a chunky 80s Star Wars Lego feel.
Only just unveiled at CES, the Endorphin boasts a conversion rate of up to 192kHz (that’s pretty fast) and a more than decent dynamic range of 120 decibels.
It’s expected to hit America in April for around – take a deep breath - $7,950 (that’s a whopping £4,500). You’d better get filling your piggy bank – the British one should be following soon after.
That price tag would give most people chest pains, but the more you spend the better the build, which means less interior tat clogging up the sound and a purer listening experience.
So step on up Moon Andromeda. Spinning further into the orbit of the shockingly expensive, the Andromeda (above, bottom right) is a stylish disc spinner. It even comes in a gold and pewter and, at £9,500, could demand an embezzling from your granny's trust fund.
The Andromeda features Digital-to-Analogue converters and up-sampling which checks data at a souped up speed to give better accuracy. If you’re more of an Olive than a Popeye, though, you’d better get working out – this baby’s a 35 kilo bundle of joy.
Finally, if you're after a spot of bling and a half decent system, you’d better turn to the Shanling CD T-100. A jazzy number with plenty of shiny gold trimmings and sparkling bits of metal, it’s the snip of the high-end, going for around £1,650. For more info, have a look at Shanling's site.