Retro tech also on display at CES

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Feb 4, 2009 at 11:43 PM EDT

There's high-tech and then there's retro tech, and both were on display this week at the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which ended on Sunday.

Italy's Angelis Labor showed off what was described as the most expensive turntable for vinyl records in the world.

"Manufactured in an Italian Ferrari factory, the Gabriel Turntable costs between 27-64,000 dollars and can be customized with up to four arms to maximize vinyl music listening," the company literature said.

"Created for the audiophile who listens to vinyl music or the luxury homeowner looking for a conversation piece, the Gabriel is a magnetic suspension record player constructed by overlapping bronze over aluminum."

Innovative Technology, a New York company, displayed a retro turntable in a wooden art deco-style case which can play old 33 rpm record albums and cassette tapes but can also burn them to compact discs.

Another Innovative Technology turntable for vinyl records also combines the old with the new and features a USB port to allow those old LPs to be digitized on a computer.

"We've sold tons, about 100,000 in the last year," said Gwen Mayers, director of business development.

Another Innovative Technology turntable makes a concession to modernity by including an iPod dock and a CD player.

The iPod is also featured in a brightly colored "iPod Jukebox" which looks like a throwback jukebox but is controlled through the iPod.

Other products include a retro wooden chest model which combines a 3-speed turntable for vinyl records with an AM/FM radio, a CD player, a cassette player and, of course, a USB port.

Also displaying a retro look were hand crank and solar-powered radios from Freeplay which may look as if they are from the 1950s with their no-frills appearance but incorporate the latest in power generation technology.




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