Sony to launch new Blu-spec CD format
By Barry Collins
Posted on 5 Nov 2008 at 08:34
Sony is once again launching a new disc format, this time dubbed Blu-spec CD.
Doubtless buoyed by the success of Blu-ray in the high-def format war, Sony looks set to adopt the technology for audio CDs.
The company has found a way of burning discs using Blu Laser Diode technology whilst maintaining compatibility with existing CD drives.
A roughly translated Japanese press release about the new technology claims the new CD cutting machines "eliminate vibration", thus improving the quality of the laser beam and bringing sound quality closer to that of the master tape.
The company claims it will have 60 titles ready for launch on Christmas Eve, including albums from Miles Davis and ELO. Sony says the Blu-spec CDs will cost between £16-£27, although there's no mention of when or if the technology will be released in Europe.
It's also unclear whether the new format will have any computing applications.
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