Music: Think Small: Here Come CDs

Digital sound opens a new age in recording technology

This is the year to pity poor music lovers. Just when they thought they had assembled the best audio system budgets could buy, along comes a technological development that may render their expensive turntables and library of LPs as out of date as Edison's first talking machine. This month two major manufacturers, Sony and Magnavox, are introducing a limited number of digital record players in audio and department stores across the U.S. The machines, which retail for $800 to $1,000, use a laser beam instead of a conventional tone arm and stylus to...

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