Is it possible for a transport to make CDs sound like vinyl? Two of the 6Moons crew think so:
[Kalista transport] prove that CD isn't the inferior medium after all and on most occasions can live right next to -- if not easily compete with -- vinyl.
Big words. Of course, a product that takes on ol' waxy wouldn't be cheap, now would it? 20k Euros ($23k approx) is the price of the Kalista Transport by Metronome Tecnologies. This French company makes a number of different CD models at lower prices but without the hyper-industrial flair and, presumably, the vinyl-worthy sound.
-Pickup mechanism modified from the Pihlips CDM12 PRO 2.
-"Methacrylate" and stainless-steel body.
-Central mechanism milled from solid aluminum block.
-Upsampling to 24-bit/96kHz.
-Separate power supply.
-Delrin isolation feet.
-131lbs total weight.