Vinyl has experienced a resurgence in popularity, and now CDs are also making a comeback, evidenced by the increasing number of announcements for devices that some consumers may consider outdated. However, the law of supply and demand remains relevant, and the introduction of products like the portable player DiscDream by MoonDrop suggests a continued interest in these formats.
MoonDrop, a Chinese brand, recently unveiled their latest innovation: the DiscDream, a portable CD player capable of playing digital audio files from a microSD card or PC memory. Developed with the expertise of a former Sony engineer who contributed to the iconic Discman player, the DiscDream represents a modern, technologically advanced iteration that eliminates the intermittent sound issues associated with earlier portable players. Featuring electronic data caching, physical damping, a high-precision Japanese-made motor, a professional-grade laser head, and audiophile oscillators, the DiscDream ensures high-quality playback.
Equipped with a built-in digital player powered by a 32-bit flagship Cirrus Logic DAC (384 kHz), the DiscDream supports various file formats including FLAC, OGG, WMA, MP3, and DSD256. It also includes a USB-C port for connectivity. The independent analog amplifier can drive a wide range of headphones, including planar ones, offering versatility to users. With a built-in battery providing up to 10 hours of continuous listening, the DiscDream was initially slated for release in September last year but is currently available for pre-orders at a retail price of $199.