Playback & recording equipment
Sony CDP 101 compact disc player
Compact Disc Players
The Sony CDP 101 is widely believed to the first ever compact disc player. It was launched in Japan on 1st October 1982. Sony, Philips and other makers launched CDs and CD players in Britain during the Spring of 1983. The CDP 101 was priced at £545. The only moving part of a CD machine is the revolving disc. The amplification and sound reproduction are all by solid-state wiring. The sound carried by the disc is encoded in binary units which are ‘read’ by a laser beam. There is no surface noise.