…the way we listen to our favorite artists. Its portability and ease of use is surpassed only by the cool design aesthetic of the iPod and the now ubiquitous white ear buds which are more prevalent on our streets than the green siren of Starbucks’ logo. To audio purists, however, there is still only one way to listen to and appreciate music and that is via vinyl, a format long considered dead, but which has experienced noticeable growth the past five years (CD sales on the other hand have been heading in the opposite direction.) The sound produced by the 12″ albums is fuller, richer, and void of the lifeless and tinny quality evident in its digital counterparts. What then to play them on ? Affordable turntables are easily obtained these days and their sales are increasing, too, but you may want to dig in your heels and go high-end. Clearaudio’s latest entry should do the trick but it comes at a steep price. A piece of art in and of itself the new Innovation Compact Turntable is clearly designed for those who refuse to compromise and want to listen to Abbey Road, Sticky Fingers or So in all their glory.