Sony's luxury MD

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In the middle of last year Sony unveiled the first of its super high-end, and it should be added, rather expensive Qualia series of products.

Now it is to add a MiniDisc player to the range.

The Qualia 017 might look silvery but the material of the body is brass and it is coated with palladium, which is used for coating luxury watches and fountain pens. Apparently it is such a tricky process that Sony can only make around 15 a month, which makes the asking price of around £1200 ($1700) look a real bargain.

Accompanying the MD player is Qualia 010 a pair of hi-fi headphones with the price tag of £1700 ($2400).

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