The Classé CDP-202 is touted as the first CD player with touchscreen controls as well as a video preview located on the front panel. It plays pretty much any type of audio disc you feed it, though it does downsample multi-channel DVD-Audio (and DVD-Video for that matter) into two-channel stereo. It's designed with all sorts of alien technology in order to obtain the best possible sound from audio discs; the left and right channel circuits are operated independently to further the perception of super-duper high quality audio.

The CDP-202 is listed as a reference component, so odds are it does sound fairly decent. It's actually been available in North America for a few months now, but somehow it slipped under the radar. Its MSRP here is $6,500 and it'll make its Japanese debut later this month.

Press Release [Classé via]