Japanese company develops new kind of audio CD ("HQCD")

Memory Tech, an optical disc maker from Japan, will start to produce a new kind of audio CD from August. The news discs are supposedly able to deliver higher sound quality than existing CDs.

According to Japanese newspaper reports, the company announced they will manufacture 2 million CDs of their so called HQCDs per month. Compared to conventional audio CDs, production costs are five times higher. Instead of aluminum, Memory Tech uses self-developed silver alloy to coat their HQCDs.

Aimed at fans of Jazz and classical music, the new discs will hit Japanese stores in September. It is yet unclear whether the HQCDs will be offered outside Japan as well.

Memory Tech is mainly known as a provider of recording media in this country. As of now, the company web site [JP] doesn’t offer any information on the new product.