Category Archives for "Media"
When we look at our most used music delivery formats we immediately think that they’re pretty environmentally friendly, right? After all, vinyl records and CDs are made from plastics and are recyclable, and streaming music is in the cloud where there’s no impact at all. I thought the same thing until I read more about […]Continue reading
Many of us still love vinyl. For all its faults (and there are many), there’s still a warm sound that makes believers out of listeners when combined with a good playback system. That said, the technology of the black plastic analog disc isn’t discussed much these days, which is why I think you’ll find the […]Continue reading
It’s been quite a journey for home audio, as it has been at the forefront of technology for an unbelievable 162 years. We may think it all started with Edison’s cylinder recorder/player, but in fact Edouard-Leon Scott de Martinville beat him by 20 years, inventing the Phonautograph in 1857, transcribing sound waves onto smoke-blackened paper […]Continue reading
We’ve been hearing about vinyl record manufacturing coming into the future for some time, and here’s another example. Some Canadian design engineers who usually put their R&D talents into things like MRI machines went to work on the vinyl record press. They made some huge improvements and came up with the Warm Tone vinyl record […]Continue reading
Making a vinyl record is a messy, time consuming business. It involves toxic chemical baths, huge mechanical presses, stampers that wear out easily, and maybe worst of all, the final product is made from a petroleum product. Record pressing has shown small improvements over the years, but for the most part, it’s still done the […]Continue reading
You might have noticed that in the last few years, the differences in level between television shows, commercials, and channels are pretty even, with no big jumps in volume. That’s because viewers were complaining for years about the fact that there was a dramatic increase in level whenever a commercial aired because it was so compressed […]Continue reading
Vinyl is all the rage again, but most people don’t understand just how chemical and mechanical the process really is. In this very quick video, you’ll see the electroplating process that goes into making the various stages of master, mother and stampers. That’s the messy part of the business, and the one that everyone hopes […]Continue reading