User Input

User Input: Stubborn Resistance

Purists always say that the sound that comes from an old vinyl LP is warmer and more “genuine” than that which comes from a CD. Scientifically speaking, through a really good system, a good recording on a CD can sound absolutely identical to a performer singing live into a microphone, something which is […]

Ask The Collective

Ask The Collective: Cleaning Vinyl

The worst part about being a Borg drone would be the hold music you’d receive whenever all operators were busy. It’s inside your skull, man!

We received a question on our Facebook wall last night, and as I didn’t see an answer appear, I thought I’d pose it to our commentariat Collective this […]

Startup

Startup: Candles You Can Hear

Back before vinyl records, music was recorded on wax cylinders. The “gold” referred to by Edison was the gold plating on the master cylinder used to make the mould. Cylinder records were played back on a phonograph; not to be confused with the vinyl disc players which were gramophones. Cylinders were the first mass produced recordings starting in the 1880’s, but by 1910 the gramophone was the clear winner and the last cylinders went out of production in 1929. After the jump, one of the earliest videos on YouTube – and still one of the best: an old fart on TechTV (back before they got “hip” and added the G4) talking about how rare they are just before his shaky arthritic grip smashes it to bits.

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Remembering the Flipside

Why yes, I am a fan of Pink Floyd. Why do you ask?

Once upon time, long, long ago, when strange creatures wandered the Earth and you could still buy leaded gasoline just about anywhere besides California, and a compact disc was something to see a chiropractor about, our primary source of music […]

Adventures in Stereo, Uncategorized

Adventures in Stereo – The World’s First Stereo Record

Welcome to the inaugural post of Adventures in Stereo, where we rummage through the attic of time and find random items of 2-channel audio coolness.

Today’s Adventure: The first Stereo Record

First stereo record

This “Stereophonic Demonstration Record” arrived in a coup from a small independent label, as proudly proclaimed on the back of their albums; “Audio Fidelity Records Produced and released the world’s first Stereophonic High Fidelity record (Stereodisc) in November 1957.”

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