Posts Tagged ‘audio’

Vinyl Is Back. Sort Of.

August 5, 2014

Vinyl Is Back. Sort Of.

“More and more people are buying vinyl; sales hit a record 6.1 million units in the U.S. last year. But as demand increases, the number of American pressing plants remains relatively fixed. No one is building new presses because, by all accounts, it would be prohibitively expensive. So the industry is limited to the dozen or so plants currently operating in the States.”

– “Wax and Wane: The Tough Realities Behind Vinyl’s Comeback,” Joel Oliphint, Pitchfork

 More:

“The music industry’s newfangled growth business: vinyl records,” John McDuling, Quartz

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Earphones

March 26, 2013

Earphones

“In the 1890s, a British company called Electrophone created a system allowing their customers to connect into live feeds of performances at theaters and opera houses across London. Subscribers to the service could listen to the performance through a pair of massive earphones that connected below the chin, held by a long rod. The form and craftsmanship of these early headphones make them a sort of remote, audio equivalent of opera glasses. It was revolutionary, and even offered a sort of primitive stereo sound. However, the earliest headphones had nothing to do with music, but were used for radio communication and telephone operators in the late 19th century.”

–“A Partial History of Headphones,” Jimmy Stamp, Smithsonian blog [link added]

Budapest’s long-running Telefon Hírmondó (“Telephone Herald”) phone newspaper preceded Electrophone. It often featured live opera performances, and seems to have used stock telephone ear speakers.

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Daddy, What’s a CD?

August 29, 2011

Daddy, What's a CD?

Astounding animated GIF about Compact Disc audio recording sales from Digital Music News.  Cliff Kuang explains it well at Fast Company Design.

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Cassettes Are Back

May 23, 2011

Cassettes Are Back

Psst … Actually, Dolby® noise reduction removes some of that “psst.” Good to know since audio cassettes are back. More precisely, the concept of cassettes is back:

 “Cassette tapes make a comeback,” Caitlin Curran, Washington Post.

“Best of DC 2011, Best Medium: Cassette,” Jonathan L. Fischer, Washington City Paper

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