Even though technology marches onward, we sometimes must leverage older – even bygone – technologies. For this SBE WEBxtra, we turn to vintage recording. Records – audio disks, that is – were the primary audio recording and playback format for many years. Records have made a comeback in consumer circles as well. But not all all records are the same. Just dropping a stylus can result in poor audio reproduction. There are different materials, groove dimensions and playback curves depending on an audio disk’s age and manufacturer. As vintage disks are discovered, it's important to preserve the audio for posterity, and you might only get one chance to play it back.
John Landry, CSRE, has collected records for many years, and has a wealth of knowledge on all the aspects of optimizing playback of audio disk records, from the earliest Edison disks to more recent pressings.
SBE board member Kirk Harnack, CSRE, CBNE, leads the conversation with John.
Kicking off this SBE WEBxtra, Chriss Scherer, SBE member communications director, provides a concise report of topical news updates for SBE members.
- Pop Memories 1890-1954: The History of American Popular Music – by Joel Whitburn
- Nitty Gritty record cleaning systems
- The RIAA Equalization Curve – Wikipedia
- RIAA Curve: The 1954 Turntable Equalization Standard That Still Matters – Ledgernote.com
- KAB Electro Acoustics
- John mentioned the Marantz 7T Phono Preamp – Here’s a demo on YouTube
- Spotting the difference in Vinyl and Polystyrene records – discussion with photos
- Disc Doctor QuickWash And Miracle Wash record cleaner – (thanks to Bill Gellhaus for this info)
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