- Feb 20, 2003
- Midwest USA
August 16, 2022, marks 40 years since the first compact disc (CD) was manufactured. Could CDs make a comeback?
Aug. 17, 2022, marks 40 years since the first compact disc (CD) was manufactured. Four decades ago, at a factory near Hanover in Germany, Royal Philips Electronics made a copy of “The Visitors” by ABBA.
I first saw/heard the CD at the 1981 SCES in Chicago - during the Philips demo, an audio journalist asked about the issue of "digital sound listener fatigue" - after translation, one of the Philips people said "just turn it off" - there was some laughter from the others at the demo and the audio journalist commented that Philips didn't really answer the question.
At least the stereo CD can carry matrix encoded content with minimal distortion [amplitude, phase, frequency], provided time aligned DACs are used [2 or 1 w/time delay compensation], the matrix encoded content can be reliably decoded.
One funny thing, some companies involved with the CD made comments to the effect of "a first in human history - optical discs for consumers" - seeming to forget that MCA DiscoVision/IBM/Pioneer Electronics had been manufacturing laser videodiscs since 1977.
edit: just now playing my 1st CD purchase (1983-03) - Billy Joel The Nylon Curtain (made for CBS by Sony) [fairly good surround sound w/DPL2 music], I didn't get a CD player until 1984-11, I also bought the prerecorded cassette of this album just to hear it.