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December 24, 2011 by Carl Blare
Play vinyl LPs without a needle
Ambassador of Recreational Radio, owner operator of KDX Worldround Radio, webmaster for kdxradio.com, host of The Blare Blog.
December 24, 2011 at 3:20 am
A Little LateBout time…but a bit late, though good to prevent further wear on the old collection.
December 24, 2011 at 3:29 am
the technology hasthe technology has problems
December 24, 2011 at 4:36 pm
Lasers!I thought it was pretty cool!
I really wanted one until I saw How Much it cost.
I’ll deal with the new light needles that no longer scratch or wear like the old ones used to do.
December 24, 2011 at 6:54 pm
cost as much as a mid sizedcost as much as a mid sized car!!!
December 25, 2011 at 3:20 am
Like NewLike everything else that is new, it costs at first, till the market gets saturated a bit, then costs go down.
Don’t any of you remember how much those first round of VCR’s cost?? Big…bulky…noisy…click and bang loading, manual rotary tuning, and weighing in a good several pounds not to mention was a weight on the wallet.
The first CD players were expensive. The first CD drives for computers were expensive. The first CD burners were REALLY expensive. The first Blu-Ray players were expensive. The first Blu-Ray recorders were expensive!
Oh forgot all those blanks to those formats too. First rounds were expensive too.
Or we can go WAY WAY back to the time of the hand cranked phonograph player and how much that thing cost when it was first put on the market!! They were for a time considered a “luxury” item and only the wealthy could afford them at the beginning.
Wow…did that apply to the first radios and televisions too?
Now if this touchless phonograph player had all its issues resolved and then marketed 30 years ago, then today that thing would be no more expensive than a 150 buck DVD/CD/MP3/Divix/HD battery operated portable player sporting a 7 inch LCD wide screen.
December 25, 2011 at 4:43 am
but but…But BUt… The Laser Players have been out since the 80s.
December 25, 2011 at 5:07 am
Reflective Vs PhysicalWell the primary problems with the laser vinyl player is that it has to overcome the fact that the vinyl media is not exactly as reflective as a CD. The content on the vinyl must be perfectly centered along the disc, just like that of a CD or DVD. The tolerances are far more precise on a CD/DVD than that of a vinyl record.
Plus there is no focusing or tracking data pits on a vinyl, just wavy groves cut into a vinyl surface, so that makes the job even more difficult for the laser reader devices of the time (80’s).
Their focusing ability was limited as was the beam width emitting from the laser diode and wavelengths, plus the laser diodes back then would burn themselves out in short time because of the materials used at that time to make the laser diodes had impurities which would degrade the performance of the diode right off, as well as over operational time.
The thing probably would work really well today using modern re-sampling techniques and the finer beams from the longer lasting blu-ray lasers. Even if they get it to work perfectly..the initial units marketed will no doubt still be quite expensive for the average audio buff.