Making the Switch to Digital



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Originally uploaded by Sears Wishbook.


Thanks to Digg I found this bit o’ history at the Flickr website. It looks to me like the word awesome was coming into its own about the time that the word digital was. I love how they relate the workings of the CD to the old technology. “Wow and flutter” that is almost imperceptible. There’s a laser diode and a beam splitter reading those awesome “musical information pits”. Laser is such an awesome word.

When is the last time you saw the word laser on a CD or DVD player. I love technology history.

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3 thoughts on “Making the Switch to Digital

  1. Here’s my first permanent CD player, purchased in January of 1994 (I took back the Sony I had bought just before Christmas):

    http://www.lacieg2s.ca/w3terra/ols/magnavox.htm

    I still have it. Alice wouldn’t let me get rid of it. I replaced it after five years when it began to sound as if the DAC was giving up the ghost. Maybe I should send it in to Philips for service and see what happens.

  2. I used to feed machines like that Pioneer when I worked at a satellite uplink company in North Carolina (Microspace). Not a DJ job per se, but I was feeding music to thousands of shopping centers and offices via huge C-Band uplink dishes. kUband was just coming in….

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