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  • #31
    The machine of the day!

    The, Informative Ampex 300 Tape Machine, page!
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    • #32
      And the 351.
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      • #33
        I sometimes wonder whether it was the fact that greater care had to be taken to create a good sound product. It seems like the greater the technological advances in sound reproduction, the less care has been taken. That or the more abuses were taken.

        Prior to the days of the variable pitch lacquer cutting lathes, a lot of work went into the creation of a LP. It was a work of art when a great record was produced. I am not saying it was that rare but a lot of care was taken to produce the resulting product. As technological advances came, we reaped rewards in LP production for a time.

        The variable pitch, computer controlled lathes were under the control of the same people who learned their craft using less capable hardware and we got better LPs. Around this time we experienced the digital audio revolution. Producing CDs was a different animal and the people producing them had a lot of dynamic range at their disposal and a very low noise floor. There was a medium where good audio should have resulted but all of the technological advances were wasted with the loudness wars. Instead of utilizing the technological advantages of the CD to create better product it was wasted on louder product. I won't go into other technological weaknesses of the CD, that's another subject.

        The "Golden" age was gone with the advent of the CD. Was it simply because it was too easy to create decent quality product? It was once much harder to create a quality LP and there were no technological breathing spaces to abuse. Its a terrible waste to not leverage the advantages of digital audio to create better quality product. It was eventually wasted on loudness.

        Then came downloads and MP3s are just too limited to be a serious high quality audio source. High resolution downloads offer some promise but it is limited to those who care about quality sound. Many people don't want to bother with the long term downloads and don't see the reason to bother when MP3s are a lot quicker.

        Back in the "Golden" age there were lots of products that were the result of great strides in the sound reproduction arts. The combination of these products coincided with the artists who utilized the products to create better and better quality sound products. Quality sound production was not taken for granted and the results were sometimes spectacular.

        There is more capable hardware available now but the same care is not taken by some. Personally I believe its just an expression of the care that is taken. We can see what is possible with some of the records that are being pressed on modernized machinery. We can produce sound now that is comparable to the "Golden" age. Maybe even better.

        The"Golden" age was a time when we broke through on many fronts in the art of sound reproduction. That plus the greater care taken to produce a LP combined to produce some dammed fine sound for us to enjoy. Then lethargy raised its ugly head.

        Ed
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        • #34
          I happened to find in an article that I wrote for TAS in 1987 about Chesky Records reissuing RCAs Living Stereo series (thank you Francisco for being an incredible historical resource!) what RCA played their records back on in the late '50s thru early '60s.

          Olson LC-1 speakers
          Mac electronics
          Rek-O-Kut turntable
          GE Variable Reluctance cartridge (no RIAA compensation early on)

          So how did they know what they were releasing?
          Myles B. Astor, PhD, Administrator
          Senior Editor, Positive-Feedback.com
          ________________________________________

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          • JCOConnell
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            Maybe the variations in each of these components cancelled out overall?
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