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    As CD sales continue to fall, vinyl is becoming more and more popular of amusic format. Some fans enjoy the bigger packaging and artwork while othersclaim vinyl playback produces a "warmer" tone compared to CDs and digitalfiles. But vinyl doesn't have the flexibility of those formats. Phonocut hopesto change that with its home vinyl recorder, which launches on Kickstarterthis week. The device's diamond stylus cuts the waveforms from an externalsource into a blank 7- or 10-inch vinyl disc so you
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  • #2
    I wouldn’t donate a dime to that Kickstarter campaign. If this isn’t a hoax, I can’t imagine how terrible these “records” would sound.
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    • #3
      I wouldn't dismiss it out of hand without at least seeing what they say when they post their campaign. Like the Engadget article says, interest in this could spur further development, á la 3D printing. At least it could be fun. I agree it's a long shot, but I'd at least keep an open mind.
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      • #4
        I much prefer to make my own tapes 😁
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        • #5
          I wonder why it cant do 12" records?
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          • #6
            Home 'dub plate' lathes have been around from a few sources for nearly 20 years. Not a toy needed for audiophile aspirations but can be fun.
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            • #7
              What is the source for the blank 7” and 10” discs? How much are they? What is the source for the records you are going to cut? How many plays before it’s trash? Who really wants the audiophile equivalent of an ez bake oven?
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              • #8
                Up on Kickstarter and already at 163% of their goal after 3 days. Hey, I’m just intrigued that’s all. There’s a video on the Kickstarter site. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...vinyl-recorder
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                • #9
                  I guess you're right. This is the product the world has been waiting for. It will be a smash hit.
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                  • #10
                    I would be pretty skeptical of this with respect to it being high fidelity.
                    This is not how vinyl records are made.
                    The traditional way to cut a record is to first cut a lacquer, then make a stamper (reverse image of the lacquer), then use the stampers to make the records.
                    In this case they are cutting it straight onto vinyl which I doubt with be able to come close sonically to the above mentioned method.

                    Making great sounding vinyl is quite challenging.

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                    • #11
                      And part of the sales pitch is you can make your own "mix tapes." Yeah, 3 songs cut to vinyl from a digital source most probably. Have these guys heard of this thing called streaming?
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                      • #12
                        I wonder if it has a heated stylus and how often its replaced. We have to replace the stylus on our setup about once every ten hours.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by atmasphere View Post
                          I wonder if it has a heated stylus and how often its replaced. We have to replace the stylus on our setup about once every ten hours.
                          They are claiming 100 hours.
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                          • #14
                            Back when dj/selectors were 100% vinyl it was a real asset to get dubplates of rare and /or new tracks to play. Don't over play the audiophile card. Never was....
                            Regards,

                            Erik
                            http://solypsa.com
                            North American distributor for:
                            Sensitive Sound MC Cartridges
                            STST Turntables + Tonearms


                            Available for in home setup and calibration of fine turntable systems

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mep View Post

                              They are claiming 100 hours.
                              Nice! Its not that hard to find 'dub plates' for which this thing is designed. They hold up fairly well too- much better than lacquers but not as good as actual vinyl. I wonder what they do about chip.

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