Compact Disc Players Are Introduced (Great Events from History II: Science and Technology Series)
Article abstract: The introduction of compact disc players, devices for playing digitally encoded music, created a new level of sound quality and rejuvenated the music industry.
Summary of Event
Ever since Thomas Alva Edison invented the phonograph in 1876, people have been captivated by the ability to hear popular music in their homes. A steady string of improvements followed, and when affordable mass-produced flat disc records became available in the first half of the twentieth century, the recording industry entered the American mainstream. The introduction of magnetic tape recorders, stereo, and cassette tapes in the decades after World War II created an even larger market. As the technologies associated with the audio industry improved, however, new recording mediums became a priority. When the Japanese electronics giants who supplied much of the audio equipment began to look for a replacement recording medium in the 1960’s, they turned to digital audio.
Traditional sound recording had been done in analog, a continuous waveform. The analog pattern of a song was encoded on the record, and the record player and receiver turned this information back into recognizable sound. Digital...
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