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Glass CD

Postby Hobbes26 » Sun Oct 22, 2006 10:22 am

Recording engineer develops everlasting glass CD
The transparent glass CD in its special case.

A Japanese recording engineer has developed the world's first glass CD guaranteed not to warp, distort and of a beautiful design, according to its maker.

Music critics who have tried out the CD said that it's outstanding and virtually like listening to a live performance.

But high quality music to last forever comes at a price -- 98,700 yen apiece to be exact -- as glass CDs have to be made by hand.

"I wanted to make a CD that could be passed on to grandchildren," the glass CD's inventor, Suenori Fukui, said.

Fukui, 60, noticed that glass was a great receptor of sound and decided to try and create a CD from the material. He spent a decade developing the glass CD together with Mitsugu Ikeda, a technician from a company called Tomie Media Solutions.

Information on the glass CD is read by laser. Because existing plastic CDs are not completely transparent, information on them cannot be read perfectly. They are also susceptible to bending or warping if left in sunlight or humid areas, which leads to sound distortion.

As glass CDs are completely transparent, information on them can be read perfectly, improving sound quality. They are not affected by heat or humidity and remain in perfect condition forever.

N & F Label, seller of the glass CDs, has put its first glass CD on sale. It is a recording of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Air on G String."

Music critic Sachio Moroishi was delighted with the sound quality.

"If they make a few more, the price will probably go down, but this has the potential to change the world of audio media," he said.

Tests of glass CDs will soon be carried out in Tokyo at Ishimaru Denki in Akihabara and Tower Records in Shibuya. (Mainichi)
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Postby ballstothewall » Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:16 pm

Just don't drop it. :)
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Postby Derek » Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:30 pm

no kidding.

really cool idea.

how much is 98k yen in dollllllaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrs?
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Postby DevilDriver » Mon Oct 23, 2006 10:46 pm

98,000 Yen is around US$800+

I think I would have to hear it to believe it, although I am always open to new, great sound.

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Postby John » Tue Oct 24, 2006 7:43 am

I believe I would seek a cheaper and more durable alternative, but it is still kind of cool. You could alway make it out something else more solid than glass...and the production could be mechanized, but it would still be more expensive...end rambling...
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Postby mbuchman » Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:14 pm

Assuming that it is digital rather than analogue (which being it is being read from a laser, it seems logical that it would be digital. Hah, logical, get it?), it seems to me that flash memory would take care of any so called transparency issue of regular CDs. And flash memory is cheap now, and only getting cheaper.

Now flash memory will wear out with time I am sure, but you can make perfect copies of it if you want to mantain a good copy that wont break. And you don't have to handle flash memory with white gloves,either.

Am I missing something here?

Of course, he has been working on it so long that flash memory wasn't really an option for him when he got started. So good for him for completing his idea.

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Postby John » Tue Oct 24, 2006 4:44 pm

I think both have there respective qualities and uses as far as memory purposes go, but I would think that a passive or active hard memory system, flash or disk, would be an overall better alternative.

I mean, for long term storage and record keeping...a precious metal disk and a glass (or precious stone) encasement makes sense. That is speaking in terms of comparison to our common plastic compact discs in use now.

However, here you are talking about a recording method also requires (somewhat advanced) technology to read. That technology no doubt requires some knowledge to build and put into action. It is not a dramatic jump in technology, but not every common person could build one or even figure out how. Now a record, as in old school vinyl, there is a simple concept which is easy to understand and implement by any common person. I am not really going anywhere with this, so I just thought I would throw the idea out there.
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Postby JimJ[VT] » Wed Oct 25, 2006 12:31 am

Ehhh...I'll stick with LP's for now...


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