HD Vinyl is An Exciting Concept But It's Last Year's "News"

Last May, 2017 AnalogPlanet published a story about HD Vinyl complete with an interview conducted in Vienna with the inventor of the process.

Yesterday as your editor was packing for the AXPONA 2018 show, his inbox was filled with emails from readers and friends asking "did you see this story just published about HD Vinyl?" or "in case you missed it" etc.

AnalogPlanet did not miss it! We broke the story a year ago.

What's doubly galling is that the author of that story also wrote one about how to buy a turntable. Guess what audio writer(s) this WRITER consulted or gave a shout out to in his story? You'll never guess so I'll tell you: NONE. He didn't contact me, or any writer for TAS, Positive Feedback, enjoythemusic, Audio Beat, you name it. NOT ONE. That WRiTER is a self-loathing writer.

He did his "research" asking retailers. Love them but if you're going to cover in an online music rag a story on TURNTABLES you'd think the WRITER would consult with other WRITERS. But no...

Now I feel better. Can I have my money back?

COMMENTS
Anton D's picture

Someone wrote and article about choosing a turntable and didn't consult the audio press?

That is some serious self-loathing, as you say!

I am sad to admit, I give people advice on Hi Fi gear without availing myself of the proper authorities on these matters, as well. I will go get a "Self Loathing Audiophile" shirt as penance.

;-D

Michael Fremer's picture
Of course if you offer a friend advice you are not obligated to consult with the audio press! Your friend asked you because he knows or trusts your knowledge. I was referring to an ARTICLE in an online magazine written by someone who clearly does not know a great deal and felt he need to consult with someone. He's a WRITER who chose to not consult with any WRITERS in the field about which he'd chosen to write.
OldschoolE's picture

I usually don't get into giving advice on how to buy a turntable or other gear. I did write a general article on the basics of shopping for audio gear for my site based mostly on my own experience and learning. However, I have referenced Michael in subsequent articles involving turntable set up and such.
That said, I don't reference other writers in live situations. I'm not well known or famous like my friend Michael here, but there are times when I get approached with questions about turntables and such and I just happen to be the guy in the room who knows something about it. Why? because I learned some from other writers, mostly Michael on the subject of all things analog and vinyl. I also acknowledge that I am still learning, it is a life-long process.

Ortofan's picture

... is two years old. Why are you carping about it only now?

I miss the good old days of getting hi-fi equipment advice from Hans Fantel's column in the Sunday NY Times.

Roy Martin's picture

Here's a nice appreciation/obituary of Mr. Fantel from Wes Phillips:

https://www.stereophile.com/news/052906fantel/

Michael Fremer's picture
Nice old guy but hardly critical. He wrote lovingly about Dynagroove but he's forgiven. It's a miracle he was given Times space to write about audio but it was mostly simple stuff. The paper covered other subjects with great sophistication.
Ortofan's picture

...simply mainstream. He provided practical advice for customers who typically shopped at J&R, Crazy Eddie and Harvey Sound, rather than Lyric.

audioholic63's picture

Hans Fantel was my entry into the concept of high end audio. Kept my teenage self from wasting money on bad new shiny things and instead discovered the value proposition of good used audio at the old Audio Exchange on 8th street. He may not have been the most critical but his information and his column was valuable.

Harry Adamidis's picture

The mere thought of improved, high definition vinyl is incredibly exciting. My biggest fear is that promises won't live up to the hype...and if it does meet expectations, that only a limited selection of classic albums will be pressed in HD...Anyone ready for the next round of boxed sets?

PeterPani's picture

As I understand the input for the 3D-laser has to be a digital file. So, no chance to pass a pure analog signal through HD Vinyl. Or, did I understand something wrong (hopefully..) from their homepage?

DaK's picture

Get over yourself :)

mauidj's picture

You do yourself and the industry no favors ranting like this over something so childish and unimportant. So what he asked some retaiers and not you. Maybe they know as much as you do about the subject. Either way are you really that insecure? And then to hide it under a headline that has nothing to do with your rant. This is a Facebook moment not a post on a professional web site.

infohou's picture

Yes, HD vinyl uses digital files.

No thank you!

And retailers are biased to what they sell. I once sold audio equipment, so i know from experience. It would have made more sense to talk to Fremer or someone at TAS.

Y'all be cool,
Robert

gbougard's picture

At least two comments are saying in essence that they reject this new format because the source appears to be digital.

I find this silly:

1. a tonload of today's vinyls are made from digital files
2. you want to reject something without even testing it yourself?

geez, talk about open mindedness

PeterPani's picture

I did not want to condemn the idea. I find it quite fascinating. And for sure, I will buy some of the HD-Vinyl and try it. I would just embrace an idea how to improve AAA by coming out with a new carrier. Out of my own experience all digital stuff sits on the shelf (or USB-stick) and analog sources pleases my music listening much more. This is also true for vinyl from digital sources. And I spent already so much money on digital equipment, trying to get good sound out of it. A lot of wasted money on already outdated stuff, without giving pleasure to me at any time in the past. It is quite hard to stay openminded after nearly 35 years disappointment from digital sources, but I try hard!

Jackson1979's picture

I've never heard of digital vinyl until now. As a vinyl collector, I'm super excited. I need to look more into this!
Jimmy owner of Mobile Mechanic Raleigh NC

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