In Japan, Sony Getting Back Into the Business of Pressing Records

I read the news today, oh boy! Sony, Japan is getting back into the business of cutting and perhaps pressing records after having "walkman"ed away for the past thirty years.

Here's the story posted by NPR.

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mraudioguru's picture

The picture at the top of the article linked above, looks like the label is way off center. I know it's the way the guy is holding it and the way the light is hitting it, but it sure looks that way?

Hopefully, Sony's quality control would have caught this :-)

Michael Fremer's picture
I took that picture! Holding up a record from 1976. Believe me QC at Sony in those days was 100% excellent. You are seeing an optical illusion...
recordhead's picture

didn't you mention in one of your DVD's that Japanese pressings lacked bass? with that said, any plans for another DVD?

jusbe's picture

It's an artefact resulting from using a wide-angled lens. Perspective in the rest of the image is similarly affected.

jusbe's picture

It's an artefact resulting from using a wide-angled lens. Perspective in the rest of the image is similarly affected.

eugeneharrington's picture

Absolutely agree, Michael. Quality Control in Japan was the absolute best! I have many, many Japanese records ... and I never ever got a bad one. This is a great vinyl news story. I have been wondering for a while now when this would happen. Hopefully, others will follow Sony's lead on this. It would be nice for instance to see Warner-Pioneer and JVC getting back into the vinyl business. Thanks for 'breaking' this news story. Take a bow yourself on this. Your tireless and indefatigable support for the vinyl format has played a large part in what has happened.

Richardharmer's picture

I love the fact that vinyl sales now even out pace digital sales in the UK. I mean, what is the point in buying a low resolution file which you can get for free streaming. It's a ludicrous concept!

TOOL's picture

Bring back Beta Max and CRT Trinitron tv's, for the obsolete obsessed.

recordhead's picture

Your outdated format jokes are neither new or original.

TOOL's picture

I am reviving obsolete jokes, I am just riding the fad of bringing back obsolete......if it sucked originally, it sucks being re introduced. $$$$$$$$$$$$$, time for pet rocks and hula hoops revival

isaacrivera's picture

Clearly when LP consumption has been healthily growing year over year, new mastering and pressing plants are opening everywhere, new vinyl presses are being manufactured and multi-billion dollar corporations are starting to get in the game, "obsolete" which is defined as "no longer produced or used."

TOOL's picture

Rayon bias belted tires too....there are 7 billion people on the planet!!! 30 million obsolete records where sold, wow, are you no good with numbers? Do you know how many Billion downloads where done? The biggest record music company decades ago, bailed Philips/Polygram div, they gave up on records and sold the entire div, it's OBSOLETE, Sony needed to merge into BMG to survive, making obsolete records, is not smart. Sony bringing back a cassette Walkman also? Maybe DAT machines?

gbougard's picture

DAT were the best
I still have my machine, works like a charm and my 20 year old DAT's still sound totally wicked, even with the sound not mastered. we used those to mix onto and they sounded as good as 1/2" tapes (I know some audiophile is going to want to hang me in public for saying that)

warpig's picture

At least your penis is larger than your brain making comments like that. Its easy if you do not like vinyl go back and listen to your mp3's.

TOOL's picture

Bringing back the original 737, cramped, inefficient, obsolete. But it will allow people in their 70's and 80's to get a chance to experience how bad it was, all over again. NASA, bring back the Mercury series of spacecraft.....butter churns are all the rage in our town....pedal powered looms, are now in operation, just wait till you get some hand spun yarns, wow, so great.

Ortofan's picture

... the analog audio (compact) cassette isn't quite dead yet either.
http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/news/why-the-cassette-tape-is-still-...
Sony should consider reviving a couple of their cassette decks along with some Type II, if not Type IV, blank tape.

mrl1957's picture

How about it, Sony? Let's give "elcaset" another chance!!!

TOOL's picture

If it's not on WAX or 78 RPM shellac media, it's not really ANALOGUE. Bring back the real original stuff, go all the way back to cave writings too.

azmoon's picture

...in the cave.

TOOL's picture

Very good temperature control with not much energy too. Life began with caves, we should go back, and stop building stick houses that fall apart in 100 years

isaacrivera's picture

...how those cave paintings and hieroglyphs continue to fascinate us and they have survived time in a way that my digital files from a decade ago have not. I also have several dozens of CDs bought in the 80s that have faded and can't be played anymore--the data is gone. Yet, wax cylinders from a century ago play back just fine. Listen more, argue less.

TOOL's picture

Yeah, they play fine!!! That's what you need, Edison cylinders.....I have my very first CD bought when CD's first where on the market, that Horrible Bruce Springsteen crap, and an original Pink Floyd plays fine, I have thousands of CD's not a bad one in the bunch, if you leave them in a hot car, DUH....lets see those wax cylinders play when it's 90 degrees....

isaacrivera's picture

A good 2 dozen faded, Archiv Produktion/Deutsche Grammophon nonetheless...

Over 50 million LPs were printed last year in small editions. I may not be a Guinness record, but that is 50 million more than a decade ago. That does not take into account the used market which may even be bigger. I have a growing collection of used 50's mono records and most sound better than the best sounding CDs I own. However much it bugs the living shit out of you, records are here to stay and they will likely outlive CDs. Two music store owners I know here in The City will not pay squat for used CDs in any condition and only take them, as a favor, free, if there is an LP collection which they will pay for.

What I or anybody else "needs" is what they like and for as long as it is readily available it is not obsolete. You can call it whatever you want, but I get as many as I want whenever I want. The dictionary disagrees with you. And it is not really any half-deaf troll's business if we do. Concern yourself with what you like and let others do the same.

TOOL's picture

Then why are YOU concerned that my concerns about not being concerned that you think records matter. Yes of course MONO records from the 50's sound better than CD's...snap pop crackle, hi fidelity NOT. Funny stuff. They still produce carburetors for 1968 Chevys, guess carburetors are not obsolete cus there are a few dozen loons that buy them? Ya can get wide white wall tires for your 1959 Cadillac, guess 1959 Caddys are not obsolete? People still buy them, restore them, it's still junk, and obsolete, in any condition. Snap pop, is not hi fidelity.

isaacrivera's picture

Grow up tool. Stop projecting assumptions. No crackles, no pops. If you hear any it must be the static coming from the empty space in your skull. Concern yourself with what makes you happy, forget about demeaning what others like.

TOOL's picture

There are multi millions of dollars spent at these insane car auctions, on obsolete cars, with insane prices, buy a Porsche 356for $500,000 an old obsolete junker when, a new Porsche is a real car, safer, faster comfortable for $100,000 just cus fools buy into nonsense doesn't negate the facts and logic, Vinyl LPs are a dead obsolete product, a fad, like hula hoops...now lets do the twist

isaacrivera's picture

Pun intended. Either way, what is it to you if people like those collectible cars? It's not your time or money, it is not your garage space they are occupying. The analogy does not apply at all. The one thing they have in common is your obsessive need to criticize others for their tastes when it has no bearing in your life. Grow up. There is plenty of material in your messy self to keep you busy. Enjoy what you enjoy and leave others in peace.

TOOL's picture

Yeah, they thrill the 7 Billion people, 6.9999 billion don't care, nor care about records...

gbougard's picture

wax cylinders... sound awful
gimme mp3 over those anytime

isaacrivera's picture

It was not about sound quality. It was about durability and playability. But by all means, enjoy your MP3s.

Potty Knotty's picture

Hey! Americans..........are you sure this is not "fake news"?

TommyTunes's picture

To once again walk into a record department like Korvettes or Sam Goody's 49th street store. Oh the memories!

audioholic63's picture

Sam Goody's on 49th street...the memories...first record store I ever shopped in. Ah the memories of my pops taking me there as a kid...

TommyTunes's picture

Worked there while i was in college in 72-73, traded my paycheck for records each week.

Marc P's picture

It would be great if they can use the same(or better) materials and workmanship as they used to. I've had some Japan LP's pressed off-center(the record, not the label, Labels off center are pretty common), but they were few and far between. Sony Japan could be the new quality pressing standard(hopefully).

Lothar's picture

Japanese pressed records, at least in terms of silent play, could not be beat during the 1970s and 1980s. That's why MFSL had their records pressed there using, if I recall correctly, JVC "Supervinyl." If they can do something like that again, sign me up.

mrl1957's picture

Agreed...JVC (and all Japanese) pressings were consistently on-center and dead quiet (Nautilus Superdiscs were a close second) compared to everything else. MFSL's RTI-pressed discs are no match at all.

TOOL's picture

Is coming back, 6 foot AM radios...with one speaker and 17 tubes, used 550 watts, with 1 watt output, snap hiss, pop, crackle, lets all go listen to Jack Benny...then wait for War of the Worlds, the Martians are invading, similar to nutty Audiophlakes, all have wild imaginations

Blue Note's picture

asshole!

warpig's picture

Micropenis.

isaacrivera's picture

jackass going by logic and not experience. Problem is, perfectly good logic with bad input produces bad output. If you form your opinion with mediocre or badly setup equipment and listen to poor reissues your opinon is based on garbage.

What a collection of stereotypes and prejudice. All of it is the result of someone who has been repeating beliefs for 20 years and avoided actually testing them. Vinyl sound warm? What the fuck are you playing that record on? Please! Noise? Oh Lord, I am going to punch somebody. Really? Can you do us all a favor and get some real world experience on what you are arguing about? And btw, Nielsen stats SUCK. I know, I implement Nielsen APIs into web software. It is a very myopic view into a much more complex reality. But hey, if Nielsen is your standard, then let's tell the whole picutre, in 2016 LPs saw a 32% increase while most digital saw a decrease with streaming audio by subscription saw an increase. Now if you are going to argue that Spotify is higher quality than LPs then you might as well commit yourself to an insane asylum (after going to an ear doc, cuz you are deaf).

I dare any moron like yourself to come to my room with the best CD in their collection. I will invariably play an LP that will kick it's ass all the way to the moon. Here, peoples jaws drop in defeat all the time. Some have made desperate last clinging arguments about remasterings etc. They fucking suck and you can be as apologetic as you want but your shitty CD just got beat by an LP... again.

By definition, AAA vinyl is much higher resolution than any digital format, which are sampled and contain a fraction of the sound continuum. But again, proof is in the pudding.

You talk too much TOOL but you do not actually test or know what you talk about, you just want it to be that way.

Be that as it may, stop arguing and spend more time with what you claim to enjoy.

isaacrivera's picture
TOOL's picture

Viny snap, , snap pop is better than DSD? You must not have a very good system, or it's not revealing enough, to hear teh distrotion of a record, you know that old mantra. I guess my VPI TT, compared to DSD recordings through EMMLABS stuff or other DSD DAC units are just an imagination, heck I even have a vacuum record cleaner, and when I hear folks tell me how much better obsolete records sound, it must be on a different planet. I have both and then some, records suck, pop, warp, and if you think paying $30 for a $3 record somehow is better, you are even more a fool...keep your imaginary things going, rotary phones are better too right?

isaacrivera's picture

as a drop in a bucket and somehow DSD counts? You can't even get stats for them because downloaded digital album sales are down 5% (and DSD is a minuscule fraction of that). LPs definitely sell more than DSD, so if to you LPs are insignificant, then your DSD is negligible. Plus most are upsampled PCM and way to expensive for something that is infinitely duplicable by a slow computer. Enjoy your upsampled mp3s and leave others alone asshole.

TOOL's picture

I have 5 different phono carts, and 3 tone arms, yet, the same album snaps pops crackles, even after cleaned on a pricey vacuum cleaner. Pop Snap, warps, on $30 pieces of plastic is a crime, don't ya think. Yet no DSD or CD has that issue, why? Most records are recorded and remastered...DIGITALLY, then they take it down a notch and put in onto a lesser medium, called a record, do you understand anything? If it takes $100,000 spinning platter, to make a $3 record sound good, the media is flawed, big time...which TT do you use, I have VPI and a Technics MK 5, snap pop, doesn't matter, and it's through very good hybrid phono amps...records are obsolete, all over 1000 that I have, no mp3, none, now what can you say?

simply me's picture

Everything becomes obsolete with time, including yourself.

TOOL's picture

The business model of resurrecting obsolete is a con game....how come the auto industry isn't bringing back rayon bias belted tires, or Carburetors, or sealed beam headlights...and on and on...bring back lead water pipes to your house, it gave the water a nice sweet taste kids love....how come the airline industry is not bringing back props, for the big planes, sails on ocean liners?

simply me's picture

Is death obsolete?