Audio Format Wars


Before buying a new car, getting married, or adopting a new audio format
it is wise to ask a few questions, peer under the hood, and ask the advice of
someone you trust. Will the new format satisfy your needs not only now but,
also in the future? Will it look (and sound) as good on all the mornings after
you first met?
The analogue cassette is an old and trusted versatile friend that went
with you on those morning jogs and cruised in the car with you on Friday nights.
However, the powers that be, have declared our trusted friend to be in the last
phase of the life cycle. It's successor must sound better, work better, and
have new features such as a digital display for song titles. ...

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what it has seen. The quality of the recording
depends on the sampling rate of the machine. The sampled signal is then encoded
to the tape or disc in 1's and 0's, just like a computer disk drive would encode
information. However, the biggest advantage of digital recording is the fact
that it eliminates tape "hiss" that is usually found present in analogue
recordings.
In the Eighties, a Philips invention captured the limelight. The
Compact Disc introduced us to a new era of digital sound, or "perfect sound."
In the nineties another Philips invention has taken centre-stage, the Digital
Compact Cassette (DCC). DCC is the marriage of the analogue cassette to Digital
Audio. Together they form a union that combines perfect sound, high convince and
greater versatility. " DCC is a medium on which audio information is digitally
encoded and which reproduces CD quality sound" (Philips Electronics, Sound &
Vision, 1995). A number of features have been incorporated into DCC tapes ...

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digital
first generation DCC to DCC copies can be made. Any further copies (ie. 2nd,
3rd, etc generation) made from the first generation copy will not be digital.
The biggest advantage that DCC has over the competition is its compatibility
with its analogue predecessor.
Sony's Mini Disc is a miniature version of the compact disc that comes
in a plastic shell like that of a 3 1/2 computer floppy. "Unlike CD's,
MiniDiscs can be recorded using magneto-optical technology" (Dmytryk, 1993, p.
62). Mageto-optical technology allows a MiniDisc to be recorded on many times.
A MiniDisc is smaller than a DCC tape and has random track access like a CD. It
also gives the user the capability to ...

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