20th Anniversary of CD Today


Time flies when you're having fun. Yup, Sony introduced the CD in Japan 20 years ago (Billy Joel). Per Public Radio, they thought it would take off but got tons of grief instead. Audiophiles didn't like the sound. Record companies thought the bits would be too easy to copy. Lots of groups thought it was a bad idea. The record companies just don't like anything new, do they? As it turned out, they amassed a fortune from the restocking. In any case, 20 years! Wow! It took that long to take it to the next steps.
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I bought my first CD player in 1983. A Magnavox 1040D from Hawthorne Audio in Portland, Or. Great little Hi End shop in the Hollywood district that has since closed its doors. Yes, digital has come a long way since 1982.
Yes, a truly dark day in history, it was.
Ahhh yes, CD finished what the transistor started.
My first CD player was in 1986-87; an Onkyo. I still kept buying vinyl until 1990, which is when they cut off the supply. I remember 1990 was also when BMG force me to switch to their CD club, because the record club was being discontinued.
Marty, you're cruel! Tom's right about the little mirrors though. What a waste of time, money, and effort
A dark day for classical music lovers.
Imagine the day a genuine replacement for the CD ever catches on and how loony the starved-for-software CD freaks will sound... well lessee, I have a $199 MII (musical implant interface; perfect mind forever) but no way does Britney's grandaughter sound as good on that as Natalie Merchant does on my $5,000 CD combo...

Viva CD! I love the lil devils.
"Back in the day" I was using a Linn, Fidelity Research arm, Denon 103D and a tube head amp. Total retail - about $1200. Within the past year or two I've finally gotten redbook CD sound that I'm happy with. Total retail for the front end - about $11,000. Ah, progress!
I am one of those that is glad there was the invention of the CD.

I purchased my first player in '86 I believe, a Sony CPD-45 and I believe my first disc was ZZ-Top, Afterburner.

We all have our likes, dislikes, interests and disinterests, LP's are not for me. As I kid, I grew up using records and LP's, when you didn't realize you should take care of them, but I cringe at the thought if I had to use LP's today.

Don't misunderstand me, I don't doubt their performance potential, it's just not for me.

As for cost as mentioned above, I would "think" a cheaper CD player would sound better than a cheaper phono.
Love those silver dics! My first CD player was something SAE 01 (?). Bought in the late 80's, and still kicking :-).
So, uh, should we throw a party or something? Not.
Err, I am going vinyl! Hope My old Microseiki TT still work.Oh, it did, yesterday. Hmm, I going CDs tomorrow then ;-)
Lugnut, I would prefer a wake but as we can see some people like the CD so unfortunately it's demise is still a ways off.
Lugnut, I would prefer a wake but as we can see some people like the CD so unfortunately it's demise is still a ways off.
Lugnut, I would prefer a wake but as we can see some people like the CD so unfortunately it's demise is still a ways off.
Hmm, trash everywhere, let's pick them up.