I totally agree. What took you so long :)
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I agree totaly with you. I listen mainly to rock and have found 45 Lp's sound much better. Especially the Led Zep & the Jethro Tull releases, I would not want to buy them at todays prices though. A lot of the jazz & blues 45 releases sound very good also. You also may want to try the Beach Boys Good Vibrations from Smile release it is a 78 but sound very good.
I just got the Quality Recording pressing at 45RPM of Muddy Waters Folk Singer. There is the tape his from the old analog master, but it is better than my 33 1/3 MoFi release. The sonics are really outstanding.
I do bring out the 45's on special occasions. They do sound better, but the reissues are expensive with short sides. My 45's are of jazz as I don't mind listening to a couple of complete songs and then switching sides, but I think the format is more problematic for the longer movements of classical music.
I didn't notice the difference between audiphile 45s over audiophile 33-1/3's so much until I got my turntable properly platformed (on a 35-lb. butcher block) and upgraded my Cambridge 640p-into-integrated amp signal chain to my current Jolida/Heathkit all-separates rig.
I always yearned for a great LP-based "Night on Bare Mountain" and a better "Pix @ an Exhibition." This Leibowitz/Royal Phil rendition delivers the goods.
Here's something to ponder: Can you imagine how much fun high end LP playback could have been if the standard (or high standard) had become 45 rpm cut to 14" or 16" discs? The inner diameter would have been so large that inner groove distortion would be a non-issue and the 12" tonearm would have reduced angle tracking error as well. And of course the larger platter would have provided at least 20 mins. per side.
14" perhaps, but 16"? Imagine the size of the platters and resulting turntables. They would be even heavier and larger than todays large turntables. I agree, such a standard would have resulted in better sonics, but the cost and size sure would be inconvenient making the switch to CD in the early 90's even more swift. Look at what happened to the laser disk for video.
Format dominance is an interesting subject.
11-02-11: PeterayerThe thing is, they *did* exist, and they were 16" in diameter. They were known as transcription discs and were widely used in the broadcast industry from about 1930 to 1960. Today's 12" tonearms are a leftover from the 16" transcription era. They were used in the broadcast industry because it was cheaper and faster to stamp 100+ 16" transcription discs than to duplicate the same number of tapes to send out to radio stations. Combine a 16" disc with 45rpm and you should have state-of-the-art sound in a format that would easily hold 20 minutes per side, maybe more.
It's also why the Garrard 301 and 401 turntables were so overbuilt--they had the big high-torque motors and long tonearms to handle transcription discs.
The technology has been around for over 50 years. The tough thing today would probably be to find 16" stampers.