Retro Patina

They’re still making stylus-free laser turntables in Japan. I’ve never heard one, but look at its immodestly chunky styling: it must sound fantastic (and evidently it does). And just over $10,000 for the basic model. Still, it seems the only way to experience that retro vinyl patina without degrading the media at the same time. But isn’t that cheating? Part of the vinyl experience is the harrowing of the grooves with each playback, surely.


  1. begs the questions:
    does it have digital out? no. so i guess dumping to a disk at faster than realtime is out. shame.

    wonder what happens when you stick a Single in your scanner and then plug the scan into some clever app than a Norwegian teen probably put together in a weekend?

    waiting for: MRI version. disk goes in lovely (huge) slow tray. gets MRi’d. “image” is dumped to a vinyl archive. download the latest “playa”, plug in said image. cost: $10K/LP.

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