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Discussion: The Stockfisch DMM-CD/SACD, Vol. 1

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Post by zeus April 28, 2014 (1 of 3)

Post by Wilhelm—Xu Zhong-Rui April 28, 2014 (2 of 3)
To read, rather than re-voice that narrator :

And I, a Kurt B. Pilgrim, ironically relives 1987 :
Technical developments may also have an impact on future CD production. A German invention called DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) has been used for some time in cutting conventional LP's. But recently two engineers at Telefunken in Berlin -Joschko Gunter and Horst Redlich -worked out a way to adapt DMM to the manufacture of CD's. The process involves replacing the recording laser, which etches digital bits into the CD master-disk with a beam of light, with a far simpler mechanical device that just punches in all those tiny pits.

Reverting from the elegant laser-optical recording method to more primitive mechanical means may seem like a giant step backward. Conceptually, it is. But the mechanical DMM machine will be about 60 percent cheaper than the $2.5 million laser device now in use, aside from being far less time consuming in the preparation for each mastering session.

These economies of time and money have direct musical implications...

Post by mekduk April 28, 2014 (3 of 3)
Got this disc early this year. For the sake of sound quality, this is very good. Content wise probably not as much as I would have wished for. In terms of sonic clarity, timing and that super black/deep soundstage background, this has done very well.