Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 15

EQカーブの歴史、ディスク録音の歴史を学ぶ本シリーズ。前回 Pt.14 では、1949年〜1950年(または1951年)の「回転数競争」における、各レーベルの参入状況を時系列に追ってみました。

On the previous part 14, I studied more on the history and chronology of which label joined which new format (33 1/3 rpm or 45 rpm) during the so-called “The Battle of The Speeds” era in 1949 to 1950 or 1951.

今回の Pt.15 はその続きなのですが、一休みして、1950年頃からの「ハイファイ」ブームの黎明期よりずっと前に生まれた、「ハイ・フィデリティ」という用語の歴史についてみていきます。

This time as Pt. 15, before I am going to continue learning the history of disc recording, I will look into the side story — i.e. the pre-history of the “Hi-Fi craze”, as well as the history of the term “High Fidelity” itself.

RCA Photophone High FIdelity (1935)

source: RCA Ad, Kinematograph Weekly, June 27, 1935, p. 76.
1935年の英国雑誌に登場した、RCA Photophone High Fidelity の広告

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Kohji Matsubayashi (松林弘治)

Things I learned on Phono EQ curves, Pt. 6

前回 は、ストコフスキーのエピソードの他、横振動トランスクリプション、RCA/NBC が1939年に発表した Orthacoustic 特性など、あれこれについて調べました。

On the previous part, I studied on the interesting episode of Leopold Stokowski with Bell Telephone Laboratories, lateral transcription discs, RCA/NBC’s Orthacoustic characteristic, etc.


This time, I am going to continue learning the history, including an advent of instantaneous disc (lacquer) recorders, the technical paper that shook the industry, and ultra-lightweight reproducing pickups that definitely was the pioneer of the modern pickups we now use. This article is coming a few steps toward the 1942 NAB standardization (for electrical transcription discs).

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