HIGH DEFINITION VINYL IS ON THE WAY

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by Peter Familari

8th October, 2018

HIGH DEFINITION VINYL IS ON THE WAY

Pop the corks on your champagne and get your turntable primed because folks, we’re here to tell you High Definition vinyl is on its way.

That’s right. A canny Austrian Startup called Rebeat Innovation has found a way to make vinyl that promises 30 per cent more detail and get this, a 30 per cent longer playing time.

Rebeat Innovation has signed an agreement with the Czech company GZ, to press the new HD Vinyl records.

No, it’s October, not April 1st and GZ is not a figment of a flimflam man’s imagination. This outfit is a serious business employing more than 2000 people busy producing more than 60 per cent of the world’s vinyl records.

GZ has also hammered out an agreement with two more important vinyl production companies called RAC in Connecticut and Vinyl Technologies in Toronto.

Both have agreed to back the new HD Vinyl format that should be available in 2019.

Rebeat Innovation had already raised US$4.8m to perfect HD Vinyl, adding another US$1.9 million this year.

Rebeat Innovation Founder, Guenter Loibl

But there’s still plenty of work to be done to meet HD vinyl’s 2019 release schedule. In particular, pressing plants will have to employ a radical new way to make an HD Vinyl stamper according to Rebeat Innovation founder, Guenter Loibl.

He said:

Since HD Vinyl stampers will be made out of laser-cut ceramic instead of electroplated metal stampers, new fittings and moulds have to be developed.

Rebeat Innovation patents describe a faster non-toxic way to press records from the original stamper that theoretically does not wear.

Vinyl records are currently made using a copy of a copy of a copy of the original master stamper, but HD Vinyl production requires only the use of the original ceramic stamper.

As for toxic chemicals, these are eliminated from the making of the ceramic stamper because a precision laser is used to cut a perfect groove into the ceramic stamper. This process, unlike current methods, is chemical free.

HD Vinyl Laser

The HD stamper is made by coating a nickel master with a ceramic coat. The durability of ceramic, so Rebeat Innovation says, means no wear and the same quality no matter how many copies are pressed.

As for the mooted 30 per cent longer playing times, this is said to be achieved by using especially developed software to optimise the gaps between the grooves of a vinyl record.

This space can also be exploited for better dynamics or superior signal-to-noise ratio while still allowing room for a 30 per cent increase in playing time.

HD Vinyl; can be optimised for either radial or tangential tracking by a stylus, a feature that by itself is sure to win approval from audiophiles.

HD Vinyl is also said to have a higher frequency range and produce records with a consistent sound quality no matter how many are pressed. The format is backwards compatible with standard single point pivoting tonearms or tangential trackers.

Rebeat Innovation says the first HD Vinyl test pressings will be released in 2019 and commercial quantities should be available to consumers several months later.

Watch this space.

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One of the veterans of the Australian HiFi industry, Peter was formerly the Audio-Video Editor of the Herald Sun for over two decades. One of the most-respected audio journalists in Australia, Peter brings his unparalleled experience and a unique story-telling ability to StereoNET.

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