Audiophile CD formats

The Japanese – pushing technology forward as only they know how – have recently pioneered 3 new audiophile CD formats.

JVC & Universal developed the SHM-CD [Super High Material CD] using a process discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, featuring improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head.

Sony Entertainment Inc. has used its Blu-ray Disc technology to develop the Blu-Spec CD, built using polymer polycarbonate materials as well as an optimized Blue Laser Beam cutting technology that improves the quality of the laser beam. The applied Blu-ray Disc polycarbonate polymer material introduces less jitter [noise] and thus, high-quality audio reproduction.

Lastly, the HQCD [High Quality Compact Disc] format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special silver alloy coating, as opposed to aluminium, using a process developed by optical disc maker Memory Tech.

Exactly what differences there are between the formats is likely down to the listeners' preference. The good news though is that all 3 are playable on standard CD players – no ultra-costly dedicated machine for these bad boys! Check out some of our many titles here.

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