--- On Tue, 1/4/11, [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Perhaps the way to understand a little about how they must
> have felt in that day by comparing it to the first time you
> saw a 60" HD screen playing a blu-ray disc movie. You can't
> help but be blown away.
The first time I saw HDTV was at the SMPTE convention in LA
in, I'd guess, 1995. There were a few displays using 25"
16:9 CRTs. One was a depiction of the Columbia Studios Statue
of Liberty logo, another was scenic pictures of woodland
scenes. I don't remember the third. But I remember being
blown away by being able to see every leaf on a tree and
every blade of grass in a field. Today, I just look at it
and consign Comcast to hell for their heinous compression.
I agree that today most people can't experience a Diamond
Disc machine the way folks did "back in the day", but at
least you can hear it like they did, and hope to train
inexperienced folks to appreciate what's there and how
revolutionary it was. Just like showing someone a carbon
filament lamp and trying to impress upon them that this was
the first time anyone in the history of the world had seen
light without flame.
And, like Dr. Mike said, it's no substitute for bringing
the best out of a recording. But hearing it in its
original form is instructive.