November 9, 1995
Web posted at: 11:20 p.m. EST
(CNN) -- Remember the revolution that digital audio compact discs brought to home entertainment? Brace yourself for a second wave. Yes, they're finally here: recordable blank compact discs.
Long thought impossibly expensive, the recordable CD player is reaching the borders of affordability. A new model from Pioneer is only $2,000 -- a long shot from $40,000 models a few years ago, and its operation is simplicity itself.
A disc can be recorded only once, but can be played back in any CD player. But the impact of digital technology on home entertainment may be strongest in the camcorder market, with the introduction of the DVC standard.
The DV digital video cassette is 1/12th the size of a regular VHS tape; the tape itself is 6 millimeters wide, and it's so much better that it dazzles the eye and the mind.
"These cameras are recording at 500 lines of resolution," said Daniel Nicholson of Sony Electronics. To put that in perspective: A laser disc player will play back at about 425 lines of resolution. So here is a format that is recording your home movies at better-than-laser quality." (221K AIFF sound or 230K WAV sound)
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