Philips CDR 870

Sound + Image - - First Decade -

An­other new for­mat! Hav­ing given up, rather sen­si­bly, on Dig­i­tal Com­pact Cas­sette the year be­fore, Philips de­liv­ered the first CD recorder specif­i­cally for con­sumers — those be­fore it were priced up in pro­fes­sional ter­ri­tory (Marantz, Yamaha and oth­ers had pro CD recorders ear­lier, with Tandy, Thom­son and Philips all is­su­ing pro discs), while MiniDisc was the leader in con­sumer dig­i­tal record­ing at the time. In some ways the new con­sumer CD-R didn’t im­press — spe­cial ‘con­sumer blanks’ came at a premium to cover a pro­posed record­ing levy, and the discs wouldn’t play on all ma­chines. Plus this first recorder forced a dodgy sam­ple-rate con­ver­sion (cor­rected on the CDR 880). But once you’d burnt your own, it was clear this was — for now — the fu­ture of home record­ing...

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