In the disc printing industry, TEAC is known for their family of P-55 thermal disc printers. These machines use a 4-color CMYK ribbon to achieve reliable, color-stable printing across an entire run of discs. With each ribbon good for 500 prints, the TEAC became a smart choice for professionals looking to print their own discs.
For the last couple of the years, TEAC seemed to be the tortoise of the disc printing industry as its competitors in the inkjet market sprinted past them with new innovations. Epson came out with a whole family of Discproducers, Primera came out with the 4-color 4100 print engine featuring 6-second prints, and Microboards released their new G4 family of publishers.
In today’s ultra-slim and ultra-portable world, a growing number of electronic devices are shedding their optical drives to lose weight. The laptop has given rise to the Ultrabook and the tablet. The Mac Mini and Mac Pro desktops lost their disc drives long ago. But what if you are not ready to give up your discs just yet?
Fortunately, Pioneer has announced a product that bridges the best of both worlds. Now you can enjoy the reliability and quality of discs with the portability and convenience of your modern electronic devices. It’s called the BDR-WFS50J, and it’s the world’s first wireless Blu-ray drive.
When you buy a Blu-ray movie from the store, where does the disc inside come from? It’s made in a factory somewhere, but how, and by whom? It’s easy to buy and enjoy the latest titles without ever thinking about the technology that makes it all happen.
Movie studios and distribution groups such as Sony Pictures, Universal, and Columbia manufacture movies and TV shows on DVD and Blu-ray discs to sell to the public. In their manufacturing plants, these companies will use machines such as the BLULINE from Singulus.
A professional Blu-ray replication machine can make tens of thousands of perfect copies of movies from a single “glass master” disc in a process that is also referred to as pressing or stamping. The current generation of BLULINE II machines is capable of producing single-layer (25GB) and dual-layer (50GB) Blu-ray movies.
Here in the United States, the largest technology trade show of the year is the International CES, held each year in January. In Germany, a similar trade show called IFA takes place each year in September. This event features technology manufacturers coming together to show off their latest consumer electronics products.
At the 2013 IFA show, Philips unveiled a new Blu-ray disc player that features 4K Ultra HD upscaling. The BDP7750 is the first player from Philips to up-convert High Definition content (1080p) to Ultra HD (2160p).
When it came out in 1982, the Compact Disc set a new standard for quality in music. Since then, other formats like DVD-Audio, Super Audio CD (SACD), and the Sony MiniDisc have challenged the CD to become the new universal standard in packaged music.
Though DVD-A and SACD offered higher sample rates and true 5.1-channel encoding, both formats ultimately flopped in the commercial market.
In much the same way, the MP3 file is the stalwart of the digital music world. It is the most popular digital audio format and is supported by an entire industry of portable MP3 players, car stereos, smartphones, and other devices.
Still, MP3 is not without its drawbacks. The heavy compression used in converting Compact Discs to MP3 can greatly affect the quality of the sound. By setting the bit rate too low, you will introduce too much compression which can result in the audio sounding scratchy, tinny, or distorted.