A lot of people have no idea that the technology behind compact discs dates back to the 1970s. Other than a few minor tweaks, the CDs that we buy today work on technology that’s 40 years old. And it’s been really hard to update things because if we did, people would have to buy brand new players and burners. That’s been tried and it hasn’t worked. But I should mention this from Japan.
They’re called SHM CDs, which were developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan. “SHM” stands for “super high material” and is a spin-off from research done into making better LCD screens. Basically, this new material makes the data side of the disc more transparent, which means it can be read more accurately by the laser.
Right now, SHM CDs are mostly only available in Japan–but I’ve bought a couple and you know what? They DO sound better than the standard CD. Really.