Price of CD player in 1983: Around pounds 500.
Only complete opera available on CD in 1983: The Magic Flute.
First CD to sell a million: Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms in 1986.
Diameter of CD: 12cm (4 3/4 in).
Number of sound signal bits on an average CD: 5 billion.
Rotation speed: 200-500 revolutions per minute.
Laser reading speed: 4.3 million bits per sec.
Percentage of adults owning CDs in UK: 23%.
Year on which CD sales overtook LP sales: 1989.
Cost of CDs purchased in UK in 1992: pounds 525m.
Useful initials to drop into conversation: SBM (super-bit mapping), ANR (advanced noise-reshaping dither), DRE (dynamic range enhancement).
Other impressive terms: Pulse-code modulation, 16-bit word format, 44.1 kHz sampling rate, digital to analogue (D/A) converter, anti-aliasing filter, distortion of less than .004%, dynamic range of 90dB.
Other uses for CD: Coffee mat, frisbee, pie-crust template.Reuse content