SH Spotlight Vinyl collectors: What is the RIAA curve and why do you need it? See SH Post #7*

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Chooke, Dec 20, 2016.

  1. Michael P

    Michael P Forum Resident

    Parma, Ohio
    I should rephrase my question, should I use the RIAA curve when playing these early 45's?

    Or better yet, is what curves did RCA used on these early 45's?
  2. Steve Hoffman

    Steve Hoffman Your Host Your Host

    You read my initial post, right? Yes, use RIAA. If you need to add a bit of midband use a parametric. Otherwise just enjoy. Those early 45's sound pretty bad no matter what curve you use. The 78s of that time sound so much better.
  3. RiCat

    RiCat Forum Resident

    CT, USA
    Another ? for those in the know: If we could is there a better solution than the existing RIAA standard? Given today's technologies, materials and hardware would a different standard benefit playback? I surely see the issue of backward compatibility, this is a purely theoretical question.
  4. Michael P

    Michael P Forum Resident

    Parma, Ohio
    It's been tried and failed miserably. Lookup DBX Encoded Discs for more on the subject.
  5. Hermetech Mastering

    Hermetech Mastering Well-Known Member

    Paris, France
    Can bypass the RIAA in analogue and do it all in digital now too, lots of people find for restoration & repair it's best to do it before the playback RIAA curve,

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