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Technology Change and the Rise of New Industries$
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Jeffrey L. Funk

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780804783859

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804783859.001.0001

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Audio and Video Recording and Playback Equipment1

Audio and Video Recording and Playback Equipment1

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(p.82) 5 Audio and Video Recording and Playback Equipment1
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Technology Change and the Rise of New Industries
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804783859.003.0005

This chapter presents a detailed analysis of the discontinuities of audio and video recording and playback equipment. It explores the history of magnetic recording and playback equipment to explore the time lag between the identification of the concepts and architectures that form the basis of technological discontinuities and the commercialization of these discontinuities. The chapter also defines the minimum thresholds of performance for magnetic recording density that made these discontinuities possible, and, finally, shows how improvements in recording density changed the trade-offs which users and suppliers made between price and different dimensions of performance.

Keywords:   discontinuities, audio, video, recording, playback equipment, magnetic recording

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