Vinyl already sounds pretty damn good, but according to Digital Music News, a patent has been filed for vinyl records that “has 30% more capacity, 30% greater volume, and double the audio fidelity of a typical LP sold today.”
According to details from Rebeat Digital, an Austrian company, the concept could potentially be on the market within three years. The concept would also make vinyl production much quicker; the process involves 3D-based topographical mapping combined with laser inscription technology. This could possibly solve the current imbalance between supply and demand in the vinyl market. Artists can wait as long as six months for their vinyl to be pressed in the states.
Luckily this isn’t like one of those Apple scams where updating your iPhone also means buying new chargers, HD vinyl will play on a standard turntable. But of course, “HD-compatible turntables” are in the works.
At the end of the day, this is still just a patent, so vinyl conservatives out there don’t get too heated, but it does hint at the possibility that vinyl resurgence is here to stay, well into the future.