As said before, VinylVideo® is an analog format – no digital compression anywhere. Just like standard analog television, every video frame is made up of scanlines, and each scanline takes up its portion of space in the groove. Record grooves can hold stereo signals – another reason why a conventional TV set will never be able to translate a VinylVideo®-signal into images and sound, because up to now video signals have never been in stereo!
So, between your turntable and your TV- set a special device is needed to accomplish the translation: the brand new VinylVideo® audiovisual phono pre-amplifier. Like any other high-quality phono pre-amp, it makes the weak signal, coming from the pick-up, usable for the usual Line inputs of a hi-fi system – but with additional functionality, namely the ability to decode VinylVideo® signals and present them to a TV set via a dedicated Audio/Video output (analog or HDMI).
Any turntable will work, as long as it is reasonably hi-fi. Unfortunately, systems using only the inferior-quality piezo crystal pickups are almost always not going to work at all. VinylVideo® uses the capacity of vinyl records up to the limit and operates on the edge of what is technically possible. The crystal systems, used with some cheap or portable record players, are simply not capable of picking up sufficient information from the groove.
Faithful reproduction of video signals places special demands on the carrier medium and playback equipment. Vinyl records and turntables were not invented for video and always distort the signal in a characteristic way that is rather insignificant for the human ear, but becomes very noticeable when the signal is viewed as video. Furthermore, great variations are possible between different turntables and pickup systems. Therefore, the VinylVideo® unit is capable to calibrate itself to the exact properties of any particular playback setup, to ensure the best possible viewing experience in each case.
VinylVideo® is an invention of Gebhard Sengmüller, Günter Erhart and Martin Diamant and was made possible by Supersense.
VinylVideo® records should be handled with the same care as normal audio records, and their durability will also be exactly the same.