As vinyls have regained popularity among audiophiles who are serious about the fidelity of their music, Dutch CD-manufacturing company Symcon has invented a new technique for printing records that promises even better sound. The injection-molding technology offers a host of benefits over traditional vinyl printing, including better sound, more cost efficiency and better sustainability.
Anyone who has made a commitment to the relatively high expense of vinyls (as opposed to listening to music through streaming services, for example) has likely done so because of vinyl's improved sound quality. Vinyl encodes sound waves directly from the source material, meaning that it doesn't encode the sound in any way -- whereas digital files encode sound by necessity.
Symcon's injection-molding technique copies the aural information even more directly than traditional methods by injecting plastic directly onto the record stamper, rather than pushing it in at an angle.