The following story ran in the first-ever issue of SPIN in May 1985.Compact discs and compact disc players are the hottest things to hit the audio market since cassette tapes and players. However, this new technology, commonly referred to as "CD," offers more than convenience. CD provides a quality of sound that far exceeds records and tapes. Compact disc digital audio technology reproduces sound with remarkable accuracy, clarity and a dynamic range up to 90db, without distortion and surface noise such as "pops" and "ticks."CD brings the sonic refinement of state-of-the-art recording studios to the general public. The process is complex, but basically, music is translated into numbers and encoded on a disc only 4.7 inches in diameter (approximately one-third the size of a conventional 12-inch vinyl record), which is coated with a protective layer of plastic.