CD Review

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CD Review
Digital Audio.jpg
First issue of CD Review (as Digital Audio), September 1984
EditorLarry Canale
FormatJournal, magazine
First issueSeptember 1984; 35 years ago (1984-09)
Final issue
May 1996 (1996-05)
CompanyWGE Pub
CountryUnited States

CD Review (formerly known as Digital Audio and Digital Audio and Compact Disc Review) is a discontinued American monthly magazine that specializes in reviewing albums and audio electronics, especially compact discs.[1] The magazine was founded by publisher Wayne Green.[2] The magazine lasted from September 1984 to May 1996.[3]


In the first issue of "CD Review" (as "Digital Audio"), Ken Pohlmann, columnist for Audio and assistant professor at the University of Miami, introduced the magazine's purpose. Pohlmann wrote "This monthly column will examine the professional side of digital audio, offering slices of insight and wisdom, as well as gossip from the recording studio and the manufacturers that equip it. In this way, the listening community will understand the sometimes invisible origins of recorded music." Pohlmann also wrote that CD sales would eventually outsell LPs and would eventually become "the dominant medium for home, car, and portable listening."[4] Among the first reviews for the magazine include Abbey Road by The Beatles, Synchronicity by The Police, The Key by Joan Armatrading, and Secret Messages by Electric Light Orchestra, all of which were released on compact discs.[5]


  1. ^ Winship, Frederick M. (October 11, 1986). "The Cd Boom: Demand Increases For Laser Sound". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  2. ^ Grant, Doug (September 18, 2013). "Wayne Green has left the building". EDN. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Hansen, Larry David (February 1985). "Wayne Green As "Intrapreneur"". Venture Magazine. Retrieved February 28, 2017.
  4. ^ Pohlmann, Ken (September 1984). "Celebrating a New Issue". Digital Audio. 1 (1): 8–13. Retrieved June 12, 2017.
  5. ^ "Compact Disc-ussions". Digital Audio. 1 (1): 73–76. September 1984. Retrieved June 12, 2017.