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Offline crosstan

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Enjoying CD again
« on: June 26, 2020, 23:25 »
Wondering how many bros have moved to streaming music (Spotify) for the convenience. Due to work and family, hardly have time to enjoy my music. Had resigned to spotify for the convenience of streaming to my bedroom system. So much so that even when I was listening in my room, was using Spotify. Really a waste. Then today, just received  CD from Amazon, and wow, I had been missing so much. It is just night and day between Spotify and CD. I did try Tidal but their collection is not as comprehensive. Looks like I will be enjoying my CDs or at least the ripped music for a while before I resigned back to convenience.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2020, 23:42 »
Wondering how many bros have moved to streaming music (Spotify) for the convenience. Due to work and family, hardly have time to enjoy my music. Had resigned to spotify for the convenience of streaming to my bedroom system. So much so that even when I was listening in my room, was using Spotify. Really a waste. Then today, just received  CD from Amazon, and wow, I had been missing so much. It is just night and day between Spotify and CD. I did try Tidal but their collection is not as comprehensive. Looks like I will be enjoying my CDs or at least the ripped music for a while before I resigned back to convenience.
I still listen to CDs or Flac.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2020, 23:56 »
When you have about 3000 CDs and still buying occasionally.....I still listen to CDs more than the CXN V2 streamer.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #3 on: June 27, 2020, 10:25 »


It’s still CDs for me . I only listen to Spotify for new music


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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #4 on: June 27, 2020, 12:34 »
When I first heard music streamers at hifi shows years ago I tot they sounded contaminated. These days however, streamers can sound pretty good. Although I have thousands of cds and vinyl, I found myself listening more to my streamer these days. It's very convenient especially when I'm working from home. I usually start the day listening to streamer followed by cds and lastly, vinyls. The order is very important. If I listen to vinyl followed by CDs, I would be disappointed with the sound of CDs. Same if I listen to CDs followed by streamer ;D
I buy hifi to suit my music, not buy music to suit my hifi.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #5 on: June 27, 2020, 15:57 »
If don’t compare side by side Steamer is more than good enough for music listening....

Actually I notice when the system sound is good , LP , Cd , steamer all Can Sound good , even YouTube video sound is fine if you are not trying to pick the fault by comparing it to higher resolution source.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #6 on: June 27, 2020, 16:21 »
Some streamers nowadays are already very good. On Different tracks/album will sound better in different format. Some better on LP, some better on CD and some better on Tidal. 
 I usually listen to records as the music I listen to, generally sound better in the lp format
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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2020, 21:05 »
My new challenge is that not all new artistes release CDs nowadays... sometimes only mp3 and spotify available.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2020, 00:21 »
In order to get good sound from streaming, the LAN setup matters a lot.
It’s not as simple as just buying a good audiophile ethernet cable and just plug between your wifi router/Switch and streamer.

Of course there will always be smart IT guys who will tell you otherwise.  :P
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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2020, 09:07 »
Anytime still prefer CD than streaming music. Spotify is probably during commute or check out new release...

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #10 on: June 28, 2020, 15:11 »
Looks like still lots of hardcore bros. It's really a shame that shopping for CDs these days is not like years back. Now I almost only purchase online. Miss those days of browsing and trying different discs.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #11 on: June 28, 2020, 22:03 »
Looks like still lots of hardcore bros. It's really a shame that shopping for CDs these days is not like years back. Now I almost only purchase online. Miss those days of browsing and trying different discs.

Yeah, I remember many hours spent at Gramophone listening to CDs and spending hundreds of dollars on CDs every month. Good times!

But now that I have built my vinyl collection, I don't really miss CD. Vinyl is any time better.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #12 on: June 29, 2020, 08:19 »
No doubt vinyl may be more analogue and better sounding than CD but the maintenance, more storage space to store these big and heavier vinyl....inconvenience far outweigh the listening pleasure of vinyl. Prices of vinyl are price so much higher due to its popularity now. Remember many years ago when I started vinyl journey, prices of vinyl are cheap. Anyway, I have given up vinyl now.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #13 on: June 29, 2020, 10:35 »
I share the same view. I am a big big vinyl fan for the last 4 decades. But CD still gives me listening pleasure at low cost for impulse listening. Low cost in terms of convenience and running cost. Vinyl costs me about $4 per hour in terms of cartridge wear. CD, is negligible. I can fire up my CDP from cold and get good sound in 1 hour. The phono takes 1/2 day to warm up.

The CDPs I have do get 10% air time whenever I need music to unwind with. Vinyl is when I want to immerse myself in music.

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #14 on: June 29, 2020, 11:03 »
I'm into vinyl too, I sold all my CD 10 over years ago 1st wave & 2nd wave 2years ago after getting the Aurender from audio basic. Now I've only 2pc of CD at home.
Analog all the way...

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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2020, 21:35 »
Quite a few of crystal CDs are of very good sound. U can start collecting CD again

I'm into vinyl too, I sold all my CD 10 over years ago 1st wave & 2nd wave 2years ago after getting the Aurender from audio basic. Now I've only 2pc of CD at home.
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« Reply #16 on: July 31, 2020, 13:45 »
I'm into vinyl too, I sold all my CD 10 over years ago 1st wave & 2nd wave 2years ago after getting the Aurender from audio basic. Now I've only 2pc of CD at home.

I also considered letting go for space savings since I never look at the CDs themselves, but decided against it. I recently removed all my casing and just put it into big CD organizer booklets, just like what I did for my DVDs.

Kind of illogical but it felt like I was going to throw away part of my life by getting rid of them for good. Anyway think I won't get too much money back. :)

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Re: Enjoying CD again
« Reply #17 on: July 31, 2020, 14:49 »
I have never threw any of my CDs and vinyl since I started this hobby in the 70s and today I still buying them.  When everyone jumping into music streaming in mid 2000, I still listen to CDs and vinyl as the main source, though I had 2 different "streamers" and DACs hooked up in my system.  Up till today, either streamers is for background music when I am doing my work, CD for casual listening and vinyl for serious listening. 

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« Reply #18 on: July 31, 2020, 16:13 »
Actually Memory Lane in B1 Adelphi every now and then has hundreds of CDs by collectors who give up when they go into streaming. I have seen many popular and rare imported titles, some still in shrink wrapped from Borders going at 10 bucks.
I doubt interest in CD will return in a big way like how vinyl return because streaming quality from Spotify  is catching up, especially recent release, with lyrics to boot.
I do listen to Jay Chou, Della, Hebe, JJ Lin, Yiruma etc and they sound pretty good on Spotify with Aurender and mediocre DAC.
But I will not listen to streamed Jennifer Warnes, Teresa Teng, Tsai Chin or Pink Floyd, Steely Dan etc. because their recordings sound better on CD and always much better on vinyl. For jazz recordings, it is always vinyl unless for background music
I usually listen to vinyl when I have more free time or in good mood. Otherwise, it is mainly streaming.
Spotify now even have remastered versions, just like CDs.

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« Reply #19 on: July 31, 2020, 16:47 »
Price of vinyl is now slightly higher factoring inflation. Price of vinyl such as U2, Depeche Mode cost $15 to $17  in the mid 80s or 1%of SAF Captain pay. Now it cost the same 1% of SAF Captain pay🙂

No doubt vinyl may be more analogue and better sounding than CD but the maintenance, more storage space to store these big and heavier vinyl....inconvenience far outweigh the listening pleasure of vinyl. Prices of vinyl are price so much higher due to its popularity now. Remember many years ago when I started vinyl journey, prices of vinyl are cheap. Anyway, I have given up vinyl now.
« Last Edit: July 31, 2020, 16:49 by Jagdpanzer »

 

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