Pretty ... and pretty proud of it
Although a lot of my listening is through Spotify I do spin the odd cd still. Just updated my collection of BBC Jazz Awards for a few pennies.
I quite agree. They are cheaper than ever, and while everyone else is worrying about NAS, usb, and lots more acronyms, we can be enjoying the music (which will never be in the wrong format or not backed up)!
Not that I would say no to a hi-def streamer...
Hi-Fi: Krell KAV-300cd, Michell TecnoDec/RB250/Grado Prestige Black1, KAV-300i amp, Transparent balanced interconnects and bi-wire to Sonus faber Concerto grand piano speakers, Nakamichi ZX-7 cassette deck, Logitech Squeezebox Touch, Hitachi FT-5500 and Sony S570ES tuners, BCD Engineering stand, RA Powerlink, Chord powerchord, Grado SR60i cans.
AV: Sony Bravia KDL-32EX503 telly, BDP-S370 player with QED HDMI. Currently unused: Denon AVR-1705, DVD-1710, KEF KHT1005.2
CD still sounds the best to me, spotify is quite a bit inferior to CD , but still listenable and 'almost hifi' but somethings lacking , like presence and emotion,
And I cant be bothered with all this ripping to disc in that format and the other format etc. lossless, flac, blah blah blah
I just want to keep it simple, put a disc on, and have great sound.
Long live CD
BTW DAB and internet radio is awful,
here here. Predominanty I now rip them rather than play them, but (a) CDs are nearly always cheaper than iTunes and MP3 downloads, even moreso used CDs, so why would I chose them over a CD, and (b) they'll take away my Marantz CD63 mk2 KI when they pry it from my cold dead fingers.
Main gear: Mac Mini > HRT Streamer II+ > Marantz PM66 KI > Mission 794
Also cluttering-up the place:
Thorens TD160 no cartridge; Marantz CD63 mkII KI; Technics SL-P777; Cyrus 2 + PSX; Cyrus Tuner; Nakamichi DR-1
Agree. Although a lot of my listening are FLAC files via various streamers, I just visited Amazon and purchased a bunch of CDs and SACDs. Still like to read the liner notes when listening to something new, just like in the old days with vinyl.
I agree wholeheartedly, but I have noticed prices of new CD's on Amazon are creeping up... I feared this might happen with the demise of HMV
Accuphase E350 amp, Electrocompaniet EMC1UP CDP, Siltech 25th Classic anniversary 330I XLR Harbeth Super HL5 on Sound Anchor Quod ELS63 stands, Chord Odessey2 speaker cable. Grado SR60 headphones.
Forget about CD, there's still life left in vinyl!!
AR "The Turntable/Linn Basik/Ortofon Vivo Red - Arcam CD17 - Plinius 9200 - Magneplanar MG12 - Marantz SR6004 - B&W ASW750 - Sony 46EX520
I ripped my collection to flac about 18 months ago but oddly I can't even recall the last time I bought a cd. All my recent music purchases have been on the black stuff
NaimUniti | Rega RP8 | Harbeth Super HL5
There's plenty of life left in both formats, and whilst the price of much new vinyl is so high I'll still be buying CDs for the forseeable future.
Amplification: Creek Evolution 5350 with Creek Sequel 40 plug in phono stage
Speakers: Epos Elan 30
Sources: Arcam CD17 - Squeezebox Touch - PC via optical into FiiO D3 DAC
Turntable: Rega Planar P3 with Ortofon 2M Blue cart on RB300 tonearm
Various bits of wire supplied by Mark Grant and Van Damme
......... and internet radio is awful,
Not really. I'd go as far as to say that Internet Radio via my Squeezebox Touch is probably my primary source these days.
I can't forget CD playback, that's why I have a micro system. IMO, sound is so spacious in CD.
Setup I: Denon DM38DAB → Q Acoustic 2020i
Setup II: PC → FLAC → J.River MC16 [asio4all] → Furutech Formula 2 → Musical Fidelity V-DAC II → Chord Crimson Plus [VEE] → PrimAcoustic Recoil Stabilizer RX5 → Focal CMS40 [Active]
PC Config: Intel Core i5 2310 | Windows 7 64 bit | Gigabyte Mobo | Corsair Vengeance 4 GB x 2 | SeaSonic S12II 430W | CM Elite 311+ | Seagate 1 TB + FreeAgent GoFlex Drive 500 GB
Old Setup: Cambridge Audio 640C V2 → Cambridge Audio 640A V2 → Squeezebox Classic → Merlin Mozart → Van Damme Studio Blue → Monitor Audio RS6
One problem with downloads compared to CDs is there's no such thing as a legal used-market. I find I buy most of my CDs second-hand these days and save a fortune by doing so, and unlike used records, mostly you don't have to worry about them being noisy and unplayable. With records, I learned long ago that some sellers' idea of 'mint' is my idea of 'knackered'.
Quite true. I have also encountered a few 'mint' examples...
CD's are not dead and probably will not be (along with SACD's for that matter) until all music is available as a hi-res download and looking at all we have on the market right now, that isn't going to be for quite a while, if ever!
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Yes they will be around for donkeys. Only if a much better format comes out I will stop buying them, although most of mine are used ones.
when I try inernet radio stations on my pc its sounds mostly bad, ie very compressed sometimes 'tinney' etc . Spotify sounds miles better, Am I doing something wrong? its all goes through a CA dacmagic Yamaha AS500 and AE evo3 speakers
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