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RE: Vinyl or cd ?

I'm not sure it's so clear cut that cd has the same "quality" as streaming. 

Theres still the selection and loading that is missing from streaming.

Hide the remote control and you're even less likely to skip tracks etc

CD still has a little of the experience of vinyl — at least compared to streaming.

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RE: Vinyl or cd ?

jcarruthers wrote:

I'm not sure it's so clear cut that cd has the same "quality" as streaming. 

Theres still the selection and loading that is missing from streaming.

Hide the remote control and you're even less likely to skip tracks etc

CD still has a little of the experience of vinyl — at least compared to streaming.

I agree, CD selection, take out of case then place in CDP tray etc

A bit off topic but ALAC through Optical via my Rega DAC out performs CD through my Apollo R/DAC - Thats carzy!

 

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RE: Vinyl or cd ?

I prefer cds, never did like all that crackling between tracks, not to mention scrathed lps, even new ones. Anyway in UK vinyl is a rip-off at £15-£20 (USA is about $10) an album when you can often buy the cd for £5 new or £1 for used ones. 

I do most of listening now via Spotify or Rdio, a bit of internet radio, so do not buy many cds, so I gear up for that.

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RE: Vinyl or CD?CD.The medium

Vinyl or CD?

CD.

The medium is cheap, is easily available new and used, is far more durable, and doesn't require meticulous care, above and beyond simple common sense.

You can play CDs live on anything from ye olde worlde CD players to a bang-up-to-date blu-ray player, or you can rip them and store them on your computer, or a NAS drive, or copy them to a portable device, or to a memory-stick for your car.

Then there's the set-up of the replay equipment. Unlike records, CDs don't need their players to be set-up meticulously by engineers wearing white coats and cotton gloves. Buy a player of some kind, plonk it on a level-ish table, there you go, it's set up.

Then there's the upgrade possibilities. Not got the money for an expensive player now? No problem. A cheap transport can (usually) be upgraded by connecting it to a better DAC at a later time, and on the whole and generally speaking, the potential sound-quality of the DAC won't be compromised very much (if at all). Buy the world's best arm and cartridge for a cheap turntable and you've basically wasted all your money.

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RE: Vinyl or cd ?

Regarding transports!

A lot of people advocating use of a cheap blu ray player as a transport IMHO the transport is as important as the DAC!

I am astounded by how good ALAC sounds through my Rega DAC even better than an Apollo R as transport!

Yes you will get good results using a £200 blu ray player and a £500 DAC, but the weak link is that transport and you can improve it greatly!

 

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RE: Vinyl or cd ?

stevebrock wrote:
Yes you will get good results using a £200 blu ray player and a £500 DAC, but the weak link is that transport and you can improve it greatly!

 

You can buy more expensive transports...and it will improve the sound (probably/possibly...I'm just not going there!)...

What I probably should have said is "on the whole and generally speaking, the potential sound-quality of a brilliant DAC attached to a cheap transport won't be as compromised as the world's best arm and cartridge attached to a cheap turntable" but I do keep forgetting how carefully one has to choose ones words round here Wink

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I have only 3 albums on both CD and vinyl. Every one of them sounds better on vinyl.

 

2ptjoe you can buy a decent sounding device for playing CD's for £100. Take your pick from a CD player, DAC, Soundcard or Audio Interface. For that sort of money you might as well go ahead and enjoy both CD's and vinyl in your system.

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RE: Vinyl or cd ?

p_m_brown wrote:

internet radio is great and future proof given that DAB is on the way out.

 

 

?????????????????????  We have barely got DAB here so what's this about it on the way out?

Apple lossless - Netgear Nighthawk - ATV3 - AVI ADM 40.  

AVI ADM 9T used in my wife's system

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