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I thought we had a fairly good Technics Hi -Fi In the early 1980's.

Then my brother brought home his bosses newfangled cd player and a handfull of CD's.

'I've go a pretty decent system.'I thought.'This CD player won't show up my record player,tape deck and tuner.'

 

My brother started to spin a few discs.....'the best of Joe Walsh- help me through the night'  .....'Simon & Garfunkel-old friends'.....you guessed right...'Dire Straits- Brothers In Arms'....'The Who I- can see for miles'.....

 

I was just totally blown away......

 

What early CD tracks did it for you and convinced you to convert to CD?

 

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What early CD tracks did it for you and convinced you to convert to CD?

I only bought a CD player at all because the HMV shop (and others) stopped stocking vinyl.   For years I've regularly used and been less than completely satisfied with a Linn Karik, which at the time I bought it new had a reasonable shout at being the best CD player you could buy.   A few years back, the Karik broke and I bought and used a Cambridge Audio Azur 640C as a stop-gap whilst getting the Karik fixed.   Despite the ecstatic magazine reviews at the time,  the Cambridge really isn't very good in comparison with the Karik.  It now sits unused on the top of a wardrobe.

About 6 months ago, I bought a new stylus for the Goldring G1042 cartridge on my Linn Sondek LP12 and a complete new set of suspension bushes and springs.  After a little while tightening everything in sight and setting up the suspension, I was quite amazed at just how good vinyl really is.  To answer your question more directly - I am not and now probably never will be "converted to CD".  In fact, I'm in the process of rediscovering vinyl LPs and I'm planning to start buying them again in the new year.

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'Time Warp' on Telarc

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First CDs I bought almost twenty years ago were Tom Robinson's "Living In A Boom Time" and Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells II" both of which I enjoyed and thought sounded good (and still do).  I think it was when I found out that some of the earlier releases were generally more faithful to the original analogue tapes and pre- any remaster futzology going on.  Rarely play LPs anymore; the vast majority of my listening is digital and I'm perfectly happy that.

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Always used CDs- I was at secondary school when they became the 'main' format. Got my first decent kit at 15 (lots of lawn-mowing, car washing, etc,...), and used to love all the old 'Energy Rush' compilation jobs. OK not that old, but I was young. And my mates came round with their CDs to "see what they really sounded like". They all sounded great, compared to hissy old tape or crackly records... 

I've re-bought most of the Energy Rush albums again on ebay, and I still love them! Those were the days.

Bought a turntable a couple of years ago. Project Genie (plus phono box SE). Purchase, home, setup, play a couple of test tracks, oh fiddle time for work... Forgot to clip the tonearm. Cat (Oh yes. The furry git.) knocks said tonearm onto the felt platter, then walks across it, spinning it backwards and ripping off the stylus. Bought a new cartridge, but then snapped one of the human-hair wires when I tried to change it. It's been in a box in the basement ever since. 

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i bought the sony cdp 101 in march 1983 it came bundled with journey escape ,
i then bought dire straits love over gold, the cd player cost £549.99 back then the cds cost £12.99 a expensive
habit it became, but i now use all types of hardware from dac to turntables and wav downloads and find they all have
something to offer but if pushed i still prefer vinyl.

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My first experience of CD (and one of my earlier memories in fact) was of my Uncle's Sony hi-fi system which featured the legendary CDP101 and a pair of Acoustic Research speakers.  Every time I visited him I would ask to listen to Subdivisions off Rush's Signals album.  Funny thing is I didnt listen to the rest of the album until I was in my 20's!!

Still the track that really blew me away, like a lot of people, was Dire Straits - Money for Nothing.  Hearing that intro blasting out on my Uncle's system was a real eye opener (and prompted my father to buy our first CD system).

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Hi all I bought my first cd player a philips cd 104 in the mid eighties my 1st cds brothers in arms dire straits diamond life sade I have in the past had turntables Including a garrrade 301 but I grew out of it to much hassalle  keeping lps clean out of the sun etc and just when you are getting into the grooove man its time to turn it over or I think I will listen to a 45  right rubber matt of move belt rubber matt on .long live the turntable but not in my house let someone else sufffer:rofl: rolling on the floor laughing

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I'd say any of the tracks on The Nightfly, still sounds a good today as it did in 84.

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I had a akai music system with CD, tape & radio in the late eighties, used to listen to technotronic & inner city, i think i still have those CD's somewhere, it wasn't untill the mid nineties that i had a twelve disc changer in the boot of my car & in 1994 i bought a technics five disc changer for the home which i am still using.

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For me, it was the Philips demo CD "The pure perfect sound of compact Disc" that was issued with the Philips CD players in the shop.
I still have it, together with the second version - tracks included Elton John, Dire Straits (of course), some live Dutch jazz material and Florence Warner singing "Pirates" which I still use for a vocal reference today.
Back when I bought my first CD player I was a DJ and I was getting my discs from the record companies so I was lucky in that respect.

Without sounding like an old fogey, I do feel sorry for today's "yoof" that have been brought up on mp3 as a quality reference instead of the joy of unwrapping a virgin vinyl disc and experiencing sound reproduced as a waveform instead of a computerized digital approximation (steps off soapbox).

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icant believe it cost me 200 for one

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I first heard music from a CD in 1994 or 95.

A friend of mine had a midi system and lots of CDs by then, which was still very rare where we were. He had a very diverse music taste and was quite into hard/metal stuff at the time so he played me some tracks by Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumkins, Nirvana, Michael Schenker and the like.

I was by no means a novice in hifi then (had access to big amps and speakers with pre-CD sources, although never owned any hifi as could not afford it) and I thought CD sounded very clean indeed.

Shortly after I could afford my first own hifi with CD - a micro Aiwa system.

I only had two upgrades since then - in 2000 and in 2010.

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nirvana was the best rock n roll band ever  party time!

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Nirvana Rock and Roll I dont think so Good Band but not rock and roll,I love them crooked  vultures With Dave Grockin out Smile smiling

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I'd heard CDs in various shop demos in about 1986-87, so I'd have been about 8 or 9. (Showing my age now!) At 8 years old, Dire Straights "Brothers In Arms" was one of my favourite albums, we played it almost non-stop on a European holiday in the summer of 1986 (a week in Denmark followed by a week in Germany).  We drove from Zeebrugge to a small town in Denmark in a 1985 Audi 90, which my father discovered by accident would run quite happily on unleaded petrol when he accidentally filled up with unleaded in Germany. (This was at a time when 4-star was the norm.)

 

The following year he bought a CD player, a Sharp model (can't remember the model no but it's still working and my step-brother now has it) which he connected to his Sony receiver.  The first two discs were Sgt Pepper and Genesis "Invisible Touch". Eventually after much nagging I persuaded him to buy Brothers In Arms on CD. It was at this point that I discovered that if I made a cassette copy myself it sounded better than the pre-recorded version, better quality tape stock (TDK SA-90), copied in real-time rather than at high speed, and no compression. As long as the Dolby was turned on it'd sound almost as good as the original CD.

 

I didn't get a CD player myself until I was 14 (1992); the first CD album I bought was Billy Ray Cyrus' "Some Gave All". Yes, the one with Achy Breaky Heart on it. I originally had a Sony D-22 Discman (bought second hand from a friend for £30) linked to my antique Ferrograph F307 amplifier (which I still have, and it still works, sadly the Discman got dropped and doesn't).

 

I then replaced that with a Technics SL-PG320 (still working, used in the spare room), replaced the amp with a Technics SU-VX500 (stolen during a break-in when I was at college) and added an RS-BX606 cassette deck (still working but needs a new idler gear).

 

For speakers... I was using a set of rebuilt Sonys (my younger brother blew out the drive units so I replaced them and used them for ages) which I later replaced with a set of Mission 760iSEs. The Missions still work, they're now on my desk connected to the PC.

 

I now have an Arcam AVR360 running into a set of Monitor Audio RX6s with the matching centre and surrounds (7.1). It's light years ahead of what I had back then, but even what I had back then was far better than most people's little "ghetto blaster".

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