- Aug 1, 2019
"And not only are they yours to play in a CD player, hi-fi system or in your car..."
Not many modern cars have CD players anymore. They are more into USB sticks or streaming off your phone.
Still got all my old vinyl, it's boxed up and in the garage with my CDs - the CDs are ripped to lossless files but serve as a backup. My faithful Rega 2 (re-belted, re-oiled, levelled and isolated), Rega Bias (correctly tracked and weighted) and Cambridge Audio 640P are still ready to play the black plastic stuff at the drop of a hat (or needle) but TBH they just don't sound as good as my FiiO X5iii into the same sytem. I admit it's a meager vinyl setup, but I have no idea how people with lesser vinyl setups can possibly think vinyl is better - they must have crap digital sources (much like how CD won over LPs in the 90s).Forget about the vinyl revival, there are plenty of reasons why you should be playing and buying compact discs.
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I still remember the annoyance back in the 80's/90's, having bought a new vinyl, first time playing and you got a bad pressing with a nice crackling or hissing sound at every turn :-(Still got all my old vinyl, it's boxed up and in the garage with my CDs - the CDs are ripped to lossless files but serve as a backup. My faithful Rega 2 (re-belted, re-oiled, levelled and isolated), Rega Bias (correctly tracked and weighted) and Cambridge Audio 640P are still ready to play the black plastic stuff at the drop of a hat (or needle) but TBH they just don't sound as good as my FiiO X5iii into the same sytem. I admit it's a meager vinyl setup, but I have no idea how people with lesser vinyl setups can possibly think vinyl is better - they must have crap digital sources (much like how CD won over LPs in the 90s).
I suspect a large number of listeners who are espousing the virtues of vinyl playback may have taken the plunge due to the "hip" factor and relative underground coolness of this playback format. Many doing so are not fully aware of the labour needed to align a cartridge properly onto the tonearm, set up your anti skate and dial in the right tracking weight on their new fangled turntables. Do they realise that the styli on cartridges wear out and require replacement or re-tipping? Also different cartridge and turntable combinations need to be considered. And then, there's your choice of phono stages. It is, not plug and play unlike a current day CD player, which has come a long way since the first ones were heard during the 80s! These people will eventually turn to physical CDs when they discover the convenience and relative low maintenance of the format compared to listening to vinyl which requires more commitment which some of us actually enjoy as a process. Exciting times ahead for physical formats! Last I saw, some of these chaps were whispering about analogue cassette tapes...
You have a digital "The Golden Ears Brigade" version as well .A friend who spent 30 years as an engineer in the major recording studios of London - Sony Hit Factory, Virgin etc had an expression for the type of person who believes that superseded tech such as vinyl is superior to correctly recorded and masted digital - "The Golden Ears Brigade".
These people can apparently hear or see the improvement that results from spending wads of money on HDMI leads, for example, ignoring the fact that a 1 or a 0 in at one end and coming out the other cannot be improved upon. These people will spend similarly absurd amounts of money on devices which they believe improve the performance of their systems by altering the characteristics of the mains supply to their devices.
Vinyl is a fad, encouraged by manufacturers who need to move product, especially if they have a legacy range of t/tables, cartridges and tone arms, and encouraged by magazines and websites which need to retain audience for the companies which advertise thru' them.
The one benefit of 12" vinyl over CD - and streaming, of course - is the 12" square sleeve, which became a 20th C classic art medium. I watched a YT vid of a woman demonstrating how to hang a picture on a stud wall. The picture was a nicely framed Miles Davis 12" album cover. My copy of his 'Tutu' is CD. I will have to do a hi-res copy of the stunning cover photograph of Miles and enlarge it to make it worth framing.
Yes... adding gold [Au] to anything makes it sound better !You have a digital "The Golden Ears Brigade" version as well .
I remember back in the late 80's/early 90's an article back home in Germany well respected Hi-Fi magazine,
where they did claim, they could HEAR a clear difference and improved clarity on golden CD's compared to the standard silver CD's.
And don't get me even started with the magic cables....
I'm absolutely agreeing with you.I continue to appreciate CDs very much and, while recognizing the "acoustic" differences with vinyls, I can't do without the audio quality that these small supports continue to guarantee (of course if recorded well and, even before that, if "played" well by skilled musicians ...).
I have been a musician all my life and I also had the opportunity to record a vinyl, before the boom of the CDs (and from that moment I have taken part in about forty CD recordings).
Much, much more complicated my relationship with streaming music, also and above all because I listen above all to "classical" music, from the Middle Ages to the 1900s.
I listen to music on vintage hi-fi systems and I love my Tannoy speakers from the 70s, among others.
I highly recommend a Roon Nucleus fed into a very good DAC. In my case a Matrix Audio Sabre MQA via USB, output to my McIntosh.I have a bluesound node and found it not good. Now i am looking at the Cambridge CXNv2. But for me streaming is also to computer oriented. Always updaten NAS and smartphone or there is something wrong and i am not a IT 'er and then must call an expert. With CD you put a cd in the palyer and can listen. Gives more peaches. That's why i in dubt; Cambridge streamer or bach to cd with for example the Marantz cd 60 ehich is also cheaper than the Cambridge streamer. With my system, Tannoy xt8f, MF m5si and many rock ist must be a little forgiven for these recordings.