That's pretty much what I've found and the approach I take. If we really like the cd we buy it and rip lossless to the NASWe've been subscribing to Spotify Premium almost from the moment the service became available in the Netherlands. We've eventually upgraded to a Family subscription so my partner and me can use the service individually simultaneously. It's really good value for money, compared to buying CDs and records.
The sound quality through Spotify Connect in our Yamaha R-N602 is very decent, although definitely not CD quality. But if we really like the music we will buy the disc anyway.
I actually use spotify for my stereo 8 times out of 10 too. Without wanting to start a tedious "can you tell the difference debate" the 320kbps stuff sounds alright.Use Spotify Family as it is cost effective for us. It does make it quite difficult to escape to another services. That said, Spotify do an good job of curation, recommendation, podcasts etc.
I made the decision to go with Spotify, largely because Amazon and Google were too busy trying to make life hard for users by having a spat. Spotify was by far the most flexible.
I'd consider HiRes but to be honest, I mostly stream through moderate earphones, smart speaker or car. I tend use vinyl or CD on the hifi. Compressed audio is fine if all you need is a bit of background music.
Thanks for the kind comments, however THAT Fred Barker in the pic was Fred Barker, " the first television glove puppets with attitude" on TV in 1960'sIn your photo, you look younger than me Fred.
I was there Fred, pre-Thames TV.
I think a few with younger ears often have trouble telling the difference too.I'm an old git. Big 7 Oh tomorrow. But rediscovering an interest in music. Currently trialling Amazon Music HD. And, free with a Neos cam from Currys, 6 months free Spotify Premium.
I'm prepared for £5 extra with AMHD over Spotify's mp3 @320 but truth be told - on listening tests with mp3/320 and the same content with rips to FLAC and Wav, my old ears can't really tell the difference.
After the trials are over I'll probably stick with Spotify Premium at a tenner pm. Anything more is probably wasted on my ears and my kit.
I'm not far behind you and still love Rock music, and recently discovered Dub-Step... 🔊I'm an old git. Big 7 Oh tomorrow. But rediscovering an interest in music. Currently trialling Amazon Music HD. And, free with a Neos cam from Currys, 6 months free Spotify Premium.
Surely Ollie Beak was just a puppet and buddy of Fred Barker and not an actual owl, unless you've seen a CGI version haha!!I was there Fred, pre-Thames TV.
(Didn't find out Thunderbird 2 was green 'till Mum took me to see the cinema film).
Thanks for shattering my illusion, before today, Ollie Beak was a real owl.....with a bloke's voice.