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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    It’s not only the age of the CD player. I have two Marantz players, one about 10 and the other more than 20 years old. I recently bought Curretzis’ Mahler 6’, which runs more than 84 minutes. On the newer player, it won’t even load most of the time, and if it does, it mistracks. But the same disc loads and plays flawlessly on the 20+ year old player.
    Sometimes those CD cleaning disks improve tracking (other times they don't help, of course!)


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    Quote Originally Posted by wkasimer View Post
    It’s not only the age of the CD player. I have two Marantz players, one about 10 and the other more than 20 years old. I recently bought Curretzis’ Mahler 6’, which runs more than 84 minutes. On the newer player, it won’t even load most of the time, and if it does, it mistracks. But the same disc loads and plays flawlessly on the 20+ year old player.
    Same brand too! Very odd. But most home audio equipment is put together from off the shelf parts. So I guess Marantz started buying DACs from a different supplier that hadn't updated their specs in a while.
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    I used to experience trouble occasionally with some CDs. In some cases they were scratched, or the CD player lens needed cleaning, or the CD itself needed a wipe. I got so fed up it with all that trouble that I decided to create WAV files from all new CDs I acquired. Very slowly I ripped some of my existing CDs, but I packed up about half way through as it was too time-consuming.

    I much prefer to listen to music from a PC via an external DAC. As for quality differences, there are none as far as I'm concerned. Fiing music according to composer and genre is so much easier. This makes it convenient to use a decent media player like "foobar" to switch around what I'm listening to. CDs are OK for small collections but soon become a chore. I'd never go back to a CD player.
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    I like CDs, because the provenance is rock-solid (the source of the file). It assures that the file is AIFF, unlike a "loose" file, which may be MP3 converted to AIFF. I also like liner notes and visual design. Also on a CD the file can't be erased or lost through crash; it is its own backup.
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    I love music. I'm indifferent to formats. If they are more convenient, I like them better.
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    I like CDs because I have a collector mentality (not saying that's good or bad), and I'm a little bit too young to have developed any special affinity for vinyl records. (Plus vinyl records are huge and heavy.)

    I do like that CDs are essentially durable backups. I rip all my music to digital formats and don't ever listen to CDs with a CD player (well, almost never). But I've had hard drives fail. I do have multiple backups of my main music drive, but it still makes me nervous.

    Edited to add: I do sometimes purchase MP3 or FLAC files, but my preference is always CD. It's just that not having a physical disc just seems ephemeral, and that I don't really own it somehow. I realize that this may not be an entirely rational viewpoint, but what're you gonna do.
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