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    Ditto-very-much-and-certainly-so from here!

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    I started with classical music as a teenager in early 1980s with LPs. By the late 1980s, I had already switched over to CDs, but was still buying LPs because there was a lot that was still not available on CD. In the 2000s I started to download digitally but then later I went back to CDs. I think I get better sound on the stereo system, or maybe it's just my imagination.

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    Same here. I still prefer listening to my music on CD, even if I have a digital backup of all my music CDs. The only exception is when I'm not home, then I listen to music on an MP3 player.

    My old cassette tapes are no longer playable, but I've been trying to re-acquire everything I had on tape in CD format.

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    I still like my cds and during this pandemic the massive hoard has been a godsend. I had a daily music festival of the highest quality and variety. When people say the cd is dead I point out the hundreds of new releases reviewed each month on musicweb international, and Classics Today, and the large number of releases of unusual repertoire on Records International. Maybe cds are dead to people who listen to pop/rock/rap and other, more ephemeral music, but the format seems to be alive and well in the classical arena. All of those super bargain boxes that have been coming out are irritating - some of those I paid a small fortune for in individual releases when they came out. Now you can get them for a tiny fraction of the original price.

    I do have a real concern for all cd collectors: cd players are getting scarce, especially affordable stand-alone units that have decent quality. If you want to play SACDs options are really getting limited. Oppo and Onkyo both used to make sacd compatible units for under $500, but they're gone. Check out the pricing for players from Sony, Marantz and others: it'll shock you. Even Red Book cd players are going away - stock up while you can.

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    This thread has been reassuring: At least a handful of fellow dinosaurs are out there, still hanging on to CDs. And at my advanced age, that may be just fine.
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    I don't have an audio set up for listening to streamed music in hi fidelity sound so I listen to CDs. It has nothing to do with romantic feelings of handling the physical product. After 36 years of collecting I have thousands of CDs so it would be crazy not to play them. But the booklets and notes are of no use anymore because I can longer read very small print. Like some other older members here who have kicked the CD buying habit, I hope to do the same this year. My wife will be very happy if I can quit the addiction. She doesn't want to end up in the hoarder's book of world records.
    "In the beginning there was noise. And the noise begat rhythm. And the rhythm begat everything else." - Mickey Hart

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    I still like CDs. Companies like Warner are repackaging boxed sets at great prices, and those are hard to pass by. Also, my local used record store has insane deals all the time, and it's hard to pass them up. But I've noticed that their supply is going down as the years go by, and that's concerning. I have a nightmare that at some point my extensive CD collection will be worthless, and when I pass on, my daughter will just unload them at Goodwill or, worse yet, shovel them into a Dumpster.
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    I can appreciate why people prefer other ways of building a collection but it will always be CDs for me. I came to them relatively late after fannying around with vinyl for far too long, so why shouldn't they sustain me for another twenty or so years? Before I cark it I will try and flog them off as a job lot (assuming there is still a market for them by then) and hopefully have a serious lash-up on the proceeds. If not, then the local library is welcome to them. If they don't want them then it will be up to the executor of my will to dispose of them as he or she sees fit.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malx View Post
    The only time I'll get rid of my CDs is when I have no physical space to store them.
    That's one reason why I was was so pleased with selling so much my vinyl in the first place - more space for CDs and extra cash with which to buy them!
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    There's two kinds of listening in my household.

    1. Background music for reading. This can be anything non-attention grabbing, anything without lyrics, anything that fills the void with comfort noise.

    2. Music-listening music. This is when I put on AN ALBUM and want to hear a suite of songs or a symphony or a band performance, where the songs were chosen to go together, and the music captures the attention, and i can concentrate on what's coming out of my speakers.


    Pandora for #1. CDs for #2.

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    Here are two examples of very nice CD productions. This is like having handsome books lining your shelves versus all on Kindle. The Khatia one is a fine fold-out with DVD bonus and a beautiful booklet. The Bartoli one comes with a veritable encyclopedia; it is substantial!

    Of course, unlike books, CDs are dependent on a technology to play them. Mbhaub mentioned that CD players are getting scarcer. Are they set to become a fringe thing? Like cassette players? On the plus side -- don't CD players last longer than tape decks?
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    I Must admit I am rather attached to my 3,000 or so CD's - a still growing collection.

    Recently I've been toying with the idea of selling off my house in favour of living on a canal boat touring the English canals. But where would I put my CD's!

    I suppose it's good to have a daydream now and again.

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    A minor drawback of CDs is that you can't zero in on any part of the music you want, you can only play from the beginning of the sections that have been marked off. At least I don't know of any equipment that will do this.

    Whereas you can place the needle anywhere you want on an LP or the cursor anywhere in an audio file.
    Last edited by Open Book; Jan-02-2021 at 22:48.
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    Snoopy devoted his whole house to CDs.

    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    Snoopy devoted his whole house to CDs.

    Snoopy somehow managed to get a lot of stuff in that little dog house. I always wondered if the entrance leads to a very large underground unit, or did Snoopy somehow know how to bend the space-time continuum? I have similar thoughts on the nature of Oscar's trashcan (re: Sesame Street).

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