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For those of you who have quite a few CDs, but now nearly always download:

Will you bother trying now to sell off your existing CDs?
Will you leave them as a record of 80s/90s to early 00s buying?
Will you continuing buying CDs selectively alongside downloading, for reasons of completing certain artists or genres?

paulhw, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

1. Oh, sure. I keep trying to reduce using the rule of 'if I get another CD I sell at least one back if not more.' It helps that I always get some credit at Amoeba, sometimes a surprising amount.

2. I guess? A lot of stuff that would serve as a very honest record is long since purged.

3. Yup, but via taking advantage of their nearly-flat value. Amoeba again is very good for this -- their clearance section is always stuffed with good finds amid the crud, I can pick up an armload for a song (almost literally in some cases).

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

1) Nope or at least not more than I ever did.

2) Uh not exactly.

3) I don't download very much and I still buy CDs and the occassional piece of vinyl.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

am getting it down to about 150 left which i guess i'll keep on shelves for a while before just donating them. they never get played once ripped.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 17:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

I picture Ned strolling into Amoeba, reciting a few bars of "Englande" and the guys behind the counter just give him a shopping cart and say "go for it."

kingkongvsgodzilla, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

Selling them all seems like a daunting and infuriating task, so I'll probably keep them, but only out of laziness.

John Justen, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

yeah, i've got a few boxes of old stuff in the closet that i can't bear to sell for pennies, yet i'm sick of taking them somewhere to have them cherry pick a couple good ones and refuse the rest.

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:02 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'm keeping mine just in case a neutron bomb comes along and fries everyone's hard drives. (but, uh, not the cd players)

also, it's good to have cds around to loan to friends. it's easier than zipping up and uploading an entire album, and while sharing entire hard drives is in theory the best thing to do, it doesn't happen that often

i've never sold cds, so i won't be starting now.

Billy Pilgrim, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:07 (ten years ago) Permalink

i still buy cds.

That one guy that hit it and quit it, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

(a) Too much trouble.
(b) I suppose, but they serve more of a function than that.
(c) Yes.

While downloading is invariably simpler, quicker, cheaper, etc., I'm still a sucker for the tactile artifact. I like liner notes, lyrics, cover art, all that. I'll download stuff I'm curious about, but if I really like it, I'll still buy the disc.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:09 (ten years ago) Permalink

i'd love to get rid of everything, but i'm just not good enough at backing shit up to trust it.

Jordan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:11 (ten years ago) Permalink

i wouldn't really part with them unless i had one of those fancy things that lets you use your mp3s on a good stereo, but it's like i just picked u a real nice old NAD cd player for only $30 off craigslist so why bother.

plus yeah like ned said it's gonna be sweet in the next few years, lots of crewsh older stuff for dirt cheap.

although...it is weird seems like some CDs are really picking up in value on ebay, out of print stuff...

M@tt He1ges0n, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:12 (ten years ago) Permalink

Yeah I don't see anything that indicates that rare CDs are any less valuable then they ever were.

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:13 (ten years ago) Permalink

I am keeping my cds because I want backups in case I have hard drive failure. Even with two hard drive copies of my music, I prefer to have the backup. Also, I may want to rip at a higher bitrate later once hd prices come down.

Euler, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:17 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm going to keep my CD's in case I ever need to build a fortress of solitude out of them, Jor-El stylee

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:25 (ten years ago) Permalink

a) no, except for ones i get sick of.
b) no
c) i download tracks and sometimes albums, but if i really like what i'm hearing i'll buy it in CD or vinyl form. artwork, liner notes, etc.

i'll never say never though, because maybe someday in the distant future i'll sell everything and have it all digitized.

omar little, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'm keeping my CDs.

I'm too lazy to sell and also I have a suspicion that some kind of new digital format will emerge (MP5?) that will make MP3s sound tinny and useless, and that I'll want to re-rip my CDs.

Bob Six, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

I still buy cds and vinyl. I will keep them all unless I needed the money.
I barely download now, but like always, I still try to buy what I downloaded as long as I liked it.

Herman G. Neuname, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:42 (ten years ago) Permalink

im continuing! cd's are beautiful

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

1. No, never.
2. I will keep them as the art objects/media that they are.
3. Until I can buy whole albums from iTunes or Amazon as .wav files, I will continue buying essential CDs.

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

A lot of good reasons to hang onto CDs in this thread. I still enjoy cases and liner notes and having a good thing around to throw my disposable income at. In a lot of ways, I also find them easier to store and maintain than digital music, where you need at least two forms of backup and need to keep an organized file/folder structure together if you're going to find stuff easily. Finally, I still can hear the difference between reasonably good-quality CDs and mp3s, and with formats, storage methods, etc. changing frequently keeping CDs around seems like less of a long-term headache.

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:45 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'll still buy a lot, taking advantage of the lower cost and because I like having the little cardboard boxes from Caiman in the post to look forward to after returning from work.

I keep the price stickers on my CDs, and it amazes me just how much I was paying for music in the 90s. £15 - £16 for some CDs was not unusual.

Bob Six, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

ridic

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

its like 12 bux tops for me now. unless its brand new and too good

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:49 (ten years ago) Permalink

I'll continue keeping 100s of cds in a sock drawer which I occasionally pull out for a car ride. I wont sell them. But I oughta clean them all. I hate when a cd skips and I hate how I lost some of my cds even though I dont listen to any of my cds much. But I did lose Roxy Music - The Early Years and Tangerine Dream - Rubycon. I broke Thrakattak. And I can't remember what else at the moment. Kinda sucks. Kinda not.

CaptainLorax, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail. If you're lucky, you'll have it backed up to another drive. But then that one could fail as you're trying to dump it to your new hard drive. Then I will point and laugh.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

i hate that too, captain -- i'm actually making a list of CD's i have that are too scratched up/missing. i replace a few ever year

it's like i just realized how to properly take care of a cd.

Surmounter, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:55 (ten years ago) Permalink

Fastnbulbous accurate enough, which is why the CDs I sell back are the ones I never listen to, or have only heard once and thought, "Nice" and never went back to at all. Ergo, why keep 'em around?

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

I moved into a new place two months ago and never bothered taking my CDs out of their boxes. I have a few lying around that I've bought recently, but there's no real reason for me to have them out, since the majority are on my iTunes/iPod, anyway.

Back when I started to download albums, I told myself that if I really liked something I downloaded I'd buy it on CD. But then it just seemed silly to go to the trouble of buying it, only to put it on a shelf and forget about it as soon as it was out of its shrink wrap.

Now the albums I buy are the ones I simply can't find online. I don't use p2p, but I can find most major new indie releases on a couple of choice websites or through friends. So what I buy ends up being not necessarily indicative of what I'm really excited about. A lot of times this amounts to used CDs I stumble across and take a chance on.

jaymc, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 18:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail.
This is exactly right — CDs have become nothing more than backup.

Jazzbo, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

http://www.sevenoaksart.co.uk/images/record1.gif

ian, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

1) nah, I'm the kind of person who saves everything
2) ???
3) I never exclusively bought CDs, it was always a mix of vinyl, cassette (back in the day), or mp3 formats. I see no reason why this will change for me in the near future.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:21 (ten years ago) Permalink

1) too lazy really - and they're not worth that much anyway
2) never completely stopped buying vinyl, so it's not even an accurate record
3) I''ve bought maybe 6 cds this year and maybe 300 LPs (and some cassettes, second hand for the car)

sonofstan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 19:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

Also, I may want to rip at a higher bitrate later once hd prices come down.

yeah i thought about that. A couple weeks ago I embarked on digitizing my collection, starting with albums I didn't like that much; I ripped ~ 30 cds @ 320 which is fine for those but my main collection I'm probably gonna want to do in flac or whatever for posterity but i haven't done the math on what i'll need for space. I got 2 500G drives on black friday and I was gonna send one back but maybe I won't. than again i've been latched to rhapsody pretty hard lately and soon even the mp3s might be ancillary to how i'm listening to music. so much up in the air.

tremendoid, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

soon as I'm satisfied with backing up, and keeping the habit, I'm selling all my CDs. I need the space and I need the money.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:04 (ten years ago) Permalink

i've sold all of my cds. still buy vinyl, which i also sell sometimes. while it's impractical, it retains its value better (and escalates in value far more often) and is more 'fun'. sue me

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 20:59 (ten years ago) Permalink

I keep the price stickers on my CDs, and it amazes me just how much I was paying for music in the 90s. £15 - £16 for some CDs was not unusual.

We still quite frequently pay $25-$35 AUD for some CD albums in this country. And they wonder why ppl use torrents.

Trayce, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:03 (ten years ago) Permalink

resolved, did you just rip your CDs into FLAC format and keep them on your hard drive or something?

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:08 (ten years ago) Permalink

i ripped the ones that deserved it to FLAC + mp3 (for ipod), most of them just to variable rate mp3. and then a lot i just sold without bothering.

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:10 (ten years ago) Permalink

Will you bother trying now to sell off your existing CDs?

maybe. next year I might be compelled to "monetize" my vinyl collection.

Will you leave them as a record of 80s/90s to early 00s buying?

hate to say it but after sitting there unplayed for awhile they just take up space.

Will you continuing buying CDs selectively alongside downloading, for reasons of completing certain artists or genres?

Barely. I stream music on my computer, listen to old CDs less & less often. CDs/itunes I buy as gifts.

m coleman, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

First off, CDs are still the primary way i listen to music, and I don't download very often.

1.) I'll hang onto my CDs for a long, long time, until they rot away (none of them have). I stopped selling back CDs a few years ago, because I tend to regret it later on. I used to regularly purge my collection of stuff if I hadn't played it in awhile, but there are too many CDs that I'm kicking myself now for selling then.

Plus, it always killed me when I tried to sell stuff that I knew was of really high musical quality or that someone would love to have, and the clerk would offer a pathetic couple of bucks (usually less!) for it. Most used stores never offer very much for CDs, and now when I think about it, the best offer I've ever received (about $3 for a CD, not common at all) is just not worth it to me. I'd rather hang on to the album, sorry, then take your 50 cents.

2. I'll keep my CDs as much more than just a record of this particular time, as they have fucking music on them!!

3. I'll probably buy CDs for quite a while. As others have mentioned, there are so many good finds on used CDs right now, it's great. So much stuff that I would never expect to find in used shops. It's only going to get better over the next few years, too.

Mark Clemente, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:14 (ten years ago) Permalink

Newbury Comics usually gives about $3 per CD.

three handclaps, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

1) No - mainly because CDs are not worth much now, particularly when trying to trade them in at a record store.

2) Most of the CDs I listen to regularly have been ripped now, but I'll keep them as a backup and also because of the possibilty of ripping in higher quality formats/higher bitrates later.

3) I still buy CDs sometimes but nowhere near as often as I used to - I've gone from half a dozen a week in 2001 to a couple a month now. But if I see a box set at a cheap price I'll probably buy it.

snoball, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:48 (ten years ago) Permalink

Those of you who sell off your CDs, someday your hard drive is gonna fail. If you're lucky, you'll have it backed up to another drive. But then that one could fail as you're trying to dump it to your new hard drive. Then I will point and laugh.

I've never had a hard drive die on me ever before. Meanwhile in that time a lot of my records and CDs got damaged in a flood. Life's funneee.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:50 (ten years ago) Permalink

I wonder how homeowner's insurance would cover a hard drive filled with burned FLACs. Are you just screwed or could you reasonably claim the full value of replacing them on iTunes or whatever?

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

i sold them on amazon btw, the run of the mill ones at least. you get a lot more money that way if you're prepared to go to spend an hour going packing/going to the post office every few days.

resolved, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:54 (ten years ago) Permalink

x-post
but when your hd dies it's all gone. and the probability is much higher than all your cds being destroyed at once...

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:56 (ten years ago) Permalink

word. i'm still reeling from getting over £30 for a tatty Sasha & Digweed CD. xp

what is with you hd-failure doomsayers? you have to fuck a hd up pretty bad before the data on it is completely irretrievable.

blueski, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 21:58 (ten years ago) Permalink

Oh I'm just curious from an insurance standpoint. Like what if someone broke into your house and stole your HD. Can you only claim the HD or could you reasonably claim the cost of replacing the MP3s (I just talked to my boss-a former underwriter--and he's gonna find out for me)?

Alex in SF, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 22:00 (ten years ago) Permalink

once i had a hd which seemed perfectly ok. but suddenly it crashed. it had been formatted a couple of megabytes too high. when i reached the limit it was all over.

alex in mainhattan, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 22:01 (ten years ago) Permalink

my who with the what now

mh, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:34 (two months ago) Permalink

superdrives are like $30 now

El Tomboto, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:41 (two months ago) Permalink

doesn’t count

I mean, arguably I have three computer drives that are “cd players” but I only ever rip CDs with them. I’ve got a PS4 but it’s hooked to an a/v setup I stream music to. I have a neat muji wall CD player that is decorative but I now very seldom use

so I’d say I do have one “cd player” in that the function I primarily use it for is to play compact discs, but it’s not even plugged in

mh, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:50 (two months ago) Permalink

actually my laptop does have a CD drive now that you mention it. feels so awkward and flimsy though and my computer's not plugged into the stereo so i really don't use it for listening.

Doctor Casino, Saturday, 3 February 2018 22:51 (two months ago) Permalink

"I’ve got a PS4 but it’s hooked to an a/v setup" I don't think ps4s play CDs either, from what I remember. maybe they've updated since the last time I tried this but they didn't a year ago which was baffling to me.

akm, Saturday, 3 February 2018 23:07 (two months ago) Permalink

oh yeah there’s something weird about that, right?

mh, Sunday, 4 February 2018 00:26 (two months ago) Permalink

What's the problem again

brimstead, Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:26 (two months ago) Permalink

Craigslist usually has amazing older audiophile CD player for peanuts now

bhad and bhabie (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 5 February 2018 13:52 (two months ago) Permalink

hmm I may still have a PS1 in a boc

mh, Monday, 5 February 2018 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

*box

mh, Monday, 5 February 2018 14:47 (two months ago) Permalink

Clearing out my father in law's house, this last visit I found two rather audiophile looking portable CD players which I am looking forward to fucking with.

Winter. Dickens. Yes. (Jon not Jon), Monday, 5 February 2018 15:13 (two months ago) Permalink

having a 2006 car w/ no aux port or bluetooth was 90% of the reason i continued w/ cds, (the other 10% that we have a pretty good local used cd/record store chain) that car is totaled now and im looking for a new car. i still feel attached to cds though, way more than i ever have w/ vinyl. feel sad but spotify is a better deal then buying these things

marcos, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:22 (two months ago) Permalink

hmm, I did neglect to mention the car because I don't think of it as being "at home?"

I've got a six disc changer in that thing that I haven't stocked for a while -- the problem is the stuff I listen to in the car is the kind of thing I'd tend to stream, like podcasts, dj mixes, pop singles

mh, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

at some point I will just permanently affix six lana del rey albums in there and then seal the access port

mh, Monday, 5 February 2018 15:30 (two months ago) Permalink

i went a bit crazy last month and bought a brand new cd player in the january sales. probably won't fully get back into buying new releases on cd other than nice reissue/archival stuff, but i have been having fun idly rooting round in charity shops and buying used cds for pennies

faust apes (NickB), Monday, 5 February 2018 15:33 (two months ago) Permalink

this music dude who moved out upstairs last week left behind tons and tons of stuff in the giveaway pile.

Funny that hauling all that media to a second-hand music store wasn't worth it, by the original guy. Back when I was culling the collection every few years, Everyday Music in Portland was great for taking everything I brought, even as the payouts declined. Didn't really care if a cd only generated .50, I just didn't want to be handed a pile of unwanted discs. Now I take the odd duplicates and unwanted discs to work and add post-it "FREE" stickers.

the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, 5 February 2018 17:21 (two months ago) Permalink

I still fondly remember trading in CDs for $10CDN credit back in the early 90s. I now have a dozen banker boxes full of them, which will stay with me until I finally accept that I can't get more than fifty cents apiece from the local merchants.

doug watson, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:40 (two months ago) Permalink

I bought three CDs off Discogs this past weekend alone. still on board. commute/work vehicle has a CD player, I play FLAC rips at home.

sleeve, Monday, 5 February 2018 17:42 (two months ago) Permalink

I really don't think there's a secondhand music store around here that deals in CDs! Dude knew his stuff, I def think he'd determined it wasn't worth fucking with.

Doctor Casino, Monday, 5 February 2018 18:37 (two months ago) Permalink

Went to a great little second hand music shop the other day; bought 12 CDs for £35 - Terry Callier, Bert Jansch, Mercury Rev, Spinners. I'm still in.

There was a new vinyl shop up the road. There are identikit shops opening all over the south. They're small, shiny (polished wooden floors a must) carry a small amount of stock and are run by the same late middle aged bloke with a small business loan and a microscopic knowledge of 70s soundtracks. The first thing I saw was Clapton's Unplugged in some limited edition or other for £25.99. I turned around and walked out, John Carpenter ringing in my ears.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Monday, 5 February 2018 18:48 (two months ago) Permalink

It still seems like CDs are still more expensive than records were in the early 2000s.

skip, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:10 (two months ago) Permalink

This is just to say, if there were dollar bins with appealing CDs (I'd call Mercury Rev and the Spinners appealing) then that would be a good value proposition. 4.25 per CD is still too high.

skip, Monday, 5 February 2018 19:12 (two months ago) Permalink

I think it's just inflation. Most record/book store used CD bargain bins I see are in the $2-3 range, while thrift stores bring the $1 stuff (and they'll sell anything--starting to see a lot CD-R back-up discs in the racks).

...some of y'all too woke to function (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 5 February 2018 20:00 (two months ago) Permalink

you all can just give your good cds to me, i'll listen to them

brimstead, Monday, 5 February 2018 20:17 (two months ago) Permalink

I'm still paying 40 pounds for little known goth cds.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 10 February 2018 00:33 (two months ago) Permalink

Pretty much I'm glad I live in SF with Amoeba right there, because they take anything from me. Even if some of it is 'can't do anything with it,' they'll still take it.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 February 2018 03:36 (two months ago) Permalink

Got a bunch of nice price, new in packaging Cds for $2.99 each down at a store in Atlanta when there on business back in November - Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Deep Purple, Montrose, Aerosmith, Ram Jam, Joe Perry Project, Spirit, Mountain, Night Ranger, Ratt Etc.

earlnash, Saturday, 10 February 2018 03:42 (two months ago) Permalink

this music dude who moved out upstairs last week left behind tons and tons of stuff in the giveaway pile.

Funny that hauling all that media to a second-hand music store wasn't worth it, by the original guy. Back when I was culling the collection every few years, Everyday Music in Portland was great for taking everything I brought, even as the payouts declined. Didn't really care if a cd only generated .50, I just didn't want to be handed a pile of unwanted discs. Now I take the odd duplicates and unwanted discs to work and add post-it "FREE" stickers.

― the body of a spider... (scampering alpaca), Monday, February 5, 2018 12:21 PM (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

God, I miss Portland. I have a few record stores near me but they're crap.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Tuesday, 13 February 2018 21:51 (two months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

My Sony CD player is fucked and I only got it in 2010. Is that normal? Is it the new normal?

Checking around for new cd players and none of them seem to have DSGX or Bass Boost. Do they not need it anymore? Do they sound like that by default now?

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 6 April 2018 17:20 (one week ago) Permalink

they never needed it.

scott seward, Friday, 6 April 2018 17:21 (one week ago) Permalink

i dunno, maybe 8 years is a good run nowadays.

scott seward, Friday, 6 April 2018 17:22 (one week ago) Permalink

I thought it always made everything sound better.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Friday, 6 April 2018 17:22 (one week ago) Permalink

nah, "flat" sound is the way to go IMHO.

mark e, Friday, 6 April 2018 18:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Amplifiers usually have time controls.

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 7 April 2018 04:35 (one week ago) Permalink

Tone

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, 7 April 2018 04:35 (one week ago) Permalink

My Sony CD player is fucked and I only got it in 2010. Is that normal? Is it the new normal?

― Robert Adam Gilmour

Odd. The entry-level NAD deck i bought in 1998 only made it about 10 years before requiring service (which i know as a 20yr old deck i could still get serviced). But the Sony CD Walkman i still have from the mid-80s will play discs reliably. I did, however, purchase what was to be "the last VCR i'll ever have to buy" in the early 'aughts and it only lasted a few months beyond the original warranty -- and that was the last Sony product i've purchased since.

My car stereo (2-year old) has a bass boost button that i find easier to use while listening at low levels -- especially because you otherwise have to navigate through many menus to adjust the traditional tone controls.

bodacious ignoramus, Saturday, 7 April 2018 09:25 (one week ago) Permalink

I don't think I've had a CD player last more than 5 or 6 years before refusing to play certain CDs or developing other defects like the drawer opening and closing when it's not supposed to. Maybe I've just been unlucky?

Colonel Poo, Saturday, 7 April 2018 09:43 (one week ago) Permalink

I think it's normal for a CD player to need service after 5-10 years - moveable parts and a lens that gets dirty

You could take the cover off and clean the lens with a q-tip, might give you a few more years use

I don't know where you live but in Denmark you can get a used CD player for next to nothing

niels, Saturday, 7 April 2018 10:29 (one week ago) Permalink

I've given up on CD hifi components and got a nice, cheap Discman on eBay

This lot approves!
http://forums.stevehoffman.tv/threads/best-cd-sound-ever-panasonic-sl-s120-and-sony-d25-portables.556664/

maffew12, Saturday, 7 April 2018 10:33 (one week ago) Permalink

aw I had that panasonic years ago and it sounded lovely. think I accidentally left it in a car I sold.

thomasintrouble, Saturday, 7 April 2018 10:53 (one week ago) Permalink

I like cds because I make a lot of greatest hits mixes using the 80 minute standard. Most people can play these mixes in their vehicles.

He said captain, I said wot (FlopsyDuck), Saturday, 7 April 2018 12:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I put more care into a playlist (volume normalization and track order) when it is going to become a mix cd.

He said captain, I said wot (FlopsyDuck), Saturday, 7 April 2018 12:23 (one week ago) Permalink

So yeah, cds are way more giftable than music files.

He said captain, I said wot (FlopsyDuck), Saturday, 7 April 2018 12:26 (one week ago) Permalink

I used to go all the way with that, mixing and sequencing, creating a single audio file, then burning it as separate seamless tracks. a huge pain in the ass but a rewarding one.

Simon H., Saturday, 7 April 2018 12:32 (one week ago) Permalink

Amplifiers usually have time controls.
― Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, April 7, 2018 5:35 AM
Tone
― Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Saturday, April 7, 2018 5:35 AM

My car stereo (2-year old) has a bass boost button that i find easier to use while listening at low levels -- especially because you otherwise have to navigate through many menus to adjust the traditional tone controls.
― bodacious ignoramus, Saturday, April 7, 2018 10:25 AM

I don't like fiddling with tone controls, because I don't know what I'm doing.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, 7 April 2018 15:40 (one week ago) Permalink

To address the original thread topic: I still buy CDs. I avoid buying albums in digital download format unless there’s no CD available.

I’ve ripped many of my CDs to Google Music, so I can listen from my desk at work (though it seems I’m always wanting to hear an album I haven’t yet ripped); but if I’m really *listening* to music, it’s most likely a CD in my car.

My previous car had terrific sound, for whatever reason (it was a 2008 Mazda3); my newer Toyota’s stereo doesn’t sound as great (I’m told Toyota cheaps out on this front), but good enough.

absorbed carol channing's powers & psyche (morrisp), Saturday, 7 April 2018 16:17 (one week ago) Permalink

I have two Panasonic ‘discman’s which I bought in 1996 and they’re both still going strong despite having been brutally carried around like iPods avant la lettre

when worlds collide I'll see you again (Jon not Jon), Saturday, 7 April 2018 17:48 (one week ago) Permalink

My much-used Discman finally carked it when a puppy saw the earphones dangling off a table-edge, grabbed them and worried the whole thing into bits.

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Sunday, 8 April 2018 08:10 (one week ago) Permalink

I still prefer CDs and feel defensive about it. I work with a bunch of vinyl "connoisseurs" who will readily heap shit on CDs for sounding sterile/harsh. But it's just dumb tribalism - there are well-mastered CDs that sound amazing, and badly-pressed vinyl that sounds like dogshit.

CDs also mean I can get some extraordinary music for $1 a throw, which has enabled me to both catch up on some areas of listening that I'd always meant to explore, and take risks on things that have led to real revelations and joy.

If my workmates spent as much money on a CD player as they did on their authentically wood-panelled turntables they might feel differently too. I always thought all CD players sounded the same, and then I got an amp and speakers that were good enough for me to hear the deficiencies in the CDP that I was using. Now I use an old Denon universal player (ie it was a DVD player with audiophile pretensions) that cost under $100 second-hand and sounds rich, warm, detailed and generally fantastic. I'm sure the ridiculously expensive ones from Accuphase or whoever sound incredible, but I'll never know.

umsworth (emsworth), Sunday, 8 April 2018 10:21 (one week ago) Permalink

I recently bought a new car and it didn't come pre-installed with a CD player (which I was expecting); what I wasn't expecting was to easily find many aftermarket CD players still available to purchase.

Rod Steel (musicfanatic), Friday, 13 April 2018 23:02 (six days ago) Permalink


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