What's your go to: Vinyl, Reel to Reel, CD, Download or Streaming your music?

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by Bingo Bongo, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. qwerty

    qwerty Forum Resident

    CDs - on main stereo, and ripped to listen to in the car.

    Am restoring my turntables, so I can get back into records again and listen to all the cheap disks I've been acquiring.
    Also listen to some downloaded music, in FLAC (and mp3 when unfortunately that has been the only format possible).
    Haven't listened to cassettes in a decade, I wonder if my machine's belts are still OK. Won't retire the machine as I have lots of unique recordings on cassette, which I may digitize at some stage.
  2. gd0

    gd0 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies

    Golden Gate
    Welllllllllll......... :whistle:

    Digital files on a server, as others claim.

    How those files get there varies. I go for the least expensive lossless option. CDs cost less than they used to, and I also like to support artists directly (OK, it goes thru Bandcamp) and buy ALAC downloads.

    Ditched vinyl, after decades. Expensive, fussy. Even if it is (arguably) "better."

    Cassettes, gone and forgotten. I even had 8-tracks 175 years ago.

    Streaming doesn't work for me. First, my tastes are too weird for what's available commercially. Second, I want music I can access here without being online. Third, I don't need another monthly bill.

    Happy with my choices.
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  3. ThmsFrd

    ThmsFrd Well-Known Member

    I listen to wax cylinders. Why my option isn't on the list ? This poll sucks.
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  4. Fishoutofwater

    Fishoutofwater Forum Resident

    vinyl and cds. Vinyl most of the time but cds for ambient and for whatever i dont have on vinyl. Would love to try a reel to reel but have never owned one
  5. jenkovix

    jenkovix Active Member

    I love all of my formats for different reasons:
    -R2R has the best atmosphere and SQ also excellent (I voted for that although I have very limited media for my machine at the moment)
    -LP for its SQ and feeling
    -CD for its convenience (SQ also excellent)
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  6. rogertheshrubber

    rogertheshrubber Active Member

    Freehold, NJ, USA!
    95% playing FLAC via hard drive to Squeezebox, 4% Spotify premium via Squeezebox and 1% vinyl.

    (Low amount of vinyl spins due to greater convenience of other formats - ashamed to admit I'm getting more lazy as I get older!)
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  7. Vinyl 95%
    CD 5%

    I had a R2R (Pioneer RT-909) but I sold it.
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  8. Damien DiAngelo

    Damien DiAngelo Forum Resident

    Michigan, USA
    My #1 is streaming my files that I ripped myself from vinyl or cd, streamed from my server to my Chromecast.
    That choice isn't there, so I didn't vote.
  9. 100% vinyl at home.
    100% streaming in car.
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  10. guidedbyvoices

    guidedbyvoices Forum Resident

    Alpine, TX
    I split pretty evenly between vinyl, digital (almost all from cd rips and download codes with vinyl, but some purchased), and streaming via Apple Music.
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  11. LarryP

    LarryP Active Member

    Ottawa, Canada
    Vinyl 80%, 20% rips on a NAS (mainly lossless, a few MP3s).
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  12. octaneTom

    octaneTom Forum Resident

    Streaming at the office and in the car.

    Vinyl for listening at home 90% of the time, streaming or playing back digital files the other 10%.
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  13. patient_ot

    patient_ot Forum Resident

    Probably something like this:

    CDs: 50%
    Vinyl: 30%
    FLAC: 15%
    Cassettes: 5% or less

    Streaming is something I've only dabbled in here and there. It doesn't make up a significant portion of my listening diet.
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  14. Defdum&blind

    Defdum&blind Well-Known Member

    If i can make a choice on format it would be open reel tape.
  15. perplexed

    perplexed Well-Known Member

    Northeast NJ, USA
    For the most part vinyl at home. I have three modest turntables set up 1. family room, 2. bedroom, 3. band jam room
    Streaming/digital mp3 files while in my office, car, pc, phone

    The CDs have been ripped and are in storage
  16. Thing Fish

    Thing Fish Forum Resident

    London England
    98% is vinyl the rest is just the random voices that sing in my head :wtf:
  17. 1. Vinyl
    2. iPad or iPod
    3. CDs (when I buy another deck someday)
    4. Live (we go to clubs and concerts)
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  18. Jack Flannery

    Jack Flannery Forum Resident

    Houston, TX
    I do as well.
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  19. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Forum Gangsta

    I voted vinyl. Though I buy both vinyl and CD equally these days. Multiple votes would be nice :p
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  20. Have you seen that latest Edison Kinetoscope "sneezing man"?
  21. andrewskyDE

    andrewskyDE Forum Gangsta

    Recorded wire and Edison Diamond Discs are missing as well.^^
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  22. I regularly listen to several different music sources daily:
    1). Ipod=to and from work
    2). Records, and not just vinyl=evening
    3). CD=late night and in car
    4). Reel-to-Reel=weekends and evening
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  23. Kristofa

    Kristofa Forum Resident

    Eugene, Oregon
    I am pretty much 50/50 with LPs/CDs... even though I own three times more CDs than LPs.
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  24. Bingo Bongo

    Bingo Bongo Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Nice to see Vinyl is still king! :edthumbs:
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  25. Dan Stroborg

    Dan Stroborg Member

    Buy two SSD's and install them in RAID1 so you have a mirror in case one goes bust, which they do sometimes. If you already have started with one SSD you can install the other one and 'add mirror'
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