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Post# 981689   2/6/2018 at 22:51 by IowaBear (Cedar Rapids, IA)        

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My first CD was the Purple Rain soundtrack that I bought in 1985.

 

I guess CDs will be the new retro to Gen Z.

 

Boy do I feel old...



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Post# 981696 , Reply# 1   2/7/2018 at 00:06 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Won't miss the ones Best Buy sells now---NOTHING I want!!!Older customers are IGNORED these days.

Post# 981704 , Reply# 2   2/7/2018 at 05:48 by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Haven't purchased a new CD in ages

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But have tons from back in they day; going far as 1980's and so forth.

Cannot really abide how ITunes music sounds, so still have a CD and tape player for making music at home.


Post# 981708 , Reply# 3   2/7/2018 at 07:37 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I've got a lot of CDs and I do buy specific ones on occaison but I've been moving to vinyl since I got into vintage hi-fi equipment.  I don't think anything sounds quite as good as vinyl played on a system with an old tube amp.

 

I second Launderess' sentiment that Itunes music just doesn't sound the same.  Much like how top 40 tunes sounded on a pocket transistor radio versus a jukebox! 


Post# 981721 , Reply# 4   2/7/2018 at 10:16 by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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Hmmm iTunes music is streamed as an 256kbps AAC stream, that is pretty darned good. Certainly far higher 'fi' then any LP would be. There is no doubt that perception and preference has a LOT to do with enjoying music. (See also Vinyl resurgence). I guess if one were to add agreeable distortions and surface noise to the AAC's hipsters would love them :p

It is a shame to see BB stop selling CD's but not an unexpected thing. People aren't buying them anymore, should a retailer continue to do something that doesn't make them money out of the good of their hearts?


Post# 981746 , Reply# 5   2/7/2018 at 13:12 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Still like the convenience and ease of CDs...

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and will still buy them, but I'll 2nd Paul that NOTHING beats an analog vinyl LP using a good vintage turntable, tube stereo amplifier, and efficient horn loaded speakers!!

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Post# 981751 , Reply# 6   2/7/2018 at 13:26 by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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Especially Martin Denny.... That, by the way, is your fault Roger... LOL 


Post# 981772 , Reply# 7   2/7/2018 at 14:40 by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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I lack the tube amp. [In the background, we hear Lord Kenmore's quiet sobs.] But I remain an analog diehard, and I've been happy with the results I've obtained with a good turntable and a good solid state amplifier.

 


Post# 981773 , Reply# 8   2/7/2018 at 14:40 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I have to disagree, CD's were a ginormous improvement over vinyl.. I rarely bought an album before CD's came along because it drove me to distraction to hear snap crackles and pops on vinyl after a few playings,, no matter how fastidious I was keeping them clean, playing on a good TT with a great cartridge. When CD's came out I was buying a lot of them. Downloading music,, meh.. it's okay,, but I want something physical for my money, to keep, not get lost in the ether or the cloud.

The other thing I notice today,, seems like most people aren't interested in "quality" sound systems like we were, a good amp, and excellent speakers.. Now it seems most people are happy just to play their tunes on low end crap or portable Bluetooth speakers.. Which are fine for somethings,, but not room filling sound.


Post# 981775 , Reply# 9   2/7/2018 at 14:53 by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I think it's safe to say that very soon Best Buy will stop selling everything. They're on a road familiar to retailers.


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Post# 981782 , Reply# 10   2/7/2018 at 15:22 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

It does not bother me in the least, I have not bought a CD in a store for odds are over a decade.  I have bought one or two on ebay for stuff I could not easily find online but no big loss where they go away.   For less than the cost of a CD you can sub to Spotify and have access to virtually ANY cd or recording made in the past more that half a century.  You can also adjust playback quality too as you can on most streaming options.

 

I use Pandora in the car and at home, it fits my needs, along with Amazon.  I occasionally sub to Spotify  when they have a 3 month deal but don’t see the need for a 3rd provider.  Spotify is nice if I want to listen to a specific album or song, but that is rare for me, and I can do that for free some of the time.

 

Feel the same way about DVDs, have not rented or bought one in many many years.


Post# 981893 , Reply# 11   2/8/2018 at 11:08 by 48bencix (Sacramento CA)        
You Tube

I have a collection of Vinyl, starting with purchases in 1959. I also have cassettes and 45's for my jukebox. But lately if I want to hear something I go to You Tube because it has almost everything and it is still free. I do not care about having portable music. In my car I listen to the radio and it has a lot of current music.

Post# 981928 , Reply# 12   2/8/2018 at 14:46 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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You Tube: You're right. Often when I'm sitting here on the laptop I'll play stuff from YouTube thru my Bluetooth headphones. The other site I like is Accuradio.com.


Post# 981937 , Reply# 13   2/8/2018 at 15:35 by kd12 (Arkansas)        

Interesting. I think Best Buy is wrong on this one, but they're probably following Sears to the grave anyway, so it may not matter. Funny how things have changed in the audio world. I can remember when digital audio tapes were supposed to be the next big thing, and the recording industry pooped a brick over them.

Post# 981943 , Reply# 14   2/8/2018 at 16:22 by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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While I hate to see CD sales stop, I think it makes sense for them to stop. Put yourself in their shoes, you run a retail business, should you continue to buy a product and attempt to sell it when it doesn't sell anymore? I think they are wise enough to do the math and know the ramifications. As for Best Buy following Sears, I suppose that every business will eventually fail, but Best Buy will be here in 2028, Sears will not.

As for the DAT there is no doubt that RIAA was scared of the technology (rightfully so perhaps). But I really don't believe that DAT was killed by RIAA. DAT died because it was a format without a market. Once people had CD players in their cars, and CD prices started to come down in the late 80's, there was no reason to use tape anymore. Tape is a sequential access media and the machines were 'spensive. I knew a few folks that had DAT machines back then but they were all serious home recordists that were recording raw program, not simply dubbing from other media. There have been lots of audio formats that have come and gone over the past 100 years, some pretty interesting ones too. Generally it was technology and market forces that made the selection.


Post# 982118 , Reply# 15   2/10/2018 at 03:02 by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Philips TT,Scott tubed Amp!!!!Remember those used to have a Philips TT like what was shown in the picture.Now I regret selling it!!would like anorther-simple,not gawdy-just does the job!!!!Same with the Scott ampUsed to have the something like LT48 or something like that-almost 40 years ago!!!!It got lost in a flood.So would like another.Oh-weres the GZ34 rectifier tube?see an empty socket where that would normally be.
I use ITunes mostly now----I don't know what it is about folks complaining about the sound quality-Its CD quality for me!!!!BETTER than the old records I used to use!And I can't take and play records in my car!!!I now have an Onkyo amp that has Bluettoth and the ITunes music sounds just fine over the Onkyohome amp-now only if I could couple some sort of Blutooth receiver to my tubed amps! or my Toyota Highlanders Premium JBL Greenedge radio-sound system.


Post# 982191 , Reply# 16   2/10/2018 at 17:51 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

There are plenty of BT adapters out there to do what you wish.  Try this for home audio..



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Post# 982220 , Reply# 17   2/10/2018 at 21:31 by petek (Ontari ari ari O )        

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I've bought a couple of Bluetooth receivers and a couple of Bluetooth transmitters.. I have them hooked up to Bose wave radio and my JVC mini system .. I use one of the transmitters on my old Sony MP3 player at the gym.. with a pair of Bluetooth headphones to eliminate the wire.

If you buy one get it somewhere with easy returns.. One of the first BT receivers I bought didn't work very well so I returned it and bought a different brand.



Post# 982493 , Reply# 18   2/12/2018 at 15:14 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Music on vinyl...

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Agree once again with Paul... '50s cocktail exotica is the best! on the vintage equipment it was originally played on: Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, Robert Drasnin, and all the others!

On the FM dial we have "The Retro Cocktail Hour" music compleete with background and historical commentary, from Kansas Public Radio, heard every 6 PM- 8 PM on Saturdays on our local Binghamton station. And YOU can hear it anytime: all 1950s and '60s era cocktail music, all the time, with Darryl Brogden in Kansas City in the notorious Retro Martini Bunker at:

www.retrococktail.org...

This week features "Crime Jazz" more than the usual Exotica they play, with themes from many of the old crime and detective shows of yore.
Check it out!


Post# 982494 , Reply# 19   2/12/2018 at 15:15 by firedome (Binghamton NY & Lake Champlain VT)        
Music on vinyl...

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Agree once again with Paul... '50s cocktail exotica is awesome on the vintage equipment it was originally played on: Martin Denny, Les Baxter, Arthur Lyman, Robert Drasnin, and all the others!

On the FM dial we have "The Retro Cocktail Hour" music compelete with background and historical commentary from Kansas Public Radio, heard every 6 PM- 8 PM on Saturdays here on our local Binghamton station. And YOU can hear it anytime: all 1950s and '60s era cocktail music, all the time, with Darryl Brogden in Kansas City in The Retro Martini Bunker at:

www.retrococktail.org...

This week is featuring '50s "Crime Jazz" more than the usual Exotica they play, with themes from many of the old crime and detective shows of yore.

Enjoy!


Post# 982500 , Reply# 20   2/12/2018 at 16:17 by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Thanks Roger for sharing the link!






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