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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikeandvan View Post
    Has streaming made everything else redundant? Or do you keep the 'hardware' just in case the internet breaks one day?
    What's the internet breaking got to do with it?
    I accept that to get off site server access you have to have internet, but my local server still works even if the internet is broken, so I can stream FLACs from my NAS - saves all that tiresome looking for a CD that you've put away safely somewhere (so safe that you can't find the bloody thing).
    I haven't had a CD player in my setup for at least a decade.

    I still have a turntable and spin the black stuff, but the streaming setup sees the most action - it's bound to, coz it sounds great, and it's a doddle to drive, and the convenience aspect is obvious.
    My son was quite happy using it when he was 7 years old, although at the time he was more interested in playing games on his Wii.
    Times change - son is now 17 years old, and he uses the Squeezebox/server all the time now, and he really appreciates having the access to a large and eclectic library of lossless music files.

    I still buy CDs, rip 'em to the server, and chuck 'em in the pile afterwards.
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    Primary listening for me is streaming from my NAS but I have kept the CDP in case I want to play with using it as a transport to an alternative DAC at some point (am using RPi with ALLO BOSS at the moment). Turntable gets occasional use but is sidelined at the moment, as all new music is sourced digitally.

    I use Spotify Premium as a scouting and discovery tool mainly, I scan through it's weekly discovery suggestions (which get better the more it's used), and save any items which I consider worth investigating further. If I find something that sticks, I then try to source a lossless version for the NAS. This can take many forms but usually CD (new or used) and Bandcamp tend to be the most cost effective.

    I do quite enjoy having the choice of formats available for now and then, and keeping the CDs comes in handy when my kids come round to raid my collection every now and then
    A mainly digital setup with a musical amplifier and endearing 1970's speakers. A CD player that hardly ever gets used and a turntable that is good enough to remind my how enjoyable my old vinyl is. Some cables and things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stratmangler View Post
    What's the internet breaking got to do with it?
    I accept that to get off site server access you have to have internet, but my local server still works even if the internet is broken, so I can stream FLACs from my NAS - saves all that tiresome looking for a CD that you've put away safely somewhere (so safe that you can't find the bloody thing).
    It's interesting how we all have our own points of view.
    I never could see the point of ripping CDs, most of them are available from the online music streaming services anyway. I have other priorities for my time than ripping thousands of discs. And all of my CDs are filed alphabetically so I can go straight to them should the need arise.
    Ah well, vive la difference! as they say.

    For me, streaming is all about instant internet access to an inconceivably large collection of music. As such, we live in a Golden Age of music access, imo.
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    I was told that ripping a CD to a SSHD would produce better results than playing a CD.

    Not tried it but I may do soon !
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    Perhaps.
    But I don't play CDs anyway and I am very happy with the sq from the streaming services.
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    I was just taken with the idea of playing my CD albums from the comfort of the sofa, and losing the need to keep proper control of a large physical library of material.

    In 2009 I reaped the rewards of my earlier endeavours, because I had my neck broken in a car accident, and ultimately required an operation to fit a metal plate to stabilise the fracture to allow it to heal properly.
    I spent a great deal of time kept very immobile by a Philadelphia collar, so moving around was awkward and difficult to say the least.
    If I hadn't already ripped my CDs for streaming purposes I would not have had the easy capability of playing music.
    Chris



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    Ah, I can see that. I guess the music streaming services were way off their current level of excellence 8 or 9 years ago.
    I recall being distinctly unimpressed with them just 5 or so years ago when I looked into it. They've come a long way since then.
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    I still have my 401 though, it just sounds so good.

    Love it
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    I've sold my Spacedeck/Nait 2 and Kans, 2000 LPs, 500 12" and around 600 7" singles and replaced with a headphone streaming system.

    I've kept a 1000 odd records that are either valuable or have a sentimental value to me.
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    System dependent of course, is there a consensus on which format provides the best sound quality? I always thought it was a vinyl or cdp set up. Granted many people just prefer the sound of vinyl, but I was comparing vinyl and streaming and I sometimes cannot tell the difference, depends on the music, and this is before I begin to refine my streaming set up, as I've only just bought a streamer.
    Current system. TT - NAS Interspace, Jelco 750, Goldring 2200/Denon 110/Ortofon Blue, Nakamichi CA-5 (as phono stage). Streaming - Pioneer N-50K. CD Player - Pioneer PD 8700. Ruark Talisman II.

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