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Levi Richardson
Levi Richardson

Listen To Cds Before You Buy [NEW]

I do not listen to the streamed music because when I want to sit and listen to the music, I want to use my own collection. I have about two hundred AAC downloads of favorite albums, transferred some of them to CD-Rs, and now, they are only for my car CD player. Also, I downloaded some FLACs, and I do not listen to them because they sound a bit dry to my ear. I did also download a dozen of DSD and PCM files in high resolution which I play through very capable DACs; they sound good, and I listen to them from time to time. This is as to say my PC music experience.Now, I have collected about 1800 LPs and nearly a similar number of CDs. I listen to them more often than PC downloads.I have several Hi-Fi sets to play both LPs and CDs, not very expensive ones. It is a pleasure to sometimes, put a record on a TT and drop the needle on it. I did it long after the LP hype came back about ten years ago, and I was crazy about hunting for new and used LP albums until recently.I noted that lately, I listen to CDs more often than LPs. Maybe it is because I became lazy to go through the routine of playing them. Storing, cleaning, and relocating them is not so simple either.It is much simpler to play CDs, and they sound very good on decent audio components. Many of them provide air and detail at a good dynamic range, and it is without the clicks, pops and hiss of the vinyl.Yes, some CDs do not sound good if they were mastered wrongly but look how juicy and clear they can sound on modern and even some old equipment!I admitted this difference: if I want to enjoy purely music, I go for CD, and if I want the nostalgic process of playing an LP, I go for it.To me, decent CDs sound more bodily than the downloads, and the modern DACs can up-sample them to sound nearly analogue but with higher dynamics.So, I now, hunt more for CDs than vinyl.Out of the sets, which I own, the following combinations revealed especially good sound from CDs:1.Denon DCD-2500NE CD player + Denon PMA-2500NE amplifier.2.Teac UD-505 DAC + Cambridge Audio CXC transport + PrimaLuna Prologue Premium valve integrated amplifier.For LP playback:3.Turntables: Clearaudio Concept with Maestro V2 head; Technics SL-1210 with Denon-103 head.Music: mostly jazz, some rock and pop, classics.

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It matters to me because when I play a compressed CD it starts out loud and impressive, but becomes fatiguing very quickly. I used to turn up the volume for more of a good thing. Now, I often turn the volume down so I can stand to listen to it.

This is borne out by properly-run blind A/B listening tests, where inserting a properly level-balanced 16/44.1 conversion stage after some other source (whether analog or high-res digital) was undetectable by any listeners compared to the original, unconverted source itself.

I just bought Led Zeppelin III on Vinyl. Played it through a nice Project Turntable on Adam Studio Monitors. I also listened to the album on Spotify. I heard a huge difference on the high end spectrum of the record. Strummed guitars and cymbals sound so much detailed on vinyl. I want to do the same comparison with CDs.

Have to agree with you there. I have a decent setup and have had subscriptions to Tidal for a while, Qobuz for the past two months and Apple music for over year. Today I decided to listen to CDs after quite some time on my Oppo UDP-205 player. While streaming has the advantage of access to a lot of music, it has been my experience so far that it does not compare favorably in sound resolution to my CDs. Just to validate, I stream from my MAC to very good DACs both costing around 2 grand each. The CD is clearly much better resolved (especially dimension and spacial info. Imaging is more clearly defined and sound from my cd player playing CDs is much more dynamic. Qobuz does have hi-res, but my ears it still does not sound as good as the 16bit/44.1 CD, to say nothing of SACD or DVD-A.

At its simplest, a CD player needs just one button to open and close the drawer, a couple to start and stop playback, and track-skip up/down controls. A headphone socket with its own volume control might come in handy for late-night listening.

Not sure whether it will work everywhere however in Australia we have Overdrive through our local Libraries for Audiobooks, but we also have BorrowBox which is the same kind of thing. I regularly listen to books through this, you can reserve books, view recommendations or search for particular titles or Authors or even by the Narrator. BorrowBox is free and very easy to use, in conjunction with Overdrive, you would have a surplus of books or perhaps less of a line to wait?

That was always my assumption, so last Wednesday I listened to a pair of Audioengine A5+ ($399) speakers and a Zvox Z-Base 420 ($300) sound bar. I like the Zvox a lot, but it was immediately apparent its stereo soundstage width was smaller, and it had far less spatial depth than did the A5+ speakers spread 5 feet apart. The Zvox sounds spatially constricted next to the Audioengines. Yes, you can use the Zvox's "surround" processing to open up the soundstage a bit, but it's still nowhere as spacious as the Audioengines. The A5+s' dynamic oomph and clarity on the "Black Hawk Down" Blu-ray outpaced the Zvox as well. The sound bar was working a lot harder during the battle scenes and helicopter crash. Both systems made a decent amount of bass, but the A5+s' bass was clearer and more detailed. The A5+s performance advantages were even more apparent when I listened to CDs. Sound bars are rarely at their best with two-channel music, so if you listen to music more than you watch movies, the stereo speaker route would be a smart move.

The one thing sound bars do better than stereo speakers is they anchor movie dialogue to the center of the stereo image. Stereo speakers do the same only for listeners seated directly inline with the TV. Listeners seated over to the right will hear more right channel and listeners to the left will hear more left-channel sound. So if you tend to watch movies with more then one or two people at a time, a sound bar will create a more uniform sound experience for everyone in the room.

If you do join Apple Music, you can listen to a wide range of ad-free, on-demand radio stations from around the world. And you can easily create and personalize your own stations that evolve as you interact with them.

Writing for The Sun-Herald in November 2005, John Clare said that he loved the book and that it "is good-looking and has a great body" which is "perfectly proportioned", being "fat but not too wide or tall". Of the jazz albums included in the book, Clare felt that "all are well chosen except one"; he thought that the inclusion of two Stan Getz albums was too many given the absence of a Louis Armstrong album.[8] In a more critical review in the same month, Matt Price of The Australian said that "[t]he whole premise of the book is humbug", arguing that it would take too long to listen through all the albums in the book whilst also following new releases. He also criticized several of the book's choices on what albums to include and to not include, concluding that it was "biased, un-Australian and unacceptable".[9]

Most of the book's recommendations are rock and pop albums from the Western world. 1001 Albums also features selections from world music, rhythm and blues, blues, folk, hip hop, country, electronic music, and jazz. The rock and pop albums include such subgenres as punk rock, grindcore, heavy metal, alternative rock, progressive rock, easy listening, thrash metal, grunge and rockabilly. Classical and modern art music are excluded.[3]

Audio streaming services and satellite radios have added to the slow death of the compact disc. So what do you do if you have a huge CD collection that you want to be able to play?The good news is that there are a few options for you. There are at least four ways to be able to listen to your CDs in your newer car, including different types of CD players and other digital devices.

Basically, this type of CD player will transmit the played songs within a selectable frequency range selected by you, the user. Then you will have to adjust the receiving frequency range of your car radio to the same range and you can now listen to your music normally.We recommend this CD player if you choose to go with this option.

Of course, there are downsides to CDs as well. The biggest is the lock-up period. When you purchase a CD, your money is locked up for the entire term. If you need the money, you can redeem the CD early. However, you will pay a penalty, usually a few months' worth of interest. Some banks offer special CDs called No Penalty CDs that allow you to close the CD before the term is up without penalty.

Bonds tend to offer a better return if you want to earn more on your money. If you invest in government-backed securities, like Treasuries, you are investing in a risk-free asset. However, you risk losing some of your principal if interest rates rise, as bond prices will fall. This is only an issue if you invest in bond funds. If you purchase individual bonds, this is not an issue unless you need to sell before maturity.

Last but not least, CDs can give you the best of both worlds. Using your computer, you can burn them as MP3s (or even in uncompressed WAV format) and put the resulting files into your smartphone or tablet music library for listening on the go, while still enjoying their sound when playing the original disks through your home audio system.

Rumors about the death of the CD format have been greatly exaggerated. Your CDs will continue to offer you a high level of audio performance for years to come. So before you throw out or give away your collection, think instead about making CDs part of your music-listening experience. You may be glad that you did!

No doubt, I love my vinyl, have a hard drive full of digital files and listen to online streams. But CDs still have a lot to offer. This is just as true for personal listening as it is for radio stations. Well, at least for community and college radio stations where DJs pick their music rather than just piloting an automation system or selecting from a tiny approved digital catalog. 041b061a72


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