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Old 31-08-2012, 07:44 PM   #1
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Vinyl vs CD vs Cassette vs MP3

Personally I listen to all 4 formats, maybe it's just a pretentious illusion but I think Vinyl has the best sound, and the whole ritual surrounding it is a music obsessives heaven. I wish more electronic artists/labels would release more Vinyl and less MP3s, although MP3s have their perks aswell.

CD's yep.

Cassettes are good for demos/promos but they lack quality.

I predict a majority of this forum are downloaders? What do you think about these formats?

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Old 31-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #2
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Re: Vinyl vs CD vs Cassette vs MP3

I use MP3, streaming, and vinyl. CD's are whack. Had a girlfriend who listens to CDs, dumped her. (JK, but almost). Cassettes are cool since they are vintage, but thats about it.

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Old 31-08-2012, 08:02 PM   #3
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Re: Vinyl vs CD vs Cassette vs MP3

Are cassettes really still a thing? I don't even have a way to play a cassette anymore.

I have turned all my CDs into high quality compressed format for playing on my computer or portable players of whichever kind - though I still listen to CDs in my car sometimes due to lack of an easy way to play mp3s etc.

Sound quality wise - I wonder and hope that with increases in bandwidth and decreases in the price and physical size of electronic storage, if we will see a movement back towards higher audio quality. Are the masses happy with 128 bitrate mp3s?
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Old 31-08-2012, 08:09 PM   #4
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Re: Vinyl vs CD vs Cassette vs MP3

If we're comparing the quality, CD wins being 16 bit wav.

Vinyl is not bad but the quality of the needle needs to be high to get anywhere close to wav. I own a record player, a cassette deck and like em all but for different things. I can't get into listening to metal on older formats but with older stuff like jazz or something it's pretty neat. I bust out my eggshell colored turtleneck and put on my huge earmuffs when I listen to vinyl.

Seriously though, I still buy CDs regularly.

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Old 31-08-2012, 09:00 PM   #5
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I have about 16,000 MP3's, 700 Vinyl, 50/60 CDs and about 20 tapes.

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Re: Vinyl vs CD vs Cassette vs MP3

I like physical media. I use cassette and vinyl in my production. I also listen to vinyl. I actually prefer CDs in the car if I'm not listening to XM radio

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Re: Vinyl vs CD vs Cassette vs MP3

Personally, I like CDs (a little too much, I think I've bought over $1000 worth in the past year), because they're cheap, simple, and offer better audio quality than vinyl or cassette (or at least, offer the potential for the better audio quality, loudness war casualties kinda sound shit on CD, or any format for that matter). I do buy vinyl though, but only for albums that I really, really love, or releases that are vinyl exclusive. As far as digital formats, I've really grown to hate MP3, FLAC is the way forward.

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What media program do you use to play FLAC? It doesn't seem to work right with WMP which I have grown to like.
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What media program do you use to play FLAC? It doesn't seem to work right with WMP which I have grown to like.
I find Winamp works like a charm, and foobar2000 isn't too shabby either, but ugly as all hell. Winamp handles big music libraries better too, another reason why I love it.

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First off, I love vinyl. The fact that I have to go out of my way to sit down and relax to play that record makes the listening experience way more intimate.
Spot on.
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The fact that I have to go out of my way to sit down and relax to play that record makes the listening experience way more intimate.
I have vinyls, but I do this with CDs, too. I like them all.

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mp3s FTW
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I use Spotify, and the streaming efficiently replaces any need for CD and mp3. It's on both my computers as well as my smartphone, which I use in the car. Just a monthly subscription. If I need to check something specific out that isn't on Spotify, it is 98% of the time on Youtube or Grooveshark(Last Resort).

... and if your connection goes down or is inaccessible in any way, you can't listen to anything at all. Fun.

Otherwise it's a neat and convenient service, and a much better and more modern business model.
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I love the sound of vinyl
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Re: Vinyl vs CD vs Cassette vs MP3

mp3s suck
cds are just digital files
cassettes are neat
vinyl is awesome

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Re: Vinyl vs CD vs Cassette vs MP3

Anything but the cassettes.. though making cassette compilations was really fun back in the 90's. I love vinyls, but I own like 10x more CD's than vinyls and buy more CD's too. Then again, I mostly listen to music from computer or mp3-player. Actually it depends a lot on the music itself. For 70's rock I got to have the vinyl, for something more digital CD's are my weapon of choise. Mostly.

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Haha, cassettes? Cassettes were terrible...

These days I listen to mostly mp3, almost never cds.

I still have about a 100 vinyls for taking to DJ with at friends houses if they have turntables, but no turntable of my own anymore due to space issues.
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Haha, cassettes? Cassettes were terrible...
Don't dis cassettes man. At one point you had to listen to cassettes.

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mp3s FTW
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:21 PM   #20
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Viynls are great for collecting, and I have a few from artists that I really like, but for everything else, I usually stick to mp3.

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