billshurv wrote:Ok I'll get the full villagers with pitchforks for this, but if I have something on CD I'll only search out the vinyl for research purposes (which I have done in a couple of cases to confirm things). In general there is not a lot of point unless the CD transfer was poorly done. At least IMO.
Ok everyone knows this and is probably sick of hearing it but vinyl does sound different from CD's. Whether that sound is 'better' is a matter of personal taste. I've seen efforts to quantify it with histogramic measures of Db levels, sound spectrum maps etc... but really it's ultimately almost totally a subjective call. And whether this 'betterness' is worth the extra dough is again a personal call.
I've paid at the most $70 for a single disk of vinyl. It had to be truely special for me to pay that, but I've done it a couple of times. I frequently pay around $45 for disks. That's the level to which I think the 'betterness' is worth it. However having just got a new CD playing system; new Amp, new hi-rez CD player, new 'good' RCA cables, new preamp for the Subwoofer that allows me to adjust clipping, I'm of course really into CD's in a big way.
This is a total surprise in my life as I've for a long time had my very large collection of CD's stashed away in a cubord. I thought of them as unfortunate inferior artifacts of music that had the bad luck to have been recorded in a time when a misapprehended medium was popular. I waited in hopeless hope for a time when this music would be re-released on vinyl now that humanity has realized the error of it's ways.
Shock!! and Awe!! I'm now actively seeking out CD's, listening carefully, and appreciating how really good they sound. Turns out it wasn't the CD's which sounded so $#itty, it was my system. This is a truly dazzling realization for me!!
So to finally address the point of the threads topic here, Yes!! I will and recently have paid quite a lot for good copies of albums. The twist is, that what I consider to be good copies are CD's!! SACD CD's and music BluRay's to be specific. And as the releases on these formats tend to be classics, I'm paying around $35 to $45 for music I have on several formats, vinyl, tape, CD's. Things I never EVER thought I'd want to listen to again. As a result I'm becoming reaquainted with music I used to love, and am now experiencing again the reason that I loved this music to begin with. It's totally changed my path in music collecting to the point that I've actually canceled a couple of orders for vinyl on back-order. Things I was almost hyperventilatingly eager to have, I now want only the CD!! Well as you know this is a betrayal of some fundamental belief systems that some people (like me) hold as truths which like the American constitution seem to be "self evident"
Hmmmm, well,,, I think I'll put on a CD now, sit in the sweet spot and focus.
Take care & Vive La Revolucion!!