I’ve always been a vinyl proponent - so yes went for the Karousel upgrade deal and got the Kore, Trampolin and non-posh Radikal to replace my Lingo 1 alomg with a Krystal though feel a Dynavector may have been better in hindsight.
Maybe it’s rising costs generally but I’m reappraising automatically buying new versions of worn old but well-loved vinyl or enjoyable new releases as they are so expensive compared to the annual streaming subs. 6-8 new LPs would likely gets me an annual unlimited Qobuz/Tidal subscription. It really makes you think.
fwiw I’m struggling with the impacts of my purchasing.
How to benefit artists.
How to reduce my burden on the planet.
Then sound quality.
I could buy all media second hand. Minimising environmental impact, but not really benefiting artists.
I could buy loads of new media, benefiting artists but not terribly good for the environment.
I could stream everything, and have the cloud service impact to worry about.
I could buy downloads, and have to run a local NAS in addition to my HiFi gear
And then there’s quality!
So whilst I prevaricate, I’m running a CD player, streamer and TT, and buying CDs, vinyl, both new and used, and the occasional download streamed from a Mac mini
Whichever way we do most things there’s always a downside - so like yourself I do all - plus whilst streaming seems the common way nowadays, I still like my own copy and I think - tho someone please correct me if I’m wrong - artists only get a very small income from the streaming companies. Use tidal merely to check recommendations etc then buy - cd first & rip to Core - then LP if its from a favourite artist/band. And it doesn’t help that our internet connection isn’t all its cracked up to be - good job we’ve moved on from the old dial-up services!
That sounds very familiar apart from the CD player which is not connected.
I find it rather sad that CDs/DVDs are being treated as waste (possibly recyclable) but in reality so few people would bother anymore with audio/video streaming services. Suspect there are still many things on DVD (often old TV shows that never quite live up to nostalgic memories) which are not quite popular enough for streaming services to included them, though Britbox catalogue is expanding constantly.
That’s the problem, they are not particularly cheap these days. With rising costs in so many areas, unless there’s something I really want the vinyl seems a bit extravagant when I still have so much in storage I could be playing.
I run a record player and subscribe to Tidal I don’t own a CDP and I’d say it’s about 80 - 20 in favour of vinyl when it comes to SQ and it’s almost exclusively the brand new releases that I buy that are amongst the 20%.
Music rather than hifi was always my hobby and I much prefer the physical ownership of music as apposed to streaming though I really enjoy my tIdal service. In the past month I’ve bought four records direct from the artist himself and have had direct communication with him which is just the best.