The Case for Always Buying CDs • Gear Patrol

It’s 2022 and streaming accounts for around 85% of all music consumption. Vinyl is experiencing a huge resurgenceof course, with sales increasing year on year since 2005. And CDs, well, you might be surprised that people are listening to them too – after a steady decline since 2000, CD sales actually increased in 2021 for the first time in nearly two decades.

Yes, there are still good reasons to buy them! here’s why

Yes, CDs sound better than vinyl.

One of the great myths in the audio world is that vinyl sounds better than CDs. It is simply not true. Sure, you might prefer the warm analog sound, especially its crackles and other imperfections, and the visceral experience of dropping the needle on a spinning record, but CDs are simply the best physical audio format. that most people can get their hands on. to. Compared to vinyl, CDs are capable of producing a wider dynamic range and more bass. Plus, they won’t jump out (unless scratched).

CDs obviously sound better than streaming digital files.

If you’re streaming music from Spotify, Apple Music, or Tidal, you’re listening to a compressed music file. This means that the audio data is stored in less space resulting in loss of information and the music won’t sound as vibrant or as full. MP3, AAC, WMA are all types of compressed music files. The best compressed digital music files are called lossless because they don’t lose any information, but only a few streaming services are capable of playing lossless or CD-quality audio. This includes Tidal and Amazon Music HD, both of which are quite expensive.

CDs are really affordable right now.

If you’re looking for a superior audio format, CDs are the best deal you’re likely to get. To be frank, they are not expensive to buy. Audio stores and retailers practically give away used CDs, while new CDs are usually in the $12 to $15 price range. If you’re looking for vinyl, on the other hand, a new record will likely cost twice as much. There is also the resale value of CDs and vinyl. It may not be much, but you can sell your old records and CDs online or at record stores; if you buy a digital song, like an mp3 file, there is no resale value.

CD booklets and album covers are understated.

In the age of streaming, album art seems like more of an afterthought (at least to consumers). Sure, you see a small picture of the album cover when you listen to a song, but you miss the album story. The 12×12 album cover of a vinyl record is still the gold standard, but the little booklet that accompanies each CD, featuring behind-the-scenes photos or interesting artwork, and showing the lyrics to each song, is a good compromise between having to rely on digital images and having to store giant vinyl records. I’ve always loved receiving a CD and leafing through the booklet while listening to it. It makes you feel more connected to the album, I think.

Audio companies are always releasing new CD players.

The portable CD player may be a thing of the past, but believe it or not, major audio companies still offer CD players for the home. Why? Because audiophiles still crave it. In recent years, companies such as Cambridge Audio, Panasonic, McIntosh, Rotel and Sony have all released new CD players (or incorporated them into digital streamers). This is a great option for people who have a large CD collection and don’t want to pay for a music server (or spend time uploading their entire CD library to it). Also, high-end CD players are not very expensive.

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