Yeah, I'm a sucker for streaming, too. Though I do admit to nostalgically sniffing my wall of cardboard record jackets. I gotta say, though, that I do have more than a few LPs and singles that have yet to make it to the aether.
I'm a sucker as well. And totally agree with the comment that I/you/us could have never predicted this as a possibility ten years ago, especially when I was working at Tower Records in college. I've always been music first, equipment second, with music exploration as a priority. The amount of money I've saved from streaming is astronomical.
A fellow Tower alum! I've probably mentioned this about ten times on this site, but me and the wife met when we toiled for Russ Solomon (was that Tower's head honcho's name?) in Panorama City in the San Fernando Valley. Eventually we both graduated to the Classical Store on the Sunset Strip. Saw lots of celebs...while earning the proverbial peanuts. Our record collections, though, did grow, in part thanks to all the promotional pre-release albums the record companies sent to the stores. They were all First Pressings, too. I still listen to my share of 'em.
I have an Audio Research Reference CD9se CD player (my two main systems shown under UserID). I haven’t tried any of my SACDs for comparison. I have an inexpensive transport but, I gave up on the format, tried stored hires files… which I can’t tell the difference from,.. I tried a couple of hiRez files stored on my streamer, versus streamed… the same.
But the point is, if after a week or an hour of listening to streamed and the CD, or vinyl… and there is no noticeable difference… then it becomes only a question of what music you want to listen to and… streaming now has a nearly infinite library… heaven reached.
@edcyn I was at a Tower Records in Oahu near Waikiki. Looking back on it, my time at Tower was one of the better jobs I've had. I learned a lot, especially from the older staff that helped me explore genres I would have never thought I'd enjoy. Tower Records definitely had a culture and vibe - I miss that. If they were still around, I'd probably frequent on a weekly basis. I also wished I kept in contact with some of the people I had met who were fascinating and somewhat like-minded as myself. Thanks for sharing your story, edcyn! Glad there's a fellow Tower alum (I always wondered)!
@ghdprentice great thread… A symphonic conductor of some note I am working with a moment is completely new to streaming.. One of his references is a somewhat rare and expensive Scriabin piano concerto with extraordinary dynamics… He is blown away by the breathtaking depth and breadth of recorded Scriabin NOW available to him on his Moon preamp / streamer. A true music lovers paradise. My best to you !