Cognitive Dissonance without the Stress--Digital & Analog At Home


X or Y? 

Coke or Pepsi? 

Ford or Chevy? 

Digital or Analog?  Or Digital versus Analog? 

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I'm spinning CDs again...and loving it. 

I'm not loving it more than vinyl.  I'm not loving it more than Tidal through my all tube DAC.  I'm not loving it less than those things though. I'm just loving it. 

It's fun to use a mechanical object.  The drawer moves out, the drawer moves in.  It's nice to handle albums--CD or vinyl.  It's nice to read liner notes.  It's nice to not worry about the runout groove and my pricey cartridge wearing out because I've grown tired after many albums, beers, and greenery.  It's less exploratory than streaming though. 

CDs with a great DAC sound superb.  Yeah, they miss a touch of air on top, in the middle and on bottom.  Things are super defined and buttoned up.  That doesn't mean it's all bad or worse.  

Do we have to be so binary with everything?   I suppose if we have to be and I'm leaving to a desert island, I choose to have endless vinyl over endless digital. Yet, there are some very wonderful things about Redbook CDs. [Assuming you have a good DAC]. 

Chime in all!  I want to hear what you have to say. 


jbhiller
PS

Vinyl Rig: 
Technics 1200 GAE 
Phono Pre: Manley Chinook
Cart: Audio Technica ART-9

Digital Rig: 
Bluesound Node 2
Doge DAC

CD Rig: 
Old Rotel 1072
Doge DAC
My recently-acquired Marantz CD67 sounds remarkably fine for a 22 year-old player! Celtic Frost's Monotheist never sounded more ominous and menacing! And I only paid $200 for it in mint condition! 
Now to find an LP copy of Monotheist to compare on my vinyl rig!
I am binary, I guess, since I dropped vinyl long time ago, mostly for practicality of digital.  Selection of  music is much wider and much cheaper.  I can buy used CDs and rip them to hard drive, as well as copy my friends CDs to Audio CD-R and then copy it to HD.  It is perfectly legal as long as you copy music from legal source (like CD) into legal media like Audio CD-R (media that pays royalties).  Many people keep both, vinyl and CDs, but for the same money I can optimize better one (digital or analog) instead of two.