Why do I play Vinyl? Well... because I have Vinyl which I have been collecting for decades.
So, this is the hidden secret. Play what you have? Don't worry about the rest.
I grew up in the age of Vinyl, there were no other choices so I collect vinyl
But those who grew up in the age of CDs collected and played CDs? Why because that was the most available and convenient format. When CD came, it didn't take long for Vinyl to fade out. Though of course, it never faded completely.
Today, kids are growing up in the age of Digital Music, so that is what they have. No Vinyl to get warped and scratched. Know CD's to lug around. 1,000 songs that for the most part, take up ZERO space. Plus I never scratched or warped Digital Music.
Now if you are interested in Vinyl, then certainly it is worth something to get into. But New Vinyl is expensive. That said, there is an advantage to owning Physical Media. When I own a physical Record or CD, I actually own it. I can buy, sell, trade, or whatever.
But, if you have purely Digital Music, you don't own it. No, rather you are leasing the right to listen to a copy of the music. That means you DO NOT own it, you can NOT buy, sell, or trade the music with friends.
Further, as many people are finding out, if you buy Media on line for on line consumption, where the Media is stored on remote servers, whether it is Music, Movies, or Games, at the discretion of the content provider, without notice, paid for or not, that Media can disappear. Sad Day and too bad for you.
So, that's something to consider.
But Digital Music as in Digital Streaming of Music over a Network is sooooo convenient. And the quality of that content will be whatever quality you have that content stored in. If you RIP CDs, then you can count on that Streaming Sound being a full bit-perfect 16b/44.1k sound. Download higher res content from the Internet, and it will be in whatever quality you bought. Most likely 24b/48k or perhaps higher.
Every one in your house can independently access to your locally store media. And if you have a paid Streaming Service then you have access to a virtually infinite library of music from the very old to the very new, in all styles and genres.
Like I said, I listen to Vinyl because my Vinyl collection vastly out number all of my other Media. But if I we on the higher side of finances, and in a large place, I would have Vinyl, CD, Video Streaming, and Music Streaming. At $10 to $20 per month, for the price of one or two Albums, you get access to a virtually unlimited Library of Streaming Music. That's not a bad deal.
I suspect those who RIP their CDs to a Network Server do so with the intent that they will use the CDs for serious listening, and the Digital Stream for casual listen, but I will bet dollars to donuts, that their CDs are gathering dust, and they listen to Local and Network Streaming all the time.
I could go on ...no really I could....but the point has been made. Yes, for some Vinyl as a hobby is worth it. But, for the most part, that is what it is ... a hobby.
Far more than the Format of the Music, what will make a difference in the quality you hear is the Mixing and Mastering. Bad Mix = Bad Sound, no matter how good the music is.
Don't feel like you have to join the crowd or the current trend. Yes Vinyl is making a resurgence, and CD sales are falling. Because most people pay a fixed amount for a Streaming Service, that is, more or less, close to CD quality. For those who want to pay more, you can get virtually CD quality Streaming.
If you are interested in Vinyl, cool, its fun and it sounds good, but don't feel you remotely have to have it.
Play what you have.
Last edited by bluewizard; 06-19-2020 at 05:17 PM.