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    A very nice article about CDs at The Quietus

    http://thequietus.com/articles/24710...-compact-discs

    "Add to this the fact that much of today’s new vinyl is exorbitantly expensive, prone to issues of quality control due to overburdened pressing plants, and often digitally sourced - which means a new LP is basically a big, expensive CD with added vinyl noise"

    This I have been saying for years - ever since I was with dear departed Nick Kilroy witnessing the mastering of the early Junior Boys records.

    Some of my own earlier thoughts on this:
    http://www.woebot.com/search/label/Digital%20Audio

    My answer? Keep your CDs - get a transport-only CD player and a very good DAC and you'll have rich, deep, and warm (yes) sound far eclipsing what you can get on a record (bless em)

    The only gatekeepers to this being crap re-mastering.

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    your mate was talking about buying up thousands of cds on monday,

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    your mate was talking about buying up thousands of cds on monday,
    yeah he's cottoned on. the thing is if you get the playback sorted they're brilliant.

    good cd player (unless you're clever) = 25,000
    good record player = 150

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    There's big demand for things like the Blood & Fire CDs too and stuff like the Bob Marley JAD boxsets.

    Big discussions on the remnants of the Blood & Fire board right now about recent VP/Greensleeves vinyl sounding atrocious - even for things that had previously been remastered decently in the 90s and noughties.

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    I wont quickly forget my disgust at the quality of those Jammy's CDs on VP. Appalling mastering, destroyed the tunes - and Id already bought three of them before I got a chance to listen.

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    CDs and DVDs are swamping the second hand markets and online selling platforms like mad for very little money. It's tempting to stock up collections with next-to-nothing money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by firefinga View Post
    CDs and DVDs are swamping the second hand markets and online selling platforms like mad for very little money. It's tempting to stock up collections with next-to-nothing money.
    definitely worth doing IMHO or at least picking up stone classics

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    Quote Originally Posted by john eden View Post
    There's big demand for things like the Blood & Fire CDs too and stuff like the Bob Marley JAD boxsets.

    Big discussions on the remnants of the Blood & Fire board right now about recent VP/Greensleeves vinyl sounding atrocious - even for things that had previously been remastered decently in the 90s and noughties.
    wish i had more of those B&F on CD. i have the 'riginal vinyl but their congos reissue is a work of art - a labour of love even (visions of UB40)

    some of the reggae remastering is fantastic.

    the greensleeves stuff kevin metcalfe did is amazing.

    http://www.soundmasters.co.uk/kevin-...-international

    he went back to the tapes and really got the bass on board. the original rockers remastering is WAY better than the vinyl.

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    i've been saying this for years, i like CDs! i dig vinyl as much as the next person but prices are ridiculous here, $16-20 for a new 12" single and albums (since there's all double/triple albums now) often $26-40. sadly, labels often aren't even bothering to release new albums on CD, but as been stated it's prime time to stock up on older titles.

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    I only really play digital music, but I still buy CDs because it gives me a physical copy I can rip for more or less the same price as picking up a digital album. If you're lucky you can get several secondhand CDs for the price of one new digi release.

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    Quote Originally Posted by droid View Post
    I wont quickly forget my disgust at the quality of those Jammy's CDs on VP. Appalling mastering, destroyed the tunes - and Id already bought three of them before I got a chance to listen.
    Are you referring to the 'Selector's Choice' CDs?

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    Where are you seeing all these cheap stockpiles of CDs? Every time I flick through Discogs or eBay they seem as ridiculously overpriced as ever - and that's not to mention Amazon Marketplace, which is just mental (says the man who sold a Maya Deren DVD there for 90)

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    I think people are cottoning on and the prices are going up a bit, but there's still plenty of stuff on Amazon for 2 or 3 secondhand. It depends what you're looking for though, the classics on major labels are usually cheap. There are a ton of books and DVDs on there for around 3 including postage too - just seen a copy of Heat on DVD for 1p.

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    does a cd player really cost 25,000 Matt? that's quite dear.

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