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Windows 7: You kids today have it made...

06 Jan 2013   #151
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

I have a boxful of 45's and a row of LP's and it's not that long since I managed to get a stereo unit that had a turntable, trouble is I don't play any of them now.
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06 Jan 2013   #152
bigmck

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Joan Archer View Post
I have a boxful of 45's and a row of LP's and it's not that long since I managed to get a stereo unit that had a turntable, trouble is I don't play any of them now.
Vinyl has seen it better days and it won't be long until CD music has gone the same route. Digital will be the main source of music before very long.
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06 Jan 2013   #153
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

Not so fast there Mack.....lol.
Don't discount analog as it still has a much better sound when done properly and that is the key and a very expensive key indeed. It's true CD's and MP3 are fundamentally un-musical. But great hope lies with full HD Audio downloads but in the end because of delivery speeds these will be compressed,cut and trimmed like MP3 making them nothing more then background tunes when played through a true high resolution system. When it comes to the best of the best Vinyl as well as Master tapes played on high end gear will flat blow CD's back into their packaging.
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06 Jan 2013   #154
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by linnemeyerhere View Post
It's true CD's and MP3 are fundamentally un-musical.
Now that will start a totally new discussion.
We can start talking about the "warmth" from valve/tube amps. Some audiophiles still pay $ks for these.
I certainly don't think MP3 is up to scratch but can't agree when it comes to CDs. I think the DAC and analog circuitry in CD players can make a very significant difference to sound quality. I have heaps of vinyl LPs from the 70s on and give me CDs anytime.
I wish I could buy and download CDs on line.
I tend to agree CDs will die along with true audiophiles.
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06 Jan 2013   #155
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Michael you are absolutely right. My neighbor paid over $10.000 for a turntable. When he built his house, he reserved the biggest room for his audio studio. I could not see myself spending that kind of money because my old ears would probably not notice the difference.
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06 Jan 2013   #156
linnemeyerhere

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ultimate 64
 
 

It's a shame that upper range hearing loss is a real sign of aging and so I agree that the benefits from a high resolution system may be arguable as we age. But just because I can't type fast or design things using CAD does that mean I shouldn't enjoy all that my i7 or 8 core can give me?? Really it all boils down to priorities. As an Audiophile I understand and appreciate the finer things regarding sound and music, just as I love the smoothness and patience to wait for a fine Cab to age for 10 or more years but at the same time I can also drink and enjoy a 2 buck chuck. Passions are a funny fickle thing and I wold never poo poo another's passion but only hope to understand it and them better......such is life!
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06 Jan 2013   #157
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I can remember selling many of these Edison players at a auction I worked at as a young child.
We sold them with assortment of 1/4 in. thick Edison records for just a few dollars. I can't remember any of them selling over $10.00.

You kids today have it made...-edison-phono.jpeg


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06 Jan 2013   #158
linnemeyerhere

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I can only imagine how much they would fetch today.
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06 Jan 2013   #159
Bertison

Windows 7/64 HPremium.
 
 

bigmck I have a massive Elvis collection, too many to list here, '45's and LP's. I have one 45 which I believe is quite rare and it is in absolutely pristine condition: "All Shook Up" which has "That's How Your Heartaches Begin" on the 'B' side. Why is it rare? Because here in the UK, most Elvis recordings were on the RCA label. This one was HMV, and the majority of the UK production of this one. were in 78 format. Now I know what can and did happen to 78's. People sat on them (I know - my older cousin sat on about a dozen on his bed, and broke every one!) and there are very few left in playable condition. The UK HMV 45's are very rare: just a short run, then a move to RCA.

I also have a Beatles rarity: "Please Please Me" album, on a studio tape. I would not be sorry to see that go when it does, as I was never a big fan. I liked their early stuff, but after the navel-gazing of "Pepper" I turned off. I much preferred the Stones and Creedence. Now, there's a rock band! And John Fogerty is still doing it.

I soon realised, when I first began collecting records, that these things would suffer wear. So I bought an old Open Reel tape recorder and recorded them all as I bought them. Later I bought a better AKAI tape machine, later still a tape cassette/record player combo. I continued to record the collection and nowadays they are all either on CD, or will be soon. As not one of my vinyl records has been played more than 5 times (Some only once) they are all in mint condition.

I served in the army in Germany and every year my unit exercised with various US units, mostly around the Frankfurt area. I then had access to a PX, thanks to friends I made, and could get US Imports. So I wound up with a pretty mixed bunch of UK/US records. As an aircraft technician, I also had contacts with Netherlands Airforce guys and those fellows had some really good stuff. No, I mean vinyl. Not vegetable smoking material...

As has been said, ageing ears means losing the top end of hearing and I cannot differentiate now between CD and vinyl sound, except with a really good set of headphones. That may also be due in part to all the years I attended Rock concerts, especially the Stones!

Some years ago my son gave me a wonderful Christmas present. He had just broken up with his dragon of a wife and was fighting to get custody of our 2 lovely grandchildren, (he won, thanks be) consequently he was very short of money. I told him not to spend what little he had, but he got around that by seeing a mate who had just begun (legal) music downloads. He put onto CD every Elvis record he could find - 50 Cd's, some with 2 or 3 albums. It is a mark of the character of my thoughtful, quiet son and I loved him for it.

I think that those of us whose lives span the vinyl/tape/cassette/cd/digital downloads eras, may feel that we are always one step behind the technology. I struggle to keep up, which is where the grandchildren come in handy! Eldest has just set me up my Christmas present: a NAS/Media Player. Over the next few weeks (months?) I will be attempting to record all my vinyl to PC and then to separate storage, at which point I will probably see what the collection is now worth.
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06 Jan 2013   #160
Joan Archer

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 32 bit/Windows 10 64bit
 
 

My vinyl mix is just that a mix of various artists, I know I have a 45 of Arnold Lane by Pink Floyd with I think See Emily Played as the B side, can't be sure as it's that long since we looked at them.
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