CD albums the end?

#1

Hello everybody,

Personally I still have all my CD albums (about 1000 units) and time to time listen to one on my NAIM CDX2.
But I have spent a lot of time to rip them on my NAS and now it is much more easy to have them all in LDS or ROON and listen to them on my Aries G1.
What about you, what have you done with your CDs ?

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#2

All my CDs moved to the attic during a house refurbishment in 2017. I sold on my CD555 the previous year as it was just sitting on my rack unplaced and every time I did put on a CD I found I prefered the sound of it ripped rather than via CD.

I still buy CDs - mostly second hand and specialist ones that don’t make it to the streaming platforms.

I can’t seem to get my head around buying a download, it is just too ephemeral for someone who grew up with vinyl, then cassettes, then CDs. I’m fine with streaming though and it’s such a great time to be a music fan with practically the world’s music at your fingertips at home. Whether long term this will have detrimental effects it’s hard to tell, artists will have to find a way to make more money that they currently get from streaming.

.sjb

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#3

@Sloop-John-B
Yes, I think your right, hard times for the artists nowadays.

#4

I ripped all of my CD’s to my NAS quite a long time ago. Initially, I ripped them to WMA format using Windows, but then discovered that my Oppo wouldn’t play WMA files at that high a resolution, so I had to re-rip my entire collection to FLAC. I have them duplicated on both NAS, plus an external hard drive. Some of my CD’s are quite old and have started to deteriorate, so glad I have them preserved and easily accessible. I hate to say it, but I rarely listen to them on my CD players anymore, except sometimes when I first purchase them.

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#5

No more CDs for me. Sold my CD player and use only RIP and downloads on NAS and TIDAL streaming.

So much easier if i want to listen the same kind of music from many artists …

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#6

What about backup?..do you guys backup the NAS and where do you put you backup? is there a cheap backup solution in the cloud?

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#7

I have made two backups of my ripped CD albums on two hard drive disks and that I keep in two different places.
So I am sure to be able to restore all my CD albums if my NAS crashes.

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#8

I’ve 2 NAS : one primary in RAID 1 (2 disks) and the second to backup the first but with one disk.
And the primary is backup in Amazon glacier too.

In case of total disaster (fire, water flood etc) i will not loose my data.

With AWS Deep glacier it cost 1$ per TB per month. But it will be very slow to recover the data.

This is why an on site solution is a good choice in case of disk crash or nas issue. It just take a few hours to rebuild.

With AMAZON glacier it will take days or weeks

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#9

Unfortunately I see you did not take thermo nuclear risk into consideration … :exploding_head:

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#10

I use my second NAS (Backup one) to store videos and stuff that i can loose :wink:

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#11

NAS SYNOLOGY DS418j 4x4TB WDRed 16TB and set RAID do the job. And you need a friend with whom you exchanged files. This is your cloud.

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#12

I made a NAS myself with the Odroid HC-2
It’s very nice to have a laser cutter at hand.
The spare space in the lower end is for placing a mirror at 45° so I can see the LED’s on the board.
I’ll post an image when it’s in use.
Drawings are available for those who want to build it.

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#13

WOUAH…very nice to look at, it’s a master piece.

#14

I have several backups of my CD rips, but my music is on a NAS which has identical internal hard drives that are in a RAID configuration, so if one drive dies, I have a copy of everything on the other drive. Further, I actually have two NAS which I use for different purposes, but a copy of all my music is on the second NAS as well (which is internally also backed up via a RAID configuration.

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#15

Thanks for input, I think I’ll stay away from a cloud backup solution and just buy a cheap SSD disk :nerd_face:

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#16

Btw Pietro_Cozzi_Tinin I like your setup

#17

I think to many, CD’s are no longer a playback source, but rather just a transport medium for music, sort of like a milk carton which holds the milk. I think many of us have stopped buying new CD’s, except for the occasional special one, and just buy used CD’s to rip as soon as we get them home. One problem with large CD collections (or even large vinyl collections) is finding the disk you want to play. Ripping and streaming solve that problem quite handily by allowing us to search for any album, artist or track in a matter of seconds. Just the other day, I spent 30 minutes searching for a CD to take to an audio society meeting and was never able to find it. Of course, I still have the music ripped to my two NAS for playback at home.

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#18

Hello everybody,

Recently I have read in a magazine that in Japan CD albums are still on top of the music business and that the streaming offers are just at the beginning.
For French readers you can have a look below :

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#19

Japanese audio niche market is amazing :wink:.
I am still using my nakamichi to read old cassette tapes from time to time and i heard the audio cassette tape production is growing again in japan !!! :dizzy_face:
As for the CDs i now buy second hands only to rip them in my library :sunglasses:. Like i used to do for the vinyls 10 years ago.

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#20

Some recent news about CDs : CD REVIVAL

https://www.audiostream.com/content/high-end-munich-2019-cd-new-cd-wireless-systems-and-super-integrated