What audio format did you spend the most money on in the last few months? Why?

What audio format did you spend the most money on in the last few months? Why?
Vinyl
33% (55 votes)
CD
45% (76 votes)
SACD
8% (13 votes)
DVD-Audio
1% (2 votes)
Downloads
4% (7 votes)
Live Music (okay not really a format)
3% (5 votes)
Nothing
4% (6 votes)
Other
2% (4 votes)
Total votes: 168

CD sales are clearly in a slump, SACD and DVD-A are down for the count, a few downloads are just starting to sound decent (Linn for example), and the LP keeps chugging along. What audio format did you spend the most money on in the last few months? Why?

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Al Marcy's picture

There is more to life than spending money. Which is good, because, um, er, there ain't always lots to spend.

Rooney@work's picture

Used vinyl. It's inexpensive and there's loads of variety, so there's still lots of "new" music to discover.

maurizio.michelino@gmail.com's picture

Many things come and go but vinyl is here to stay! See and be seen.

Mark P.'s picture

I have spent the most on iTunes. I know I should just purchase CDs because of their superior sound quality, but I admit that I like the immediate gratification of downloading the songs and not having to take a trip to a store.

Frank, Greenville,SC's picture

I am finding lots of new and used vinyl. The high dollar box sets and 45 RPM sets contribute the most to my spending.

Mike Wilson's picture

Old second-hand vinyl in charity shops— and all very cheap too!

David L.  Wyatt jr.'s picture

I'd buy more SACDs if I could find them. I do most of my shopping offline, and the shortage of software limits my known impulsiveness.

Brankin's picture

Just buying the first Genesis SACD box was more than I spent on used albums for the past 6 months! Toss in the last two Moody Blues SACDs and we go back to Christmas...

Mike Agee's picture

With all there is to be concerned about right now, from the current administation in Washington to the environment, the precipitous drop in CD sales might seem insignificant, but as far as I'm concerned it's a huge deal. Music, much of it new, is my ray of light and downloads suggest a return to the shallow days when singles dominated the market. I think the album concept, album art, and album sound quality is a great way to go. The independence of owning a hard copy, the tangible product, the process and act of housing and choosing albums, be they vinyl or polycarbonate, is a part of the trip I truly enjoy. Dialing through miniscule menus and icons, dependence on a hard drive and another freakin' keyboard just doesn't cut it for me, yet anyway. I buy CDs in part to support the business, downloads aren't nearly romantic enough for me.

David's picture

Purchased a new Esoteric X-03. It was either going to be that, or a comparably priced turntable. My choice was driven as much by market forces as it was by personal taste. A quick search revealed that I would not readily be able to replace my CD collection (a relatively modest 500 discs; mostly mainstream jazz and '80's pop) with vinyl, and I do not have the time or patience to hunt down music that I could otherwise order over the Internet with a few mouse clicks. With respect to the X-03, I would have also gladly auditioned the Wadia 581, but Wadia's thin dealer network and poor track record as a going concern raised serious questions about the player (e.g. "What if it breaks?"). So Esoteric it was to be, if partly by default. And a lesson learned about the final arbiter of technology and art.

Glenn Bennett's picture

I love CDs. I have never downloaded a song in my life although I might someday if I just want one song. But if I hear one song by an artist I am interested enough to want to hear more. Everytime I buy a used LP that looks okay I am disappointed...pops, clicks, surface noise.

John Carlson's picture

I vote for "Vinyl." However, it was all bought used, er, "preowned." I'm cheap, and I find the price of a used record preferable to a new anything else. If nothing else, my record buying dollar goes further, and encourages me to try new music and new intrepretations of favorite works.

hatman's picture

LPs are often very cheap second hand ( Instance the complete Beethoven Piano sonatas in mint condition for $2 Aus)it helps I have a decent turntable, vacuum LP cleaning machine & great phono preamp plus I'm addicted to the liner notes & graphics. I do buy CDs but think the price, when you take into account cost of manufacture etc, is an utter rip-off.

Tim Bishop's picture

While I really like SACDs, there just is not hardly any new titles I really want. I have purchased a few CDs, but mostly it has been vinyl. That old black disc just keeps a spinning for me!

Mark D's picture

I spent a couple grand on an SACD player a few years back and have yet to really build on that collection because it still doesnt reach vinyls quality but before we cant even buy SACDs anymore Ive focused in on them a bit...problem is I only want true DSD or extremely well done analog to DSD and with the currect selection available there just isnt enough good titles to spend money on...probably will go back to finding new good vinyl instead!

Kjeti Haaland's picture

The music I buy these days, classical, is mainly availale on CDs.

Nodaker's picture

CD by far. Even bought a new CD only player that will obsolete my SACD player as CD can sound better than SACD (of course, a new SACD player would probably sound better still). I agree, SACD is down for the count and most of my collection is CD so who cares. I will buy a new Turntable too at some point. The heck with downloads....hopefully I'll never have to download anything.

Louis P.'s picture

The question was "spend the most money," not how many recordings. With $30 for single LPs, $40 for two disc sets, and $50 for 45rpm reissues, small wonder that I can get a stack odd CDs from Amazon.com for what a couple of LPs cost. But that's a statement of fact, not a criticism, as I only buy CDs to fill out the gaps in my collection.

Alan in Victoria's picture

I'm one of those odd people you read about in the newspaper: an old man who still buys CDs...

df's picture

It's been the CD recently, though SACD and DVD-Audio trailing only slightly behind. The simple reason is that the so many of the titles I want just aren't availble in hi-resolution formats.

magma90210's picture

I got a new turntable and have been buying a lot of vinyl. Sounds great. Also, a lot of companies are offering free mp3 downloads with purchase of vinyl. Great deal!

Paul Luscusk's picture

They sound better and there are a great supply of "used" LPs cheap

James's picture

While I continue to enjoy my 1400 CD/SACD collection, my sons do all of their music shopping on iTunes. They can't even imagine another way to get their music. Hopefully, all high end companies will begin developing products like the iPod docks offered by Krell and Margules Audio.

MAJ Mark's picture

I listened for many years to two-channel stereo and was happy until about two months agao when I finally got my home theater set up well and was able to listen to multichannel SACD and DVD-A...and I had an epiphany as to the truly amazing capabilities of multichannel audio. Hence, I have converetd the main two-channel rig into a multichannel...with another universal player (so, really, it is both SACD and DVD-A and not just DVD-A).

Mark's picture

I bought CDs because of the much bigger selection to choose from. I'd prefer SACD or DVD-Audio.

Robert's picture

Some interesting music on CDs at discount prices.

audio-sleuth@comcast.net's picture

I mostly buy vinyl, because my listening time is worth the best.

BILL CRANE's picture

CDs are where most of my music is. I wish all of these discs were DVD-Audio for the improved sound quality. I use an inexpensive DVD player (currently a Pioneer DV-653A) with the MSB Network card installed, and connect it via a CAT-5 cable to an MSB Platinum Plus ladder-DAC. This process both eliminates jitter and has far greater and more accurate resolution than any chip based DAC, no matter how many tubes are added.

Anonymous's picture

Finally got a SACD player

stephen w sweigart's picture

SACD, vinyl, CDs—in that order.

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