CD vs. LP: which one gets the most airtime in your listening room?

CD vs. LP: which one gets the most airtime in <I>your</I> listening room?
100% LP
3% (11 votes)
90% LP, 10% CD
9% (38 votes)
80% LP, 20% CD
7% (27 votes)
70% LP, 30% CD
6% (26 votes)
60% LP, 40% CD
4% (18 votes)
50% each
3% (12 votes)
40% LP, 60% CD
3% (13 votes)
30% LP, 70% CD
4% (16 votes)
20% LP, 80% CD
6% (25 votes)
10% LP, 90% CD
13% (54 votes)
100% CD
38% (156 votes)
other (explain)
3% (11 votes)
Total votes: 407

Most audiophiles' record collections include LPs <I>and</I> CDs, but one format invariably is played more than the other. In yours, which one is it, and by how much?

Brad, Atlanta, GA's picture

I am sick of this pointless debate.

Barry Kohan's picture

Present-day CD playback is quite good, and certainly much more listenable than gear of just a few years ago, but LP playback is still better. Let's see what a mature 24/96 will bring!

Mark B.  Miller's picture

Although I do buy some CD's on occasion, I am continually searching out sources for used LP's, buying them for a buck or 2, then taking them home to listen. Regardless of the noise free sound of CD's, LP's are still easier to take. sound closer to the real thing, etc.

Paul Foley's picture

I use CDs for my most of my listening. The convenience of the CD gives it an edge when I just want something to listen to. But when I want to do some Deep listening. when I want to feel the organics, the roundness, the riches of music it has to be an album for that. CDs have been much improved over the years but, they still lag behind. As long as we have people in the music busz that know the cd is perfect yet it will get better. I just hope thier is enough of them to make the diffents.

BC's picture

I am slowly going back to vinyl for the simple reason that CD prices will not be going down. I will not pay $18 plus tax for a crummy CD when I can get a good LP for $5 or less. And there is a limitless supply of vinyl, so I will never be without. I am doing more than complaining; I am voting with my wallet. When the new formats take hold, maybe I'll start collecting CDs. I doubt it.

Justin Horvath's picture

I do have a couple of vinyl albums, but no turntable.

David Scharbach's picture

CD music might be less dynamic, but I feel it is influenced less by external factors, such as scratches and vibrations.

Eric's picture

I've heard vinyl, and I'll admit it has some sonic advantages. I was exposed to high-end at a strictly digital stereo store, however. I spent my hard-earned coin of the realm on a transport and D/A converter and never looked back. The way products are improving every year, whatever disposable income I have goes into upgrading my digital front-end.

MG's picture

CDs require low maintenance, sound is acceptable, and CD players do not require the time-consuming calibration good turntables need. Also, CD sound offers no scratches, pops, or the need to flip sides. The over 300 albums I have collected are still well stored in case I change my mind in the future.

Martin Swain's picture

40%LP, 40%CD,20%1/4in. open reel tape

D.P.  Umbarger's picture

Haven't listened to lp since the first day cd came out.

Mark D.  Nachmias's picture

Although I much prefer the sound of LP's, you can't beat the convenience of CD's.

John Lum's picture

I actually listen longer and more often to 45's than LP's.

John Mulcrone's picture

I listen to more LPs than CDs. My backlog of LPs will keep my LP ratio high, no matter what new formats come along.

mats neander, orebro, sweden's picture

At the moment it

Bruce Platt's picture

increased dramactically since the arrival of my new VPI!

Boo Sjoo's picture

Cds don't sound good.

John Arnold's picture

Try getting vinyl copies of albums on Tess records or Metropolis. There is so much music just not available on vinyl.

Bo's picture

Kind of randomly chose that 80/20 thing. If I'M in the listening room it's 100% LP. If it's a whoopee thing, a workout thing, or a domestic duties thing, it's the convenience of CD almost every time.

Doak's picture

LOVE DEM LPS!!!!!!!!!!

Dave Duvall - SoundStage!'s picture

99% CD, 1% DAD's and SAD's. I left vinyl a long time ago and regret it to this day. Please, nobody talk me into another obsession!

David L.  Wyatt, Jr.'s picture

I took my albums to college. My Thorens bounces like a ball at the smallest bounces, and once or twice a year I have to shell out big bucks for a new cartridge. On top of that, the tunes last 20 minutes, require major cleaning before use, and require constant mechanical attention. I'm not getting rid of vinyl, and I'm not blind to CD's flaws, but LPs have their own, and severe, disadvantages. So I really hope the 24/96 debate is settled before someone convinces the masses that MPEG is the way to listen.

greg kyser's picture

No comparison.

Lilian Chan's picture

5% 45s, 0% LP, 95% CD.

August Timmermans's picture

My audio system is build around CD play only, since only a few years ago I serieusly began thinking of 'assembling' a system that would please my ears. After a few years of disappointing buys I finally have put a system together that sings as it should. For me the most important component is the source, but the real source is the quality of electricity that has to feed the components. Much attention to this juice quality is needed before any component can function at its best. Having heard analog music at an audio exhibition, I must admit that it imnpressed me, although it should have sound perfect since it was run on mega bucks equipment. However, since the CD sound quality and CD players are getting better and better, I do not feel compelled at all to include analog recordings and equipment in my system. This for the first reason of the enormous costs it will bring, and secondly for the additional space it would need. This is of course personal, and there is for me no such thing as denying the truth about the sound quality of analog. Although the journey to sound perfection is as limitless as human evolution itself, I am pretty satisfied with what I hear from my present system which is within my personal financial limits and space available.

Anonymous's picture

95% CD, 5% MD

joey casimiro's picture

its so hard to look for lps & clarity is better

Tom Martin's picture

What else sounds as real!

Mark Jones's picture

There are certain types of music (like jazz) that just don't sound right to me on CD. For more contemporary styles, like techno and acid country house music, the CDs will do just fine. But give me a good analog recording anyday if you are talking acoustic instruments.

j teoh's picture

LPs have the extra palpable presence that CDs generally lack. However, it must be noted that not all LPs sound good---a lot of LPs sounded terrible due to poor pressings, etc. In general, the average CD sounded consistently good.