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?

uwe warncke's picture

always go back to lp after listening to cd for a while. it,s more satisfying!

Yannis Vlontzos's picture

Not only is my LP collection bigger than my CD collection (1200 LPs vs. 400 CDs), but I find the sound of LPs better by a huge margin.

Androo Cliff's picture

I don't have any LPs, and I think that the (supposed) gain in quality of LP over CD is offset by the extra convenience of CD.

Scot Forier's picture

We purchased our first CD player at Christmas of 1982, at that time I was only 12 years old, and sold off all of my 15 LP's. As a result I have committed 100% of my listening to CD's.

Cornelius D.  Batts's picture

Anyone who prefers LPs is out to friggin' lunch!

Robert C.  Jones's picture

The 50/50 split is for my apartment during the week and because I've recently acquired an LINN LP12 with Lingo. On most weekends at my Cabin, its CDs.

Kid Icarus's picture

I must admit that LPs get more playing time, but here's the catch: I'm a DJ, and techno/trance is really only available on vinyl!

Mike Abrams's picture

Records sound better and I have more of them but the newer sounds are hard to find on vinyl. Also cd's are easier for background listening. But for serious listening you still can't beat the sound coming out of those records.

Eric Dietel's picture

LPs sound much more like live music, as to the pace and soundstaging of the material

Sean McGinnis's picture

Explain? You're kidding, right?

NewHopeEd's picture

No doubt about it. The average LP sounds as good as most audiophile CDs. Other than convenience LP is a sonically better format than present digital (and i agree digital has improved greatly in the past few years).

Graeme Forbes's picture

I have too many noisy LPs and it's just too much hassle to get up and down turning them over

Lars-Ove Bachzelt's picture

50% LP, 50%DAT.

Mike Vallely (HIFIKRELL)'s picture

It is all a matter of taist.Sometimes it's just what you grew up on. I dont pun anyone down if they like vinel it's anyones choice. i like to be open minded.

Jeff Beck's picture

I don't own any LPs and probably never will. I can understand listening to LPs if that is where you have your music stored, but I am sure most people would agree that digital technology is a superior format for music. Personally, I have never heard an LP machine I would trade for my Meridian 508.

Geraint Duggan's picture

I love vinyl but have never been able to match my Rotel amp & TDL speakers to my JH turntable with any adequate phono stage or cartridge. I am plagued with a tinny sound and no bass response - any ideas ? Best component - by far the Marantz SX72 scratch supressor which makes it worthwhile searching for slightly damaged but wonderful records.

Anonymous's picture

My LP playback system is better than my CD playback system, I play mostly LP's at home.

Michael G.  Hultquist.'s picture

I don't own any LPs. I can consistently make that "connection" to the music---the one that so eludes Mr. Fremer and many others---with CDs.

Mathias Brandstetter's picture

After developing my own Turntable, i use it far often then the CD-Player. The enjoment of vinyl is far bigger. Also the way the presentation is done, vinyl get's a clear yes. I heard a lot of expencive CD-Players, during my journey. The only one which could replace is a Naim CDSII. Enjoy. -Mathias PS: Don't forget the tuners as an important source. If a good aerial is available..

Anonymous's picture

sound quality says it all

Bertus Wiltvank's picture

Dat we daar nog over moeten praten. Als je weet wat er allemaal fout is in het mechanisch gedoe en gestuntel dan zou je daar anno 1999 geen druppel inkt meer aan moeten besteden !

Mike S.'s picture

Assuming I ever get the damn cart aligned, it'd be more like 70% LP, 30% CD.

Nicholas Wickenden's picture

Undoubtedly I listen to rather more CDs than LPs, because more new releases are coming out on CD than on LP, and also because it takes time to go through the fiddly process of applying LAST preservative to new LPs. But the other day I was able to acquire a stack of new LPs, and I already know that "Musique a la cour de Prague" (Andre Charlin CL 39) will be played again and again for its sheer stunning realism.

Melanie Graham-Green's picture

Our CD gear is hardly ever even plugged in. When we do listen, though, we use a Krell Studio DAC and a Melos transport. Our analog gear is Linn/Graham/Transfiguration (that doesn't really matter anyway, does it?).

jeff's picture

50% CD's and 50% MD

Anonymous's picture

Sounds the best, what can I say.

R.C.  Niesel's picture

I spent many years with the LP, and have always felt it the limiting factor in my system's performance. I can live without the record brushes, needle cleaners, anti-static guns, rice-paper liners, pops & ticks, warps, and all the rest of the b-llsh-t that accompanies record ownership.

Robert E.  Collins's picture

My collection mainly consists of CDs, but if I could afford a really nice turntable then I'm sure it would be evenly split between CDs and LPs.

Ray M.  Boucher's picture

LPs are still wonderful to listen to, but CDs have much more dynamic range and realism.

Rudolf L.  Pokorny's picture

Both should exist together in good neibghourhood. Greetings from Austria/Europe