When was the last time you listened to a vinyl record on your system?

When was the last time you listened to a vinyl record on your system?
40% (260 votes)
Within the last week
26% (170 votes)
Within the last two weeks
4% (27 votes)
Within the last month
3% (19 votes)
Within the last couple of months
3% (20 votes)
Months ago
3% (17 votes)
A year or more
16% (106 votes)
4% (28 votes)
Total votes: 647

Downloads are taking off and it has been 25 years since CD was launched, yet audiophile demand for turntables and vinyl continues unabated. When did you last spin a record?

curtis's picture

You probably should have added a "ten years or more" choice.

tabaca's picture

cd's are for convenience and longevity of investment vinyl is for sittin'back and listenin' oh and jumpin' up every 15 minutes to change sides

Eric W's picture

I recently got a Music Hall MMF-5, Creek OBH-SE phono stage and Kimber Heros to connect to the amp. It has allowed me to rediscover my old LPs and to once again take up the hunt in used record stores in Boston. A couple weeks ago I found an unopened copy of "Monk's Dream" for $6. Sweet! As for the sound, my new set-up beats the hell out of my old Kyocera table, which definitely lacked the defined bass that I enjoy now.

jt's picture

Not much choice--don't have a CD player. If only there were more SACD titles...

Mike Rivera's picture

I haven't listened to vinyl in over 15 years. I often feel like purchasing a decent quality turntable (Rega) in the $1000 range and return to vinyl after reading all the reviews by vinyl lovers. I don't remember what analog sources sounded like anymore. The problem is I sold all my records years ago and don't see the advantages in starting again. If I had a few hundred LP's in the garage, I do it in a minute. I am drawn to the romanticism of a tonearm on a turning record and full-size album covers. Oh well - maybe someday.

Jim Pearce's picture

I have a steamer trunk full of excellent vinyl, largely jazz. I purchased a Music Hall MMF-5 turntable, Rega turntable shelf and a used Monrio phono stage in April. The jury is still out, but my preliminary view is that good LPs can sound as good as the very best 20 bit CDs, and better than most.

Bruce Beckner's picture

Yesterday. Vinyl has a permanent place in an audiophile's system. There's too much material out there that isn't available in any other format.

Clive Camm's picture

This morning, before the drive into work. And I'll likely finsh my day dragging a needle through old vinyl. In two short sentences, I sound like a junkie.

hanan zarfati's picture

after going vinyl almost two years ago,hardly listen to cd any more...

JessR's picture

Just a few minutes ago. Ah, the joy of working from home. Notwithstanding SACD, which I also appreciate greatly and hope that it will survive the format wars, analog will live on as long as there are people who connect to their music deeply and profoundly. Yes, inspite of occasional snaps, crackles and pops.

Robert C.  Jones's picture

Sadly, my relatively new LINN Sondek gets less and less used.

Ed Buscemi's picture

Over 10 years

Ralph A.  Perrini's picture

Since I got rid of my 8 tracks in 1976, vinyl records have been an integral part of my system and in continous use! I have too many records that have not been released on CD to give it up. Plus, my record player still sounds better than any CD player I've heard. I can't even picture my system without a turntable!

kcso's picture

I still have an old turntable. Mounted a new Grado cartrige about 5 months ago. I still find good LPs at garage sales and have more LPs than CDs. Besides, why would I throw away my "investment" on something not quite as good (CD) that plays on a device that depreciates to a null value every 6 months?

Kimberley Poole's picture

Listen all the time - must replace stylus once a year. Enjoy a Macintosh system with a Thorens turntable.

Rodger's picture

Vinyl sounds like music while CDs sound like compromises and limitations. For years in the pro-audio market various manufacturers have been trying to sell CD players as DJ turntables, and the problem is that CD sound simply can't get people on the dance floor.

Andrew H's picture

the r channel on the thorens gave out, have to hook up the pioneer

Jeff Giller's picture

I picked up a Rega Planar 3 used for next to nothing and have been a happy camper ever since!

Jeff Starr's picture

I recently upgraded the arm RB300, cartridge Dynavector 10x4 on a Thorens TD125 MkII. I also replaced the phono stage in my preamp with a Camelot Lancelot Pro. With this simple setup, vinyl is every bit the equal to my CD front end. I play records everyday.

Does it matter?'s picture

Get your old LP's. Clean 'em. Get a decent t'table and cart. And wine. And sit back and enjoy =o)

John McLeod's picture

Last night I listened to a record of Ivan Moravec playing two Beethoven piano sonatas. I picked this record up for 50 cents at a garage sale. I had never heard of Moravec and would never have gone out to find a Moravec CD (if there are any). Vinyl encourages this sense of discovery. I got into the audio hobby about 7 years ago by reading Stereophile. Though I still subscribe, I admit to enjoying it less than before. Other than Michael Fremer's fine writing and reviewing, the magazine seems clearly more interested in SACD/DVD, computer playback, and surround at this point, while my interests are going in the other direction.

erich's picture

Why bother?

David Van Blarcom's picture

I re-discovered vinyl about 4 years ago. It is now my preferred medium. I now just play CDs when I can't find the music on vinyl or will not be listening seriously

Antonio Medrano's picture

never have, but I really should...

Jeff Partyka's picture

If (and it's a big if) you have a properly set-up front end and a good system, vinyl beats your typical CD hands-down. I've heard it on my own system and so have many others. That's why it survives. I only play CDs in my car these days.

Y.F.  Juan, Mountain View, CA's picture

I was converted from CD to vinyl just last year. Despite the many strange stares amongst my peers, LP beats CD hands down in re-producing music. And, isn't it what hi-fi is all about?!

Louis P.'s picture

Well, it will be tonight, actually, since I am at work. But vinyl rules in my system!!

Jeffrey Wee, Singapore's picture

More than ten years ago when CD come on full force, I was so dissapointed with the sound that I gave up on hi-fi-of I sold off everything except my records.About four years ago I bought back a used LP12, update to the full monty LP12(ittok/lingo/Arkiv B/Linto). My passion for music was rekindle and now I almost listen to at least 1 lp everyday!

Andy Oltman's picture

I still prefer the sound of records.

Willis Greenstreet's picture

I am probably listening more to vinyl than cds. I have more records than cds, but the hardware investment is about the same with the two media's.