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In Reply to: RE: CD players going the way of the 8 track posted by jaydacus on June 18, 2012 at 16:47:08
Current "local electronic stores", no longer cater to a dedicated stereo market. A simple cd player is now classified a dedicated component, the mass market has clumped cd, dvd, bluRay playback into one 'universal' component.
You are shopping in the wrong marketplace, its mostly online now...AA, or high end dealers.
Actually they do carry turntables. My local electronics store has 3 turntables to choose from, but only 1 CD player. A month ago they had 2 CD players.
Most people that think CD's will just hang around like LPs did are missing a critical point. Nothing can or will ever replace LPs. It doesn't even matter how you feel about vinyl. Love it, hate it, don't care, it doesn't matter. Nothing can replace it. CDs are different. They are being replaced. The first blow was the 128kb/s MP3. Think recording your records to 8 track tape. Then higher bit rates became more common. Think cassettes. Better, but still not a suitable replacement. Then came lossless files formats(.wav, flac, etc.) and better ripping techniques like using Exact Audio Copy and more accurate drives. Now we are talking 2 track tapes or even transfer to high resolution digital staying with the vinyl replacement analogy. In the case of vinyl, this would still not be good enough. Tapes add hiss and some of the vinyl magic gets lost in the transfer to digital. If you want the vinyl sound, you still need vinyl to get it.
CDs are different though. With lossless files created on good drives using good software and or files that were created from studio masters with no CD even in the chain, we are getting really close. Now for the final nail in the coffin of physical media. DACs that sound as good as or better than similarly price useless plastic spinners. Why inert insert a shiny piece of plastic into your source when you can get the same or better sound without it? CDs won't stick around like vinyl did because they can and are being replaced.
My point was...you can/will still get a mass market component that plays cds, its the dvd/bluray, which plays all the current optical software.
Sure hi-rez d/l might be the future, but that would hardly be mass market anytime soon.
In the distant future everything would be biologically embedded, we will be like cyborgs, directly linked to Mother.
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