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Old 07-21-2016, 09:50 PM   #41
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sounds like you need to update your turntable and amplifier - when is the last time you changed the cartridge? I have a ton of cash vinyl.

even on a crappy (70s) high school system vinyl sounds 10x better than mp3/stream
It's a rental airbnb we are at with all the vinyl. The record player looks newish, and needle looks good. The records were a little dusty but looked in good condition other than being warped possibly due to heat (we're in Kentucky and it's hot).

Not sure what the amplifier would have to do with the scratchiness? I assume it's a record-needle thing.

Some records sound clear and others are scratchy, so I assume it must be dirty or scratched vinyl that's the culprit. Though none sound as good as digital audio from mp3s, and I have the entire internet of music available to me (instead of only a few hundred records).

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Old 07-22-2016, 07:29 AM   #42
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I have over 300 CDs and around 100 DVDs, including box sets for a few TV shows that I enjoy. I am still buying, but at a very slow rate, and its usually from a pawn ship, eBay, or on Black Friday (Thursday?) I use the box sets of comedies while I'm working out.

My weekend hobby is mixing live sound so I need to play break music in places where there is no connectivity from time to time. For that reason, and out of habit, I maintain a music library in iTunes of songs that I've ripped from my CD collection and from CDs checked out from the library. My library is ripped at 222Kbps, a rate I chose back when storage space on portable media was a concern. One of my retirement projects might be to redo my music library at 360 VBR; a rate that my ears are not be able to distinguish from 16 bit or lossless.

I don't use YouTube nearly enough. In fact, I was kind of surprised to learn that it's a great source for music and not just videos. While I still have a good stereo at home, I rarely sit down in the center sweet spot and listen to a CD all the way through anymore. In reality, my CD and LP collection has always been mainly a source to make portable mix tapes from, so the advent of high capacity lossy portable music players has worked out great for me. I sold my turntable and LPs years ago and if I can figure out a good backup method, then once I redo my music library, I could sell off my CD collection too.

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OT: We don't buy movies, but we sometimes get them from the library....last night watched Men of Honor (2000) - IMDb

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