Albums are dead.

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by manco, Jan 15, 2019.

  1. MelodyFair

    MelodyFair Histoire de Melody Fair

    Vancouver BC
    I've had more sales than a chart topper. Everything's coming up Milhouse.
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  2. EdwinM

    EdwinM Grumpy old man

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  3. Eric S.

    Eric S. Forum Resident

    There are lots of options.

    I still buy CDs but if it's a few bucks cheaper for downloaded FLAC files I'm fine with that. I just rip the CDs and they go on the shelf anyway, I don't even have a standalone CD player. I've got all of my music in lossless files on a 4 terabyte hard in my desktop PC, shared on the home network. My desktop PC has an external USB Dac/Amp that drives a pair of powered studio monitors (inexpensive ones but fine for what I use them for), and I've got the media server for Foobar installed so I can use the Android version on my phone to access anything in my music library when at home. I've considered setting up a Plex server so I can access it from anywhere, but I've been working from home for four months now and doubt I'll be back in the office this year, and leisure travel isn't going to happen in the near term, so other than a daily hike I'm just not out and about enough to bother - but I may revisit that at some point.

    My main headphone rig at home uses an old Microsoft Surface Pro, also running Foobar, accessing the library over wifi from my desktop share and controlled using the MonkeyMote app on my android phone. USB from the Surface to a DAC, to a headphone amp, to my HD 6XX headphones.

    I'm old too, but I work in product management for a software company and one benefit is I'm comfortable mucking around with computers and software, and actually kind of enjoy it.
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  4. lazydawg58

    lazydawg58 Know enough to know how much I don't know

    Lillington NC
    Dang that sounds complicated and exprensive! I like to turn on the receiver, put the album on the turntable and push the start lever. Life is complicated enough already.:magoo:
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  5. Brodnation

    Brodnation The Future Never Dies because Tomorrow Never Knows

    There is plenty of fantastic sub 100$ DAC's, it doesn't need to be a super expensive addition. If you already have a PC that can be integrated into your system. It can be done with little hassle and expense.
    So do I! But I also really like the advantages a digital route allows in addition to my turntable.
    Your tellin' me brother :agree:
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  6. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

    Nice track . That one got past my Yes radar. I can see how you and other Yes fans are overloaded by Tales From Topographic - I saw that tour, my first Yesshow of several , and Topographic was a Saga - just stunning. Having experienced it first hand, the album is a gateway to a Yes Realm, much like their other overlong, overproduced, and chaotic Epic, Relayer. Not so much about songs as a journey.
    Tales may well be a "you had to be there" record, limited to its time and audience.

    We align with Close To The Edge, however. In some ways my favorite Yes.

    Have you heard the Steve Hoffman DCC remaster of Close To The Edge? It is phenomenal. Alchemy.
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  7. Atmospheric

    Atmospheric Forum Resident

    That Tales tour was something else. That was my third Yes show and it was soooo much better than the previous two. The quad sound was unbelievable. The band was super tight and expressive.
  8. speedracer

    speedracer Forum Resident

    Wow, yeah man - I am happy to have the album to revisit, as honestly I was too young to really get it. The show made quite an impression, I recall it like a vivid dream or a visit to another world.

    Just listened carefully to "Awaken" - Same Yes Realm, a later more civilized epoch. Tales and Relayer were more difficult listening for the Pioneers of Yes Realm, they were the Abstract Wilderness Struggles and the Chaos Wars Fought to settle the New Lands so gloriously civilized in Wagnerian symmetry by the time of Awaken.
  9. speaking of Yes and they're more civilized epochs/epics, has anyone climbed "The Ladder" to their glorious yet rather unheralded 1999 release "The Ladder" recently?

    Has aged well, methinks.
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