I started off on tape, then CD until I sold all my CD’s around 2012 and moved wholly to digital.
But I found I lost a LOT of the love I’d had for music, I was just either randomly playing tracks through shuffle, or just playing the same playlists over and over.
In my 20’s I shared a house with a DJ who had a really nice record collection. I loved the sound. I’d been collecting records since 2000 and had about 100 odds and ends, mainly singles and EP’s. Then my parents donated me their old collection in around 2015, and then in 2017 my family clubbed together and contributed towards my Rega Planar 3.
That gave me the impetus to build up a really nice system which is finally reaching the end of it’s journey at the end of this month with the purchase of some speakers (been using a Naim Muso DSP speaker up until now).
I would never go back, not just for the sound quality which along with my tube amplifier is as you say - just so smooth and “easy” (perfect word for it), not just for the tactile appreciation of each and every album and the thought that’s gone into the physical packaging and pressing, and not just for the enjoyment I have in finding the best pressings or hearing about pre-releases early enough to get a signed copy, but for the way it’s completely reintroduced me into HOW to listen to a record.
I now rarely play just one or two tracks, I invariably listen to the whole album.
And I ENJOY it again, I absolutely love it, this is what I was missing with digital.
4 years later, I’ve just celebrated 900 records in my collection, and a system that I’m so utterly proud of, I’ve bought it component by component and it’s been so worth the effort and time.