I cannot agree more on all 10 reasons.
- Apple Music:
perhaps the best lossy sound, I love it for exploring music, like I used to listen to the radio in the past, but I can grind through genres, artists etc like I could do in the big record shops in the past.
- Streaming ripped CDs:
all my CDs are ripped, I love to have the option of making great playlists of my own music collection and selecting music on the fly.
it does sound better than streaming, we tried it, even audiophile Ethernet switches cannot make it match the quality of my +30 years old Technics CD player, it has been repaired recently, no question I would buy a new CD player if it went bust beyond repair, in the living room is the second Yamaha BlueRay/CD player, my wife’s preferred music source.
for moments of happiness, rest and excitement at the same time. Like listening to CD but in an exponential sense. I don’t mind the little play noises like I don’t mind (prefer) the Whisky straight from the cask.
Turntable as well as CD players will remain as sources in my system for ever. I noticed that my daughter likes joining me to buy music at our local (little but high quality) record shop. I think she becomes infected by this sense for music.
So why, Yamaha took its high end CD/SACD Player out of its collection, Linn completely abandoned CD Players and also other brands try to force us to abandon CDs? It is beyond me and I don’t like it.
PS Audio is not doing that, they recognize that all these sources matter to those who love this hobby. Keep up releasing transports, bridges and phono pre amps, they matter.