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Which format do you prefer?
Vinyl
56%
 56%  [ 101 ]
Tape
15%
 15%  [ 27 ]
CD
28%
 28%  [ 51 ]
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dalecooper



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tapes are kind of silly to me. Worst of these formats sonically and most prone to be suddenly rendered unplayable. I avoid them unless it's a demo that isn't in any other format. I'd never buy an album on tape.

CDs are my preferred format. Convenience factor is high; durability is high; sound quality is good (and clear); can play them anywhere, and can easily rip them for listening on my PC at work; and though the art/packaging isn't as big and beautiful as vinyl, it's at least big enough to see and paw at.

Vinyl is a nice fetish format with good sound and great art/packaging, but I seldom play them. Generally if I buy a record I rip it and shelve it. I don't have a component stereo system or permanent turntable setup, and am unlikely to any time soon - even if I did though I think I'd still do far more listening with headphones on my computer. So... yeah. Generally if I have a choice, I buy the CD, not the vinyl. But I do own plenty of both.
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Candlemass



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Floppy disk of course.

Number #2 would be cultsettes.
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Necrophagia



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Candlemass wrote:
Floppy disk of course.

Number #2 would be cultsettes.


I can't recall where I saw it but actually a band recently DID release something on a floppy disk... Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Necrophagia wrote:
Candlemass wrote:
Floppy disk of course.

Number #2 would be cultsettes.


I can't recall where I saw it but actually a band recently DID release something on a floppy disk... Cool


Yeah, Wulkanz or something. It was ridiculous.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CDs is my format of choice... LP for nostaligia, or if an album I like has particularily cool artwork.

I too grew up when tapes reigned... I can not understand why anyone would want to bring that crap back into fashion. Zero merit.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

wav files on a jaz disk
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 2:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rthdx wrote:
Any, if the band and/or label worth of support.


This.

Primarily though I prefer tapes. They're what I started with when I started to explore underground distros for buying cheap demos; they've always felt more 'fitting' for me because of that.
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EARLGREYTEA



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tapes are still cool ... plus I can get two for the price of one CD usually Very Happy
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sometimes got tapes chewed in player, in 80s 90s.
But now never happen (to me). You must upgrade better machines I think.
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jaybe729



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It depends on my financial situation...during the summer, when I make a lil extra $, I prefer vinyl..over the winter months though, when I'm on a budget..I prefer tapes and CDs...overall though, I prefer vinyl, then I can record 'em on to tapes! Cool
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GoldenBull



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe you guys don't play your tapes that often? My love affair with tapes ended as soon as I realized I had a box full of damaged albums held together with scotch tape. Laughing
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

GoldenBull wrote:
Maybe you guys don't play your tapes that often? My love affair with tapes ended as soon as I realized I had a box full of damaged albums held together with scotch tape. Laughing


Haha!...I got a whole drawer full of damaged tapes and covers...can't seem to get rid of 'em either... Confused

Clever avatar by the way, yesterday in Albuquerque, they had a 'Walt White' look a like contest.. Laughing Kinda creepy seein so many participated...
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Necrophagia



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me it goes like this more or less: if, when I decide to purchase a certain release, all 3 formats are available I will prefer the tape (happened this past Sunday actually with Cauldron's "Tomorrow's Lost" album at their Newcastle gig). Price is actually (maybe) a reason for doing so but on the other hand it's that I "just" prefer it for no obvious reason. Maybe what Exitium said perhaps and that when I was younger I really enjoyed (and still to actually when I am in Athens) to make some tape compilations of my own.
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holy ghost



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer LPs, for fidelity and aesthetic reasons, yet it's currently a silly preference because I rarely get to listen to my records because I am:

a) on the go a lot between long hours at work, playing in two bands and a dog that needs walking
b) I live in a condo with neighbors on each side (they don't like Slayer, I checked)
c) my wife is a grad student always writing essays and needs quiet
d) my place is small and 70% of my records (plus CDs and tapes) are at my mother in laws

So 70% the time I listen to music on the go, headphones and MP3s of records I've bought and only played a few times. Ridiculous!! But a sad reality....

But the real reality is in like a year or two I will have a bigger place with way more space and a dedicated listening room.... it will all pay off one day soon. Razz

But right now I get a couple evenings a week to take in new records and spin old favorites. However on topic, I like LPs, but I won't scoff at buying a CD, especially when it's OOP and I don't feel like paying $100+ for some jazz, prog or metal record fetching insane prices on the collectors market when I could buy the CD for $12.99. I'll only buy a tape if it's a demo....

Razz good times.....
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lordoftherim



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2012 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

for metal, I prefer non pro tape releases. for numerous reasons... also, if you can find ANY sound source with an RCA output, you can make your own tapes, which is GREAT. I've recently made myself several tapes from various downloads and/or full live sets via youtube, ran from my computer into my tape deck. this probably makes the typical audiophile cringe,but hey... I was raised on shitty radio dubbed mix tapes, etc, so its nothing new for me


Vinyl is fun, but losing its charm more and more over time. especially the pricing factor. I tend to reserve vinyl for a lot of non metal picks. feels too gimmicky after a while maybe?


cds are only good as masters to dub tapes. Twisted Evil
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