View Poll Results: Which audio format do you see yourself using the most in the next 5 years?

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    Which audio format do you see yourself using the most for the next 5 years?

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    Next five years.......dunno about "downloads", but digital files for sure. Hopefully high-res 24/192 or 32/384 if we're lucky (but I doubt it).

    As for how I acquire those files, that remains to be seen. Downloads are great, but as resolution goes upwards I don't think the speed of the internet will keep up - that may be more of an issue for me than those in the US.

    For me today - downloading a 24/192 FLAC is prohibitive. Other means will be required - such as USB memory or optical disc.

    That said - as any music is now - they will be immediately transferred to my music server, so I want a file that is easy and transparent to transfer to any place I see fit. For now, that is the Squeezebox Server.
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    This is an easy one for me: vinyl all the way!
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    Amey, agreed, digital playback from a server is the way to go.

    And there are increasing sources of high-quality digital downloads.

    Here are some:

    itrax.com
    hdtracks.com

    2L records


    And even if I'm limited to purchase by physical media (CD or DVD-A), the first thing that happens to it is a lossless digital rip to the server.


    Also, check out this great interview with itrax (and AIX records) founder Mark Waldrep
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    I think that there needs to be a few catagories added - definitely "Streaming from a Server" and an "All of the Above".

    I selected Vinyl because it is still my media of choice, but I have been listening to a lot of music via my Sonos. If there were an "All of the Above" I'd liklely have chosen it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiTT View Post
    I think that there needs to be a few catagories added - definitely "Streaming from a Server" and an "All of the Above".

    I selected Vinyl because it is still my media of choice, but I have been listening to a lot of music via my Sonos. If there were an "All of the Above" I'd liklely have chosen it.
    I agree with Tim, while I too enjoy my analog collection I have plenty of digital that is right up there as well.
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    My answer is based on the fact that I see myself sort of stuck where I am for the next five years due to finances. Even if a new compelling format came along, I doubt I could purchase enough to replace my 1000 or so CDs as my main staple. My analog collection is small, but special.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonFo View Post
    And there are increasing sources of high-quality digital downloads.

    Here are some:

    itrax.com
    Looks interesting - thanks for that Jon. With iTrax, is the "24/96 PCM" FLAC or something else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by amey01 View Post
    Looks interesting - thanks for that Jon. With iTrax, is the "24/96 PCM" FLAC or something else?
    They offer multiple choices, including DTS, stereo 24/96 FLAC and all the way up to 6ch WAV.

    I recently downloaded the 3.5GB of the Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff Zenph reperformance album, and man is that sweet.
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    I have a massive digital collection (21000 songs +) which is playing 12 hours daily, really as background. All on a 1,5 TB music server about to double in size.
    Formats is mostly mp3 and about a third is FLAC, which I definitely prefer. BUT, for serious listening, I put on vinyl from about a 500 lp collection. I have ripped some of the vinyl to FLAC on the server with more to follow hence the storage increase required. As vinyl is a degradable source it makes sense that a format needs to evolve which gives the best of all worlds.

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    CD/SACD only because I haven't gotten into digital downloads. I've been going slow on downloads until I see enough High Res downloads that I like.

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    I listen to everything, even completely outdated formats like cassette, 8-track, reel to reel and mini disc.

    If it's got music on it, I'll listen to it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tonepub View Post
    I listen to everything, even completely outdated formats like cassette, 8-track, reel to reel and mini disc.

    If it's got music on it, I'll listen to it!
    I wouldn't call reel-to-reel outdated. It's the best format we've got today - bar none!
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