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I have a 2021 Subaru and it has a CD player which I use a lot. However, most of the cars I looked at last year, when I was car shopping, did not have one. Not having a CD player was never a deal-breaker, but having one definitely went into the positive column.
We've become so spoiled for choice in the options for media platforms the discussion of sound fidelity has completely gone. I wonder why this is? I guess because conventional storage modes have jammed the quality/fidelity of virtually all music into the upper quality percentiles. We just don't have low-quality sound being the norm any more, except maybe on AM radio. But I remember high-end vinyl systems, with old vacuum tube-style pre-amps and high-dollar speakers belting out amazingly rich sound quality. Is this nostalgia talking? Or have we lost the idea of audiophiles in the last generation? Or is it because more modern forms of music are less musical, and more about lyrics and bass-line? dunno.
I have a classical LP of the Beethoven Violin Concerto from 1963 in which the authentic reproduction of sound is astounding. I know because I heard the same man perform the same concerto and I did not believe this level of quality in reproduction was possible. There was no difference between live and the reproduction.
No matter how good the speakers, the amplifier, etc., you're in an otherwise noisy environment that cannot be safely silenced.
William O. B'Livion
They tell me that CDs are obsolete (DVDs too).
However, I was in Big Lots before Christmas, and they sell brand new turntables for playing vinyl records. They look like the little portable HiFi's of the 1960s. They also had a selection of vinyl records, new production, for about $25 each. I noticed it because the one facing me was Creedence Clearwater Revival's hits.
I'm sure that makes sense in someone's world. Regression to one of the most primitive sound reproduction systems ever developed. Great early 20th century technology but between damaged vinyl (scratches, warps), broken needles, swing arms, turntables and the need for a very physically stable platform to mount the turntable, why would you every want to go back? Why not regress one step further and get a wind-up Victrola with a sound horn? And $25 for a piece of vinyl with one album?
I have literally thousands of songs on a thumb drive and most of them in my iPhone which I can connect to any sound system by Bluetooth. This is nothing special. Just about everyone in the civilized world has the same ability.
To me this is the equivalent of buying a Smith-Corona* for correspondence.
*For those readers under 50, that is a typewriter, an ancient, manual word processor.
The reason for the resurgence in vinyl recordings is that the sound quality is superior to the digital mediums. Good old analog doesn't rely on analog to digital algorithms or digital to analog algorithms nor does it have compression artifacts to reduce the fidelity of the audio. Naturally the quality begins to decrease as wear from use begins to add up from contact with the stylus.
I liked the 8 track. It's advantage was that you always had a choice between four songs on the cassette. You got so accustomed to what was on it and when to change to avoid a crappy song that it was done without having to think about it.
Now I use thumb drives and since I put the music on it I like all the songs.
CDs are not technically obsolete, but that's not where the market is these days. Granted, if you use music as wallpaper and are satisfied with compressed versions of overproduced material, MP3s or whatever are fine. Since CDs use linear PCM there is no "information" (quality) loss in the recording (in principle). This is important for classical music listeners like myself.
I'll be buying a new vehicle in the next year or two and I'll have an aftermarket CD player put in it if I can't get one from the car manufacturer.
One reason I decided on my 2018 Nissan Frontier over the other pickups I looked at was that it had a CD player. My wife and I listen to Great Courses on CD during road trips, so it is used.
I still have all my vinyl and CDs at home and play them on my audio system. And the sound is much better than the iPhone/mp3/Bluetooth music that most listen to. I used to rip my CDs to my computer using mp3, but switched to the Apple lossless format. The difference in sound quality is easily noticeable to me, even on my PC sound system. iPhone/mp3/Bluetooth music is good enough for most people, and that is just fine with me. whatever floats your boat.