Before there’s any eye-rolling, my question is NOT another endless “vinyl vs cd”, “cd vs hi-res”, or “physical media vs streaming” audiophile forum discussion, at least I hope not. So much of that seems simple personal preference anyway. I’d hope that this is a more nuanced discussion, based on something I’ve recently been pondering. Personally, I’ve pretty much decided to go all-in on CD-quality redbook files of my music, with a Qobuz streaming subscription mainly for new music discovery. And that’s worked fine. But recently, I’ve had this “thing” about considering purchasing CDs again when several long-forgotten albums I was interested in listening to simply weren’t available on Qobuz, and I had to turn to Discog to buy a physical copy. Fine enough, we all likely do that, but then I went to a record store and was tickled to hold several vinyl super deluxe editions in my hand, impressed with the simple SIZE of the package, the pictures, booklet, etc. It came across as more impressive than the similar CD package. I’ve also been curious just enough to purchase from Qobuz a couple of “hi-rez” albums in 24/192, mainly to see if I could hear a difference, etc (still working through that, but I’m not losing sleep about it either way).
Anyway, the point being, as a child of the 80’s who grew up on cassette tapes and CDs, moved on easily enough without any belly-aching to digital files with the rise of the iTunes era, and thought I’d be fine with ripped CD redbook for my personal library happy to call it a day… I’m more “format curious” in 2020 than I’d ever thought I would be! I’m curious if others have put this topic to bed satisfactorily for themselves and are all in one format, or find that they are still actively using/buying multiple formats. I’m assuming that there may indeed be many here that purchase the same music in multiple formats, and despite the cost may even do it happily so, but I’d love to understand that, and generally what the mindset is amongst audiophiles in 2020.